Caribbean Area Plan 2012

By the Area Presidency

 

Area Plan


Executive Summary

The Church in the Caribbean Area is a first generation Church of converts. The 2012 Area Plan is simple and basic. It largely repeats the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Area Plans and includes the following 6 sections: Area Goal, Priorities and Principles, This Year’s Emphases and Associated Key Indicators, Priesthood and Auxiliary Leadership Training, Department Initiatives and Action Plans, and Growth Projections and Project Proposals.

The Area Goal Is: To increase faith in the Savior and to strengthen families through righteous living and the making and keeping of sacred baptismal, priesthood, and temple covenants.

The Priorities and Principles We Will Follow Are:

1.     Focus on rescuing “the one” through encouraging God’s children in the Caribbean to receive all essential baptismal, priesthood, and temple ordinances and to keep the associated covenants. Emphasize temple ordinances and covenants and make the temple the object of the hopes of the people.

2.     Provide wholesome youth and young single adult activities.

3.     Re-emphasize the law of tithing and fast offerings.

4.     Care for the poor and needy.

5.     Nurture branches and districts to become wards and stakes.

6.     Teach the divine design of Church government and discipline.

7.     Reduce bureaucracy and regimentation.

8.     Teach reverence in worship settings.

This Year’s Emphases and Associated Key Indicators We Will Monitor Are:

1.     Encourage Temple Worship. (Number of own endowments received, Number of endowed adults with a current Temple Recommend, Number of adults sealed to a spouse.)

2.     Establish a priesthood foundation. (Number of active full tithe paying Melchizedek Priesthood holders.)

3.     Prepare future leadership. (Number of full time missionaries serving from the Area, Number of active young single adults.)

4.     Establish the Church more completely. (Number of converts, Percent of converts retained, and Sacrament meeting attendance.)

The Priesthood and Auxiliary Leadership Training Includes:

1.     Plan

2.     2012 Calendar

Department Initiatives and Action Plans are included for each of the following departments:

1.     Church Educational System

2.     Church History

3.     Family History

4.     Legal

5.     PEF

6.     Public Affairs

7.     Temple

8.     Temporal Affairs

Growth Projections and Project Proposals are identified by country. Taken together, these 10 year projections anticipate 14 new stakes, 1 new Bishop’s Storehouse, a new employment center, extension of the PEF, and a new multi-use building.

 

Caribbean Area 2012 Plan

Area Goal, Priorities and Principles, and This Year’s Emphases and Associated Key Indicators

To provide consistency, continuity and stability the Area Presidency will continue for 2012 the same Area Goal, Priorities and Principles and This Year’s Emphasis and Associated Key Indicators that were established in the 2009, 2010 and 2011 Area Plans with a few small changes. To foster unity and keep the direction received from the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, it is essential to avoid changes in direction and emphases that could confuse and distract priesthood leaders and members.

Area Goal: Our Area goal is to increase faith in the Savior and to strengthen families through righteous living and the making and keeping of sacred baptismal, priesthood, and temple covenants as described in Section 3.4 of Handbook 2.

The Priorities and Principles we will follow are:

1.     Focus on rescuing “the one” through encouraging God’s children in the Caribbean to receive all essential baptismal, priesthood and temple ordinances and to keep the associated covenants. Emphasize temple ordinances and covenants and make the temple the object of the hopes of the people.

2.     Provide wholesome youth and young single adult activities.

3.     Re-emphasize the law of tithing and fast offerings.

4.     Care for the poor and needy.

5.     Nurture branches and districts to become wards and stakes.

6.     Teach the divine design of Church government and discipline.

7.     Reduce bureaucracy and regimentation.

8.     Teach reverence in worship settings.

This Year’s Emphases and Associated Key Indicators:

The following emphases address specific needs of the Area and will be consistently taught and implemented by the Area Presidency and the Area Seventy who will focus on magnifying and strengthening stake presidents to accomplish them. The indicators which follow each emphasis will be used to help measure our progress toward the emphasis. Rather than set specific targets, we will measure progress by the steady improvement of each of the indicators.

1.     Encourage temple worship. (Number of own endowments received, Number of endowed adults with a current Temple Recommend, Number of adults sealed to a spouse.)

