History

Since 1944, Youth for Christ has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism.

The Youth for Christ Rally

Billy Graham as YFC's first full-time staff member.

In the early 1940s, during World War II, many young men, mostly ministers and evangelists, were holding large rallies in Canada, England, and the United States. YFC quickly organized into a national movement, will Billy Graham as YFC's first full-time staff member.

During the 50s and 60s YFC's focus shifted from rallies that emphasized proclamation evangelism to relevant, relational evangelism to un-churched youth.

The International Movement

In the early 60s, YFC changed its organizational structure to become a chartered program of Youth for Christ International. Musical & preaching "Teen Teams" were very important to the development of this International movement. Programs such as Project Serve, World Outreach, and Military Ministry were developed as part of YFC/USA's commitment to serve the world.

A Variety of Ministry Models

In the middle 60's and early 70's Campus Life ministries to senior and junior high youth began to be the thrust of YFC ministry. Youth Guidance, now called Juvenile Justice Ministries, became an avenue to reachinstitutionalized youth.

Since the 90s, YFC continues to develop effective relational ministry with different types of unchurch youth. Teen Parents mentors and equips young mothers and fathers with parenting skills as well as the love of Jesus Christ. City Life reaches out to the millions of young people in our major urban communities, partnering with the church and other organizations. Friend2Friend helps school-based adults lead teams of Christian students to reach out to their lost friends. DeafTeen Quest ministers to the unique needs of hearing-impared teens. And, the theme of the YFC Camp program is "Where Everything Changes,' intentionally targeting lost teens through the proclamation and the demonstration of the gospel message in an outdoor experience.

Throughout YFC's history there has been an unwavering commitment to youth evangelism and biblical Christianity. One of YFC's slogans over the past fifty years has been "Anchored to the Rock, Geared to the Times.”  YFC strives to both demonstrate and communicate this message of hope, grace and love in a variety of different cultural settings, and always pursuing teens in personal relationships.  Your prayers and financial support continue to help change the lives of young people… one at a time.  We refer to this pursuit as a 3Story lifestyle, and offer resources and training opportunities to take a “deeper dive” in this way of life.