Thursday, June 22, 2017

Brand New Content Song from Nashville Young Life Leaders

A couple Nashville Young Life leaders, Chris Chaput and Becky Kinder, have written a new content song for Young Life clubs. It's called "More to Me" and has gone really well during first session at Frontier. It would fit great with a need talk. Below you can download the MP3 and chords.

Download the MP3

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Chords - Key of D - No Capo

Chords - Original Key of D


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fun Ideas To Send To Work Crew & Summer Staff

Do you have any friends doing work crew or summer staff this summer? They would love to get a letter or package in the mail!

You can find all the camp addresses right here.

Make sure to mail it in time so they get it before they leave.

Below are a few things you can write on and mail without putting them inside a package. These are legal, cheap, fun and unusual:

  • Flip Flop
  • Pool Noodle
  • Frisbee
  • Plastic pink flamingo
  • Empty 2 Liter Bottle (with note inside)
  • Plastic playground ball
  • Visor

Another great thing to mail them is one of your extra YL camp trip shirts!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Table Questions For Meals At Camp

During a week at Young Life camp we get the privilege of eating around 20 meals with our middle and high school friends. For most of those meals, we're seated at a round table for the very purpose of promoting "family style" conversation.

We live in a busy world. Most families are spending less time eating and talking together. In a culture where we're more used to facing screens then facing each other, it might seem uncomfortable for your adolescent friends to sit at a round table. Thirty minutes of food and conversation might feel like an eternity.

Below are some questions to help facilitate conversation during those meal times. Make sure not to make the meal feel like an interview, just let it be natural conversation. Pick a couple questions from below and have them in your back pocket for when you need them. I typically just do one "meal question" at every meal. Kids come to expect it and some even look forward to it. Sometimes I let individual kids suggest a "meal question" as well. Breakfast is usually a more light-hearted question as folks are still waking up. Questions can get deeper as the week goes on. 

Written by Drew Hill

Download a PDF of the questions here.

Potential Camp Meal Questions



  • Why did you come to YL for the first time?
  • Tell us a nickname you've had and how you got it.
  • What are one or two of your pet peeves?



  • What's been one of the most exciting moments in your life?
  • What's been one of the scariest moments in your life?


  • If you could dispense any condiment out of your pinky finger on demand what would it be?
  • Choose one of each to describe you:
    • Talker/Listener
    • Doer/Thinker
    • Spender/Saver
    • Optimist/Pessimist
    • Starter/Finisher
    • Extrovert/Introvert


  • If you could pick the meal for tonight, what food would it be?
  • What is your earliest memory?
  • Who was your childhood hero and why?



  • If you got a tattoo, what would it be and where?
  • Tell us the names of your family members, and describe your relationship with them.


  • What's the best or worst vacation you've ever been on?
  • What is your favorite place on the planet?


  • What is the highlight of your week so far?
  • Finish the sentence: "I wish God would...."



  • What is your favorite summer movie you've seen so far and why did you love it so much?
  • If you could be any movie character, who would you be and why?


  • Say 3 things about yourself, one being false and have the group guess which of the three statements isn't true.
  • If you could have any question answered, what would it be?


  • If you were given 2 million dollars and could buy any vehicle for everyone in our group, what type of vehicle would you buy for each person and why?
  • What is one way your parents have sacrificed for you?



  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  • If you knew you wouldn't fail, what's one thing you would like to do in life?


  • Who do you wish would have come with you to camp this week?
  • With what famous person would you most like to share a meal? What would you ask them?
  • What's the hardest part of being a teenager?


  • In what area of your life do you feel most satisfied right now? Why?
  • In what area do you feel least satisfied?
  • What do you think God has been revealing to you this week?



  • We heard about the gift of God's love for us displayed on the cross last night, what is another one of the greatest gifts you've ever been given?
  • Who knows you best?
  • Who has the greatest influence on you? What person(s)?
  • What's your favorite meal we've had this week?
  • What's the funniest thing you've witnessed this week?
  • What are 3-5 words your parents would use to describe you?
  • What are 3-5 words your friends would use to describe you?
  • What are 3-5 words you would use to describe you?
  • Encourage everyone at your table to go around and give each person a compliment.



