Young Life Leadership
Jen Petzel '10 (center), volunteered as a Young Life and Wyldlife leader as a student at CCU, and completed an internship at Young Life's Washington Family Ranch Creekside after graduation. She remains a Young Life Leader today, while in seminary.

Young Life Leadership

"Who started the idea that Christians ought to have the seat of their pants in patches, or that we ought to have camps in tents? We talk about the King of Kings; lets act like He's the one in charge! We're going to get the classiest camps in the country."
  - Jim Rayburn, Ordained Presbyterian minister and the founder of Young Life (1909-1970)

Young Life is a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle school and high school kids in all 50 of the United States as well as more than 90 countries around the world. Young Life doesn't start with a program. It starts with young adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. Kids' lives are dramatically influenced when caring people come alongside them, sharing God's love with them. These relationships don't happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.

Young Life Leadership in the Christian University

Students in the Young Life Leadership minor at Colorado Christian University take courses in discipleship, cross-cultural ministry, and ministry leadership. This specialized program offered in conjunction with Young Life was the first of its kind in the country. Many CCU students already participate in the Young Life ministry, so they can take what they are learning in class and immediately apply it where they are serving. CCU faculty and members of the Young Life organization teach the courses.
Course Catalog
Interesting Young Life Leadership classes you might take:
  • Leading Ministry Teams
  • Young Life Ministry Skills
  • Youth Ministry Internship
What can you do with a degree in Young Life Leadership ?
  • Wyldlife Administration
  • Wyldlife Club
  • Young Life Administration
  • Young Life Club
  • Youth Ministry



Peter Bailey

Youth Ministry
Class of 2009

I am working as a youth pastor at a non-denominational church in Arvada called Grace Church. God's plans have been bigger than my own - I started as an Associate Youth Pastor, but after a series of changes, became the head Youth Pastor. I've worked there since March of my senior year and have enjoyed the experience of caring for the church of today!
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