Santo Domingo has a large beautiful temple which is significantly underutilized. While this is understandable given the newness of the Church in the Caribbean (Dominican Republic was dedicated for the preaching of the gospel in 1978), it is time to focus more on the blessings of the temple and our responsibility to do the temple work for ourselves and our kindred dead. During the last year we have supported an effort to increase the number of local Dominican and Puerto Rican temple workers. We will also work to increase the participation of members in Family History work, with particular emphasis on involving our youth.

2.     Establish a priesthood foundation. (Number of active full tithe paying Melchizedek Priesthood holders.)

This has been a focus of the Area during the last two years. Very few of our 27 stakes have the requisite number of full tithe paying active Melchizedek Priesthood holders that would be required to organize the stake today. This emphasis will require the help of our full time missionaries to teach and baptize men who are committed to living the law of tithing. It will also require a more deliberate and complete effort from the Bishops and Branch Presidents to interview and teach the members during the year end tithing settlement interviews and at other appropriate times.

3.     Prepare future leadership. (Number of full time missionaries serving from the Area, Number of active young single adults.)

We want to send more full time missionaries into the mission field. But we also want them to be prepared spiritually, emotionally, and temporally for missionary service. Our effort will be to teach the Bishops and Branch Presidents to take a more direct responsibility for the young men and young women and to start early in preparing the young men (and the young women who desire to serve full time missions) for full time missionary service. Seminary and Institute will be stressed. We want many more of our young members to benefit from daily or weekly gospel instruction. We will celebrate the seminary centennial in 2012 by encouraging more seminary enrollment and daily scripture study. We will also assist stakes and wards in their efforts to reach and retain every Young Single Adult.

4.     Establish the Church

Unfortunately, much of the growth in the Caribbean Area has not been retained. Of the 177,654 members of the Church in the Area, 32% of them are in the lost file. Of the 120,805 members who appear on the ward and branch lists of the Area, 27% attend sacrament meeting and only 12% of adult members pay a full tithe. Improving those numbers will take a concerted effort starting with our missionaries who must not baptize individuals who have not experienced a mighty change of heart, followed by priesthood leaders who faithfully keep the records of the Church to help each new member progress in the gospel with the help of friends, an assignment or calling, and being nurtured by the good word of God. This emphasis anticipates real growth of the Church which leads toward the temple ordinances.

 

2012 Calendar

Date

Meeting

Participant

Purpose

Feb 11

World Wide Leadership Meeting

Priesthood and Auxiliary Leaders

Provide instructions about the new Church Handbooks

Feb 18-19

Priesthood Leadership Conference presided by a member of the Twelve accompanied by a member of the Presidency of the Seventy and of the Presiding Bishopric

A Member of the Area Presidency, an Area Seventy, and Priesthood Leaders of Santo Domingo West Coordinating Council

Receive guidance, instruction, and counsel

(See Calendar)

Priesthood and auxiliary training by an member of the Area Presidency or an Area Seventy

Stake Presidency, High Council, Stake Auxiliary Presidencies and Bishops

Train in council according to the needs following the direction given by the First Presidency and The Twelve

Apr 8

Oct 14

Area Councils

Area Presidency, Area Seventy

Meet in council, give instructions, receive reports from the Area Seventies and spiritually edify one another

Apr 14,15,21,22

Oct 20,21,28

Coordinating Councils presided by an Area Seventy or by a member of the Area Presidency accompanied by the Area Seventy assigned

Area Seventies, Stake Presidents and Mission Presidents

Provide instruction, coordinate missionary work, and coordinate and counsel on multi-stake matters

Apr 7

Interim Mission President’s Seminar presided by the Area Presidency

Area Seventies and Mission Presidents

Train in council according to need

(See Calendar)

Mission Tours performed by a member of the Area Presidency accompanied by an Area Seventy when possible

Seventy, Mission Presidents and Missionaries

Lift, inspire and motivate mission president and missionaries

Oct 23-26

Mission President’s Seminar

Area Presidency, Mission Presidents and wives

Lift, inspire and motivate mission presidents and wives

Nov 10-18

Auxiliary Leadership Training

General Board Members-RS-YW, Area Presidency, and Stake Auxiliary RS & YW leaders.

Provide instruction and inspiration for church auxiliaries

Nov 17

Stake President’s Council

Area Presidency, Area Seventies, and Stake Presidents

Train in council according to the needs