  • How would you describe your relationship with Christ right now?
  • If you had to live this past week over again, would you change anything? If so, what would that be?

If you have other ideas for creative interaction around meal-times at camp, email us here.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Camp Survival Guide for New Leaders

Written by Craig Linder.

As a new leader at camp, you may feel nervous or under-prepared for what awaits you at camp. Here are some of the most important things I’ve learned about serving campers well.

Time With The Lord

This may seem obvious, but time with the Lord is what will fuel you throughout your day. You will be tempted to get an extra 30 minutes of sleep before breakfast, or the leader meeting, but start your day with the Lord. Waking up early to be in His Word and praying throughout your dayare of upmost importance, especially when you get tired. Pray for the needs of your campers, the staff, or whatever it may be. Make your requests known! We need the cross every day. Laying down your life before Jesus will allow you to love your campers in a more Christ-centered way. He is the reason that you are there. Give your requests and then give Him the GLORY!

Establish Yourself as the Leader

Establishing yourself as the leader can be a scary thing. At first, it may mean that you aren’t as rebellious or cool as they thought you were, but when choosing between friendship and respect, err on the side of respect. Here are some examples: Don’t allow sneaking out; No practical jokes on other cabins; Don’t allow kids to talk or sleep through the message at club. Essentially, anything that seems like a bad idea, or could distract someone else from hearing the full message of the Gospel, kindly shut down. But be wary that you aren’t another one of their parents. They didn’t come to camp to be yelled at by their mom or dad.

Don’t Whine

Never complain in front of your campers. If you want your campers to have a positive attitude, they need to see how excited you are (to the point where they think you are really weird) for every little thing that happens (even if you really, really don’t want to participate). You should be twice as excited as you expect your campers to be.

Keep Surprises

Don’t let the campers know the agenda even under the most persistent of pressures. Suspense and surprise are key! Encourage your second timers to keep the week’s surprises too. And discourage them from comparing this camp to the one that they had been to previously. Encourage them to see camp through the eyes of their friends experiencing it for the first time. One of my favorite lines that my leader said to me when I was a camper is; “Don’t anticipate, PARTICIPATE!”

Know Your Campers

You have been establishing relationships with most the kids going to camp all year. But camp is a time when you are able to get to know them in a new place, a place unfamiliar to them. During “down times” like the bus ride, or waiting in line for the giant swing or a shake at the snack bar, use the time to get to know new kids or grow deeper with the kids that you already know well.

Ask Key Campaigner Kids to Help

I have always been a fan of delegating responsibilities to solid Campaigner kids. From helping in cabin times to sitting in on some of the one-on-ones, it is a really cool opportunity for them to grow. Also, having the Campaigner kid open up and be vulnerable in a cabin time, or to spur on conversation when the room gets a little quiet, encourages others to join in the conversation. But it is important to set up that opportunity and let the key Campaigner kids know how important their role is in the cabin. Have that conversation before camp!

Cabin Times
  1. Being prepared starts with prayer. Pray for God to touch the hearts of your campers. Pray for the speaker to be clear. You can never pray too much.
  2. Try your best to preserve your voice. This is often a difficult task, but I have seen leaders lose their voices on day two or three, and it makes leading the cabin times that much more difficult.
  3. Set the ground rules for cabin times. Everyone sits on the same level (easier for eye contact); no one lies down; the cabin is a safe place to be honest; be at meetings and clubs, etc. I have always written down all the cabin rules we agree to and ask all of the cabin sign the list. We post it on the door so we see it all the time. It’s never a bad thing to start off your cabin time with a fun question. It opens the floor and allows everyone to talk a little bit.

Your job for cabin times is to lead and direct discussion, not to be a preacher. The purpose of cabin time is to get a better understanding of what the kids are thinking, not to correct their theology. That said, try to keep everyone on track, and don’t let the conversation get too far off topic. Make sure that everyone in your cabin understands what the speaker has said throughout the week. You don’t have to know every answer. Assure them that being completely loved and accepted without knowing all the answers is the beauty of being in a relationship with Christ.

Remember Why You’re There

The point of camp is to offer our high school friends an unbelievable opportunity to hear the greatest love story ever written! Yes, the food is great. The rides are fun. But nothing can ever compare to what Jesus has done for us. Knowing that, have fun living life to the full with some of the kids that you are able to call friends. This is a week that these guys and girls will remember for the rest of their lives. How cool is it that we get to share in the journey with them!

