Sunday, July 29, 2012

Who's the Leader?

From the Church Handbook of Instruction:

[Quorum leaders] watch over and fellowship quorum members and other young men of quorum age. They give special attention to those who are new members or less active and those who have disabilities or other special needs. Quorum leaders strive to develop love and brotherhood among quorum members.

Aaronic Priesthood quorum leaders provide quorum members with opportunities for priesthood assignments, leadership experiences, and spiritual growth.

If you think this is a job description for the ward young men's presidency, then you are mistaken! The manual is quite clear that the phrase "quorum leaders" means the quorum youth presidencies. The adult young men's presidency and other adults are called "advisors".

I think this is what Robert Baden Powell had in mind when he said “Scouting is a game for boys under the leadership of boys under the direction of a man.”

This concept seems to be one of the hardest for young men's advisors to internalize. Perhaps it's our desire to run a 'perfect program' that makes us take control of things that we shouldn't. I believe that we'll be more sucessful as adult Scouters when we really buy into the idea that an imperfect program run by youth, is better than a perfect program run by adults.

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