By: Allison Johnson, National Campus Life Middle School Director

So what does all this mean?

Because of the journey over the past two years, Campus Life will now call its “Student Leadership Team” a Core Team. These are teams of Christian teenagers with coaches who together, follow Jesus in a way that naturally invites friends to discover Jesus with them.

For Campus Life Middle School and High School directors that have been following the values set forth by “Student Leadership” in the past, these changes may not seem very significant. But for Campus Life directors that have not been keeping those values, (for example, having your Student Leaders only lead program) this may make a big splash and seem very different. That is great! (Download Campus Life 201:Building Healthy Teams to learn about building healthy teams.)

Watch this video to see exactly what we are talking about:

Here are some of the most common questions asked:

HOW DOES THE YFC CORE NAME APPLY TO CAMPUS LIFE, DTQ, AND OTHER YFC MINISTRIES?
YFC Core will be the name that represents stand-alone ministry sites. Campus Life Core will represent Campus Life Student Leadership, DTQ Core will represent Deaf Teen Quest Student Leaders and so on... As we create resources or merchandise we will use the term “Core Team” so that each resource or merchandise item can be leveraged in any context.

WHAT ARE THE SHARED VALUES BETWEEN YFC CORE AND THE CAMPUS LIFE RMA “CL CORE?”

  • The main focus is on helping teens grow in Jesus and therefore take risks to influence their peers toward Christ. This is best done through relationships (both growth and influence).
  • Core teams are comprised of Christian kids. That means it is open to students 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 student/adult ratios are best practiced within Core Teams.
  • Emphasis on team/community is important for a Core Team.

HOW DOES YFC CORE LOOK DIFFERENT BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL?

  • The first thing to realize about YFC Core is that sometimes the clean lines between middle school and high school tend to blur into more appropriate categories of younger adolescents and older adolescents. Often a 9th grade student may still have the mindset of a younger student or middle school aged adolescent and not develop into an older adolescent until their junior or senior year of high school. This line is a bit blurrier in YFC Core, that’s why we articulate our resources based on younger and older adolescents.
  • In general, for younger adolescents YFC Core focuses more on concrete concepts about God and influencing lost friends. For example, younger adolescents are encouraged to invite their friends to a ministry event, church or club as a means of relational influence because it is more concrete.
  • In general, for older adolescents, YFC Core focuses on broader more abstract topics when learning about God and discovering how to influence their lost friends

There are tons of students out there that know Jesus and have many lost friends. By God’s grace, many of these lost students could come to know Him because of their Christian friend. As we jump onto this new pathway, let’s be excited.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected] if you have any questions.

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