Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

 

8.9 Leadership Meetings

 8.9.1

Ward Priesthood Executive Committee Meeting and Ward Council Meeting

The Young Men president serves as a member of the ward priesthood executive committee and the ward council (see chapter 4).

 8.9.2

Bishopric Youth Committee Meeting

The bishop presides over the bishopric youth committee. This committee is composed of the bishopric, one of the bishop’s priests quorum assistants, the deacons and teachers quorum presidents, the Young Women class presidents, and the Young Men and Young Women presidents. For more information, see 18.2.9.

 8.9.3

Quorum Presidency Meeting

Each quorum presidency holds a presidency meeting regularly. The bishop regularly attends and presides over the priests quorum presidency meeting, and one of his assistants conducts it. The deacons quorum president and teachers quorum president conduct their presidency meetings, and they preside unless a member of the bishopric attends. Quorum advisers and secretaries also attend these meetings. Secretaries take notes and keep track of assignments.

The agenda may include the following items:

  1. 1.

    Plan ways to strengthen quorum members, including new members and less-active members. Also plan ways to fellowship young men of other faiths.

  2. 2.

    Read and discuss scripture passages and instructions from Church leaders that relate to the responsibilities of priesthood leaders.

  3. 3.

    Plan to visit quorum members as needed.

  4. 4.

    Discuss ways to help each young man have success in the Duty to God program.

  5. 5.

    Plan quorum meetings and activities.

  6. 6.

    Consider items to discuss in bishopric youth committee meeting (see 18.2.9).

  7. 7.

    Receive leadership training from bishopric members or quorum advisers.

Where Scouting is authorized by the Church, quorum presidency meeting may be used to make plans for the quorum’s Scouting unit after the items above have been discussed. If youth and adult Scouting leaders are not already present, they may be invited into the meeting for this discussion. Young men of other faiths who hold leadership positions in the Scouting unit may be included. The quorum president continues to preside over this part of the meeting. He may invite a youth Scouting leader to conduct it. Quorum advisers ensure that each Scouting activity is consistent with the objectives listed in 8.1.3.

 8.9.4

Ward Young Men Presidency Meeting

The Young Men presidency holds a presidency meeting regularly. The president presides at the meeting and conducts it. The secretary attends, takes notes, and keeps track of assignments.

The agenda may include the following items:

  1. 1.

    Evaluate how the young men in each quorum are accomplishing the objectives listed in 8.1.3. Plan ways to help individual young men accomplish those objectives more completely.

  2. 2.

    Read and discuss scripture passages and instructions from Church leaders that relate to the responsibilities of priesthood leaders.

  3. 3.

    Make plans to instruct quorum leaders in their duties.

  4. 4.

    Discuss the effectiveness of quorum activities. Discuss ways to include young men in planning meaningful activities.

  5. 5.

    Discuss gospel instruction in Sunday quorum meetings and plan ways to improve.

  6. 6.

    Review attendance records. Plan ways to help new members and less-active young men participate.

  7. 7.

    Review the Young Men budget and expenditures.

The counselor in the bishopric who oversees the Young Men organization may occasionally attend the Young Men presidency meeting to receive reports and give counsel. The Young Men presidency may also invite quorum leaders and assistant advisers to attend as needed.

 8.9.5

Stake Priesthood Leadership Meeting

The stake presidency convenes a stake priesthood leadership meeting in connection with each stake conference (see 18.3.1, item 2). The presidency also convenes one other stake priesthood leadership meeting during the year, for a total of three such meetings annually.

Ward Young Men presidencies and secretaries attend these meetings. Deacons and teachers quorum presidencies and priests quorum assistants may be invited occasionally, such as when the meeting includes subjects that will be especially helpful for them in their callings.