Thursday, October 8, 2015

YL College: Making Memories With YLC Trips

On Thursdays we post topics of interest to YL College ministries. This week we’ve gathered input on what kinds of trips are successful and ideas on how to fundraise in college ministry. 
  • YL College Fall Weekend at a YL camp or other venue. 
  • Work Crew Weekend (inviting college students to serve at a weekend for high school students)
  • Spring break at Young Life camp, potentially working on helping get the property ready for summer camp
  • Young Life Expeditions Spring Break service trip to places like:
      • Nicaragua
      • Dominican Republic
      • Peru
      • Israel
      • Philippines
      • Mexico
      • India
      • Africa, etc.
  • YLC Summer camp in May
  • Winter Ski Trip
  • Overnight canoe trip 
  • Senior guys trip 
  • Pioneer Plunge work trip (at Windy Gap)
  • Renting a hut in the mountains for a long weekend
  • Mystery Road Trip
  • Lake weekend
  • RMR Backpacking trip
  • A short trip to crash another College YL’s Club

Fundraising for Trips
  • Apply for student organization grants.
  • Individually ask donors, committee, or churches for scholarship funds.
  • Area camp scholarship money may be available.
  • Students send out support letters and get creative in their own fundraising efforts
    • Making scarves, mittens, candles, selling t-shirts, selling nicaraguan coffee, etc.
    • Working a parking lot for football games
  • Fundraising Events
    • Participate in a Splatter Run 5k with our county where students are given the opportunity to raise money to put towards camp.
    • Parent's Night Out babysitting fundraisers
    • We did a Spring Fling in April and asked people to pay $10 and we used what we made from that.
    • We tried an Alumni Tailgate, not a huge success, but could potentially be a place for alumni to reconnect.
  • Have students pay out-of-pocket for the smaller trips (i.e. $75).
  • We find fairly cheap/free places to go and cook most of our meals so the students pay a small amount to cover the rent and food. For example, it cost them $40 for the extended weekend trip and $350 for a full week in a beach house.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WyldLife Wednesday: WyldLife Sings!

Written by Ken Tankersley
WyldLife Leader and Senior Vice President, Northwestern Division

I have been a Young Life leader for a long time but have only been a WyldLife leader for the last four years so I am still learning all the specifics of early adolescence. I constantly take down notes or adjust my thinking of junior high students and what they can do, how they can learn and my expectations of them. Over the last few years, there has been a consistent theme in the WyldLife training that I have received. A few tried and true tenants like:
  • Play lots of active games and mixers.
  • Keep the talk illustration concrete, clear and short.
  • And…. ‘Junior high students don’t sing!’
I am not sure I agree with the last one. We sing at our WyldLife club, and it is one of the highlights of the night.
Here is what I have come to love about junior high students.
  • They have a lot of energy (always good for singing).
  • They can scream better than anyone else I know (another positive).
  • They respond to instruction (mandatory).
The first time I led my WyldLife students in a song, it happened by accident. We had run out of things to do and games to play so we were desperate to fill a few minutes. I knew that a junior high student could smell fear, so I felt like I had to lead a song with courage and conviction. We had no guitar. We had no youtube lyrics, we didn’t even have karaoke, all we had was me standing up front.

First, I gave the ground rules: we were named WyldLife for a reason so the next few minutes were going to be wild!

  • We weren’t going to sing - rather we would scream! (seemed an easier goal)
  • We weren’t going to sit - in WyldLife, we stand and jump around.
  • We weren’t going to sway to the music - in WyldLife, we dance and sweat!
Finally, without giving them much time to process or protest - we jumped right into singing and it was awesome.! The next few minutes were a blur of dancing, energy, jumping around and laughter. Over the years, I realized a few things that I love about WyldLife students and song leading. Here are a few:
  1. INSTRUCT: If we lead clearly and don’t give much time for second-guessing, students will follow beautifully.
  2. INVOLVE: Singing is a group activity - look for ways to involve everyone.
  3. INVENT: Motions, moves and gestures are key elements to every song.
  4. INVEST: I have to lead by example. I am committed to our singing and no one will out-sing or out-scream me!
I think it honors our faith and the Gospel when the fullness of life is expressed in singing that is unfiltered, fun and alive. WyldLife kids sing, I think we just have to give them permission.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Discipleship Series by Justin McRoberts: Prayer (Part 2)

Since today is our mission wide day of prayer, it's quite appropriate that today's post addresses the topic. 

