January 27, 2021
Since the Royal Rangers program first began in 1962, our mission has been to reach boys with the message of the gospel and to provide them with a pathway to Christlike manhood through an intentional discipleship process packaged with a variety of activities boys commonly enjoy. This activity-based, mentoring format, discipleship process has long been the central feature of the Royal Rangers program.
However, our ability to fulfill that mission in any given community is largely a product of the health of the Royal Rangers outposts in that area. Healthy outposts are naturally more effective at fulfilling that mission. How do we evaluate outpost health? What are the key factors or features that identify a healthy outpost? Although many criteria could be used, one reliable standard would be our “seven methods.”
The seven methods of Royal Rangers represent the seven “tools,” or aspects, of the program used by outpost leaders to facilitate the process of shaping boys into Bible-based, Christlike manhood. Although the ways in which these methods are represented in one outpost may vary significantly from another, all seven methods are needed to provide boys with a healthy, effective Royal Rangers experience.
As you consider each of these methods, use the questions provided to evaluate the degree to which each one is being effectively applied within your outpost and church. For additional information on the seven methods, refer to Chapter 4 of the Royal Rangers Leader Manual.
FRIENDSHIP: Building healthy, Christ-centered relationships among men and boys
ACTIVITIES: Bringing men and boys together around a variety of activities that provide something for every boy
IDENTITY: Inviting boys to connect and belong to a community of Christlike men
ACHIEVEMENT: Providing every boy with a pathway for growth and recognition
DISCIPLESHIP: Growing boys into Christlike manhood through a systematic, guy-specific discipleship process
LEADERSHIP: Developing servant leadership and personal growth within a small group environment
SERVICE: Engaging boys in service to God, their family, church, and community
These are just a few of the questions you may ask yourself and your leaders as you evaluate the current health status of your outpost. Keep in mind that a healthy outpost can only exist when it is conducted in alignment with the vision of your pastor and the ministry structure and format of your church. Reviewing these questions with your church leadership can provide valuable insight into their perspective of your outpost’s health and the role Royal Rangers is intended to play within your church.
Pursuing outpost health is a continual, ongoing process that involves periodic evaluation and adjustment. As you commit yourself to the process and rely on the leading of the Holy Spirit, you can have confidence that your outpost can attain good health and reproduce spiritual health in the men and boys you serve.