The Heart

We invite kids to follow Christ, care for them regardless of their response, and transform lives in the process.

Volunteer leaders are adults — ranging from college students to retirees — who give their time at the high schools, middle schools, and colleges, leading club and Campaigners and taking kids to camp. They are people whose hearts are fixed on teenagers, and they give their time and energy to becoming friends who can point high school kids on the path to fulfilling lives.

When you’re a leader, you’re also joining a community of dynamic staff, leaders and committee. It’s not uncommon for leaders to say that they get more out of being a leader than what they give.

The Vision

Who is a Leader?

Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. They’re moms and dads, college students and working professionals, retirees and other compassionate adults who want God’s best for kids. The diversity of our volunteers helps us make an eternal difference with all kinds of kids in all kinds of places. Meet a few of our volunteers below!

When you’re a leader, you’re also joining a community of dynamic staff, leaders and committee. It’s not uncommon for leaders to say that they get more out of being a leader than what they give.

Leader Job Description

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.

Time and Financial Commitment

These guidelines were established to give you a realistic picture of Young Life ministry and to set you up to be effective in kids’ lives for Christ.  

Adaptation to a leader’s schedule is often possible, especially with parents and working professionals.

Ministry Time Commitment

1) CONTACT WORK  – 1-2 hours per week

Once a week be at a school activity or a place kids are and try to meet new kids each time. Adapt the time to your schedule.

2) CLUB & PRE-CLUB – 3.5 hours every other week (High School on Mondays, Middle School on Fridays)

Be at club every other week and be faithful in preparation of your personal responsibilities. Invite the kids you know, be with them at Club.

3) CAMPAIGNERS (disciple kids) – 1 hour per week for Middle School // 3.5 hours for High School every other week (alternates with Club on Mondays)

Attend campaigners every week (MS) or every other week (HS) and be faithful in preparation to lead your small group that week.

4) LEADERSHIP – 1 night per month (2 hours long)

Bring a Bible, notebook, pen, and a teachable heart to monthly leadership meetings.

 

—WEEKLY TOTAL  Approx.  5-7 hours per week—

 

5) CAMPS

  • Help promote both Winter ‘Snow Camp’ (weekend) and Summer Camp (week-long) with individual kids.  
  • Attend and counsel on both of these. Winter camp is November or early December, summer camp is late July or first week of August
  • Attend leader retreats (Leadership Weekend in early-September; Leader Retreat in late-January)

Financial Commitment

It is a priority of ours to subsidize as much of the cost as we can for leaders for camps and retreats. We have brought the cost down significantly by fundraising and we are still working to bring it down more. Many leaders  ride in the Buff Classic bike race, and fund-raise to cover the cost for the entire year. That being said, here is an estimate of the costs for these trips below:


FALL LEADER’S RETREAT             $100

WINTER CAMP                                $50

SUMMER CAMP                               $200*
(*depending on how much we fund-raise and which camp we attend)

WINTER LEADER’S WEEKEND     $100

MISC. LUNCHES AND SODAS WITH KIDS             ?