Re: "Policy changes" by LDS Units
Richard Russell (lderlore@XMISSION.COM)
Wed, 21 Sep 1994 02:02:33 -0600
I liked your post. My spin on the problem in LDS units of poor committee
function has more to do with ignorance and organizational structure than
the non-availability of good people. Let me explain.
I was in a bishopric when I went to Wood Badge (I used to be a bear:
WV2-590-82). I called myself to be chairman of the VS committee (we had
been trying to run the troop and the team with ONE committee) and called
five fathers. One was a stake clerk, one was chairman of the ward
activities committee and another had a priesthood assignment. They all
did an excellent job once it was explained how they were to do it.
That is the ignorance part. The organizational flaw has to do with how a
committee is supposed to function and what happens in an LDS ward. In any
other sponsor, they start with the committee and the committee "hires"
(calls in LDS lingo) or appoints/recruits the unit leader (SM, etc.) From
then on, the committee supports and oversees the work of the adult unit
leaders. In an LDS ward, the SM is called by the bishopric and then they
"organize" a committee to "help." The committee is too far removed from
their actual responsibility. If I were bishop, I would make the bishopric
members the automatic committee chairmen of their respective age group
Scout units. Then we would restore the proper organizational function for
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City