Nashville agency seeks adults who love

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The United Methodist Office of Scouting Ministries is looking for scouting advocates to help Indiana churches establish and expand scouting ministry opportunities.

The National Office of Scouting Ministries has selected Indiana as a pilot conference to test the effectiveness of “Scouting Ministry Specialists.”

Volunteer specialists will provide neighboring churches with information about the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (PRAY), training opportunities, resources for Scout Sunday and various awards for young people and adults.

“Our churches look for ways to attract young families,” said the Rev. Frederick Cain. “Scouting and other youth-serving agencies provide excellent ways to attract youth to Indiana churches. Many of these youths belong to unchurched families; therefore, Scouting Ministries bring young families into our churches.”

Larry Coppock, national director of scouting ministries, reports that 50 percent of the Scouts in troops chartered by United Methodist churches are unchurched.

Scouting Ministry Specialists also will help churches enrich their relationship with existing Scout units.

“Too frequently, churches treat troops as if they are just renting space instead of being a vital part of their ministry,” said Coppock. “Churches may not be aware of the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth series that can be used for confirmation training or Venturing Crews that can expand youth ministries. Scouting Ministry Specialist can help churches understand these possibilities.”

For further information, contact LaNisha Sayles, 866-297-4312.

Mail to: Director of Scouting Ministries, GCUMM, PO Box 340006; Nashville, TN 37203 or e-mail to: LSayles@gcumm.org.