Monday, March 27, 2017

If Only...Then I'd Be Happy

Last week I asked some of my middle school friends to complete the following sentence and write down their answers anonymously on a piece of paper. Their responses are below:

If only...then I'd be happy.
  1. If only my family had more money, then I would be happy.
  2. If only I had true friends, then I would be happy.
  3. If only I could be smarter, then I would be happy.
  4. If only I could be faster, then I would be happy.
  5. If only I had more time, then I would be happy.
  6. If only I had a dance studio in my house, then I would be happy.
  7. If only I was better at soccer, then I would be happy.
  8. If only I got better grades, then I would be happy.
  9. If only my parents lived together, then I would be happy.
  10. If only I could be prettier, then I would be happy.
  11. If only I could be more athletic, then I would be happy.
  12. If only I could be more popular, then I would be happy.
  13. If only I could be more loved, then I would be happy.
  14. If only I could be a better person, then I would be happy.
  15. If only I could have a better relationship with God, then I would be happy.
  16. If only I was doing what I loved, then I would be happy.
  17. If only I had the love of Christ in my heart, then I would be happy.
  18. If only more people liked me, then I would be happy.
  19. If only I was better, then I would be happy.
  20. If only I knew how to make everyone happy, then I would be happy.

Matthew 5:1-12 (The Message)

When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: 

“You’re blessed (happy) when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you, there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed (happy) when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

“You’re blessed (happy) when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.||

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Hype Club Music: DJ Promote's New Party Edits

Do you need some clean, hype music for club? Thankfully DJ Promote has hooked us up with some current edits. DJ Pack 5 just came out last week. These songs work great to play in the background as kids enter club or during games and mixers. (Thanks for the heads up Ty Gallenbeck!)

Download all 20 tracks on Bandcamp and pay what you want.

Track Listing

  1. Boom Boom Boom Mashup - Outhere Brothers, Tujamo, Kennedy Jones 
  2. Sweet Dreams vs Drums of War Mashup - Funky Craig, Eurythmics 
  3. Booyah vs Murder Mashup - Showtek, Party Favor, Cesqeaux, We Are Loud!, Sonny Wilson 
  4. Jam Rock vs Believer Mashup - Damien Marley, Major Lazer, Kaos Murda, DJ Fresh, SlinkMajor
  5. Black Beatles vs Dead Mashup - Rae Sremmurd, Slander
  6. Stranger Things Warped 150bpm - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
  7. Watch Out For This vs Too Original TJR Remix - Major Lazer, TJR 
  8. Turn Me Up VIP (Clean Edit) - Nabiha, MOTi
  9. Cavalry vs Boomshakatak VIP Mashup - Wiwek, Alvaro, Funk Craig 
  10. Turn It Up (Clean Edit)- Mr. V, Henry Fong
  11. Ocho Cinco (Clean Edit) - DJ Snake, Yellow Claw 
  12. Blezza vs Deep Down Low Mashup - PuroWuan, Getter 
  13. Trouble vs No Turning Back Mashup - Gregor Salto, MC Spyder, Wiwek, MEM, Yton, Ummet Ozcan 
  14. Pigalle vs Vibrate Mashup - DJ Snake, Moksi
  15. Suit Tie Dillon Francis Remix (160bpm Edit) - Justin Timberlake, Dillon Francis
  16. Funk It - Schoeny (Clean Tour Edit) 
  17. Propaganda vs Rise Mashup - DJ Snake, Party Thieves & Lazy Boyz
  18. Texas Anthem vs Eptic (Breaux VIP) Carnage Remix Outro - Riot Ten, Jack Bass Remix, Kid Phix & Carbin, Eptic, Breaux, Carnage.wav
  19. Tip Toe Wing in my Jawwdinz (Jauz Remix Clean Edit) - Riff Raff
  20. Trap Arms (SayMyName Remix Clean Edit) - Milo & Otis 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Greensboro Fellows Program

About the graduate from college.....Now what?

If you're about to graduate from college, odds are you're continuing to answer the million-dollar question, "What are you doing when you graduate?"

Some of the best advice I ever received was "take your 20's and be a sponge. You have the rest of your life to make money. After college, find wise people and learn from them."

