Product Enhancement Request

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walchjc
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Product Enhancement Request

Postby walchjc » Thu May 05, 2016 6:23 pm

LCR Enhancement Request:

(1) Add a checkbox field to the member record called: "Currently Active?"

This checkbox would be available for Ward leaders to populate and maintain. This field should then be added to most LCR reports as a filterable parameter. With most reports, such as callings, temple recommends, etc., it would be very helpful for Ward leaders to filter down to a view of those that need the greatest focus. It doesn't mean that less-active members will be forgotten about and not ministered to -- that would still occur. It just gives Ward leaders the option of better data.

(2) Add a date field to the member record called: "Last Speaking Assignment." Also add a new report of all members by their last speaking assignment date (oldest to newest).

This date field would be available for Ward leaders to populate and maintain with a member's last speaking assignment in sacrament meeting. The report would be a tremendous aid for Ward leaders to understand who hasn't spoken recently.

Currently, Wards who want to see this information have to track it offline. However, that also means they have to maintain move-ins and move-outs offline as well. Accommodating this in the system of record would be a significant time savings for Ward leaders.

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Re: Product Enhancement Request

Postby eblood66 » Thu May 05, 2016 6:44 pm

The decision makers for LCR and other tools do not read the forums. You can submit suggestions for LCR using the Feedback link at the bottom of any LCR page. Or, if your stake president feels strongly enough, he can talk to his area authority about them.

Personally, I really doubt that an Active/Less-Active indicator would be approved. A few years ago there was a letter which prohibited recording any form of 'do not contact' on a membership record. If we aren't supposed to record an explicit request to avoid contact, it seems that marking Active/Less Active would be even less likely to be allowed.

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Re: Product Enhancement Request

Postby russellhltn » Thu May 05, 2016 7:47 pm

eblood66 wrote:Personally, I really doubt that an Active/Less-Active indicator would be approved. A few years ago there was a letter which prohibited recording any form of 'do not contact' on a membership record. If we aren't supposed to record an explicit request to avoid contact, it seems that marking Active/Less Active would be even less likely to be allowed.

Ditto. I think legal would have a coronary.
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Re: Product Enhancement Request

Postby sbradshaw » Thu May 05, 2016 10:02 pm

The Church is careful not to "label" anyone. If they were ever to track activity, it would probably be done with verbs instead of adjectives. For example, filtering by who hasn't attended for a while (would require attendance tracking), who hasn't participated in home/visiting teaching (would require teacher-based statistics), who hasn't advanced in the priesthood or received temple covenants, etc., instead of "this person is an inactive person." That said, as mentioned above, these kinds of things can lead to legal troubles and members who feel they are being ostracized or judged.

Sacrament meeting speaking is probably a lot more feasible from a legal/sensitivity perspective – I haven't heard any plans for that kind of feature to be added, but it won't hurt to send feedback. It wouldn't hurt to send feedback about tracking activity more closely either, but I wouldn't get your hopes up about that.
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Re: Product Enhancement Request

Postby jokamura » Fri May 06, 2016 2:01 pm

My ward uses the talent option to keep track of the "do not contact" members. So basically it's set and a report can be created from their "talent".
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Re: Product Enhancement Request

Postby mwthomson » Mon Jun 27, 2016 6:08 pm

walchjc wrote:LCR Enhancement Request:
(2) Add a date field to the member record called: "Last Speaking Assignment." Also add a new report of all members by their last speaking assignment date (oldest to newest).

This date field would be available for Ward leaders to populate and maintain with a member's last speaking assignment in sacrament meeting. The report would be a tremendous aid for Ward leaders to understand who hasn't spoken recently.

Currently, Wards who want to see this information have to track it offline. However, that also means they have to maintain move-ins and move-outs offline as well. Accommodating this in the system of record would be a significant time savings for Ward leaders.


This would be a tremendous help! I'm currently assigned to keep track of speaking assignments and I just keep hitting brick walls with trying to get the data to marry up between my own spreadsheet and what's available on LCR. It's a huge pain.


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