Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

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Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby MorettiDP » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:07 am

Hi there!

I served before for seven years as an Stake Technology Specialist. Now I was called a Ward Technology Specialist. I could see LCR, CDOL and LDS Online Store systems don't give me access to the same features STSs has in Stake level. So, any of you could say to me what exactly a "WTS" shoud do without an STS? :mrgreen:

I have no idea what to do in this new calling...

Thank you so much for your ideas! ^_^

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby davesudweeks » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:13 am

I don't believe Ward Technology Specialist is a standard calling (I could not find it on the access table). If true, you will not have any special access for your calling beyond what a regular member has. I have never heard of a WTS so you might want to consult with your ward leaders or whomever had the calling before you as to what they would like this position to accomplish.

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby Biggles » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:18 am

See this article in MH Tech about the correct calling name https://www.lds.org/help/support/faq-as ... s?lang=eng

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby davesudweeks » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:23 am

Biggles wrote:See this article in MH Tech about the correct calling name https://www.lds.org/help/support/faq-as ... s?lang=eng


This is a good article about the stake calling. However, the OP mentioned he was given a ward calling. If I were to hazard a guess, I would think the bishopric want someone who is tech savvy enough, especially in the church tools as a former STS should be, to assist ward members in using them. But that is speculation on my part.

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby MorettiDP » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:35 am

davesudweeks wrote:
Biggles wrote:See this article in MH Tech about the correct calling name https://www.lds.org/help/support/faq-as ... s?lang=eng


This is a good article about the stake calling. However, the OP mentioned he was given a ward calling. If I were to hazard a guess, I would think the bishopric want someone who is tech savvy enough, especially in the church tools as a former STS should be, to assist ward members in using them. But that is speculation on my part.


I think that's the desire of my Bishop, because I too can't find any information about this calling. But things changed so much from the time I was an STS (2007-2014) unto now, so I can't imagine how I could be of good expertise or be useful.

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby lajackson » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:47 am

davesudweeks wrote:This is a good article about the stake calling. However, the OP mentioned he was given a ward calling.

The calling at a ward level would be a custom calling. As the article said, there is a standard stake calling of Assistant Technology Specialist, it can be given to an adult or a youth (age 12 or up), and the person may be assigned to a specific ward or meetinghouse.

We have one called for each meetinghouse whose main function is to handle satellite and other streaming broadcasts for the building. They can certainly help with other functions, as well, such as helping teachers interface with Material Center TVs and other devices, and some of our more savvy assistants also help with satellite and other network issues.

And although they can be given the standard calling, it is worth noting that they have no access to anything special online other than the help pages. Even the Assistant Stake Clerk--Technology had access to LCR removed some time ago. That is why they do not show up on the Access Table.

For example, I can tell the stake presidency where to go looking for stake conference information, but I cannot actually access it myself. They were intrigued when I asked them to go and get the stake conference dates this year. And they were quite surprised when they discovered that they would be in different months this year than they have been in the past. It is a connected world--almost.

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby russellhltn » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:49 am

davesudweeks wrote:This is a good article about the stake calling. However, the OP mentioned he was given a ward calling.

I think the first move is to inform the ward leadership that "electronic keys" to the calling are all based on being assigned to a standard position. Since there's no such thing as a "Ward STS", ask the ward leadership to apply to the stake to become an "Assistant STS" assigned to the ward.

Either that, or carve out specific responsibilities that can be assigned. Perhaps as "assistant ward clerk" (which again requires stake approval).
Have you searched the Wiki?
Try using a Google search by adding "site:tech.lds.org/wiki" to the search criteria.

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby davesudweeks » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:46 pm

MorettiDP wrote: But things changed so much from the time I was an STS (2007-2014) unto now, so I can't imagine how I could be of good expertise or be useful.


Actually, I think you could be very useful. If your ward is anything like mine, there are a number of folks who do not understand how to use the technology (LDSTools, Gospel Library, LDS.org, FamilySearch, Maps, Calendar, etc) but are willing to learn. Having someone comfortable to assist them from a basic level could be very helpful. You don't need special access to do that - just show them how to use the tools you and every other member can use. In this role, I would expect the most important skills you can have are patience and kindness...

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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby sbradshaw » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:38 am

There also used to be a standard ward calling "Ward Website Administrator" (maybe someone could verify that it still exists) that has basic administrative access to a couple of online tools, like the LDS.org Calendar.
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Re: Ward Technology Specialist - How to begin?

Postby MorettiDP » Tue Apr 17, 2018 7:52 am

Thank you for all your suggestions and informations, guys!


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