I can't think of a better opportunity to do just that than the Greensboro Fellows program.

Are you looking for a place to:
  • Experience deep community and friendship after college?
  • Gain experience working in the marketplace?
  • Experience working in a church?
  • Take seminary classes?
  • Get world renowned leadership training?
  • Stay involved with Young Life?
  • Experience a mission trip to Africa?
For many college students, it's a big jump from earning a degree to actually applying it to a career. Dream jobs don't happen overnight - and that's if you even know what your dream job is. That's where the Greensboro Fellows Program comes in. It's a 10-month (September – June) program for those who desire and are committed to the pursuit of spiritual, personal, and professional growth. It is intended and geared towards young adults who have recently finished college. The curriculum, planned excursions, paid internships, volunteer work, and community all work together to inspire and empower a Christ-centered life.

This program is based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, and serves as the ideal springboard for entering into professional careers and adult life.

A few of the many things the Fellows Program offers:
  • spiritual growth through mentorship and discipleship
  • world-renowned leadership training through the Center for Creative Leadership
  • weekly networking with local business owners & ministry leaders
  • paid internships and volunteer opportunities
  • partnership with local Young Life
  • close-knit Christian and church community
  • free housing with a host family
  • opportunity to take accredited seminary classes
  • 2 week trip to Rwanda

Some of this year's paid internships include:
  • Business & Administration
  • Non-Profit Management
  • Ministry
  • Elementary Education
  • Marketing
  • Higher Education
  • Nursing
  • Personal Finance
If you are interested in learning more about this program, or applying to be a part of the 2017-2018 program year, you can visit or email us here.

"The Greensboro Fellows Program is far more than a transition out of college and into the adult world. The Fellows Program is a safe place to call home and a warm invitation to walk alongside family. You will be encouraged to grow more deeply than you thought possible, while simultaneously developing your professional skill set and your personal and spiritual gifts. You will be taught, nurtured, equipped and then sent out to build His kingdom."

- Stacey Greene, former GSO Fellow and current administrator for

Monday, March 20, 2017

You're Invited to a Work Week at a Young Life Camp Near You!

If you've never been to a Young Life Work Week, this could be your year! They're only a couple months away, so look at the dates below and mark your calendars.

It's a great opportunity to add another YL shirt to your collection, to join old friends, and to make tons of new ones. It's also a chance to help prepare our properties for kids to experience the BEST WEEK OF THEIR LIVES this summer!

FREE!! Your all-expense paid week will include housing, great food, club, fun activities, a t-shirt, and lots of hard but rewarding work!

College-aged young adults looking for a fun, rewarding, community-filled time to start your summer while serving a Young Life camp.

What To Expect

Work projects in the morning and part of the afternoon, free time before dinner, club in the evenings with plenty of time to connect with each other.

Contact your local camp to sign up!

Carolina Point

May 17th-21st

Castaway Club

June 1st-4th

Crooked Creek Ranch

Frontier Ranch

May 14th-20th

Lake Champion

Lost Canyon
May 17th-22nd

Saranac Village

*SharpTop Cove
Check with your Area Director for availability!

Please contact camp directly for more information.

Timber Wolf Lake

May 8th-11th

Windy Gap
May 17th-22nd

March 20-24

If you know of other YL camp work weeks, let us know here.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Free Ice Cream & Italian Ice This Monday at Dairy Queen and Rita's

The first official day of Spring is tomorrow- Monday, March 20th. 

In celebration of the warmer weather, both Dairy Queen and Rita's are giving away free frozen treats. It's a great opportunity to pick up your middle and high school friends after school and grab a free ice cream cone or Italian Ice. 

Find Rita's locations at
Find your closest Dairy Queen at

Also, if you live near a Ben & Jerry's, mark April 4 on your calendar for their Free Cone Day. Find your closest location at

For more details, see this USA Today article

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Columbia Celebrates New Leaders

It's such an encouragement to watch the Lord continue to raise up new leaders year after year! 

Here's a fun video from the recent Columbia Metro (South Carolina) leader placement.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Promposals and The Young Life Leader's Guide to Prom Season

Prom season is upon us and below are a few ways we, as Young Life leaders, can serve our high school friends, parents, and school administrations.



