Jobs and Descriptions
This is a list of some of the jobs with descriptions that we used. Jobs can be many and varied to meet the needs of the family and the talents and interest of the members. Training and orientation can be accomplished by parents or the person who held the job most recently. The jobs in our family were rotated yearly thus a person would have the opportunity to serve at various levels of maturity in each job except for the presiding member and secretary. There is a FC form that can be used for job descriptions.
The presiding member of the council is the father or if he is not present then the mother. If this is a single person then that parent preside. It is the responsibility of the presiding member to see that the council is called on a regular basis, help the executive secretary gather and create the agenda and that the rules of the council are followed in love. The presiding member needs to be sure that the ideas of all are shared and that none of the council members feels slighted and the decisions are carried out and/or returned to the council for reconsideration if not working.
The secretary is responsible for the minutes of the Family Council. The secretary can use the standard agenda as an outline for notes by filling in with a brief summary of discussion and action taken. (See Minute form)
Minutes should be written legibly so they need not be rewritten or redone. Stop the meeting, if necessary, so the secretary can get ideas down on paper. The minutes should record brief summary of discussions, the plan of action and who is responsible. They should emphasize the positive efforts of family members in the challenges of their lives. They should share the joy of overcoming challenges in the lives of family members.
The secretary reads/summarizes the minutes of the previous meeting at the beginning of the next Family Council. Only outstanding items should be continued in the agenda. Minutes can be summarized to the critical action items if time is a concern. Note: Recommend that an adult member of the family keep the minutes.
The Executive Secretary is responsible for:
A. Getting out the workbook with agenda and minutes.
B. Developing an agenda (They may use the standard outlined agenda or develop one of their own. The important thing is to have one.)
C. Leading the meeting following the agenda items. (If the family gets stopped on an item propose a special discussion of the item and report back to the council.)
D. Making assignment for Family Home Evening. (Some type of rotation could be considered.)
E. Keeping the meeting moving from one subject to another. (Council meeting should never last longer than one hour for adult and teens – Fifteen to twenty minutes for small children.)
The Gardener is responsible for:
A. Planning with the parents the family garden.
B. Identifying with other family members crops to be planted
C. Caring for the garden including watering and weeding
D. Reporting on garden in Family Council
E. Obtaining help in watering, weeding and harvesting of crops
F. Preparing the garden for winter and organizing help as needed.
The Mission leader is responsible for:
A. Helping family members share the Gospel with others.
B. Reviewing with family members’ friends they are working with and discuss next step in helping friends to come to Christ.
C. Planning and/or incorporating service and missionary activities in family events
D. Correlation family activities with ward mission.
FAMILY HISTORY ASSISTANT
The Family History Assistant is responsible for:
A. Helping with genealogy research by sending out letters/emails and posting responses.
B. Learning how to use a personal family history application and Family Search software including mobile devices.
C. Helping update important living family member information to computer files- births, baptism, endowments and marriages. Also update paper documents as required
D. Working with family members to update critical personal events/data in their Book of Remembrance.
E. Encourage recording in personal journals of family and personal events.
The Family Accounting Assistant is responsible to:
A. Assist the family bookkeeper in maintaining the family finances and reporting on budget outlays compared to the budget plan.
B. Post budget and expenditures in the ledger or computer file used to record these items.
C. Help teach other family members about good accounting practices.
D. Help identify the different between “wants" and “needs.”
The Recreation leader is responsible for:
A. Planning and/or coordinating of family recreation activities.
B. These activities may include attendance at family member sporting events and planned family activities – large and small.
C. The recreation leader is a key member of any special committee that plans family vacations and major outing.
The Letter specialist is responsible for:
A. Assigning family member to write to grandparents, familymembers or missionaries.
The Prayer assigner is responsible for:
A. Managing (with a chart if necessary) who says the prayer at the Family Council meeting. (Could also be help with other family prayers as well.)
FAMILY HOME EVENING MANAGER
The Family Home Evening manger makes the assignments for FHE. (These assignments can vary with the age of the family members and be expanded and contracted based on the size of the unit.)
NOTE: All family members should have a contributing assignment in the Family Council based on their ability. (In smaller families members may need to have several Family Council roles/tasks. The same is true for a single person living alone. If there are roommates, they may share in council tasks. )
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