Last week we introduced a new discipleship series by Justin McRoberts. If you missed it, click on the links below:
Prayer, part 2 
by Justin McRoberts

When Jesus’ disciples asked him to teach them how to pray, Jesus taught them what we now call “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Our Father.” It’s a beautiful prayer and, since we are looking at how to pray, lets take look at this gift Jesus gave us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.

Here are a few thoughts about the Lord’s Prayer that I hope help make it a gift and helpful tool in your prayer life. When you stop to pray, try keeping the Lord’s Prayer in front of you and, even if you don’t pray it word for word, use it as a kind of outline.

“Our Father”

I love that the prayer starts out “Our Father” instead of just “Father.” Why? Because when I pray “Our Father” I remember that I am not alone; that I am part of a whole family of sisters and brothers who are on this same journey with me. Whatever burden or joy I bring to a time of prayer, I can safely bet another sister or brother is sharing the same burden or joy. In fact, the remainder of the prayer is in prayed that way - “Give us” instead of “Give me.” “Forgive us” instead of “forgive me.” “Lead us” instead of “lead me.” You and I are not alone on this journey. When you stop to pray, be reminded that you are one of God’s many children and that, as part of His Family, you are not alone in your joys or struggles.

“Hallowed be Thy Name”

Praying “Hallowed be Thy Name” reminds me that God is Holy, which is to say that I’m not just talking with my roommate or a good buddy. Yes, He loves me as His son and listens to me as my best friend.. and... He’s also the one who created everything in existence. He’s perfect. He’s all-powerful. And He is making Himself available to me right here in my tiny corner of His big world. That’s humbling and thrilling at the same time.

When you stop to pray, be reminded that God is not like anyone else you talk to. He is Holy. And in all his perfect power and wisdom, He joyfully receives you into His Presence. He loves to hear from you.

“Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Did you notice that almost half way through this prayer and we haven’t mentioned any of our own needs yet? In fact, before we do that, we are asked to consider that what God wants for us and for our world is bound to be better than what we want. Jesus asks us to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So, before I get on with sharing with God my thoughts about what should happen next in my heart or in my family or my neighborhood, I am reminded that God has designs to make everything “on earth as it is in Heaven.” God’s desire is to make everything in the world right, and my life is part of those designs.

When you stop to pray, be reminded that God’s plans for His world are beautiful and just and perfect. He wants to know what you want and need. But he also wants you to know that He has your best interests in mind along with the best interests of the entire world.

“Give us today our daily bread.”

This part is hard for me, to be honest. All I’m asking for is daily bread? Like... just enough for today? What about tomorrow!?!? Come to find out, thinking or worrying about tomorrow and what I might need when I get there can be a real distraction. Jesus taught the people who first followed him “... do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). What I’ve found is that asking for my “daily” bread can help me to focus on and be present to the day I am living in. I am invited to pay attention to the people I see that day and the situations I find myself in rather than look past them.

When you stop to pray, be reminded that God took care of your needs up to this point and that He will do the same tomorrow. Let that knowledge set you free to take care of the day, the people and the situations right in front of you today.

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

There is just no getting around the fact that you make mistakes. And sometimes, when we make mistakes, we hurt people around us. Jesus invites us to ask for and inevitably receive forgiveness for our mistakes as well as the hurts we’ve caused others. And as He does so, He challenges us to see that those around us who may have caused us injury are in the exact same place we are; they need forgiveness for their wrongs.

