A couple months ago, I wrote a quick post about Visiting Teaching and my relationship to it. In it, I emphasized that I didn’t feel like a forced, monthly visit was spiritually or socially useful to me, though it might be for other people. I also mentioned how my favorite VTs in the past didn’t visit me monthly, but would formally drop by every 3-6 months and otherwise just treat me as a friend around town.
I lamented how the VT/HT program, can get too caught up in stats and “just getting it in each month” rather than really thinking about what people individually need, want, or can adequately do.
The response I got was good–some people liked the idea of making VT/HT more flexible and some people thought that the monthly meeting, though it may not be the most casual, was its own form of showing love through showing consistency. Thanks for all your comments.
I bring it all up again because I wanted to share something interesting with anyone who was intrigued by that post a while back:
Last week, my ward rolled out a “New VT/HT Plan for 2011.”
Essentially, the plan is that active members will have VT and HTs, but they will not need to be visited monthly. VTs and HTs can visit them as often as they see a need. For example, if a woman is home bound with small children, it might be nice to have a visit every month…or it might not…it’s up to the Teachers and Teachees “to decide openly, kindly, and with honesty.” I also remember hearing something along the lines of, “You can say hi at church, give them a call every couple months, but there will no longer be any pressure to have these active families formally visited monthly.” Instead, the RS presidency and Elders Quorum presidency encouraged people to try and contact less active members about once a month “in whatever way feels best for that family, not necessarily with a formal visit and lesson.”
Hooray! (well, that’s what I thought anyway) To me this will usher in a more personal, friendly, less stressful VT/HT experience for everyone. Of course, I know that not everyone is comfortable with this, but maybe mixing things up a little bit will get everyone to see VT/HT in a slightly different light now.
Anyway, has anyone else had other big, philosophically important changes in their ward’s VT/HT programs?