Prior: Part 13: Who is Responsible and Responsible for What?

Some callings and responsibilities can be done all by yourself. Some can’t. This can’t. What’s more, you need to coordinate with a number of people and a lot of people need to be trained on things.

The Church stipulates that training does need to occur. From the Help Center:

Training Stake/Ward Councils and Building Schedulers

Stake and ward councils should be trained on how to create their events on the calendars and schedule the building and rooms. They should know which calendars exist and who the editors are for each calendar, and they should be shown how to create an event and at the same time schedule the building themselves.

Building schedulers should be trained to understand that for stake and ward events, the stake or ward leaders should create their own events and schedule the building themselves. As they do, the events will then appear on both the stake and ward calendars and also on the building calendar. Building schedulers should be taught that they should not put stake or ward events directly on the building calendar. If they do, it will indeed reserve the building, but the events will not be seen on the stake or ward calendars, leaving the membership uninformed. Usually, building schedulers create only approved family events on the building calendar. They also periodically review the building calendar to make sure events are being appropriately created by the stake and wards according to the local building policy.

I’ve tried to get ward councils trained over the years. The most aggravating response I got was, “You can have ten minutes during ward council. That’s all we can give you.” Often, I’m just brushed off and minimized as if training is unimportant.

If the Church feels that training is important, then I’m willing to go with that. They even stipulate what minimum training needs to occur.

Training Probably Needs to Be Unit Specific

As I’ve contemplated this issue over the years and attempted to train people in numerous units, I’ve concluded that training needs to be calibrated to numerous things including how digital the ward is and the individual personalities of the people in charge.

Someone young and highly digital needs different training than someone older and less digital.

One size does not fit all. This blog is my latest effort to get people trained. I’m casting my net pretty wide this time and trying to train anybody who will let me train them.

Tech Nights, 5th Sundays, and Individual Training

When the websites first got started, I was reading about some units' efforts that included holding a special tech night. This was an event where the entire ward could be trained and the ward clerks were standing by to supply Membership Record Numbers and help people set up their Church Accounts.

Some units address these issues on special 5th Sundays. Others hold more specific or individual training events.

There isn’t one good answer or solution.

So, I’m going to leave it there. Structure your training to the unique and very personal needs of your ward and the people in it.

Next: Part 14: Rules to Calendar and Live By: Some

Assignment for Leaders: Resolve to get your people trained and start doing it. If you are an organization leader, like a Young Women leader, get the other leaders you serve with aware and trained.

Assignment for Members: Allow yourself to be trained by your local leaders. Sure, you can read this blog but that won’t help you “know what calendars exist and who the editors are for each calendar.” When you get into a requisite position, and you likely will, resolve to train others. As a member, you can train others, especially those you minister to. Help them understand these tools, how they work and what these tools can do for them.

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