What young life leaders are about…
This is the most important and exciting position in Young Life. It is also the most rewarding and the most fulfilling. It brings out our gifts and strengthens us in ways we thought we were weak. Without the volunteer leader, there is no Young Life ministry! This is a great way of serving and loving Christ. In the process of caring for our high school, junior high, and college friends, we come to see our Lord in new and more intimate ways. In seeking to help others, it is ourselves who get ministered to.
John 12:24-26 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
MAIN AREAS OF COMMITMENT
1. Prayer – For each other, the work, Christian and non-Christian kids, activities, other clubs etc…
Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
2. Personal walk with Christ – Be involved in a growing and maturing relationship with Jesus Christ through Bible study, prayer, obedience, and fellowship. Regularly participate in a local church body. All ministry flows out of who we are in Christ.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
3. Mutual commitment to fellowship and training – Be committed to the group of leaders through attendance at monthly leadership meetings. Attend both the Fall and Winter Area Leaders Retreat.
John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
4. Contact Work – This is the foundation of the ministry. The harvest is very plentiful for kids to see and feel the love of Christ in mature, responsible, loving older Christians. Be committed to doing contact work at least 1 time a week (i. e. after school, at athletic or other school events, going out with kids, phone calls etc.). Also actively initiate meeting new kids at all times. Young Life leaders show they care by going where kids are, meeting them as they are, and believing in who they can be. We build friendships with ALL kinds of kids, but it takes persistence.
1 Thessalonians 2:8 “We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.”
5. Club – Our party with a purpose. As a team, work at planning all the creative and logistics aspects of club to make it an excellent platform for the gospel. On a bi-weekly basis, be faithful to being well prepared for whatever aspects you are responsible for i.e. publicity, skits, music, games, talks, etc…
Romans 1:16 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”
6. Camping – Be actively involved in strategizing and actually getting kids on our Fall Weekend and Summer Camp trips. Be available for counseling on the Fall Weekend & at Summer Camp.
Romans 10:13-15 “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’”
7. Campaigners – Lead or participate in our local discipleship program with the hopes of building kids up to be faithful followers of Christ for a lifetime. Also use teachable moments with kids whenever possible and encourage kids to get plugged into a local church body.
2 Timothy 2:2 “And the things you heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.”
8. Pursue a lifestyle that is “above reproach” – Be actively applying God’s counsel to your life and lifestyle, which includes such things as sexual relationships, drunkenness, obeying the laws of the land (ie. in America, not drinking until you are 21), drug use, etc.