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Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

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Scouting Ministry Kerfuffle, Part One
A number of people have asked, in various fora, about the announcement by the General Commission on United Methodist Men that it has dropped its relationship with the National Association of United Methodist Scouters. I’ve been out of office for two years now, so I have no first-hand knowledge of this, but I’ve been around a long time and I know where the bodies are buried (so to speak), or at least some of them. So I thought I would write this blog post for the benefit of those who are wondering what’s going on and who might be inclined to trust my judgment.Collapse )
Scouting Ministry Kerfuffle, Part Two
In my last post, I referred to the General Commission on UM Men as the UMM Treehouse. I need to explain that. Along the way, let me also give you some history on the relationship between NAUMS and UMM.Collapse )
Scouting Ministry Kerfuffle, Part Three
Despite what you might think, I am not, nor was I ever, a NAUMS partisan. I am a clergy Scouter, and I relate primarily to the Annual Conference for my field of ministry. I think in terms of relational ministry. I care deeply about chaplaincy and spiritual formation and church growth and the development of resources. Early in my pastoral ministry, I began to integrate my Scouting background into my life work, and I began to find others who were also discovering this kind of ministry on their own, as I was. In 1992, I attended my first UM Scouting Ministry Workshop at Philmont, and I was thrilled to discover that The UMC had a Division (UMM) that was developing this ministry, and that there were to be Coordinators at every level of the Church pursuing it. I also made the acquaintance of NAUMS at this time, and was impressed with what they were doing. I went back home and tried to get involved.Collapse )

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