Monday, May 5, 2014

District Leader Training – May 4th, 2014

In recent weeks, there have been posts showing monthly Mission Leadership Council(MLC) – and the training provided there – which the Zone Leaders and Sister Training Leaders then take to their monthly Zone Training.  And, of course, there has been much photo coverage of quarterly Zone Conference where several zones get together around major population centers of the mission (Birmingham, Montgomery, Bessemer, Huntsville and Tupelo) for Presidency-led training as well.

However, the place where the most training is really given, “where the rubber really meets the road,” is in District Training.  This training is held each week to reinforce, in small and highly effective ways, the training that has been already provided or new training as received.  District Leaders bring together anywhere between two and five sets of companions from their areas for ninety minutes of concentrated group study. 

So, where do District Leaders get developed; where do they get their training? 

The answer is the District Leader Training which is held – usually – about every nine months – in this case on May 4th.  As a side note, this training, as is the case with MLC, it’s held in Birmingham, AL.  It may not be immediately obvious, but missionaries deployed around the Alabama Birmingham Mission may have three hour or more drives to attend this five hours of training – and then back to their Districts.  This makes for a pretty long day for some, even without considering their other roles and responsibilities.  It’s truly a testament to the dedication of these young leaders as they labor so hard, in so many ways, in this great cause.  Is it any wonder that we honor and love them so much?

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