YOUNG LIFE DOESN’T START WITH A PROGRAM. IT STARTS WITH ADULTS CONCERNED ENOUGH ABOUT KIDS TO GO TO THEM, ON THEIR TURF AND IN THEIR CULTURE, BUILDING BRIDGES OF AUTHENTIC FRIENDSHIP. THESE RELATIONSHIPS DON’T HAPPEN OVERNIGHT—THEY TAKE TIME, PATIENCE, TRUST, AND CONSISTENCY.
So Young Life leaders log many hours with kids in Zionsville—where they are, as they are. Leaders faithfully attend school events, mingle with teenagers throughout the high school cafeteria and connect through shared experiences. We listen to their stories and learn what’s important to them because we genuinely care about their joys, triumphs, heartaches, and setbacks.
THE BIG DREAM
We believe in the power of presence. Kids’ lives are dramatically impacted when caring adults come alongside them, sharing God’s love with them. Because their leader believes in them, they begin to see that their lives have great worth, meaning, and purpose.
This is the first step of a lifelong journey; the choices they make today, based upon God’s love for them, will impact future decisions … careers chosen, marriages formed, and families raised. All ripples from the time when a Young Life leader reached out and entered their world.
Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him.
Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. We accomplish our mission by …
- Praying for young people.
- Going where kids are.
- Building personal relationships with them.
- Winning the right to be heard.
- Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous, and life-changing.
- Sharing our lives and the Good News of Jesus Christ with adolescents.
- Inviting them to personally respond to this Good News.
- Loving them regardless of their response.
- Nurturing kids so they might grow in their love for Christ and the knowledge of God’s Word and become people who can share their faith with others.
- Helping young people develop the skills, assets, and attitudes to reach their full God-given potential.
- Encouraging kids to live connected to the Body of Christ by being an active member of a local congregation.
- Working with a team of like-minded individuals—volunteer leaders, committee members, donors, and staff.
- Living according to and communicating the whole gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Carrying out our mission under the authority of Scripture and relying on the Holy Spirit to empower our ministry.
- Encouraging the welfare and spiritual health of those who do this ministry, that they may minister out of a consistent and growing relationship with Christ and His followers.
- Researching and developing innovative approaches to reaching uncommitted, disinterested kids around the world.
- Reaching adolescents of all social, cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds throughout the world.
- Working with followers of Christ from a variety of traditions and local churches around the world.
- Welcoming all those whom God calls to our mission—men and women of all races, staff, and volunteers–who are linked to a common purpose of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ.
- Observing the highest standards of stewardship of all of the resources placed in our trust.
View Young Life’s Statement of Faith.
In 1938, Jim Rayburn, a young Presbyterian youth leader and seminary student in Gainesville, Texas, was given a challenge. A local minister invited him to consider the neighborhood high school as his parish and develop ways of contacting kids who had no interest in church.
Rayburn started a weekly club for kids. There was singing, a skit or two, and a simple message about Jesus Christ. Club attendance increased dramatically when they started meeting in the homes of the young people.
After graduating from seminary, Rayburn and four other seminarians collaborated, and Young Life was officially born on Oct. 16, 1941, with its own Board of Trustees. They developed the club idea throughout Texas, with an emphasis on showing kids that faith in God can be not only fun, but exhilarating and life-changing.
The same vision to reach kids in our community was sparked over 10 years ago and quickly grew into a reality. Our local Zionsville Young Life ministry was established in 2003. Though the early years of our ministry saw a lot of change, the past five years have brought stable, well-founded ministry. This foundation has allowed us to continue to reach more and more kids in our community, effectively doubling the number of kids involved over the past couple years. We've also had the opportunity to start our Capernaum and WyldLife ministries this year and we're excited to continue to pursue students and witness how God works in their lives.
Young Life is an ecumenical, non-denominational organization. In fact, the individuals involved in Zionsville Young Life represent many different churches from around the area, including Traders Point Christian Church, Eagle Church, St. Alphonsus Ligouri Catholic Church, and College Park Church.