City Life Timeline

The City Life core ministry model has its roots in a rich history of YFC desiring to reach high-risk youth. Lifeline ministries launched this passion through camps and trips, but when the model evolved to a year round ministry it was called Youth Guidance. Youth Guidance focused primarily on youth in systems and staff saw there was the need to develop a ministry model that worked with young people in urban communities before they might become incarcerated. Urban Ministries and then City Life was born!

  • 1944 - Youth for Christ Begins
  • 1948 - Saturday Night Youth Rallies Begin
  • 1958 - Bible Clubs Begin
  • 1963 - Lifeline Summer Camps Begin
  • 1965 - Lifeline Ministries Begin Year-round
  • 1972 - First Youth Guidance Operations Manual
  • 1977 - First National Urban Division Field Staff Director Appointed
  • 1999 - Urban Ministries name changed to City Life

Want to know more? Read the complete history of Youth For Christ

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