Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

Meetings in the Church

This chapter summarizes information about Church meetings. Meetings that are specific to an organization, such as quorum, Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School meetings, are described in that organization’s chapter of this handbook.

In addition to the meetings outlined in the handbooks, presiding authorities occasionally may call other meetings and define their composition and purpose.

Chart of Ward Meetings

Sacrament meeting

Partake of the sacrament, worship, provide gospel instruction, perform ordinances, conduct ward business, and strengthen faith and testimony.

All ward members

Each Sunday

Fast and testimony meeting

Partake of the sacrament, worship, perform ordinances, conduct ward business, and bear testimonies.

All ward members

Usually the first Sunday of each month

Priesthood meeting

Conduct quorum business, learn priesthood duties, strengthen individuals and families, and teach the gospel.

All priesthood holders, prospective elders, and unordained young men of Aaronic Priesthood age

Each Sunday

Sunday Relief Society meeting

Teach the gospel, increase in faith and righteousness, and strengthen individuals and families.

Women in the ward ages 18 and older (and younger women who are married)

Each Sunday

Additional Relief Society meetings and activities

Learn and apply principles and skills that will help Relief Society sisters increase in faith and righteousness, strengthen individuals and families, and seek out and help those in need.

Women in the ward ages 18 and older (and younger women who are married)

Usually monthly at a time other than on Sunday or on Monday evening; can also be scheduled quarterly

Young Women

Teach the gospel with an emphasis on applying gospel principles in daily life.

Young women ages 12 to 18 and Young Women leaders

Each Sunday

Primary

Teach the gospel and help children feel Heavenly Father’s love for them.

Children ages 18 months through 11 years and Primary leaders and teachers

Each Sunday

Sunday School

Strengthen faith and help Church members teach one another.

Ward members ages 12 and older and Sunday School leaders and teachers

Each Sunday

Ward conference

Strengthen faith and testimony, provide gospel instruction, conduct business, and evaluate activity.

Stake presidency, stake auxiliary leaders, assigned high councilors, bishopric, and ward members

Once each year

Bishopric meeting

Plan, review, and consider matters affecting the ward.

Bishopric, ward clerk, ward executive secretary, and others as invited

Usually at least weekly

Ward priesthood executive committee meeting

Consider priesthood matters. As needed, preview matters that will be on the ward council’s agenda, discuss confidential welfare matters, and coordinate home teaching and visiting teaching assignments.

Bishopric, ward clerk, ward executive secretary, high priests group leader, elders quorum president, ward mission leader, and Young Men president; the Relief Society president may be invited to attend as needed to discuss confidential welfare matters and to coordinate home teaching and visiting teaching assignments

Regularly

Ward council meeting

Plan ways to strengthen individuals and families. Coordinate efforts in spiritual and temporal welfare, missionary work, retention, activation, temple and family history work, and gospel teaching and learning. Review and coordinate programs and activities.

Bishopric; ward clerk; ward executive secretary; high priests group leader; elders quorum president; ward mission leader; Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School presidents; and others as invited

Regularly (at least monthly)

Bishopric youth committee meeting

Identify needs of youth in the ward. Plan ways to meet needs, help youth live Church standards, and encourage participation in Church meetings and activities. Plan youth activities.

Bishopric, one of the bishop’s priests quorum assistants, teachers and deacons quorum presidents, Young Women class presidents, Young Men and Young Women presidents, and others (such as counselors in quorum and class presidencies) as invited

Usually monthly

Ward young single adult committee meeting

Recommend ways to help young single adults participate in service and leadership. Locate and befriend less-active young single adults.

A counselor in the bishopric, the Relief Society and elders quorum counselors assigned to young single adults, young single adult leaders, and the couple called as young single adult advisers

As needed

Missionary coordination meeting

Coordinate missionary, retention, and activation efforts of full-time missionaries and ward members.

Ward mission leader, ward missionaries, and full-time missionaries (where available)

Regularly

Chart of Stake Meetings

Stake conference

Strengthen faith and testimony, provide gospel instruction, and conduct stake business.