Follow Up

With your team, prepare some sort of follow for up the cabin (or cabins) to help them continue their walk with Christ as they return from camp. That is one of the most beautiful parts of Young Life, we don’t say goodbye to the kids after camp—we come back to the real world to live life with them. Let them know that you will be there, with them and for them, whenever they need you.

Originally from Ohio, Craig Linder is a student at High Point University and currently wears two intramural basketball championship rings. When he's not ballin, he's volunteering as a YL leader at High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina.

Monday, June 12, 2017

How To Make The Perfect Trip Tee

Written by Jon Sittko, on staff with the YL Store.

"I need to make some trip tees and I have no idea where to start!

At the YL Store we get calls like this all the time. We actually love it, because we have a simple step-by- step process on how to make the perfect set of trip tees and how to save the leaders we work with a lot of time and headache. It's actually quite easy! 

Here are 5 simple steps:

Get your design down first.  This is the part you don’t want to put off to the last second because GREAT shirts are perfected over time. We use our in-house art team to design any tee a leader might need. You can literally design anything you want and we do it FREE as long as we are producing the shirt for you! I once had a leader call and say “Jon, I want a panda with 3D glasses smiling and watching a movie while eating popcorn, can you do that?” See what we sent back 24 hours later in the pic above. 

Or you can browse from the hundreds of designs we have on file HERE. We can adjust these designs in ANY way you want. It's always best to design your shirt about 2-3 months before you need to receive them. This gives you time to make it exactly what you want, but we can do it faster if you still need tees for camps this summer.

Not all shirts are created equal and neither are budgets.  Some people are on a budget but still want a soft style shirt and cannot afford a tri-blend tee.  That is ok…we have a lot of options to choose from and we will help you pick the perfect shirt for your budget and style.

Once you have your design and garment picked we will nail down the price of your shirts across different quantities so you can budget your trip costs accordingly. Remember we can always tweak your design or garment style to fit your budget needs.

That is your job to get as many kids on the bus for camp.  Now that you have your design done, you know what style of shirt you want and how much it all costs you can focus on the getting bodies in those shirts.

2-3 weeks before you need the shirts send us your sizes.  Since we have your design on file, your garment style and the price we can just plug in your sizes and hit “GO!”

Most of the leaders we have met over the years that are having success with events and gift are the ones that plan in advance. They always have the best ideas and the coolest designs AND they seem a lot less stressed out because they take the time to make it perfect. 

So this year with your Trip Tees try applying these 5 simple steps and let us help you make the PERFECT TRIP TEE this year! Happy camping!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Next Frontier: A New Young Life Podcast

Written by your friends at the "On The Frontier" podcast- Justin Ryder and Ben Battaglia.

To the pioneers of Young Life,

We just wrapped Season 2 of On the Frontier (@frontierpod) — a podcast about leadership, creativity, and innovation in Young Life. Episodes discuss topics such as building missional community on the Alaskan frontiersongwriting with Ellie Holcomb, true leadership that creates changediscipleship with Fil Anderson, living a multi-cultural life and ministry with Hope Smith & Aswan Morris, and so many more.The conversations were electric, and we are thankful to our guests and listeners — the “crazy ones” — who made this season the best one yet.

What is next for 'On the Frontier'? 

Season 2 will be the final season of OTF (at least for the time being), as both Ben and Ryder take on some new and exciting projects. You can listen to the series finale, “The Final Frontier", and reminisce with us over 10 months of friendship and audio creativity. If you just discovered the podcast, feel free to subscribe and start from the beginning — the content isn't going anywhere — and there might even be an encore or two. In the meantime, we hope you'll join us in what's next.

A New Podcast Frontier

40 episodes barely scratched the surface of leadership gold that deserves to be unearthed from the Young Life world. The countless pioneers, creatives, and heroes living epic stories deserve a platform to tell their story! Because of that, we are excited to announce that Young Life is launching a worldwide podcast (click here to subscribe) in late summer/early fall to lift up these (your) voices. Our prayer is that this new podcast prompts intriguing questions, sculpts optimistic conversation, and encourages your ministry. We are after content that moves us forward as a real, vulnerable, and world-changing mission. This is only just the beginning.

