From the article: “Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) President Dr. Fred Luter recently visited the national offices of the Boy Scouts of America as the guest of the new chief scout executive (and fellow Southern Baptist) Wayne Brock. During their meeting Luter heard about ways Baptist churches can use Scouting as an evangelism, religious education and family ministry.”
During the meeting, Dr. Luter said:
“At no time in the history of our Convention or our great nation has there been a greater need to aggressively reach out to children, youth, and families with the Good News and, once reached, to disciple them,” said Luter.
“One of the tools I commend to you for helping to accomplish these divine imperatives is a Boy Scouting ministry in your church. When I say a ‘Boy Scouting ministry,’ I mean that the church understands that it owns the Scout units, operates them as an integral ministry, and is responsible for finding committed, godly leaders who will minister to the children, youth, and families affiliated with these units,” he said.
While our troop’s charter organization, First Baptist Church of Hackensack is not affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention (we are part of the GARBC fellowship) it is encouraging to see continued dialog supporting the scouting curriculum as an important mentoring and youth/family ministry in local churches serving local communities.