Starting an Outpost

Establish the Leadership Roles

The Pastor: The pastor is the key to having a successful Royal Rangers ministry . If he is fully aware of how evangelically effective Royal Rangers is, he will support the ministry wholeheartedly. First, he must learn about Royal Rangers. If your pastor wants to learn about Royal Rangers, this Web site is a great place to start. It is best if he is the one to initiate the program in the church to ensure congregational and staff support for this vital ministry. He should discuss with the congregation the basic needs of the boys and recommend that the program be adopted.

The Church: The congregation should recognize that the Royal Rangers groups are a part of the “total church ministry.” Also, they should realize that the men and women in the church should assume responsibility for the promotion, leadership and financing of the work. The church is also responsible to screen its leaders for the safety of the children in the church. Some churches may choose another leader or ministry to exercise authority over the Royal Rangers. Ministry Oversight: The church’s board or department head should promote and oversee Royal Rangers. Those individuals must become familiar with the aims, purposes and mission of this ministry.

Outpost Council: An Outpost Council is appointed by the church board. It is comprised of three to five men or women who are interested in ministry to children, capable of leadership and willing to spend time developing the program. This council is responsible for appointing leaders, securing a meeting place, finances and equipment and honoring advancements. Choosing Outpost Council Leaders Because the commander is looked up to as an example by the commanders and boys in Royal Rangers, the Outpost Council should consider the qualifications of a good commander, as suggested by the following guidelines:

Is the candidate a born-again Christian, well-grounded in the Word of God?
Is the candidate loyal to the church?
Are the candidate’s habits and ideals above reproach?
Does the candidate have a heart for ministering to boys and enjoy working with them?
Does the candidate have a consistent testimony in daily Christian living?
Is the candidate able to lead and delegate authority?
Does the candidate possess good judgment? * Is the candidate willing to accept responsibility?
Does the candidate command the respect of other men?
Does the candidate cooperate with the program of the church?
Will the candidate take leadership training?
Is the candidate 21 years of age or older? (Lieutenant commanders must be 18 or older.)
Outpost Commander: Each outpost group of Royal Rangers needs a leader (called “commander”) and, when possible, a lieutenant commander. A survey ascertaining the number of interested children in each outpost group will help in determining the number of groups and leaders needed.

Get Training
Training is the key to a successful Royal Rangers ministry. Leaders should endeavor to receive all the knowledge available to them about Royal Rangers. A novice leader should obtain, the Royal Rangers Leaders Manual. The next step is enrollment is the Ranger Basics Module of the Leadership Training Academy to enable him to meet the challenges of leading boys. In addition, the national office conducts National Training Camps, designed to help give more assistance to leaders in the Royal Rangers ministry.

For information on what training camps are available, visit the Training section.