Some of your high school friends are beginning to ask dates to the prom and would love your creative help thinking of a fun promposal idea. 

One of my high school friends wrote a letter to Roy Williams, coach of the UNC Tar Heels basketball team. He asked him to write a letter to the girl he wanted to ask to prom. Roy did it!

Dress/Tux Shopping

Go shopping with them. Do you think your high school friend would rather go to Men's Warehouse with his YL leader or his mom? It's a toss up, but for female YL leaders it's a great contact work opportunity!

Pimp That Ride

Offer to pimp out your Rav-4 and dress up as a limo driver to escort your high school friends and their dates to dinner and prom. Maybe even check with committee folks or adults at your church who have nice vehicles they'd be willing to let you borrow.


Offer to cook/serve an elegant candlelight dinner for your high school friends. Do it at your house, their house, the YL house, or outside at a park. It'll be much cheaper than a steakhouse and much more memorable! 


Show up at the pre-dinner photo spot with a super-nice camera that you borrowed from your rich uncle. Take pics, edit them, post them on social media and tag your high school friends. They'll appreciate having some good pics! 


This is a night full of regrets for many of our friends. Let's beg God to protect them and to give them courage and wisdom when making tough decisions.


Help your high school friends think through the evening ahead of time. Tell them you know the temptations they will face. Tell them Jesus knows those same temptations (Matthew 4). Tell them to look for a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13)because Jesus always provides one. Who else is having these important conversations with them? It's one of the reasons we work so hard to earn the right to be heard. 



You might be surprised how grateful the high school administration will be to hear an adult ask if they can help supervise the prom. It's not like a ton of adults are lining up to referee boogie-dance wrastlin'.

Prom Alternative 

Some of your friends didn't get asked to the prom. They say it's not a big deal, but no one enjoys being left out. Imagine how excited they would be if you offered them another hangout option during prom. You could do something low-key or even create an event like "MORP" (Prom backwards.) Instead of the dance you could create an evening of a fancy meal followed by video scavenger hunts, rolling houses, ice blocking, movies, and even your own little dance party. That's the stuff memories are made of.


If your high school puts on an After-Prom event, volunteer to help. A few years back our YL team would film music videos of kids during the event. We used the YL skit closet and had kids dress up and lip-sync the song of their choice. We got some construction lights and designed a lil stage. After we shot the music videos we uploaded them on the YL YouTube page for kids to view. It was a big hit. If your school doesn't offer an After-Prom consider offering your friends a late night alternative.

Do you have other ideas that have worked for you? Email us here and we'll add them to the post. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

WyldLife Wednesday: Campaigners Discussion about 1 John 3

Bekah Siau, area director with YL Military at West Point, NY, used the following Campaigners lesson. Bekah shared, “These questions spurred some of the best conversations I’ve had with 6th and 7th grade girls!”

  • What are some things that are hard about being in middle school?
  • What advice do people (parents, friends, teachers) give you to help you get through middle school?
  • What are the ways that people typically treat each other in middle school?
  • How do you think most people want to be treated in middle school?
  • What do you think is the one thing your friends are looking for? (ie. to be accepted, to be loved, to be noticed, to belong, to be welcomed)
1 John 3:16-18
  • How do we know what real love looks like? (God laid down his life for us, loved us before we could love him back)
  • Why does the Bible say we should love other people? What should our motive be? (not just to do good or to be good, but because God loves us)
  • In what situations have you seen someone in need but ignored them?
  • What is hard about loving other people?
  • When is it more difficult to love people? Who is it hard to love? (Sometimes it’s hard to get along with people or hard to love people who are different from us)
  • How does it say we should love others in v. 18?
  • What’s the difference between loving others in “word or talk” or “in deed and in truth”? (word/talk = talking about love v. deed = doing something or truth = honest motivations)
1 John 4:19
  • What do you think this verse is saying in your own words?
  • How can knowing/understanding God’s love for us make it easier to love other people?
  • How can we better understand God’s love for us?
  • How does God want us to love other people?
  • What do you think that looks like in middle school? What could it look like?
  • How can we work together to love people around us?
  • Why could working together be helpful?
  • What is one thing you want to ask God to help you do this week to love other people that might be hard to love?

