The United Methodist Church recognizes youth programs through which local churches can nurture children, teens and families with outreach and evangelism.

Incorporating them into the life of the church – and sharing Christian teachings – may have eternal results for the youth, their families and the church.

Because of their long-standing connections with local churches and their use of the PRAY program, these programs offer unique settings for ministry to youth.

Why choose Scouting as a ministry of the local church?

 

Outreach

The ministry of Christ revolved around the profound concept of reaching out to others.

Evangelism

Statistics indicate that of all the youth who join scouting through the church, 25 percent are United Methodists, 25 percent are members of other denominations or faiths and 50 percent come from unchurched families. Therefore, Scouting is one potential entry point for persons to join the church, which then has the opportunity to introduce, nurture and strengthen a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Evangelism

Some scouting programs exist for both girls and boys.

 

Intergenerational

Scouting and civic youth ministry offers opportunities for older adults as well as youth to participate.

United Methodist Men

UMM has a historical commitment to scouting and civic youth ministry.

Mission

Many mission opportunities are made available through the five youth agencies.

PRAY Awards

The God and Country Series is an age-appropriate study series that focuses on discipleship, family, and service.

Developing servant leaders

Each youth organization has inherent “building blocks” that the local church can transform into effective ministry.

Intentionality

Scouting can be an effective, intentional outreach ministry of the local church.

Making disciples

Considering one or more of these reasons, a local church may develop a consistent list of prospects for the Lord. Nurturing children, teens and families through outreach and evangelism and incorporating them into the life of the church may have tremendous, eternal results for the youth, their family and the church.

Rev. Robert L. Cox

Scouting Coordinator
South Carolina Conference UMC

Barry S. Herrin

Scouting Coordinator
Southeastern Jurisdiction
United Methodist Men

Steven Scheid

Director of Scouting Ministries
General Commission on
United Methodist Men

Bishop’s Award of Excellence

This award recognizes United Methodist congregations that extend their ministry to children and youth by creating a faith-based environment for children, youth, their families and their leaders who participate in Girl Scouts of the USA and Scouts BSA.

Bishop L. Jonathan Holston joins with the United Methodist Men of South Carolina in recognizing Scouting Ministry as an important part of the Church’s total ministry because of who is involved — all God’s children.

Click here to submit a nomination for the Bishop’s Award of Excellence.