When you stop to pray, be reminded that Jesus died for your sins - that nothing you can do can separate you from the love of God. Also be reminded that Jesus died for the sins of those who have wronged you or hurt you.

“Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Sometimes, I get nervous that there is one good way to go and a lot of bad ways, or that there is one right road to take and the rest of them are wrong. Thinking that way can cause me a lot anxiety, especially when it comes to decisions like which school to choose or which classes to take when I get there or which job to apply for... or if these shoes go with these pants!!!

What this part of the prayer does for me is encourage me that there may be many roads to take ahead of me and that God will lead along the way. The prayer isn’t “Help me pick the one right way to go.” It’s “Lead me not into temptation... deliver me from evil.” If God is leading, He will take you places with good options. That doesn’t mean bad options won’t present themselves. They will. But even then, God promises to help us and deliver us.

When you stop to pray, be encouraged that God is good and that He’s a good friend. In His goodness, He’ll give you good options. He will also help you, if you ask Him to and let Him, avoid getting into situations that will steal life from you.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Battle of the Sexes Club Ideas

One of our favorite clubs we've repeated over the last few years is 'Battle of the Sexes' club. Below are some ideas if you're using this theme this semester. 

Social Media

You can use either of the pictures on the right to Instagram and Tweet about club. When you're posting on social media, make sure to remind kids that guys should wear blue and gals should wear pink.

Make A Video
This is a great club to give you an excuse for contact work. Grab some kids ahead of time and make a short promo video you can show at club. Video girls vs guys competing in races, arm-wrestling, etc. Use the Rocky theme music.

Club Prep
Bring lots of blue and pink stuff to club:
  • Balloons
  • Bandanas
  • Hair Color Spray
  • Face Paint
Divide your club room in half. Put a strip of masking tape down the middle. Make it clear that guys go to one side and gals go to the other. It's a cool visual effect when one side of the room is pink and the other is blue.

If you normally do one tunnel for everyone to enter the club room, this week change it up and do 2 tunnels, one for the guys and one for the gals. 

Background Music
I edited down a 30 second clip of the song 'Boys and Girls' by Good Charlotte. It's fun and fast and fits the theme. Good to use for short interludes in club and could work for the tunnel entrance song, but you'd likely have to repeat it since it's only 30 seconds. Download the clip here

Club Music
These are the songs we're singing this week in club. You can download the chords here. All of the slides are already put together and you can download them here
  • Bad Blood/Fight Song mashup
  • Viva la Vida (Coldplay)
  • Shake it off (T-Swift)
  • I Want It That Way (Back Street Boys)
  • Geronimo (Shepherd)
  • Banana Song (Denny Rydberg)
  • Thinkin out loud (Ed Sheeran)
  • Enough for me (Nashville Nine)
  • As I am (Lee Younger)


Pyramid Building
Guys on one side of the room, Gals on the other. Have your skit characters instruct everyone to race to build as many pyramids of 3 people as possible. If you have 60 kids at club (30 guys/30 gals), you'll have 10 pyramids built. Round 2 is pyramids of 6. Round 3 is by class (build a pyramid with all freshmen gals, etc...) Round 4 is EVERYONE, guys vs gals (as pictured.) Make sure you have a photographer ready to go- it's a great photo opp. 

The Great Chair Sit
Have the guys and girls split into two groups. Each gender will make a circle. Make sure the circle is tight. When you say 'go' everyone sits down.  It is a contest to see which group can stay up the longest, guys or gals. (see picture)


Fastest Kiss
Have 8 guys and 8 girls come up front.  Form 2 lines of 8 with 4 guys and 4 gals in each line. Have them stand guy girl. They need to pass down a kiss on the cheek and pass it back. First line to finish wins. Have them do a practice round. During the real contest, secretly hand 2 whipped cream pies to the girls on the ends of the lines. (Prep the girls ahead of time). When the guy turns for the kiss, have the girls pie him in the face.

