In its formative years, Youth for Christ was primarily a rally-driven ministry. Billy Graham and others traveled around preaching the message of Jesus Christ to large numbers of people. Smaller scale rallies occurred around the nation as Youth for Christ chapters sprang up. In order to help disciple new believers and to continue evangelising, YFC Clubs were started.YFC Clubs eventually became Campus Life clubs. The Campus Life model was groups of students meeting as close to school property as possible and as close to regular school hours as possible.
In Lincoln, Nebraska Youth for Christ rallies were held in the late 1960s. But in 1969 Southeast Nebraska Youth for Christ was officially organized under the leadership of Glen Jones by launching Campus Life clubs in several high schools. Campus Life was expanded to Lincoln’s surrounding areas under the leadership of Gary Schulte in the late 1970’s and early 80s. Tim Bohlke then solidified outreach programs in Lincoln and, with the help of Bryan Carlson, launched a successful middle school program. Tim was succeeded by Bryan Carlson, followed by current Executive Director, Matt Schulte.
*IN THE USA*
Youth for Christ/USA has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In
1944 Billy Graham and Torrey Johnson held a Youth for Christ rally in
Chicago. The ministry of YFC spread like wildfire across the USA. Today at
thousands of community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile
institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers
meet with young people who need Jesus. For more about the national movement
of Youth for Christ, visit www.yfc.org.
YFC/USA is part of a world-wide movement of Youth for Christ International.
We are knit together with our common mission, vision, statement of faith,
and passion to reach young people with the life changing message of Jesus
Christ. However, YFC ministry doesn't look the same in every country. If
you are interested in serving with Youth for Christ in a country other than
the United States, be sure to visit Youth for Christ World Outreach at
www.yfcworldoutreach.org. For more about Youth for Christ International,