Here's to the revolution,
Ryder & Ben

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

WyldLife Wednesday: Leading Cabin Time for Middle Schoolers

Club is over and you’re headed back to the cabin with a group of middle school friends. What does cabin time look like at WyldLife camp and how can you make the most effective use of that time?

After each leader meeting at camp, review the cabin time questions provided by the speaker. Make sure there is a question that “every kid can get an ‘A’ on” so that everyone has an opportunity to speak. Be prepared with extra questions and different ways to ask the speaker’s questions.

WyldLife leaders sometimes have low expec­tations for cabin time, but let's un­derstand that it will be meaningful, helpful and important to kids. Even kids who don’t speak in cabin time often say “It’s my fa­vorite part of the week!” Cabin time may be short, but that doesn’t mean it didn’t go well. Kids do process what they hear, but they may not verbalize their thoughts, especially early in the week.

Look for small victories in cabin time – stay­ing on subject for a few minutes… every kid speaking… one kid giving an honest answer. Check in with your fellow leaders frequently during the week to celebrate those victories together.

Affirmation is one of your biggest roles during cabin time. Kids need to know you care about what they say – most WyldLife kids will speak directly to their leader rather than the group so even facial expressions are import­ant. Pay attention to what kids say rather than worrying about the next question. Say “thank you” or “Wow! That’s a great story!” when a kid speaks.

Bottom line… we need to pray and then let what happens, happen. WyldLife cabin time looks different every time, but as one veteran WyldLife leader said, “It’s a good cabin time when we know that kids felt heard and that what they say matters.”

Written by Julie Clapp

Monday, June 5, 2017

7 Creative Ways to Hang With Your Middle/High School Friends This Summer

Do you need some creative summer contact work ideas? Here are seven you might not have pulled out of your bag yet.

Leisure Dive
All you need is a camera and a pool/lake. Create some great memories and photos. Here are some great examples.

Driving Range/1 on 1 Golf
Even if you're terrible at golf, the driving range is a fun place to showcase your lack of skill. Also, playing an actual round of golf with just one of your high school friends allows for 3 hours of conversation. Pick a terrible golf course with mud-pits for greens. They're cheaper and provide a good excuse when you play poorly.

Baseball on a tennis court. Use a broom handle for a bat and have 3-6 tennis balls. It's much harder than it looks to hit a tennis ball with a skinny broom handle. Watching people strike out is funny. Over the tennis court fence is an automatic home-run . 3 strikes and you're out, pretty much the same rules as baseball except only 2 bases, the net and home plate.Trust me, its a winner.

Cards On A Roof
Find a mostly flat roof on a not so windy night. Grab a few high school friends, a blanket (or lawn chairs and a folding table) and some playing cards. Add a set of iPod speakers and 6 pack of Stewart's Orange n Cream Soda. Bam. A night to remember.

KanJam is a fun yet simple frisbee game. Think 2 on 2 Ultimate Frisbee in the back alley with trash cans as your end zone. Set it up in the parking lot of the local late night hang out spot beside a set of corn hole boards and you and your high school friends can be entertained for hours. Also a great pre-club hangout idea.

Build Your Own Frisbee Golf Course
Some friends and I recently mapped out a course around our local university. "Throw off the parking deck and hit the middle column on that building, par 4." It's free fun...unless you accidentally dent other people's cars with your frisbee.

Dizzy Shoe Game
Thanks to Mackenzie Olson for submitting this idea. Mackenzie writes, "Anytime we're at camp or when there is nothing around to do, I like to con kids into playing the Dizzy Shoe Game. But I don’t call it that… I only ask if they want to play a game. I make everyone put one of their shoes, or a stick, over their head and make them look at it (this is key to the game- the looking up part) and I make them spin around as fast as they can 15 times. Always screaming for them to spin faster. Once they get to 15 they are to throw the shoe and attempt to jump over it. If they truly looked up, and truly spun 15 times quickly, there is zero chance of succeeding and 100 percent chance of laughing very hard. A word of Caution: this is ALWAYS to be done on grass." Thanks Mackenzie for this fun idea. I've already used it multiple times when hanging out with my high school friends and it's been hilarious.

