What Does the Bishop Do?
Bishops lead and coordinate the ward self-reliance efforts through the ward council. In particular, they do the following:
- Teach ward members principles of self-reliance
- Direct self-reliance efforts through the ward council:
- Invite those in need to complete a My Path to Self-Reliance assessment and join a self-reliance group; follow up with them regularly.
- Call ward self-reliance specialists to facilitate groups as needed.
- Conduct PEF loan endorsement interviews (see srs.lds.org/loans).
- Review and act on ward self-reliance progress reports and PEF loan reports. Bishops should not be involved in PEF loan collections.
- Seek additional assistance from the stake self-reliance committee as necessary.
How Can I Use My Path to Self-Reliance in a One-on-One Meeting?
Before meeting with the person:
- Obtain the Best Local Small Business Opportunities, Best Local Job Opportunities, Best Local Schools and Programs, Best Local Lenders, Best Local Job Search Websites lists for your area from the Self-Reliance Services manager.
- Contact the stake self-reliance committee to find out group meeting times and locations.
- Prepare the meeting materials: bring a copy of the booklet My Path to Self-Reliance
During the meeting:
- Greet the person warmly. Learn what he or she has been doing to try to become self-reliant.
- Record the person’s full name, and date of birth (day and month, not year). After the meeting, go to srs.lds.org/report and follow the instructions to register the person.
- We will use the booklet called My Path to Self-Reliance to help you move further down your path to self-reliance.
- Follow the material in the booklet.