Volunteer leaders are the hands and feet of this ministry. In addition to their family life, 40 hours of work or college classes, tests, and social organizations, they spend their time with middle school and high school students. Why would they take time from their already busy schedules to befriend and mentor students? They do this because their lives have been changed by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Once a month we gather with all of our volunteer leaders to break bread, fellowship, and train on the basics of Young Life. This time together allows us to encourage our leaders and plan for the coming months of ministry.
Typically, the night starts with dinner and fellowship. Everyone gets to catch up with one another and hear stories about what the Lord is doing in their personal lives as well as in their friendships with kids. Then, we gather for a quick devotional or time of worship. In Young Life we want to first encourage our leaders in their relationship with Christ and point them to Christ for their rest, strength, and wisdom. Time to speak truth into their lives as they speak truth to students. Next, a Young Life staff associate comes in to train us on Campaigners, club, or contact work. Each month we focus on a different topic. We talk through strategies and goals for reaching more kids with the good news of the gospel and showing them what life with Christ looks like. After that, we split into our respective schools and ministries to discuss and plan upcoming events and put into action what we just learned.
It is always a blessing to gather together with others in the mission, hear the stories of how God is working, and equip young professionals to reach the youths of North Dallas. We are thankful for each of our volunteer leaders and the time they take outside of work to care about middle school and high school students, mentor them, introduce them to Christ, and help them grow in their faith.
"And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15