What would you add? Email us here

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How to Lead Cabin Time at Camp

One of the highlights of a week at Young Life camp is cabin time. If you've never led cabin time or if you're just feeling nervous as you prepare to do it again, below are some ideas that can help.


Seek Wisdom

Be intentional about getting trained in how to lead cabin time. Meet with your Area Director/staff person or another experienced leader and ask them how they do it. Experience is the best teacher.

Prepare for a Marathon

You wouldn't go into the Olympics without training before you got there. A week at Young Life camp is going to feel like a marathon, physically and spiritually. Get physical and spiritual rest. Be with Jesus. Cast your cares and fears upon Him.

Earn the Right to be Heard

Once you have spread mulch, washed cars, and sold doughnuts with kids to help them raise $ for camp, they are much more likely to listen to what you have to say. My pre-algebra teacher had a sign on her desk that said, "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." Spend time BEFORE you get to camp earning the right to be heard. Your hours fundraising and doing contact work before camp will directly impact your cabin times at camp.


Connect With A Head Leader

Head leaders serve on the Assigned Team and their main job is to help you. If you feel overwhelmed, don't be afraid to ask one of them to come and sit in your cabin time with you.

Set Group Rules With Your Cabin
  1. Everyone sits on the floor in a circle. No one on their bunks. It’s too easy to fall asleep and when folks are on different levels it makes it hard to look one another in the eye.
  2. What's said in cabin time stays in cabin time. We want this to be a safe place and not a starting place for gossip. Protect kids. Stand up for them. Sharing honestly could leave them vulnerable to laughter, ridicule, and shame.
  3. Respect one another. When someone is talking, don't interrupt. I use a pair of clean, balled up socks. When you're holding the socks, you can talk. When you get done talking, you toss the socks to someone else.
Facilitate Conversation

Our job as leaders isn't to use the cabin time to give another talk. Listen more than you speak. Don't fear silence. Be patient. Invite everyone into the conversation. Try to open cabin time with a question that everyone can answer. Get folks involved who might otherwise just sit there silently. Make sure to use open-ended questions that cannot be answered with the words "yes" or "no." It helps if you are familiar with the questions and can be more conversational. Don't just read questions off of a sheet and check them off, be engaging and facilitating a conversation. This is a learned skill that takes practice. I think it's worth practicing with a group of leaders before you even get to camp!

Take Notes

I have a pocket-sized notebook I carry with me everywhere at camp. I take notes during the club talks and during cabin times. I tell my cabin on night 1 that I'm taking notes because I want to be able to remember everything. It's super helpful to write things down that were said in cabin time so you can follow up later with specific kids. I also use the notebook throughout the following school year to help me pray for kids.

Individually Prep Kids

If there are kids in your cabin who have been to camp before, pull them aside before cabin time and ask them to 'hold back' and not give 'all the answers.' Ask kids who are following Christ to help you facilitate the time by chiming in appropriately.

Night One

On the first night of camp it's ok to let the cabin time be brief and not super deep, but make sure you set the precedent that your cabin is going to do this routine every night, non-negotiable. Let them know that you want to hear from them. Club is their time to listen and cabin time is their time to speak. 

Listen to the Holy Spirit

Your camp speaker will likely give you great questions to use in cabin time. Don't feel obligated to use all of them, they are just a guideline. Listen to the Holy Spirit and let Him guide your time. Don't stress if you feel like cabin time isn't what you had hoped. It's not your job to manipulate kids, just create a safe place, set the tone, and trust the Holy Spirit to lead.

Read the Room

Ask the Lord to give you an awareness of what's going on behind the scenes with the kids in your cabin. Some of them are dealing with heavy stuff. After the cross talk on night 5, there will be some kids who want to have a 4 hour cabin time and some that don't want to talk at all. Be aware of how the conversation is going. It's okay to end cabin time and ask a few individual kids if they would like to keep meeting while the others are dismissed to free time.


Often kids will go silent if you ask a direct question about them. Ex: "What is the biggest temptation you personally face?" If you simply rephrase the question, "What do you think are some of the biggest temptations people your age face?" they will be more likely to speak up.

Tell Me More

If a kid cracks open a door to their heart, be sensitive. And when it's appropriate, ask them to tell you more. The simple phrase "tell me more about that" will give kids permission to go deeper.