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The 4th Annual Young Life Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge

Make your picks! We're hosting the 4th annual Young Life Leader March Madness Bracket Challenge!

Enter your bracket in the Young Life Leaders group on ESPN.

The winner will be featured on and leaders around the world stand in awe of your ability to predict the future. In addition to featuring your pickin' skillz on the blog, you'll also receive a YL Swag Prize Pack in the mail. Let the games begin! 

Last year's top finishers are pictured here. 

Tons of ideas for March Madness Club.

Friday, March 10, 2017

March Madness Club Ideas

March Madness has begun and the NCAA tournament starts next week! If you're hosting a March Madness club, below are some ideas to get you ballin'.

What to Wear
Encourage everyone to wear gear from their favorite college team, and if they don't have a college team they love, just wear any sports gear. Give a prize to whoever looks the sportiest.


Indoor Knockout

Play knockout with a nerf hoop. If you have a big club, borrow a couple hoops. You can go with the stand alone kind or the one that hangs on a door.

Dunk Contest/3 pt Competition

Again, use a nerf hoop. Have "celebrity judges" who are dressed in skit clothes and use accents and award for creativity, style, and level of difficulty. Pre-select participants. Have them wear costumes: basketball jerseys, headbands, wristbands, tall socks, etc... 

You could also do a 3 point competition with similar style.

Free Throw Competition with 

Arizona St. University has a hilarious tradition called "The Curtain of Distraction." They have a curtain in the front of their student section and when the opposing team is shooting free throws, they open the curtain and someone in a crazy costume pops out. This has Young Life club written all over it.

You can watch an ESPN video about it here.  It wouldn't be hard to recreate a similar curtain at club and pick 4 contestants to each shoot 5 free throws and have different folks come out to distract them. If you pull this off, email us a pic and we'll feature it on social media and add it to this post. 

Draw 64

Put the #'s 1-64 in a hat/bowl/bag. 64 kids will draw and then represent the corresponding team to that number (as the teams are seeded in the NCAA tourney). As the tourney unfolds, whoever is paired with the winning team wins $ off of summer camp. If you don't have 64 kids at club, get each person to draw twice, having a better chance to win.

Cookie Sheet Ping Pong 

Set up a cookie sheet as a mini-basketball court. Place a ping-pong ball on it, and one person on each end. The object is to blow the ball to the other side first. Have them play one round, and then raise the stakes, doing the next round blindfolded. After they are blindfolded, place the ball on a mound of flour in the middle of the cookie sheet. (via YLPlaybook.comPing Pong Ball Fight Game)

Name That Mascot

Download this screen game below (made by Amy Brooks!) and have kids "buzz in" when the image appears if they know the name of the school it represents along with the school's mascot. 

Ultimate Frisbee-Basketball

I bought two white circular laundry baskets from Walmart and cut the bottoms out of them. These were our hoops. We used zip ties to secure them on either end of the club room. We have high ceilings in our club room so we put them really high up. I also cut pool noodles lengthwise and attached them over the rim of the laundry baskets to make a cool looking basketball rim. Idea submitted by Will Orr.

How to Play
  • Divide the club into two teams.
  • Just like ultimate frisbee, you cannot run with the ball; you can pass to your teammates up and down the court with the intention of trying to score just like in basketball.
  • No goaltending.
  • Here is where the fun comes in. After every basket scored, switch out the basketball you’re using for another one that is slightly crazier, and do a tip off with that new ball. The tip off is key. Great photo ops and amazing for slo-mo videos.
  • The first ball you might use could be one of those big lightweight rubber balls you buy in the big ball bin at Walmart.
  • The second ball can be a squishy/spiky/weird ball, but then get creative with it. Our third ball was a ball covered in shaving cream. The slo-mo tip off video of that one is always epic. Our fourth ball was a head of lettuce. And last but not least we finished with a rotisserie chicken (this year we did a whole raw chicken which held together better but could possibly give kids salmonella). It’s always high intensity and because it's ultimate frisbee rules, the whole team tends to get involved via passing.
  • Get a leader in an afro and a referee outfit to be the referee who officiates and throws the tip off ball every time. Play the “Ya’ll Ready For This” song during game play.

If you have other ideas to add, email us here.