By: Kevin Bussema, National YFC Core Director

Kids contributing to the movement of Youth for Christ has long been a topic of conversation.  In the past, this has looked a variety of ways, from kids leading program (worship, games etc), to kids participating in Bible clubs on campus, to kids organizing rallies or other outreach events.  But we believe that kids are capable of much more.

The movement of YFC is defined by all of our leaders contributing to authentic Christ-sharing relationships.  Kids, therefore, become leaders in our movement when they develop a passion for Jesus, a passion for their lost friends, and a desire to relationally influence those friends towards Jesus.  This is at the core of what we hope for Christian young people involved in the movement of YFC.

Friend2Friend is changing their name to YFC Core to reflect this emphasis. Friend2Friend Teams of kids will now be called Core Teams.

In addition to the name change, Campus Life (along with additional National Ministries) are linking arms to embed the ministry practice of YFC Core (mobilizing kids to relationally influence lost peers towards Jesus through relationship) and changing the name of the RMA of Student Leadership to Campus Life Core.  These teams of students will also be considered Core Teams.

In addition to the new name and embedding the ministry practice in Campus Life and other National Ministries, we have identified several key values as we move together to mobilize kids into authentic Christ-sharing relationships with lost friends:

  • Growth and Influence
    The main focus is on helping kids grow in Jesus and therefore take risks to influence their peers towards Christ. This is best done through relationships (both growth and influence).
  • Core teams are comprised of Christian kids.
    Core teams are open to kids who have started a relationship with Jesus and want to make a difference (these kids haven't arrived at a "level" of Christianity or leadership and it doesn’t mean all Christian kids fit this description).
  • Adults play an important role as partnering guides in ministry.
    Smaller teen/adult ratios are best practiced within Core Teams.
  • Emphasis on team/community is important for a Core Team.
    The most effective model of evangelism for a kid is a peer.

This is the next layer of empowerment as we work together to reach kids in our local communities.  We realize you may have questions and we hope to answer as many of those questions as possible.  Check out our FAQ document for some of the most frequently asked questions and keep your eyes and ears open for more information as this shared journey moves forward.

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