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The Importance of Training

July 28, 2017

"Training? Why do I need training to be a Royal Rangers leader? I don't recall having to take training for choir, kids' church, or youth sponsor." I've heard this and many more comments like it regarding training. First, let me start by saying that all training is voluntary. Sure, there are training modules and events that are required to attain certain levels of advancement within Royal Rangers, but that is typical throughout corporate America as well as all endeavors in which we would like to excel. So why is it so important for the Royal Rangers ministry? I think Paul states it rather succinctly in his letter to the Ephesians.

12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,[a] to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love. Ephesians 4:12-16 (ESV)

I think for our purposes, verses 12 and 13 address the importance of training quite nicely. The word "equip" as used here in the Greek is katartismos, which means complete furnishing, perfecting. While Paul is referring to equipping the saints for the work of ministry, I believe the same applies for our leaders. In the act of training, we are perfecting our leaders' knowledge of the Rangers ministry-how it works, what tools and methods are available, and how to best utilize those tools and methods. We provide many training opportunities, each specifically designed to better equip, or perfect, the leader's knowledge in a particular aspect of our gender specific mentoring ministry. Through this training, we attain unity in the knowledge of how to most effectively evangelize, equip, and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders.

Our fundamental goal of training is to inspire, mobilize, and resource leaders to empower them to achieve their greatest effectiveness. Our training is designed to benefit both new and seasoned leaders. Training allows us to be introduced to what has been revised, to what is new, and, most importantly, to what is currently effective for this generation. The evil one does not want you to advance or become more effective. Training gives you the competitive edge to reach today's young man that may not otherwise be reached. That is why training is important!

David Morrison
National Training Coordiantor
Royal Rangers USA