Clerks work closely with priesthood leaders and secretaries, and help make their service more effective by:
- providing reports and records
- providing training and familiarity with church guidelines
- tracking and following up on actions
- fulfilling the many record-keeping responsibilities in the Church.
Broadly speaking, clerks are either called to serve with a stake presidency and work on stake administration, a stake clerk or his assistants, or called to serve with a bishopric and work on ward administration, a ward clerk or his assistants.
A clerk, under the direction of his priesthood leader, will have some or all of the following responsibilities:
- Keep accurate and up-to-date membership records
- Keep accurate and up-to-date financial records of donations and expenses
- Keep accurate statistical records compiled in the Quarterly Report
- As requested keep minutes of leadership meetings
- Ensure that the annual history is properly completed and submitted
- Prepare and provide membership and financial reports
- Analyze trends, strengths, and weaknesses
- Supervise the work of assistant clerks and secretaries
- Respond to record-keeping questions and request for help
- Ensure that assistant clerks and secretaries understand:
Clerks should rely on official sources for instructions regarding their callings.
In addition to official sources, the larger clerk community contributes helpful information in various other places such as:
- Tech: The official technology site of the LDS Church, including news, forums (including an MLS forum), and this wiki.
- LDSClerks: LDS Clerks mailing list hosted at MormonsToday.com. Messages sent to this list are also available through a Yahoo group or a Google Group.
- LDSOSS: LDS Open Source and Standards, consisting of a wiki and a mailing list.
- LDS.org, The Role of the Ward Clerk , (Record-Keeping and Auditing Training)