Are you familiar with #TwitterStake? If you are then you probably know @ldsEQpres who describes himself as, “One man doing the work of ten, because no one else volunteered. Please don’t ask me to help you move.”
Even though he impersonates an elders quorum president on Twitter he is an actual, priesthood key-holding, elders quorum president in real life. Like other “callings” in the #TwitterStake (@ldsbishop, @stakepresident, @ldsstakeclerk) he has kept his identity a secret and so we don’t know who he actually is. I think you will find his approach to leadership insightful!
@ldsEQpres’ Top 5 Keys to Being an Elders Quorum President
- This calling is all about “marketing” and how to present things that need to get done.
- Choose counselors who complement you and each other so your strengths collectively support each others’ weaknesses.
- As a presidency, unity is key but you shouldn’t surround yourself with “yes men” or “sheep.”
- Technology can be leveraged to our advantage to work more efficiently and effectively.
- Ministering trumps administering every time.
Using Technology in Elders Quorum
- Facebook and Twitter account for the quorum for dispersion of announcements and other fun things
- Weekly emails with brief announcements, upcoming lesson prep, and a spiritual thought
- Trello for presidency meetings: easy to add agenda items, secretary can take notes on each item separately, create new spaces to plan out and assign tasks
- Quorum “website” (really just a fancy looking blog) for getting info out
- More detailed info on upcoming activities
- Calendar for lessons, activities, other meetings, and when the temple is open
- Ability to submit HT reports online (via a Google form)
- Photo directory
- Current employment info
- IFTTT: very useful tool for automating administrative tasks
@ldsEQpres’ Secrets to Home Teaching
- Realizing that many of the active families would not get home taught because they were a low priority
- Create strong home teaching companionships: rate each brother on a scale of 1-5 and then sorted this list.
- Made a spreadsheet and listed everyone the elders quorum is responsible for home teaching and then made columns for each of the areas outlined as important according to the Handbook (new members, prospective elders, receptive less-active, single sisters, widows, etc.) plus an other column to catch others who were a priority but didn’t meet one of the criteria above
Be sure to follow @ldseqpres on Twitter