Julie’s post on scouts has me thinking about how we do callings in the church. Several people pointed out that since scout leaders are called rather than volunteering, you end up with people who aren’t enthusiastic or engaged in the program.
I understand that you can’t just let everyone pick their own callings in church, since you’d have twenty people teaching gospel doctrine and nobody teaching the nine-year-olds. However, perhaps we could allow people to pick the general areas they’re interested in. For example, you could divide ward and stake callings into:
- Provident Living (things like employment, emergency preparedness, education, etc.)
Then ward leaders could call people in areas they feel enthusiastic about.
Another thought as I’m writing this — how about moving some of these more to the stake level? When it comes to certain specific activites — choir, book club, game nights — a lot of wards have one or two interested people, but not enough to sustain the activity. By moving, say, music to a stake level, you end up with enough resources to do really cool things you can’t do at the ward level. Yeah, there’s be some coordination issues, and it wouldn’t work well in geographically widespread areas, but I think people are willing to make sacrifices to be engaged in things they enjoy.