Handbook 2:
Administering the Church

15. Stake Organization

The stake presidency and other stake leaders work together to teach and support ward leaders. This chapter outlines the general organization of the stake and explains the relationship between stake auxiliaries and ward auxiliaries. Detailed instructions for the stake president are found in Handbook 1.


15.1 Stake Presidency


Call and Set Apart Stake Leaders

The stake president and his counselors call and set apart stake leaders as outlined in the Chart of Callings in chapter 19.


Oversee the Work of Stake Auxiliaries and Programs

The stake president personally oversees the stake Relief Society. He assigns his counselors to oversee the other stake auxiliary organizations: Young Men (including Scouting where authorized), Young Women, Primary, and Sunday School. These counselors ensure that members of stake auxiliary presidencies are instructed in their duties.

The stake president also assigns his counselors to oversee efforts with stake activities, young single adults, single adults (as needed), Church magazines, public affairs (as needed), music, seminary and institute, and physical facilities.

Members of the stake presidency meet regularly with the presidencies of the auxiliary organizations to which they are assigned. In these meetings, participants counsel together about the progress and needs of members in the organizations.

Members of the stake presidency also meet regularly with committees and specialists in the other programs to which they are assigned.


Preside over Stake Councils and Committees

The stake president presides over the high council and the stake council. He also presides over stake disciplinary councils. He assigns his counselors to preside over the stake Aaronic Priesthood–Young Women committee, the stake young single adult committee, and the stake single adult committee (where organized).