Assembly of God youth organizations
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Assembly of God youth organizations include two youth organizations operating under the auspices of the Assembly of God, the Royal Rangers and the Mpact Girls Clubs (formerly known as the Missionettes).
Royal Rangers is an activity-based, boy-led, adult facilitated boys mentoring ministry for boys in grades K-12 providing “Christlike character formation and servant leadership development for boys and young men in a highly relational and fun environment.” A camping theme is at the heart of most activities, along with a merit award system whereby Royal Rangers must demonstrate specific knowledge and abilities. Since 1962, this program developed by Rev. Johnnie Barnes has since spread to churches in over 90 other nations. The uniforms, mottoes, practices and operation borrow heavily from Scouting, but the underlying values are somewhat different. The General Council of the Assemblies of God runs Royal Rangers USA in the United States and Royal Rangers International is an official mission of the council.
Leaders called commanders provide boys direction during a weekly outpost meeting. A strong mentoring relationship is established between commanders and Royal Ranger boys. Weekly meetings and many other activities are designed to develop young people mentally, physically, spiritually and socially.
The Royal Rangers ministry was originally developed with boys in mind. As such, only boys participate in the program within the United States; programs in some other nations (e.g. Australia) allow both boys and girls to participate. The girls-only counterpart program to Royal Rangers within the United States is called 3Mpact Girls Clubs, formerly Missionettes.
The program includes outdoor adventures through camping, water activities, hiking, geo-caching, rappelling, and mountain climbing, as well as challenging indoor adventures, and working or playing with computers. Opportunities year-round will occur at the outpost, district, or national levels. The top award is the Gold Medal of Achievement.
The Royal Rangers motto is "Ready", meaning "Ready for anything! Ready to work, play, serve, worship, live, and obey God’s Word"
Mpact Girls Clubs
Mpact Girls Clubs, formerly known as Missionettes Girls Clubs, are part of a worldwide program directed by National Girls Ministries within the Assemblies of God. The program is the counterpart ministry to Royal Rangers. The Clubs were created to allow girls an opportunity to discuss issues that matter to them and learn how to live according to Biblical principles given by Jesus.
The name was changed from Missionettes to Mpact Girls Clubs in March 2007 as part of a strategic plan to reach girls in a more holistic manner. The Clubs were subsequently divided into three categories to accommodate the boys in the two early clubs, Sunlight Kids and Rainbows.
The Missionettes were founded by the Assemblies of God Women's Ministries in 1956.
Girls Ministries Clubs are driven by a 5-fold Purpose.
- To win girls to Jesus Christ through love and acceptance.
- To teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded us—developing girls spiritually and mentally.
- To provide encouragement, support and accountability through lasting Christian relationships.
- To provide an environment for girls to develop their gifts and abilities.
- To acquaint them with the Great Commission of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Girls Clubs Code
One of the distinctives that sets these clubs apart from other clubs is that there is a code which is the mind-set of all leaders and girls. The Code is Philippians 4:8 — "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things." (NIV)
Girls Ministries clubs are organized into three categories of clubs. The leaders of each club are called "Sponsors".
Mpact Kids Clubs (Co-ed)
- Sunlight Kids is the club for nursery-age children up to 36 months. Boys and Girls may be part of the Sunlight Kids club.
- Rainbows is the club for 3 and 4 year olds. Boys and Girls may be part of the Rainbows club. When a boy starts Kindergarten he will move into the Royal Rangers program. The Rainbow colors are Green and White. The club motto is "Rainbows are helpers."
Mpact Girls Clubs
- Daisies is the club for Kindergarten girls. It is a one-year program. The Daisies colors are Yellow and White. The club motto is "Daisies tell about Jesus."
- Prims is the club for 1st and 2nd grade girls. The club colors are Pink and White. The Prims motto is "I will be kind and thoughtful."
- Stars is the club for 3rd through 5th grade girls. The club colors are Blue and White. The Stars motto is "I will follow Jesus."
Teen Girl Ministries (TGM)
- Friends is the club for 6th through 8th grade girls. The club colors are Purple and White. The Friends motto is "We are committed to God."
- Girls Only is the club for 9th through 12th grade girls. The club colors are Red and White. The Girls Only motto is "Every day in every way I will boldly live for God."
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- Royal Rangers Leader Manual, c.2010, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO USA, p12
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