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Reaching Young Families for Christ through an Ongoing Scouting Evangelism/Discipleship Ministry. Mark Hazlewood, P.R.A.Y. . How to Have Pastors and Congregations Begging You to Start a Scouting Program. Vision.

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reaching young families for christ through an ongoing scouting evangelism discipleship ministry

Reaching Young Families for Christ through an Ongoing Scouting Evangelism/Discipleship Ministry

Mark Hazlewood, P.R.A.Y.

vision
Vision
  • Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
the great commission
The Great Commission
  • Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
what does this mean
What does this mean?
  • “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations”
whose goals are these
Whose goals are these?
  • Membership growth
  • Membership Retention
  • Program
  • Money
  • Trained Volunteers
no church home
No Church Home
  • 50-60% of America does NOT have a church home
  • The Lord rejoices more over the return of one lost soul than a thousand committee meetings!
matthew 9 37
Matthew 9:37
  • Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.”
traditional church ideas for evangelism
Traditional Church Ideas for Evangelism
  • “They ought to come.”
  • “They really ought to come.”
  • “They really really ought to come.”
traditional church ideas for evangelism1
Traditional Church Ideas for Evangelism
  • Serve coffee
  • Serve more coffee
  • Serve better coffee
  • Serve more better coffee
let s try scouting
Let’s try SCOUTING
  • Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
congregation s response
Congregation’s Response
  • But we don’t have any kids?
  • What about the girls/boys?
  • I wear too many hats!
youth agencies provide the children and young families
Youth Agencies Provide the Children and Young Families
  • The reason Parents sign their Children up for Scouting is for the VALUES
  • The Church provides the LEADERSHIP
ingredients for success
Ingredients for Success
  • Both sides must clearly understand the chartered organization or sponsorship agreement before it is signed.
  • The Youth Agencies should use as many congregational volunteers as is feasible.
  • The congregation must“invest” their best kid person to be the leader
ingredients for success1
Ingredients for Success
  • All volunteers must be trained by the local council
  • Religious emblems must be promoted by the unit leader
  • Congregations must offer a religious emblems class
promoting religious emblems
Promoting Religious Emblems
  • AHG – required for Stars and Stripes
  • BSA – Religious emblems coordinator
  • GSUSA – My Promise, My Faith (MPMF)
  • Patch Set
  • www.praypub.org
the p r a y program
The P.R.A.Y. Program
  • Christian Education
  • Discipleship
  • Service Projects
  • Adult Mentors
  • Family Involvement
  • EVANGELISM
god and me grades 1 3
God and MeGrades 1-3

Theme: “Best Friends with Jesus”

Hands-On: GAMEBox

Memory Requirement: The Lord’s Prayer

Schedule: minimum 4 sessions

god and family grades 4 5
God and Family:Grades 4-5

Theme: “Growing in God’s Love”

Hands-on: PIZZA

Memory Requirement: The Ten Commandments

Schedule: minimum 6 sessions

god and church grades 6 8
God and Church:Grades 6-8

Theme: “My Journey with Christ”

Hands-on: Video or Photo Album

Memory Requirement: Creed

Schedule: minimum 12 sessions

Daily Bible Reading Requirement: 3 weeks min.

Service Projects: Community and Church service projects

god and life grades 9 12
God and Life:Grades 9-12

Theme: “Called by Christ to Serve

Daily Bible Reading Requirement: 3 months minimum

Schedule: minimum 12 sessions plus 5 Service Projects

Required: Write a Personal Statement of Commitment

religious emblems class
Religious Emblems Class
  • Your Troop leader promotes the Religious Emblems of all faiths.
  • Your congregation offers a class to earn the P.R.A.Y. award.
growing your congregation
Growing Your Congregation
  • If your Cub Scout Pack has 10 families
  • 50% may not have a church home
  • That means 5 young families are pre-qualified as looking for values for their children
  • That means 5 pre-qualified families are already in your building who don’t have a church home
growing your congregation1
Growing Your Congregation
  • If your American Heritage Girls Troop has 10 families
  • 50% may not have a church home
  • That means 5 young families are pre-qualified as looking for values for their children
  • That means 5 pre-qualified families are already in your building who don’t have a church home
growing your congregation2
Growing Your Congregation
  • If your Girl Scout Troop has 12 families
  • 50% may not have a church home
  • That means 6 young families are pre-qualified as looking for values for their children
  • That means 6 pre-qualified families are already in your building who don’t have a church home
growing your congregation3
Growing Your Congregation
  • If your congregation offers a class to earn the P.R.A.Y. award
  • If you invest your second best kid person to help teach the class
  • If you include the Adult Mentor Program you are discipling the family
  • You can have 10 young families meeting and interacting with your church members
keeping new members
Keeping New Members
  • But research shows that new members are gone after just one year
  • ScoutParents gets parents involved with the Pack and your Christian leaders
  • www.scoutparents.org
  • P.R.A.Y. Curriculum/Mentor
keeping new members1
Keeping New Members
  • The Youth Agency Programs include lots of activities to involve the family
  • Scout parents
  • Troops are multi-age
  • Father-Daughter activities
what does your congregation need
What Does Your Congregation Need?

 Membership – young families

 Membership – adult males

 Retention

 Religious Training

 Trained Leadership

 Money

ingredients for success2
Ingredients for Success
  • Win-win-win situation
  • Collaboration results in:
    • Stronger youth and families
    • Stronger congregations
    • Stronger councils