Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

 

11.7 Adapting the Primary Organization to Local Needs

In a ward with many children in an age-group, Primary leaders may organize multiple classes for those children. This adaptation may be especially helpful in wards that have many nursery-age children.

In a ward with few children, Primary leaders may combine two or more age-groups into one class.

In a small ward or branch, the members of the Primary presidency may be the only Primary leaders and teachers. In a very small unit, the Primary president may be the only Primary leader and teacher. In this case, she conducts sharing time and teaches a class for all the children. When possible, more leaders and teachers should be called in the following order:

  1. 1.

    Counselors in the Primary presidency

  2. 2.

    Music leaders

  3. 3.

    Primary teachers and nursery leaders

  4. 4.

    Secretary

  5. 5.

    Activity days leaders and Scout leaders (where applicable)

In a very small branch that does not have a Primary president, the Relief Society president can help parents organize instruction for their children until a Primary president is called.

In a small stake or district, the Primary president may be the only stake or district Primary leader. When possible, other leaders should be called in the following order:

  1. 1.

    Counselors in the stake or district Primary presidency

  2. 2.

    Music leader

  3. 3.

    Secretary

For general information about adapting to local needs, see chapter 17.