Battle of the Sexes Trivia
I included in the PowerPoint slides a trivia game you can use. It has a bunch of questions so just go through it ahead and time and delete the ones you don't want to use. It's fun to bring 4 guys and 4 gals up. Make a leader hold a cooking pot on his/her head and kneel down and be the buzzer. Give each line of guys and gals a metal spoon to use to buzz in. Run it like a game show, similar to Family Feud. 

Baby Bottle Burping Game
Have three guys sit on girls’ laps and drink a baby bottle filled with coke and then get burped. Give points for the loudest or longest (or have them burp every 10 seconds). It is funny to put the guys in diapers and a bonnet. The girls can dress like moms, too. Also, you can feed the guys baby food instead of Coke. 

Blindfolded Makeovers
Call of 3 gals and 3 guys. Blindfold the gals and sit the guys in chairs, facing the audience. Hand the gals makeup and play some good background music and give them 90 seconds to do their best attempt at a makeover. 


Click here to download slides for all of the songs below and the Battle of the Sexes trivia questions.

Sample Schedule

7:47- Separate tunnels
7:50- Bad Blood/Fight Song
7:54- Viva La Vida
7:58- Pyramid Mixer
8:05- Banana Song
8:09- Geronimo
8:14- Battle of the Sexes Trivia
8:20- Camp Video Promo/Announcements
8:25- Thinking Out Loud
8:29- Enough For Me
8:33- As I Am
8:36- Introduction
8:38- Talk
8:50- Club ends

Friday, October 2, 2015

YL Pray 24-7

A guest post from the YL Pray 24-7 Team.

Next Tuesday, October 6th, is a mission wide day of prayer. The YL Pray 24-7 team is inviting all leaders and staff to spend one hour in prayer. There are over 2,000 members on the prayer team (and thousands more with access to the YL Pray 24-7 webpage). On this one day, the global mission of Young Life will be uniquely connected as one in prayer.

For 24 hours on October 6th we will be staffing the YL Pray 24-7 site and posting up-to-the-minute prayer requests. Your most urgent prayer needs will be instantly lifted-up around the world! 

Recalling the success of his first club meetings, Young Life founder Jim Rayburn once remarked:

"I found out that across the street from the high school a group of elderly women had been meeting for six years, every Monday morning, getting down on their knees in the living room of dear old Mrs. Frasher's ... That was the thing the Lord used to start it."

Since those first meetings, Young Life has grown exponentially. We now serve 1.7 million kids in 99 countries, with close to 70,000 staff and volunteers. Nevertheless, we are all part of the same body, and prayer is how we connect.

YL Pray 24-7’s vision is to carry on with the prayer focus that began in Mrs. Frasher's living room. Our mission is to create and sustain constant, consistent, and perpetual prayer for our work of introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

YL Pray 24-7 went live in March 2015. Staff, leaders, and committee members have had the opportunity to sign up once a week for 15 minute increments of prayer. Almost 2400 people around the globe have signed up to pray throughout the week! Our goal is to reach 6000 prayer team members by 2016.

We’d love even more leaders to participate—by signing up to pray, or by submitting a request from your area so you, your fellow leaders, your area kids and friends can be covered and encouraged in prayer.

It’s easy to join the team. Just visit You will need your staff resources user name and password for this site. (If you need help, please call the help desk at 719.381.1929.) Submitting a request is just as easy. Click on "submit a request.” (Take a look at the submission guidelines first.) And if you’d like to share a God sighting of how the Lord is using the prayers of Young Life, click “share a story.”

Please add to your calendar on Tuesday, October 6 and join us by praying for your fellow leaders, staffers, friends and kids. You don’t have to be a member of the prayer team to participate, either. Just visit the site and submit your prayer requests. Think about getting with another leader or maybe your team and pray as a group.

It’s going to be a special day because we know that where two or three (thousand!) are gathered in prayer, God is a whisper away.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Young Life College: The First Ten Years

Young Life College has now been on campuses for over ten years. Watch the video below to find out how it got started and where it's going.

