Aaron Bujnowski is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in the Chile Concepción Mission and has served as a bishop, stake high councilor, stake Sunday School presidency member, and Seminary teacher. He’s currently his ward’s elders quorum president (for the fourth time) and is an ordinance worker in the Dallas Texas Temple.
Aaron works as a healthcare consultant. He has bachelor and master of science degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University Provo, a Master of Business Administration degree from The University of Texas at Austin, and is currently a candidate to receive a Doctor of Science degree in Healthcare Leadership from The University of Alabama at Birmingham. He and his wife, Julie, are the co-authors of Discovering Your Temple Insights. They have two adult children and live in Frisco, Texas.
Ministering is Love
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02:40 Kurt introduces Aaron and their discussion on approaching and shifting elders quorum culture through simple, thoughtful questions.
04:45 Aaron introduces himself and shares his leadership experience. He wrote an article recently on ministering.
06:20 Ministering should be something natural and normal. How can we make it simple and show love for our God and neighbor?
- Ask questions about how they show love in the ward and how they need to be loved. Do this instead of asking if they need anything.
10:15 Great questions for ministering interviews
- In what ways did your families need love over the last quarter?
- How did you find ways to show those families love?
11:00 Typical answers that Aaron hears as he does ministering interviews and asks about how people show love and connect with the families they serve
17:00 By changing our questions and having more authentic concern and love, the minister’s heart changes and the person who is being ministered to changes also. We want to actually get to know people and not just check the box.
18:30 The best success you can have is just to show up for people. Be there for them. There is a cultural shift that happens when we consistently show up for people. Can people trust that you are going to be there for them?
22:00 Creating an equally-yoked elders quorum and Relief Society. Set the standard that the elders quorum knows the needs of the ward just as much as the sisters do. Meet with the Relief Society president outside of ward council to talk about the needs of the ward.
24:50 Helping the bishop focus on the youth, and how Aaron as elders quorum president supports him by taking care of the adult concerns in the ward along with the Relief Society president
27:00 Other leaders in the ward can create relationships with the members to take the burden off the bishop. Instead of calling the bishop, people feel more comfortable to go to their Relief Society president, elders quorum president, or ministering brothers and sisters.
29:00 Approach to elders quorum meeting every other week. Before the lesson they have a council to discuss needs in the ward.
33:40 Inviting people to the table. Ask people that don’t come as often or don’t participate very much to give prayers and other small things.
37:30 Aaron and his wife wrote a book about the temple. It’s about how to learn from the temple.
38:30 Aaron’s testimony on leadership and what he has learned from it
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