What is the Purpose of the Stake Self-Reliance Committee?
The stake self-reliance committee develops and implements the stake self-reliance action plan to achieve the objectives set by the stake president. The committee meets regularly to plan, coordinate, support, and review stake self-reliance efforts and to ensure that the stake self-reliance center operates effectively.
The committee helps bishops and ward councils help families and individuals become self-reliant. Self-reliance is “the ability, commitment, and effort to provide the spiritual and temporal necessities of life for self and family [and to] serve and care for others” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church , 6.1.1).
Who Serves on the Committee?
The stake self-reliance committee includes the following individuals:
- Stake presidency counselor (chair)
- High councilor assigned to self-reliance
- Stake Relief Society president or counselor
- Bishops’ welfare council chairman
- Stake self-reliance specialist.
Additional participants may include members of the stake Young Men and Young Women presidencies, additional stake specialists, senior full-time missionaries, and Church-service missionaries.
What Does the Committee do?
The committee does the following:
- Develops and monitors a self-reliance action plan for the stake.
- Offers regular My Path to Self-Reliance devotionals and forms self-reliance groups.
- Provides materials for group meetings as needed.
- Trains and supports stake self-reliance specialists.
- Organizes and staffs a stake self-reliance center. Designates a Church-service missionary couple or a self-reliance specialist to direct and operate a center.
- Teaches ward councils their self-reliance duties.
- Watch: Helping Ward Councils
- Utilizes resources and services developed by PEF Self-Reliance Services employees.
- Helps ensure the participation of returning missionaries in self-reliance activities.
How Can We Use My Path to Self-Reliance in a Devotional?
Two weeks before the My Path to Self-Reliance devotional:
- Announce the devotional time and place.
- Estimate the number of people who might attend the meeting. Anticipate which self-reliance group they are likely to join.
- Obtain the Best Local Small Business Opportunities, Best Local Job Opportunities, Best Local Schools and Programs, Best Local Lenders, and Best Local Job Search Websites lists for your area from the Self-Reliance Services manager. Make enough copies for each person.
- Assign a member of the committee to lead the meeting.
The day of the meeting:
- Contact group facilitators and make sure they are coming to the meeting.
- Bring a copy of the booklet My Path to Self-Reliance for each person.
30 minutes before the meeting:
- Set chairs around tables so everyone can be close.
- Ask group facilitators and stake self-reliance committee members to spread out and sit among those who attend.
10 minutes before the meeting:
- Greet people warmly as they arrive. Learn their names.
- Pass out copies of My Path to Self-Reliance for each person.
- Pass around a piece of paper and ask everyone to write their full names, ward or branch, and date of birth (day and month, not year). After the meeting, go to pef.ChurchofJesusChrist.org/report and follow the instructions to register each person.
At starting time:
- Say: "Welcome to the My Path to Self-Reliance meeting." Ask people to turn off phones and other devices.
- Have an opening prayer (and hymn, if desired).
- A member of the stake presidency or the high councilor may share a few thoughts on the importance of self-reliance, if they desire.
- Invite members to open the My Path to Self-Reliance booklet. Follow the materials exactly as they are written.
What are the Possible Uses of Church Building Rooms for Self-Reliance Centers?
Adapt your self-reliance center to local conditions. The following are some possible ways you can use your local church building rooms as stake self-reliance center rooms.
|Church Room||Self Reliance Center Room|
|Multipurpose room||Group meeting or interview room|
|Relief Society room||Group meeting or interview room|
|High council room||Group meeting or interview room|
|Clerks' office||Interview room|
|Family history center||Computer access room|
|Hallway or foyer||Reception area|