From the President

​As the years seem to roll by with greater and greater speed, 2017 has special significance. Earlier this year we launched a movement we are calling “Forward.” We believe God is calling us to go Deeper in Christ through discipleship; go Together as we build a diverse, global team; go for more Innovation as we constantly improve the way we reach the next community with the gospel; and go for more Growth as God calls us to expand His kingdom in schools, in communities, in cities — throughout the U.S. and around the world.

The sure foundation upon which we will build this next phase of the ministry is Jesus Christ, His gospel, and His call in the lives of nearly 5,000 staff and over 70,000 volunteers who are committed to introducing Him to adolescents and helping them grow in their faith. Holding that foundation together are Young Life’s values — the distinctive characteristics defining who we are, and who we aspire to be:
  1. ​The Gospel — Living according to and communicating the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. When Jesus comes into our lives and saves us, He bids us to follow Him and make Him Lord of all we have and all we are — no exceptions.
  2. Scripture — Acting under the authority of Scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit to empower our ministry. We remind ourselves daily the final authority in faith and conduct is God’s Word, and our greatest power source is the Spirit of God residing in us.
  3. All Kids — Reaching adolescents of every ability and all economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Like Jesus, we want to welcome all kinds of young people into this ministry who reflect the diversity of the human race God has created.
  4. Ecumenical — Collaborating with followers of Christ from various traditions and local churches worldwide. We aim to focus on what binds us together across various church traditions.
  5. Diversity — Welcoming those whom God calls to our mission — men and women of all ethnicities and abilities who are committed to the common purpose of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. If we want to reach all types of young people, then it stands to reason we will also desire to welcome all types of people into our mission.
  6. Health — Encouraging our staff and volunteers in their personal and spiritual health so we may minister out of a consistent and growing relationship with Christ and His followers. For over 75 years, we have focused on building disciples and leaders within our mission who can move into the lives of young people with confidence, knowing their own lives reflect our Lord and Savior Himself.
  7. Stewardship — Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all the resources placed in our trust. God has blessed us with the best partners, supporters and donors in the world. We aim to invest and use their resources wisely, and in return bless them through the impact their generosity will have within God’s kingdom.
  8. The Next Kid — Developing innovative approaches to reach uncommitted, disinterested young people around the world. We like to say innovation is in our DNA. From the beginning, our founder, Jim Rayburn, was never satisfied with old methodologies if newer ones could be found to reach more young people with the gospel.
​I am glad we have a clear set of values that help define who we are, who we aspire to be and act as a guide as we move into this next season of ministry. I am committed to keeping these values in front of me on a regular basis, so I can reflect on how all of us in this beautiful mission of Young Life are staying true to these distinct characteristics.

I hope you will join me in doing the same, so together we can move ...

Forward – In Christ for All Kids!

Newt Crenshaw
Young Life President