The mission of the church is to reach out to those within the community, receive them as they are, relate them to God, nurture and equip them, and send them back into the community in order to make the community a more loving and just place in which to live. With that in mind, the United Methodist Men’s Foundation established an Office of Civic Youth-Serving Agencies/Scouting Ministries. The purpose of this office is to promote the use of programs across the Church and to help local congregations understand how they might use civic youth-serving agencies as an outreach ministry within their community.
The Church has chosen to use four youth agency programs. Nurturing children, teens, and families through outreach and evangelism and incorporating them into the life of the church may have tremendous, eternal results for the youth, their family and the Church.
- Boy Scouts of America
- Girl Scouts of the USA
- Big Brothers Big Sisters (the Amachi Partnership)
- Camp Fire
These agencies offer a unique opportunity to minister to young people. The five were chosen because of their Christian teachings, long-standing connection with local congregations and their recognition of the God and Country program.
We, the Church, are endowed with certain responsibilities that allow scouting and civic youth serving programs to become a ministry. This is what differentiates us from a civic or community-based club.
Note: While the term “scouting ministries” is used extensively to refer to all civic youth-serving agency programs, it is important to note that each of these agency programs offers distinct and unique program and organizational features.
Community United Methodist Church holds the charters to three of the Boy Scout program: Boy Scout Troop 100 (all boy), Troop 818 (all girl), Cub Scout Pack 100 (all boy) and Venturing Crew 100 (co-ed).