Handbook 2:
Administering the Church


9.3 Leadership Meetings


Ward Council Meeting

The Relief Society president serves as a member of the ward council (see chapter 4).

As needed, the bishop may invite the Relief Society president to attend some ward priesthood executive committee meetings to discuss confidential welfare matters and to coordinate home teaching and visiting teaching assignments.


Ward Relief Society Presidency Meeting

The Relief Society 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.

    Discuss ways to organize, teach, and inspire sisters in the work of Relief Society.

  2. 2.

    Review counsel and assignments from the bishop, including assignments from ward council meetings, and plan ways to fulfill them.

  3. 3.

    Discuss ways to help Relief Society sisters and their families meet welfare needs. This may include discussions about compassionate service.

  4. 4.

    Review visiting teachers’ efforts to watch over and strengthen Relief Society sisters and their families. Give special attention to the needs of new members in Relief Society and young single adult sisters.

  5. 5.

    Discuss the effectiveness of teaching in Sunday Relief Society meetings and other Relief Society meetings and make plans to improve.

  6. 6.

    Plan Relief Society meetings.

  7. 7.

    Consider sisters to be called to serve in Relief Society, and prepare recommendations for the Relief Society president to share with the bishopric. Also consider sisters to ask to help with short-term assignments.


Stake Relief Society Leadership Meeting

Stake Relief Society leadership meeting is generally held once a year, as explained in 18.3.11. Ward Relief Society presidencies and secretaries attend. Others with Relief Society callings may be invited to attend as needed.