Every Royal Rangers leader plays a vital role in helping boys develop into Christlike manhood. It is, therefore, essential that all leaders display consistent Christlike character and practices in their daily lives and work in cooperation with the other ministries of the church to fulfill our collective mission of bringing the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world. Please see also Chapter 27 of the Royal Rangers Leader Manual.
Qualifications for Royal Rangers Leaders
- Leaders must be born-again Christians, well-grounded in the Word of God, displaying a consistent testimony in daily Christian living, possessing habits and ideals that are above reproach.
- Leaders must be loyal to their church, cooperating with the programs and ministries of the church, submitting to those in authority, and supporting the Pastor’s vision for ministry.
- Leaders must have a heart for ministering to boys and enjoy working with them
- Leaders must be capable of leading and delegating authority, possessing good judgment, accepting and fulfilling responsibilities, and commanding the respect of others
- Leaders must be willing to take Royal Rangers leadership training and conduct their outpost activities in accordance with established standards for the Royal Rangers ministry.
- Leaders must be at least 21 years old to serve as an Outpost Coordinator or Group Leader (Commander) or at least 18 years old to serve as an Assistant Group Leader.
Recommended Standards for Leader Screening & Supervision
The National Royal Rangers Ministries strongly recommends the following standard for the screening, selection, and supervision of all leaders involved in Royal Rangers:
- All persons should be screened before serving as a Royal Rangers leader. Screening should include, at a minimum:
- A criminal background check including a national criminal file and a 50-state sex offender registry search.
- At least two references, preferably from churches or other youth-serving institutions in which an applicant has worked with minors.
- Every Royal Rangers outpost should implement a "two-adult" policy prohibiting individual boys to be alone, and unsupervised, with a single leader during any Royal Rangers program or activity.
- Royal Rangers leaders should not engage in potentially high-risk activities with one or more boys involving little if any supervision and accountability, such as those listed below. Each of these activities has been associated with cases of child molestation in youth organizations and schools and should be avoided in order to protect boys, protect the church, and avoid the appearance of evil. Such activities include, but are not limited to:
- driving in a car or other vehicle together
- going on trips
- spending the night in a hotel
- spending time in a leader's home
- spending the night in a leader's home
- meeting in malls or other places where minors congregate
- A "six month" policy should be adopted requiring persons to have been a member of the church for a minimum of six months before being considered as a volunteer Royal Rangers leader.
- Child abuse reporting requirements under state law must be understood and followed. This generally means that any reasonable suspicion that a child has been physically, sexually, or emotionally abused, or neglected, be reported immediately to a designated state agency (often a “child abuse hotline”). In most states, the duty to report is not discharged by reporting to a pastor or other church leader. Many state child abuse laws distinguish between persons who are legally required to report (“mandatory” reporters) and those who are merely encouraged to report (“permissive” reporters). Mandatory reporters are subject to misdemeanor criminal liability in most states for failing to report, and in some states they, and the church they serve, may be sued personally in a civil lawsuit. Though permissive reporters are merely encouraged to report abuse, and are not subject to any penalty for failing to do so, it is a best practice for permissive reporters to report abuse if they have reasonable suspicion that it has occurred.
Additional specific leadership requirements for local groups are determined by the pastor and the church's leadership team. Each church is responsible for screening, approving, and supervising adult leaders who work with minors.
Please see also our Commitment to Biblical Standards of Sexual Morality for additional information on leadership qualifications in Royal Rangers.