After a four-year hiatus, it’s time to reboot the Church-Hacker series. For those of you who weren’t here four years ago, everyone’s input is welcome, and this series is simple: We post ideas that you can try in your ward or calling to make the meeting block more spiritual or more engaging.
Routine can become rut, and after a lifetime of sameness, even very small changes to The Way Things Are Done can make people sit up, put their phones away, and pay more attention in lessons and meetings. Church-Hacker hunts for those small ideas that can have an outsize impact.
And now for this week’s idea:
Expand and rename the Priesthood Executive Council
Shoot, hang on…
OK, here’s another idea, from one of our own BCC permas. You might not be surprised to learn that a large number of By Common Consent bloggers are Gospel Doctrine teachers (those who aren’t in bishoprics), so we often share advice and notes with each other on how to approach the week’s lesson. Last week, someone shared this tip:
I actually really like the New Testament Manual. It has nice, wide margins to write notes in, so, when I teach from it, people think that I am using it.
A perfectly simple way to put everyone’s mind at ease, so they can focus on feeling the Spirit instead of wondering where that great quote came from.
Feel free to toss your teaching advice into the comments—I’m especially interested in how you use the manual in your lessons, and whether manual use is mandated in your ward.
We want your ideas, so if your ward or stake or youth class or Cub Scout den does something different or innovative, submit it!
Looking for more church-hacking ideas? See all entries in this series here.