I’m part of the underappreciated and chronically overlooked 80% that do a very demanding and difficult 20% of the work. We work hard to make sure that the constantly-in-the-spotlight, 20% don’t have to do ALL of the work. Cuz then we’d never hear the end of it. You’re welcome.
I am grateful for the people who put so much time into making sure all the things necessary for the Church to run smoothly are there.
I also think it is very scary to be a Bishop, etc. Becaus even though the Brethren insist in one way or another that they should not be overburdened with meetings and time consuming activities, we all know how it goes in real life…
I belong to a “cursed” race in a white ward, so I don’t get callings anyway. Therefore I voted yes on the first and no on the second.
Jesse–your comment makes me very sad. I wish I could share my calling with you. I was in a ward once where I went for 7 months without a calling (and I was getting bored doing nothing) so I dropped a heavy hint and got a calling the next week. I really need a calling to feel engaged. If I couldn’t hold one, I would likely become less active.
MCQ #1 I used to be in the overworked under appreciated category and then I just learned to say no. Now I put my efforts into my family, friends and my health.
#4 Wm Morris I do thin that the more visible the calling is, the increase in pressure. Amount of true work might not be the case for those in a visible calling. I think callings that require a lot of visible and non visible work would be Bishop, Youth Leaders including Scouts, and RS President.
I think your numbers above make the point you are trying for here. Currently 46% of the respondents think they are the 20%. My experience is some work has lots of people and other things are left to a few. I also learned to say no but I only said it a couple of times and then I stopped getting asked to participate or help.
At the end of the every banquet or dinner there is half a dozen people washing dishes putting tables away and 20-30 people standing around solving the worlds problems. Both of those groups would say they were doing the most work in the ward. The priesthood leader that is standing there talking to somebody thinks that is his calling.
In our ward we have about 10 people who do all the heavy lifting. When I was EQP, I called them the S.T.O.P. committee (same ten old people). The name stuck. The rest are quite pleased to sit on their butts and let the others work. We have quite a few people who are willing to refuse a calling, any calling. I asked one brother why he wouldn’t accept any calling and he replied that he wanted things to be like in his former (Methodist) church. He just wanted to sit on the back bench and let the minister do all the work. We then discussed section 76, valiancy, and exaltation. It changed his life. Welcome to the S.T.O.P. committee.
Comment by Floyd the Wonderdog — May 3, 2009 @ 4:55 am
MCQ who would lie on an online poll?
Floyd you make it sound as if the ward leadership is actually doing something besides attending meetings. I was a Stake missionary a few years ago. We went out 2 nights a week and I could call to make an appointment and get turned down and my companion a former member of the Bishopric would call the same person for the same night and get in. One guy a member of the EQP told me I wasn’t worth his time because I would never be his Bishop. I think your ten members may have been suck ups not necessarily workers.
There seems to be a disconnect as to what is the heavy lifting or work. But I do agree mostly with the poll results clearly no ward is worth attending at all if there isn’t at least close to half of the members pulling together. Some actual leadership is needed if activity is that low.