Handbook 2:
Administering the Church


7.2 Stake Melchizedek Priesthood Leadership


Stake Presidency

The stake president is the presiding high priest in the stake. He and his counselors comprise the stake high priests quorum presidency.

The stake president oversees the conferral of the Melchizedek Priesthood and ordinations to the offices of elder and high priest (see Handbook 1, 16.7.1).

The stake president calls an elder or a high priest in each ward to be the elders quorum president. Before calling a new elders quorum president, the stake president consults with the bishop of the ward. The bishop may recommend whom to call.

The stake president, an assigned counselor, or an assigned high councilor calls counselors in the elders quorum presidency. The elders quorum president, in consultation with the bishop, may recommend counselors. He may recommend either high priests or elders as counselors.

All recommendations for calling members of elders quorum presidencies require the approval of the stake presidency and high council.

When new elders quorum presidency members are called, a member of the stake presidency or high council presents them to quorum members for a sustaining vote.

The stake president sets apart a new elders quorum president and confers the keys of his calling. A member of the stake presidency or high council sets apart counselors to the elders quorum president.

For information about elders quorum callings in branches in missions, see the Chart of Callings in chapter 19.


High Councilors

Under the direction of the stake presidency, high councilors help oversee the work of the Church in the stake. Their responsibilities relating to elders quorums are described in 15.3.1.