Brother Of Jerry
Date: March 22, 2021 07:47PM
Link is to an article by Jana Reiss about a survey recently sent to young adult Mormons by LDS Inc. I found it pretty interesting.
Here are some of the questions, which seem like the church testing the waters about possible changes to hang onto younger members.
Do we need YSA wards at all?
If so, could we put both single and married young adults of the same ages together?
Could we allow YSAs to choose for themselves what ward to attend, regardless of geography?
Could we issue callings to YSAs that reflect how they want to serve?
Could the second hour of church include “alternative options” like “community service, socializing over food, small-group discussions, life-skills training, etc.”?
Could we call more leaders who are single themselves and “decrease oversight by married members”?
Other questions deal with far-reaching aspects of Mormon life and worship that could potentially affect all members. Some that jumped out to me were:
“Innovate the format and feel of General Conference to be more relevant and engaging (e.g., shorter sessions, emphasis on specific audiences or topics, variation of speakers, presentation format, engaging the audience)” – and there is a long follow-up question about which specific changes members might like to see happen.
Training bishops to “harmonize repentance standards”
Offering a variety of “new missionary service models (e.g., service, humanitarian, education)”
“Adjust and/or broaden Sunday worship (e.g., tone, format, meditation, praise music, etc.)”