The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was established on April 6, 1830 to provide salvation to God's children. Beginning that very moment and continuing until today, people in stakes, wards, and branches have counselled together, exchanged ideas, developed plans, and found solutions that fulfilled the Church's purpose.
A Call to Missionary WorkIn 2009 Elder L. Tom Perry of the Quorum of the Twelve visited the Pacific Northwest to admonish stakes and wards to council together more closely to advance missionary work in the region. He referenced a series of talks he'd given over the years that discussed a simple concept: the One Church Initiative. The One Church Initiative invited branches, wards, and stakes to work together as one to achieve this goal with the Ward Council serving as the coordinating council for the effort.
From 2009 until 2012 the Wallace Branch, Hayden Lake Idaho Stake worked to implement Elder Perry's vision of the One Church Initiative. The misisonary success of the branch was wonderful, resultng in more than 20 baptisms and 30 reactivations during that time. The Branch Mission Leader and Branch President worked together to describe in detail the organization and procedures used to achieve that success — organization and procedures that can be used by any branch, ward, or stake in the world to achieve the same results. The result is the book, The One Church Initiative: Retention, Activation, and Conversion in Stakes, Wards, and Branches.The One Church Initiative is not a replacement for Preach My Gospel. These two volumes work together to fully realize missionary work in local congregations. Preach My Gospel describes the full-time missionary program. The One Church Initiative describes the local member missionary program.