What is my job?
- Through scouting and other youth serving organizations, lead the congregation’s plan of nurture and service for children and youth of all ages and all stages of faith.
- Address the concerns and conditions of children and youth in the community and church so that the young people grow in understanding themselves and the Christian faith and become better equipped for daily living.
Spiritual Gifts and Skills for this Leadership
Spiritual gifts: servanthood, teaching, exhortation (encouragement), giving, leadership, and administration
Experience, skills: This leader should show evidence of passion for Scouting for boys and girls and helping young people learn and grow in knowledge and in faith. Useful skills for this position are ability to listen to and communicate with people of all ages, knowledge of all Scouting and youth serving programs, ability to work with small group leaders, and skills for developing programs and events.
What does this leader do?
- Maintain a growing and healthy spiritual life and lead others to do the same.
- Determine how your congregation might reach out to serve the hopes, concerns, and needs of children and youth in your community through Scouting and other youth serving programs.
- Coordinate the planning and implementation of a comprehensive Scouting ministry for your congregation and community that aligns with and extends the mission of the church.
- Identify, equip, and support people to serve as teachers, counselors, and sponsors for Scouting programs.
- Participate on the youth council of the congregation to collaborate on program, calendar schedules, and goals of helping youth learn to grow as Christian disciples, and represent the congregation at district Scouting meetings.
- Make efforts to ensure that children and youth in the Scouting program have opportunities to consider their vocation as Christians and how they may express their Christian discipleship in their careers, occupations, and daily living.
- Work with the youth council and church leaders to lead the congregation in celebrations of worship and fellowship to recognize Scout Sunday, Scouting awards and honors, and other occasions in the lives of youth and adults in Scouting.
Where can I get help?
- Convene a meeting of interested youth and adults to plan for your work. Meet with the congregation’s youth leaders to coordinate goals, projects, and calendars.
- Learn from people in your community and congregation and district Scouting leaders to promote Scouting for girls and boys in the community.
- Seek to identify gaps where your congregation can lead the way in making a positive difference in the lives of children, youth, adults and families.
People and Agencies
- Your pastor, Scout leaders in the congregation and in the community.
- InfoServ, infoserv.umc.org, answers questions and provides current information about United Methodist resources, programs, and staff services.
- General Commission on United Methodist Men: Scouting Ministry, P.O. Box 340006, Nashville, TN 37202-0006; phone 615-620-7262
- Your local Girl Scout and Boy Scout council offices.
- Your local affiliate of Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Your local CampFire USA office
- Your local 4-H office
Web and Print
- Guidelines for Leading Your Congregation 2013-2016: Scouting and Civic Youth Serving Ministry
- Interpreter magazine for church leaders – Available in Spanish
- Job Descriptions and Leadership Training for the United Methodist Church 2013-2016 by Betsey Heavner
Official website of Big Brothers Big Sisters www.bbbs.org
Official website of Campfire USA http://campfire.org/
Official website of the Boy Scouts of America is www.scouting.org
Official website of the Girl Scouts of America is www.girlscouts.org
Official website of the National 4-H Council is www.4-h.org