The 10 Best Questions

Follow your camp speaker's lead as to when certain questions should be asked, there is a strategic progression throughout the week, simpler questions at the beginning and deeper questions as the week progresses. Below are some of the best questions that have led to deep discussions in our cabin times in the past.
  1. What do you do to be noticed? (Rephrased: What do your friends do to be noticed?)
  2. How would your friends describe you?
  3. What emotions describe you these days? (Frustrated, lonely, confused, etc.)
  4. Describe your best day.
  5. Describe your worst day.
  6. What is your relationship with your parents like?
  7. Finish the sentence, "Jesus, don't you care that..."
  8. What have you done to deserve a relationship with God?
  9. How has your picture of Jesus changed this week?
  10. What is keeping you from believing and following Jesus?

Take it Home

Many Campaigner groups have started out of cabin times at camp. At the end of the week suggest to your cabin, "Wouldn't this be awesome if we could continue having cabin time regularly once we get back home?" Go ahead and look at your calendar now and find some time that could work for you to schedule a few post-camp cabin times after camp.

Written by Drew Hill.

Here is a link to tons of great cabin time questions collected by Sean McGever at

Friday, May 26, 2017

Finding Grace at NorthBay: Encouragement for Leaders Heading To Summer Camp

Written by Abby Cunningham, WyldLife leader in Grove City, PA.

Last summer, I had the privilege of being a leader on my first Young Life camp trip. Our middle school friends had the time of their life at NorthBay. It was amazing to be a part of a life-transforming week.

Leading up to camp I tried to pray daily for the girls I was bringing- that their hearts would be vulnerable and that they would understand what it means to call Jesus their savior. I also prayed for myself. I wanted to lead these girls well, reflect Christ's unconditional love, and speak truth. As it was my first time leading a trip, I had never done a 1-on-1 before. I was nervous. The thought of sitting down with one of my girls and having to answer any question she threw my way about life, the Bible, or the gospel made me nervous.

One of the girls, in particular, was giving me concern. She came from a difficult home life. I worked hard to get her to camp and was thrilled when she got on the bus. Given her past, I feared her asking questions about God and pain I didn't know the answers to. I so badly wanted her to know Jesus but I feared getting in the way. What if I froze up? What if I gave the wrong answer? What if I had to say "I don't know?" What if I couldn't think of the right verse or the right words to answer her questions?

I prayed throughout the week that our 1-on-1 time would go well, but the nerves wouldn't shake off. I told the Lord that I was fearful and that I didn't feel equipped for the conversation. I wasn't a good enough leader.

When I got to camp, I was in the middle of reading through 2 Corinthians. During my quiet time one day I read 2 Corinthians 9:8. 

"And God is able to bless you abundantly; so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work."

In the context of the passage Paul is talking about generosity, but I think this verse can be applied to the nature of God's grace. He gives us, in abundance, the grace needed for each situation.

The Lord would give me the grace needed for my 1-on-1 conversation. I didn't have to be an all-knowing leader with an abundance of theological knowledge and wisdom. I didn't have to be "enough" because God's grace was enough for the situation. He would give me the words I needed.

A few chapters later Paul says,

"But he said to me "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." (2 Cor. 12:9)

When we are not enough, his grace is enough. Our weaknesses are an opportunity for us to lean on his grace and his power.

Even Paul admitted to not knowing all the answers.

... When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (1 Cor. 2:1-5)

He clung to what he did know and that was his savior. Paul was reliant on the Spirit's power and on God's grace, not his own wisdom or speaking abilities, which he admits were lacking.

The Lord certainly gave me the grace needed for my 1-on-1. I walked away with great peace because I answered her questions and articulated truth in a way that I hadn't done before. Glory be to Him.

You don't have to be a "perfect" Young Life leader. Let God's grace, the power of the Holy Spirit and your knowledge of who he is as Savior be enough. You don't need fancy words or all the most insightful answers. You don't need to be the funniest, the coolest, the hippest, the most adventurous leader. Be the leader who is the most in love with Jesus and rely on Him.

My Area Director puts it this way: 

"Kids don't need more of you, they need more of Jesus. So show kids Jesus and He will supply the rest."