February 11, 2016

“…principles… set forth in the writings of the Guardian” with respect to “the importance and nature of the teaching work among the masses” – summarized by the Universal House of Justice in 1967

  • “...the manner of the presentation of the teachings of the Faith;
  • the attitude that must govern those responsible for enrolling new believers;
  • the need to educate the newly enrolled Bahá'ís, to deepen them in the teachings and to wean them gradually away from their old allegiances;
  • the necessity of keeping a proper balance between expansion and consolidation; 
  • the significance of the participation of the native believers of each country in the teaching work and in the administration of the affairs of the community;
  • the formulation of budgets within the financial capabilities of the community;
  • the importance of fostering the spirit of self-sacrifice in the hearts of the friends; 
  • the worthy goal for each national community to become self-supporting;
  • the preferability of individuality of expression to absolute uniformity, within the framework of the Administrative Order; and
  • the lasting value of dedication and devotion when engaged in the teaching work." 
- The Universal House of Justice  (From a letter dated 11 May 1967 to all National Spiritual Assemblies; ‘Messages from the Universal House of Justice 1963-1986’) (To see the entire message please visit: Messages from the Universal House of Justice – to Baha’i Institutions)