Sunday, October 01, 2006

Easy Member Missionary Activity

"Creating a Personal Referral Pool" is an easy and non-threatening activity to help members do missionary work. Our new mission president shared this in a stake meeting with ward mission leaders (including me) and bishops. This can be done in in a Family Home Evening or Sunday School lesson or in a ward, quorum, or organization activity. Ward missionaries could share this with ward members in their homes. Missionaries could present this to members who feed them.

It involves four steps:

1. Make a list of everyone you know who you'd like to share the gospel with.
2. Take a week to fast and pray to determine a best approach for each.
3. Place each name in one of the following categories:
  1. I want to personally prepare and invite this person to hear the message
  2. I want to talk to this person and invite them to our home with the missionaries
  3. I want the missionaries to call on this person, use my name and invite them to hear the message at our home if interested
  4. I want the missionaries to call on this person without using my name
4. Share this "referral" list with the missionaries.

This is a completely non-threatening way to involve the members in missionary work. For members who are not ready to invite someone to learn about the gospel, they can leave it to the missionaries (category 'd'). If they're not ready for the Elders to reach out to their friends, they can choose to personally prepare their friends (category 'a') through continued friendship and example. Those members who feel inspired and courageous can invite their friends to meet with the missionaries (category 'b') or have the missionaries contact their friends using their name (category 'c').

If you try this, please post a comment and let me know how it turned out.


Anonymous said...

or you could remember the words of the 11th article of fath. Many people are just fine with their current belief system.

dp said...

I've just been called as a ward missionary! I've been in the primary for a few years now, but am excited to work with the WML and missionaries.

I like the pool idea. I'll remember it and try it as I get to work in this new calling.


Tigersue said...

I like the look of your blog. I will have to keep an eye on it. :)