Why is it important to be involved outside of your Outpost?

Why is it important to be involved outside of your Outpost?

Perhaps a better question would be why so many leaders are not involved outside of their outpost…

Here is my take…  I’m not just speaking about leader events or training either, although I don’t think that you’ll find any better training for what we do anywhere else in the world.  I am talking about everything from camps, to leadership meetings, from sectional training events to National training events and everything in between.

As I meet new leaders each month it is interesting to see and hear how varied commitment levels are.  I meet a lot of lifers (folks who have invested 20 or more years) and these tend to be the people I see at all the big events, District Conference, National Conference, etc…  I don’t meet as many 20-30 somethings, and I know some of the reason, I share those with them.  Kids, career, etc…

As a young parent I know the value of being involved in your family and for me that is even more reason to invest in fellowship with other leaders.  These people are dedicated to serving God and mentoring boys and young men; exactly the kind of influence that I as a young father need in my life.

Regardless of our age, men need other men in their lives.  Ecclesiastes 10:10 (NIV) says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” And Proverbs 27:17 says “Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”  These are an open invitation for us as leaders to sharpen one another for the works that God has in store for His ministry.

By getting involved in this ministry outside of your local outpost you expose yourself to the countless years of experience of those whom God has placed before you.  You learn the history of what we are doing, and stay informed of where we are heading.  This results in a consistent approach to mentoring boys and young men that families can count on from Outpost to Outpost, from District to District, and so on…  Additionally we are able to share in each other’s victories, pray through adversities, and in unity give Glory and Honor to the King of Kings.

Let’s help each other share the importance of involvement outside the local outpost with every leader.  Your next Sectional Commander or District Director may be operating under the radar, so reach out to everyone you know.  By getting more leaders involved we can only get stronger.  I believe that this starts with all of the leaders that are currently involved reaching out to those who are not and expressing all of the reasons for them to get outside of their comfort zone.  Thoughts?  Opinions?  More Reasons to get involved?

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