Time and Financial Commitment

These approximate time guidelines are established to give you a more accurate picture of the commitment that is involved as a Young Life leader.  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.  

This is only a guideline–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. Leaders also have the option to 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     $50

MISC. LUNCHES AND SODAS WITH KIDS             ?