Originally Posted by blue_eye
I serve as an elders quorum president for almost a year now but I am struggling in my Home Teaching reports, and gathering my quorum members because they have their own reasons not to do home teachings and don't want to attend activities that will not involve FOOD and they don't want to spare
This is an ongoing struggle. You can try to inspire them in your Sunday quorum meetings with the Spirit. Some will respond, some will not. I once had a panel of single sisters come into our meeting and share experiences about home teachers who blessed them. That relieved me of being the home teaching thumper and created some spirituality.
Try the PPI's with some brethren. Let your councilors do them, and if they get no results, you do them, and if that doesn't work, ask your HIgh Councilor to be join you with the same brethren again, escalating the interviews upward (kindly, politely, etcetera, with love). If the brethren still won't do hometeaching, then let the Bishop know and leave it in his hands to do as he sees fit. I've never had a Bishop willing to talk to brethren, even temple recommend holders about their non-home teaching, but yours might.
Plan quarterly (best) or semi-annual blitzes to people who haven't been seen to improve your home teaching efforts. Certain committed brethren will agree to be blitz hometeachers , so rally them to the extent they are willing.
Also, I plan to do this next time - -stop expecting to change people's lives. It's definitely a righteous desire, but look at it as a bi-product of your efforts, not as a fixated goal -- the changers will probably be more likely to come that way.
Just keep building a good relationship with the reluctant brethren. Don't get frustrated with it like I did. YOu can only do so much, and focus your energies with the people who want to be helped, and with programs that have an impact. If the STake or anyone gets on you about hometeaching (unduly) assert your efforts, the escalated interviews, and your blitz's.
I like ONE PERSON in charge of collecting home teaching reports to ease administration. Only problem is that if that person falls down, then the report fails spectacularly. Try to have a backup person in the wings in case that one person doesn't follow through on their calling.
Also, consider putting reluctant families who need to be hometaught on a mailing list and either reporting the letters as a visit or report them separately as contacts -- whatever feels right to you and your Bishop.