Ten Years of Young Life College

"My dream for Young Life College would be that every single college student gets a shot to hear about the Gospel from a trusted friend before they graduate. I'm so glad that Young Life decided that we'll keep continuing on with these introduce adolescents to Jesus Christ...every single one of them...and to help them grow in their faith. College is one of those last shots and we've got a chance to bring them to the feet of Christ. There's not much better than that.
-Pete Hardesty, James Madison University

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

WyldLife Wednesday: Campaigners With A Contact Work Mentality

Written by Neil Eckerlin
WyldLife Representative, Southwestern Division

In WyldLife, contact work and Campaigners can be two of the more challenging C’s in this ministry. Often, middle school kids don’t have a lot of freedom, which can make contact work difficult. Their attentions spans can be short, which combined with their high energy levels, can make Campaigners hard to envision and implement. There are many roadblocks we can come up with as it pertains to WyldLife contact work and Campaigners.

But what if we shifted our perspective and expectations? What if because of the unique nature and qualities of middle school kids, we combined both contact work and Campaigners into a single event? Campaigners with a contact work mentality…. a scheduled time for talking about Jesus that includes plenty of time for just being with kids.

What are the opportunities?
  • Structure: A planned and scheduled event can help parents feel more comfortable allowing their kids to participate.
  • Earning the right to be heard: In some cases you’re earning the right with parents as much as, if not more, than you are with kids. Have conversations with parents whenever you can!
  • Tradition: Campaigners can be another rallying point and connection with kids that they remember and look forward to.
  • More than club: Strong consistent Campaigners can help to create a contact point that goes beyond club and gives vision for the broader impact of the ministry.
  • Flexibility: Campaigners doesn’t have to be long. Short and sweet can be very effective. If you do meet longer, make sure to have activities planned.
  • Simplicity: Sometimes five minutes talking about Jesus is a win with a group of middle school kids. Embrace it!
  • Relationship: Remember your Campaigners time is as much about the relationship as it is about talking about Jesus. For a middle school kid, you are telling them about Christ just by showing up!

Helpful Hints…
  • Use an ice breaker like Highlight and Lowlight of the week.
  • Focus on a single theme or concept.
  • Have them read the Bible! No short cuts (even if reading doesn’t come easy).
  • Pick a short scripture.
  • Be ready to define words. Even what you may think are the simplest ones. This will help them process and help them learn the main point of the lesson.
  • If you plan on meeting for more than 20-30 minutes, have an activity or something active they can do to release energy.
  • Many middle school kids love to participate in conversation, but they can get off-topic. Find ways to allow space for them to be who they are while still accomplishing the goals of Campaigners.
  • Help kids go beyond the answers they think you want to hear.
  • Use open ended questions that don’t allow kids to say, “Yes” or “No”.

WyldLife Campaigners can be a “contact work” event that kids look forward to and that you can use to deepen your relationships with them. Think about your middle school friends and what would best serve them. Who are they? What do they need? What do they like? Remember, simplicity can go a long way!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Discipleship Series by Justin McRoberts: Prayer (Part 1)

Yesterday we introduced this new Discipleship series by Justin McRoberts. If you missed the introduction, click here.  

Prayer, Part 1 

When people asked Jesus why He did what He did (healing people, being kind to outcasts, teaching, etc...), Jesus said, "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.” (John 5:19) I take that to mean that Jesus was taking cues from His Father, which means that His life was rooted in, and began with, prayer. And if prayer is important to Jesus, then it will be important for you and me.

So, how do pray the right way? What words should you use? Do you stand or sit or kneel? As James Martin puts it, “the right way to pray is to do whatever works for you.” I love that. Believing that has been really important for me. In fact, tomorrow we will look at a few different kinds of prayer practices. But before we get there, I want to be perfectly clear about this: you’re not going to do this wrong.

