A post at T&S by Kaimi got me thinking…he usually does that to me. Our mission required 20 hours of tracting per week minimum. One week my companion and I actually tracted 41 hours. Obviously tracting was not very effective then, and it isn’t now. So what can be done instead?
I’m not averse to member missionary work, however it’s not my comfort zone. I’ve been a Stake missionary several times. Trying to get members to do their missionary work was not worth the effort. Success came when I made a personal commitment to do both the finding and teaching. So my first proposal would be to call a Stake missionary, instead of a 2 year time frame, call them until they find someone to teach the gospel to….maybe at least 3 discussions. Once they have done that they can be released. Great motivation!
As far as tracting, tracting is for finding people to teach, let’s find them a different way. How about a church produced DVD "Basic Doctrines of the LDS Church". It could contain the 6 discussions in a missionary / family setting. Obviously giving contact numbers and info after each lesson. Or a DVD "20 Questions You Always Wanted to Ask Your Mormon Friend, But Didn’t Dare To" or "What Makes Mormons Tick?" These DVDs could be purchased by members in quantities of 25 or 50 for cheap. Then we could either mail them to our "friends" and "neighbors" or simply distribute them how we see fit, anonymously if we want.
The Ward mission leader puts the pressure on each family to do their part. The families buy the DVDs and distribute them. The family feels they’ve done their missionary work…what a relief, the regular missionaries and ward mission leader don’t "bother" you anymore!
These DVDs would get into a lot more doors than tracting. I would bet some would even get watched.
If regular members want to continue to do missionary work the old fashion way and invite friends over that’s ok too. I just want an easy way to "do" my missionary work, not feel so guilty for not doing it, and maybe actually have some success.