Handbook 2:
Administering the Church


18.1 Guidelines for Planning and Conducting Meetings

Leaders plan and conduct meetings “as they are led by the Holy Ghost, according to the commandments and revelations of God” (D&C 20:45; see also Moroni 6:9; D&C 46:2).

Leaders prepare an agenda for each meeting or assign someone else to prepare it under their direction. An agenda helps participants focus on the meeting’s purposes and use time effectively. It should be prioritized to ensure that the most important matters are discussed first.

Leadership meetings should focus on strengthening individuals and families. Time spent on calendaring, program planning, and other administrative business should be minimal.

For guidelines on counseling together in meetings, see 4.6.1.

The presiding officer may conduct a meeting or ask a counselor or someone else to conduct it under his or her direction.

Meetings should not be longer than needed.

Leaders should ensure that Sunday meetings are not so numerous that there is little time for parents and children to be together on that day. Where possible, leaders should avoid scheduling Sunday meetings other than those in the standard three-hour schedule, leadership meetings in the early mornings, and occasional meetings in the evenings.