I believe in Royal Rangers. I have been in full time ministry for about 35 years, and yet I still recall that the first ministry assignment I was ever given was in the Royal Rangers ministry. I was given leadership over a small group of younger boys. I was only twelve at the time. That assignment as small as it was may have been what set me on the trajectory toward ministry. Another reason I believe in Royal Rangers ministry is because as a pastor and active Royal Ranger leader I appreciate the spiritual aspects of the ministry. I have prayed with boys at camp outs and special events, and have watched the Holy Spirit take a boy that was a hard young man and soften him to the point of being receptive to Christ. I remember standing by a young man at a National Camporama as he broke before the Lord and as tears slipped down his cheeks, he said, “please pray for my family, we do better when we are in church.” I have seen young men who have been from broken families find healing during times of prayer.
I also love the aspect of fellowship that occurs between both the leaders and the boys. The truth is we need each other. Royal Rangers helps us get off of our screens and out into the world doing wholesome activities.
The Royal Rangers program is an activity-based, small group church ministry for boys and young men in grades K-12. Our mission is to evangelize, equip and empower the next generation of Christlike men and lifelong servant leaders. We provide Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment.
The Royal Rangers program is a cross-generational ministry that interconnects well with children, youth and adult ministries and fits easily into the fabric of pastoral vision and into the flow of church ministries. We affirm the male hands-on, interactive learning style by featuring an intentional discipleship journey for boys and young men based on their unique design, needs and interests. Every meeting, outing or service activity is designed to encourage boys and young men in their walk with God.
We provide men with the tools to model Christlike manhood as they mentor boys on a Bible-based, Christ-centered, Spirit-empowered journey to maturity in the faith. Boys learn to study and apply what the Bible says about integrity, doctrine, biblical worldview, cultural issues and manhood. In addition, the Royal Rangers ministry molds boys into servant leaders, teaching them vital social, equipping, attitude, leadership and service skills.
The Royal Rangers program at a local church is referred to as an “outpost” and may consist of one or more groups. Each group follows a program of activities based on the interests and abilities of boys in that group.
The mission of Royal Rangers coincides with the mission of the church, as given by Christ in Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) – Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
The mission of Royal Rangers is to provide churches with a platform to evangelize boys for Christ, equip them to become the next generation of Christlike men, and empower them for service as lifelong servant leaders.
- EVANGELIZE – We will reach the world with Gospel of Jesus Christ by bringing together a community of men and boys who will connect with others through a variety of activities guys commonly enjoy.
- EQUIP – We will train and resource our adult and junior leaders to effectively apply the Royal Rangers program within their areas of responsibility.
- EMPOWER – We will provide opportunities for men and boys to improve their churches and communities through the practice of servant leadership.
The Royal Rangers program utilizes seven methods to guide boys on their journey to Christlike manhood. The manner in which each method is employed may vary from one church to another according to the style and culture of the church but all seven methods are represented in some way in every outpost.
Building healthy, Christ-centered relationships among men and boys
Men and boys build relationships side by side as they do fun things together. In Royal Rangers, boys have the opportunity to develop lasting, healthy relationships with other boys as well as men of multiple generations.
Bringing men and boys together around a variety of activities that provide something for every boy
Boys today have a variety of interest – sports, technology, outdoor activities, trade skills, arts, and more. The Royal Rangers ministry features a vast collection of resources to support these diverse interests. Outpost leaders are encouraged to plan a wide range of activities to appeal to the many interests of today’s boy.
Inviting boys to connect and belong to a community of Christlike men
Every boy needs to know he is significant and has a valuable role to play in something big and important. The various uniforms worn by Royal Rangers men and boys serve to identify them as a part of a worldwide organization that is building the kingdom of God in the hearts and minds of men and boys all around the world.
Providing every boy with a pathway for growth and recognition
The Royal Rangers advancement system provides a systematic discipleship & leadership development process that provides boys with a roadmap to Christlike manhood. Through a combination of Bible studies, leadership lessons, and skill development boys develop a complete image of manhood as modeled by Jesus Christ in Luke 2:52 where “Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.”
Growing boys into Christlike manhood through a systematic, guy-specific discipleship process
The Royal Rangers program provides boys with a picture of Christlike manhood and process for pursuing it – a lifelong effort that requires endurance, patience, and persistence.
Developing servant leadership and personal growth within a small group environment
The Royal Rangers program provides boys with opportunities to learn leadership skills and practice them in a small group setting. As they get older, boys play an increasing role in planning and leading the activities of their group.
Engaging boys in service to God, their family, church, and community
Service to others is a central part of the Christian faith. Therefore, any effort to help boys grow into healthy Christian men must include regular opportunities for serving others. Royal Rangers outposts are regularly engaged in activities that service their communities as they seek to make the world a better place.