President and Sister Dunn

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mission Leadership Council

Another MLC is coming around and our two Assistants, Elder Campbell and Elder Zitumane spent countless hours getting everything organized for the meeting. They prepared well and conducted and executed a very production Mission Leadership Council on Thursday November 24th, 2016- which also happened to be Thanksgiving in America.
They prepared well and conducted and executed a very production Mission Leadership Council on Thursday November 24th, 2016- which also happened to be Thanksgiving in America.
After the announcements, President Dunn gave a terrific training on the Priesthood Peloton. He trained on how leadership is meant to rotate, but the leaders in the front, like geese and a bike peloton, pull the rest of the pack along with them.

His analogies were powerful and relevant for leadership in a mission. There was great discussion and a useful and applicable training.

The Assistants work hard to present zone reports, with all the key indicators form each zone. This time they had great photos of properties or places in each zone as the background shot. They go to a lot of effort to use the stats in a useful and effective way. Then each zone leader talks about what is going on in respect to their goals. It is very effective in helping us measure the progress made each transfer. 

Bedfordview Zone with the zone leaders below, as they are discussing the progress made and areas to focus on.

The Benoni Zone is discussed. Both Elder Campbell and Elder Zitumane are good at engaging zone leaders in discussion and complementing the good things that are happening.

Next up, Johannesburg Zone
Below is the Roodepoort Zone stats.

Soweto's zone Stats. One thing so impressive today are the numbers to the far right. The Assistants decided to come up with
a reasonable number for each indicator that each zone could call the "put your shoulder to the wheel" goal to shoot for through december. It was a motivating way to encourage a strong push to the end.

The Vaal was #1 this past transfer in re-engagements. Each zone gets highlighted for the area they led out in the past transfer. It is such a great way to encourage and spotlight great performance.

This slide summarizes all of the highest achieving zones in these respective goals. It shows how much progress is happening across the mission. The Assistants do a great job compiling all of this.

The final slide shows our progress to date. All in all- the goals are just a guide and they have been useful in helping our mission focus on not only baptisms, but getting new investigators to church, getting people re-engaged if they are members, but not active. We also focus on getting people to the temple and put focus on this.  
We took a break and in honor of Thanksgiving today in America, we had turkey sandwiches on homemade bread with a festive salad and pumpkin dessert.

We also went around the table and shared thoughts of gratitude. It was a nice lunch break on a special day for the Americans. Only 5 of 16 Elders in our Leadership Team are from America- but the others enjoyed trying turkey, some for the first time!
Here are our newest zone leaders, attending their first meeting today.
Elder Hlophe, Elder Mazinyane, Elder Benson and Elder Lambert.

We love having missionaries add to this group and increase the effectiveness of the council.

Today was the last meeting for Elder Nelson, who goes home on Tuesday December 13th to Australia, just in time for Christmas. He will be missed and he has left a great legacy of leadership.

There is a lot of unity in zone leaders, but we loved that Elder Wikaria and Elder Reynolds honored their zone unity by wearing the same tie today. Don't they look sharp? They are having such great success leading the good missionaries in the Centurion Zone!

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