Last halloween, my son Asa, was a superhero. He was four at the time and had picked out his own outfit, complete with a cape, striped socks and the letter “S” taped on his chest. The “S” stood for “Super Asa.” About an hour into the evening, he came to me downcast, saying that some of the older boys didn’t like his costume. “You have to pick a real superhero” they told him. “You can’t make one up.”

I knelt on the ground and held his hand, saying “Hey, buddy. Look up at me.” He pushed the crown he was wearing back out of his eyes, adjusted his pajamas and smoothed out the blue painter’s-tape “S” on his chest. “You invented your superhero and designed your own costume. Those kids got their ideas from movies and bought costumes from a store. They look great, but I love that you came up with your own. I think it makes your costume really special. I am proud of you because you made it up... and I love you because you are my son.”

My prayer life can look and feel like my son’s Halloween costume; cobbled together and a bit ramshackle. But I’m convinced our Heavenly Father cares little to nothing about the slickness and organization of our prayers. I think He loves us exactly as we are, that He’s proud of us and that, regardless of how our prayers look and sound, He loves to talk with us.

Consider this: Before Jesus did any of the work He’s known for (before healed anyone or taught anything or gathered disciples), He had a very important moment of prayer. During His baptism, Jesus heard the Father say “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) The Father doesn’t love Jesus because he accomplished a bunch of great things. The Father loves Jesus because Jesus is God’s Son.

Well, you and I are God’s kids, too. And His love for us isn’t moved by our performance — not even our performance in prayer. God doesn’t need you to get this “prayer” thing right, He just wants to talk with you. He’s not grading you, He wants a relationship with you. So, however you’ve been cobbling together your prayers, God is lovingly listening to you and He is proud of you.

My son doesn’t have a very elaborate vocabulary. He's 5 now. He still says “backset” instead of “basket.” But I love when he tells me about his day, even with his limited choice of words. So it is with you and your Heavenly Father. May you have the courage to practice prayer, knowing that your Father is already proud of you. He loves you and nothing that you or anyone else cold do can change that.

Monday, September 28, 2015

A New Discipleship Series by Justin McRoberts

We have a real treat planned for you! Starting tomorrow, on Tuesdays for the next 10 weeks, we're running a series of posts focusing on discipleship. Our hope is that they will be helpful tools for you as leaders. Some of you are walking with new believers who met Christ at camp this summer. Others of you are leading Campaigners groups. Take this material and use it however you see best.

This series is written by long time Young Lifer, Justin McRoberts. Justin is a singer/songwriter, author, and speaker. This summer he spoke at a Young Life Adventures camp in Santa Cruz. The posts he'll share were born out of those discipleship talks. Here's a 90 second video where you can hear Justin introduce the series. 

Discipleship Series Introduction
By Justin McRoberts 

If you show up to a professional baseball game before it starts, you’ll likely see players on the field running drills. They are the best players in the world and most of them have been playing baseball since they were children. Yet, there they are running the same drills they ran as kids. Why? Because, when the ball comes off a bat, it can be traveling at over 100 mph and an infielder is standing only 90ft from the point of contact; he has just about one second before the ball is to him. That player doesn’t have time to analyze the situation and prepare himself; he doesn’t have time to think about the placement of his feet or decide which way to shift his weight. His responses have to be near- automatic so that he can make a play and avoid injury. Only because a professional player has done that drill every day for fifteen, twenty or thirty years does his body respond the right way, allowing him to snag the ball and toss it to first base.

As disciples, you and I want to live for, with and like Jesus; The Jesus Way of Life. I’ve been following Jesus for 23 years and what I’ve learned is that doing so takes practice. What you and I think about Jesus is important, but how we live is what ultimately matters. For instance, I may think Jesus is generous and kind but if I live selfishly then what I think about Him doesn’t do the folks around me much good. The next few posts won’t be so much about convincing you what to think about Jesus, but how to follow Him - how to live like Him, for Him and with Him.

In this series I will share a few practices I see in Jesus’ life; practices I have found helpful as I follow Him. I’ll do my best to share not just why I think they’re important but also how to go about doing them.

