How to Start a Royal Rangers Group
You don't have a Royal Rangers outpost in your church. You are eager to launch. What's next? There are three simple but deliberate steps to take as you lay the foundations for a lasting and effective ministry to the next generation of men in your church and community...Ready, set, go!
On my mark, get in the know! That is what this first step involves, preparing yourself with knowledge. Make decisions and plans on solid information. Start by reading "Inspire the Journey" the Royal Rangers Leaders Manual. It draws a clear picture of the value Royal Rangers adds to the health and vitality of a church and describes its simplicity and flexibility to compliment easily your church's discipleship process.
Next, review the Royal Rangers curriculum. Through an ongoing process of revision and improvement, the Royal Rangers curriculum is continually being updated and improved, and continues to be the most valuable material available for mentoring future men into Christlike manhood.
Information will spark vision as you consider the limitless opportunities Royal Rangers affords you and your church to touch young families in your community. That is why churches launch Royal Rangers-to evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. Every parent wants his/her sons to fit that description!
STEP 2 - SET
Draw-up plans for success! Start by asking the "what" assessment questions.
- What kind of outpost will impact the greatest number of families in our community? Would that be a Sunday outreach ministry, a mid-week family night design, an off-site or multi-site approach, or something else? Yes, the possibilities are endless. Dream! While Rangers is simple and flexible, it is also expandable and comprehensive.
- What kind of image will attract the greatest number of boys to our Royal Rangers outpost-a casual feel, a contemporary sportsman feel, or a formal and disciplined feel? From the annual promotional CD with contemporary banner design to the modern uniform line, Royal Rangers offers resources to help you create the look and feel that will work for you.
- What budget considerations must we make? Will parents cover the cost of their son's participation, will the church cover it, or will it be somewhere in between? Royal Rangers offers options to work on any size budget so that every church and family can participate!
- Will it be necessary to conduct our program in close cooperation with the Girls Ministries of our church? If so, consider the Together Plan, a formula for cooperative programs between Royal Rangers and Girls Ministries for churches with smaller programs.
After asking these and other assessment questions, start asking the "who" questions. Who will lead this ministry? Carefully select the right leaders and discuss your vision. Selecting the right leader will be a major factor in the success of your program.
The next step is to get your leaders into training. The Rangers Ministry Academy offers a clear and dynamic four-level training program for local leaders-Ready, Safety, Trained, and Advanced. Get your leaders through the first two, and you will have leaders eager and prepared to launch! After the kick-off, encourage them to finish their training.
STEP 3 - GO!
Ready, set, go! You have already asked "What" and "Who." Now, it is time to ask "When?" When should we begin? Should we start at the beginning of a new school year or a new calendar year, or should we start at the start of the summer?
As you can tell, starting Royal Rangers is not difficult, but it does require walking through a deliberate process to lay a solid foundation upon which the ministry can grow and thrive. Because you launch Royal Rangers, boys and families will put their faith in Jesus. They will grow in their knowledge of Christ, maturing as godly men and future husbands, fathers, and churchmen. They will become Spirit-filled and empowered for a life of Kingdom service! Yes, mentoring relationships can be that powerful!
Start Royal Rangers for under $100.
Purchase the Leader Manual and a TRaCclub membership track for each group(s) you are starting.
The Leader Manual is the backbone for leader training and explains the philosophy for the ministry of Royal Rangers. It features invaluable helps and guidelines for local leaders and is the go-to resource for all Rangers Ministry Academy events.
TRaCclub is the Royal Rangers digital curriculum. A membership includes meeting guides, Bible merits, skill merits, leadership merits, and more.
Royal Rangers Leader Manual: Inspire the Journey (#020707)
TRaCclub Membership Track