Risk

All ministry comes with risk!

Would any have followed if Jesus had offered the invitation to the disciples the way a legal profession looks at it?

I can imagine the legal disclaimer. Peter, if you sign this contract to follow me, “you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” You will die for me.

These contract clauses are still there even if they are not explicitly defined. There is a risk for us to go into the world. It is the call and the mission.

Organizationally, we deal with risk through insurance. Some insurance groups will not insure a local church if they support the local Boy Scout unit with a traditional charter agreement. Loss of insurance impacts all ministries of the local church. The loss also impacts the conference. These insurance companies will support either an Affiliation Agreement or a Facilities Use Agreement. This limits our choice of connection. The short sight of some Councils may also have an impact. We will be as strong a partner as allowed. We want the long-term stable path.

Why not seek the path that offers the deepest rewards? That is supporting Scouting in the new agreements.  

It would have done no good for the disciples to die in the first year of the ministry than after the Gospel was shared. Keep the church around to serve in the future of a stronger ministry in the world and Scouting. Please.

Published by Steven Scheid

Dir. Center for Scouting Ministries

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