Jesus regularly prayed.

He lived intentionally with a community.
He also loved and served the world around Him.
So, join me as we look at the practices of prayer, community and serving our world (what I will call “mission”).

For you and me, living like Jesus can be difficult. Life, like a baseball, can come at us pretty fast and if we aren’t practiced at this Jesus Way of Life, we easily turn right back to living older ways of living and coping; like bottling up our problems (instead of praying), trying to go it alone (instead of letting others help), trusting lesser voices to tell us who we are (instead of the word of God) and thinking mostly of ourselves (instead of loving the world around us).

I have two main hopes for this series. First, I hope that when life comes at you at 100 mph with confusion or stress or drama or hate, these practices help you to live and respond like Jesus; in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. I also hope that, by thinking of this life in terms of “practice,” you feel free to try without the fear of failure. God does not want you jumping through hoops to “get life right.”

That’s not what following Jesus (discipleship) is about. Discipleship begins when you realize that God loves you exactly as you are, continues as you accept that He also wants to love His world through you and never includes a single moment when God quits on you. You see, the work God started in you is just that; a work God started. And even if you aren’t sure you have what it takes to make it, you can be rest assured that God finishes what God starts.

Let’s practice, shall we?

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Camp Musician Of The Month: Jenny Snipstead

Our featured YL Camp Musician for the month of October is Jenny Snipstead. (View other YL camp musicians here.)

Jenny was introduced to the ministry of Young Life as a high school student in Kalispell, Montana. She attended college at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA where she got involved as a volunteer in her local club. She served on her first assignment in 2012. Since then, she has served on 5 summer assignments at Malibu, Woodleaf and Washington Family Ranch-Creekside. 

She has also played banquets, weekend camps, and leadership retreats around the country. Jenny loves getting involved with all aspects of camp—from acting as the program villain, to calling the Virginia Reel, to hopping in the pool for “Sink the Singer”. What she loves most is watching music build a bridge between kids and the gospel. “Music meets them where they are. It’s a safe starting point for them to jump in and engage the good news and the freedom Jesus offers them.”

Jenny plays and writes music full time and is moving to Los Angeles this fall to continue her career as a singer-songwriter. She has released 2 albums and is currently working on her third solo project.

Visit Jenny's website:
Follow Jenny on Twitter: @jennysnipstead
Email Jenny to play at your Young Life banquet or camp.

What other Area Directors are saying about Jenny:

From the moment you meet Jenny, you know there is something special about her. Yes, she is so incredibly talented but she is so much more. She radiates Jesus in all she does and who she is. Jenny is endearing to all that she meets. You can't help become her number one fan. As a mission we have the privilege of inviting Jenny in to share the Gospel with her unforgettable voice and musical talent. Working together with Jenny is something I cherish and I look forward to anytime I can be with Jenny and share with others her gifts. -Sarah Lowe, AD University Place & North Tacoma

Jenny brought tremendous energy and crisp vocals and guitar/keys to song leading. At camp, she teamed with leaders and A-Team members to engage the kids to be pulled into each club. Her vocals are far beyond the capabilities of standard song leaders. She is recording studio quality with a down to Earth, authentic personality and ability to connect with the crowd. Her concert was to die for--absolutely slaying cover songs most wouldn't dare to touch, and emphasizing Jesus in such a humble way. She is a gem of gems when it comes to month long assignments, discipleship AND outreach weekends, AND banquets. I've served with her in all four settings." -Jeff Huber, West Snohomish County Young Life (Everett, WA)

Jenny Snipstead is a win-win across the board for any assignment team, any property and any camp of kids for Young Life. Whether it's leading club music, worship for work crew, special performances or Program characters, Jenny does it all with excellence. She is approachable, winsome, insightful, lively and gracious. Whether on stage or out-and-about in camp, Jenny is all in and on mission with the entire team to reflect Christ and direct Christ to kids in need of a Savior. -Bill Dooley, Area Director, North Central Washington