Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Membership Policy
AMERICAN BAPTIST MEN – USA
P.O. Box 1019
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26102
April 30, 2013
Re: Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Membership Policy
The American Baptist Men’s Ministry, ABMen-USA, has been ministering to the needs of men for over 90 years. The following are our Mission and Vision statements:
MISSION STATEMENT of ABMen USA: To bring men and boys into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.
VISION STATEMENT of ABMen USA: To enable men and boys to strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ so they will become biblical men for mission and outreach.
Although we are a “Men’s Ministry”, we have many women who participate with us in our activities, including special projects and Disaster Relief. Any American Baptist Man or men from other denominations may participate in our Ministry; however, leadership positions are held by ABMen.
The Executive Board of ABMen-USA agree with the American Baptist Churches-USA Policy Statement of November 2005 which states that we are a Biblical People: “Who submit to the teaching of Scripture that God’s design for sexual intimacy places it within the context of marriage between one man and one woman, and acknowledge that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Biblical teaching.”
Therefore, as President of ABMen-USA, I affirm our decision that the American Baptist Men-USA continue to support the current BSA membership policy and we do not support changing it. However, should the BSA change that current membership policy, the ABMen-USA Executive Board and membership will determine the future of our relationship with the BSA at our Annual Meeting in Kansas in June of this year.
In Christ’s Love,
Kenna “Lucky” Ray