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.
Click here to read a letter from Steven Scheid, director of the UMC Center
for Scouting Ministry, concerning the outcome of the 2019 General Conference.
Why choose Scouting as a ministry of the local church?
The ministry of Christ revolved around the profound concept of reaching out to others.
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.
Some scouting programs exist for both girls and boys.
Scouting and civic youth ministry
United Methodist Men
UMM has a historical commitment to scouting and civic youth ministry.
Many mission opportunities are made available through the five youth agencies.
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.
Scouting can be an effective, intentional outreach ministry of the local church.
Considering one or more of these reasons, a local church may develop a consistent list of prospects for the Lord. Nurturing children, teens
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.