General Authority or Area Seventy (if assigned), stake presidency, and all members in the stake

Twice each year

Stake general priesthood meeting

Instruct and inspire priesthood holders and conduct stake priesthood business.

All priesthood holders, prospective elders, and unordained young men of Aaronic Priesthood age in the stake

Once each year

Stake priesthood leadership meeting

Teach priesthood leaders their duties, increase their abilities, and build their faith.

Stake presidency; high council; stake clerk (and assistant clerks as needed); stake executive secretary; stake Young Men presidency (and secretary as needed); bishoprics; ward clerks (and assistant clerks as needed); ward executive secretaries; high priests group leaders, assistants, and secretaries; elders quorum presidencies and secretaries; ward mission leaders; ward Young Men presidencies (and secretaries and assistant advisers as needed); and others as invited

Three times a year (twice in connection with stake conference)

Stake high priests quorum meeting

Conduct quorum business and instruct quorum members in their duties.

All high priests in the stake (not held in districts)

At least once each year

Stake presidency meeting

Review, plan, and consider matters affecting the stake.

Stake presidency, stake clerk, stake executive secretary, and others as invited

Regularly

Stake priesthood executive committee meeting (high council meeting)

Receive instruction, give reports, conduct business, and counsel together.

Stake presidency, high council, stake clerk, stake executive secretary, and others as invited

Twice monthly, where feasible

Stake council meeting

Receive instruction, counsel together, give reports, and coordinate planning of stake programs and activities.

Stake presidency; high council; stake clerk; stake executive secretary; stake Relief Society, Young Men, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School presidents; and others as invited

Two to four times a year as needed

Meeting with bishoprics

Instruct bishoprics, review policies, and counsel together.

Stake presidency, bishoprics, stake clerk, and stake executive secretary

One to four times a year as needed

Stake Aaronic Priesthood–Young Women committee meeting

Plan stake-sponsored combined activities for young men and young women.

A counselor in the stake presidency, high councilors assigned to the Young Men and Young Women, stake Young Men presidency and secretary, stake Young Women presidency and secretary, and youth and others as invited

As needed

Stake bishops’ welfare council meeting

Receive instruction in welfare matters. Exchange ideas and experiences. Review trends in fast-offering contributions, welfare needs, and welfare assistance. Identify work opportunities for those who receive assistance. Identify welfare resources in the community. Evaluate Church welfare operations. Coordinate welfare assignments.

All bishops and branch presidents in the stake (the stake president appoints one bishop to be chairman); stake president (occasionally); welfare specialists as needed

At least quarterly

Stake auxiliary leadership meeting (for Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School)

Teach ward auxiliary leaders their duties, instruct them in teaching and leadership skills, strengthen their faith, and share ideas.

Stake presidency member (if desired); high councilor assigned to the auxiliary organization; stake auxiliary presidency and secretary; ward auxiliary presidencies and secretaries; other ward auxiliary leaders, teachers, and advisers (as needed); bishopric members assigned to the auxiliary (as needed)

Once each year for each organization, or twice with the stake president’s approval (see 18.3.11)

Stake young single adult committee meeting

Address the needs of young single adults in the stake. Provide opportunities for young single adults to come together for service, gospel learning, and sociality beyond their wards. Ensure that ward young single adult committees are functioning well in wards where they are established.

A counselor in the stake presidency, the high councilor assigned to young single adults, a member of the stake Relief Society presidency, stake young single adult advisers, and ward young single adult leaders (if they are called) or other young single adults in the stake

As needed

Stake single adult committee meeting

Address the needs of single adults in the stake. As needed, provide opportunities for single adults to come together for service, gospel learning, and sociality beyond their wards.

A counselor in the stake presidency, a high councilor, a member of the stake Relief Society presidency, and several single adults

As needed

Sunday Meeting Schedule

70 min.

Sacrament meeting

10 min.

Break

40 min.

Sunday School

Primary (including nursery) See 11.4.1 for details.

10 min.

Break

50 min.

General ward priesthood meeting opening exercises

Opening exercises

Opening exercises

Melchizedek Priesthood

Aaronic Priesthood