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Monday, June 20, 2011

Mormons, Missions and MBA's Part 4: How Many Hours?

Bloomberg Businessweek recently published, "God's MBAs: Why Mormon Missions Produce Leaders." I'm sure it will get plenty of attention. I'm simply going to pull out a few various quotes for analysis.
Simply belonging to the highly managerial Mormon Church requires work. Mormons depend upon an unpaid "lay" clergy composed of ordinary congregants tapped to lead sermons each week. Congregants don't just go to church on Sunday, they run the church, filling all the positions from Sunday school teacher to bishop, serving an estimated five to 25 hours each week. At the same time, they are expected to pay a 10 percent tithe on their incomes while encouraged to raise large families.
Yes, we are "tapped to lead sermons" but that doesn't capture what really happens because even ordinary members put in an unheard of number of hours on church work. Twenty five hours for our top local lay leaders is a conservative estimate. 

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