dannykos wrote:nah - I have to say that I don't think that's the way to go. For me, callings are about finding out what calling the lord wants someone to hold, and that's it.
I think that when we start approaching this in a 'business management' kind of way - we lose the required spiritual focus on the needs of an individual.
Worrying about who to release, and call, where someone else could fit, and the whole big picture also takes away the focus on allowing quorum and auxiliary presidents the freedom to make recommendations as they feel so impressed.
Indeed, we all certainly have our own "method." I certainly don't think approaching a calling change by studying and charting out the various options (business management?) takes anything away from spiritual guidance, but actually is part of the process for me.
Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
But, behold, I say unto you, that you must study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your bosom shall burn within you; therefore, you shall feel that it is right.
To help our bishopric "study it out in their mind," I make notes about our callings discussions, then update the callings worksheet I maintain, which is a spreadsheet, attached (in case you want to see it.) I would love to have a more detailed "visualization" chart for it, but its all we have now to work from.
I email it to the bishopric before bishopric meeting, and we keep a copy on google docs. I update it after bishopric meeting, and this is a reminder for them to contact those they need to call or release for Sunday's actions during the week. It becomes the Sunday "task list" of actions to preform in Sacrament meeting, based on who they contacted to extend the callings and releses, which are transferred to the sacrament meeting agenda by our exec. sec for official action in sacrament meeting. The sacrament meeting agenda is then given to the ward clerk for recording of the actions (sustainings and releases) in MLS.