Royal Ambassadors Training

"We are ambassadors for Christ, Helping the world to realize That Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We are Ambassadors for Christ, Sharing His love and His light Through the way we choose to live our lives. We are ambassadors for Christ." -from RA Song

Committed leadership is one of the most important parts of the Royal Ambassadors organization. When a person commits to become a Royal Ambassador leader, it is important that he receives training before he begins his responsibilities. Training opportunities for leaders are available through self-studies, associational training events, regional training events, and state training opportunities. 

Use these tools to help you understand the RA curriculum and organization.



Weekly Chapter Meetings

Leaders and boys gather in a four-part weekly meeting format that includes an opening, a story, missions activities, and a closing. 

These meetings:

- allow for leaders and boys to practice the RA Motto, Pledge, and Virtues through activity-based learning and achieving.

- give Christian men an opportunity to become leaders and mentors to boys by showing how faith in Christ is shared and lived.

- show how Southern Baptists involve themselves in the Great Commission.

Helpful leader resources:

  • a quarterly RA Leader magazine
  • a quarterly RA Leader Kit
  • resources gathered and ordered as suggested in RA Leader magazine
  • leader edition includes suggestions for each weekly meeting

Other resource information provided in the leader magazine:

  • missions project suggestions
  • interest activity ideas
  • Bible verse supporting the theme
  • information for gathering or ordering resources to use during meetings
  • instructions incorporating RA Leader Kit items
  • elective suggestion

The boys' study resource:

  • quarterly student magazine
  • RA World for boys in grades 1-6

Student magazine resources include:

  • mission stories
  • interest activities
  • photos/jokes/submissions from other RAs across the country
  • missionary kid (MK) information
  • ideas shared by RA chapters

For more information on RA basic training, please reference RA Orientation PowerPoint

Developing and Enlisting Leaders

Enlisting RA Leaders
Committed leadership is one of the most important parts of the Royal Ambassadors organization. Recruiting and cultivating leaders is crucial to establishing and maintaining a dynamic Royal Ambassadors ministry.

Developing RA Leaders
You are an example, a living library of knowledge and skills that others seek to acquire. Do you currently have a "Timothy"-type person in your life? Will you prayerfully identify one or more persons to whom you can pass the torch of leadership? In doing so, you will leave a legacy of leadership that will affect subsequent generations.

Five Steps in Recruiting Other Leaders
Potential children's missions leaders can include moms, grandmothers, college students, new church members, missionaries, minister's wives, and others.

Leadership Articles

Ideas for Helping Royal Ambassadors Learn the RA Pledge
Included are suggestions for activities just for learning the RA Pledge.

Making Mission Stories Come Alive
Mission stories can have a deep impact on boys as they gather for missions study. Here are some ideas on how you can make these stories come alive.

Create a Chapter Scrapbook
Begin a scrapbook of activities and missions projects completed by your chapter this year. Start with the very first chapter meeting.

Create a Buzz About Your Group
Have you ever heard the term "create a buzz"? Advertisers strive to get people so excited about their project that they'll tell their family, friends, and maybe even strangers about it.

Working with Boys
To work with boys, you need to understand them. A wise leader will seek to understand the strengths and weaknesses of boys and plan activities that will challenge them physically, mentally, and spiritually. No two boys are the same, but they share many of the same traits.

Positive Reinforcement with Boys
Boys who are obstinate, disruptive, and slow to finish may be brought into a spirit of cooperation with proper attention and positive expressions.

RA Bible Memory Verses
Looking for additional RA memory verses? Are your RAs working toward their Mission Bible Memory Medals? If so, these verses are a good starting place for their memorization work.

Risk Management Tips
These tips are meant to help in planning. They are in no way exhaustive. Please consult with your church leaders and proper authorities regarding specific issues in working with children.

Attention Getters
Attention getters are used to draw everyone's focus to the leader, allowing him to make announcements or give directions for the next activity.

Use these videos to assist in training RA leaders.

For information about RA trainings, events, and personal consultations in your state, contact your state WMU office or state RA office.

Other Articles

How to Lead a Child to Christ
Leading a child to Christ is one of the most exciting things you will ever do. It can also be intimidating. Remember that, while God has called you to share this message, it's the work of the Holy Spirit that leads a child to give his or her life to Christ.

Missions: From Childhood to Adulthood
Having a missions discipleship organization for preschoolers, children, students, or adults at your church is great. But having all four simultaneously is even better!

Summer Missions Ideas
Summer is a relaxing and laid-back time for most people. During the summer months, many families come to church events who might not participate during the busy school year. This summer, plan a few fun events to stay in touch with current and prospective members of your children's missions organizations. Or, allow time for extra events during your summer missions meetings.

Behavior Management SOS
Discipline for disruptive behavior can be one of the greatest challenges in children's ministry. Undesirable behavior often distracts other children, causing them to lose focus. Stopping an activity to handle disruptive behavior can diminish the effectiveness of a teaching moment.

An Opportunity to Give
The WMU Foundation provides people with a simple way to directly support the ministries of WMU. Every year, the Foundation makes grants to state WMU ministries, disaster relief efforts, missionary kids, seminary students, and many others.

Leading Children to Fight Hunger
As a child, I often heard this reminder from my well-meaning parents and grandparents: "Clean your plate. There are starving children in China." While I felt sorry for the starving children in China, I never figured out how eating all the food on my plate would help their situation

Bullying: What you Need to Know
It causes children to cry, and parents to panic. It happens on our playgrounds, in our homes, at our schools, and even in our churches. A child can become a victim when she turns on her computer. Bullying is a widespread form of victimization and abuse.

Special Kids, Special Needs
Although all children are special, some have unique needs that must be addressed in order to create a positive learning environment. Whether the needs are physical or mental, some simple accommodations can make learning more satisfying for everyone involved.

Productive Partnerships
Discipleship training and missions education go hand in hand. Both provide a spiritual foundation for children to learn biblical truths and to apply those principles to their lives.

Addressing Child Sexual Abuse
Child sexual abuse: Few topics are more uncomfortable or more difficult to discuss. Such abuse is one of the most extreme forms of human exploitation. To acknowledge the reality of sexual abuse is to believe the unbelievable, to recognize unthinkable evil, and to grapple with the terrible effects of the sin.

Food Allergies: What Missions Leaders Need to Know
Trying foods from around the world is a memorable missions activity for children. But for kids with food allergies, sampling what missionaries eat can be deadly. A 2008 CDC release suggests that 4% of children nationwide have at least one food allergy.

Children and Media: Entertainment or Exploitation?
As a parent, you ensure that your children eat their vegetables, wear their bicycle helmets, and ride in their car seats. You want them to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

Scripture Memory Verses
What does the Bible say about missions? Have your children learn the verses below to find out!

Three Steps to Reach Parents Within and Beyond the Church Walls
Did you know that children's missions leaders minister to families every week? As the lives of children are influenced through children's missions, these changes overflow into their family life.

Easy Steps to a Fun Lock-In
Give parents some time off and keep your kids excited about missions with one missions-focused and fun-packed lock-in. Use this schedule to help you plan a great event:

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