Scouting provides outreach opportunities for your church

The opening years of the 21st century have seen an increasing need to communicate our churches’ message to everyone; those within the congregations and those not yet reached. Churches have responded: every mean, print and electronic, is being employed boldly in this effort, but it is important to keep these communication wonders in perspective; they are really only tools that help strengthen the impact of personal witnessing.

Face-to-face encounter remains the most effective means of outreach, and the effective church evaluates all available outlets for interpersonal encounters. A thorough evaluation of opportunities to reach children and young people will reveal an often untapped wealth of opportunity—Scouting.

Scouting is challenging. It is action-and skill-oriented; constructively competitive; balanced between scholarship and practical application. Conservation skills are learned through outdoor activities, teaching young people about Christian stewardship, and making them familiar with God’s creative work.

Scouting is a winner. It appeals to young people because of its established, winning reputation— everyone wants to be on a winning team!

Scouting appeals to unchurched youth. Even if the church has a fine youth organization of Bible study, training, and mission education, chances are that the youth program mainly attracts young people already active in the congregation. Scouting offers a distinctive outreach element to help extend the church’s ministry to the larger community.

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