Volunteer Leadership

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Young Life Leaders are challenged in ways that you could never imagine. You will dive deep into the dirt of life with kids . . . and you may not always come out clean on the other side. But you will be partnering with Jesus to change lives!

Dear Prospective Leader,                  

First of all, thank you for being interested in Young Life Kern County! We believe that every teen in our county has the right to know that Jesus loves them. 

Our mission is simple . . . 

"Introducing the adolescents of Kern County to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith"

As a leader with Young Life, you will be a part of accomplishing this mission. It is our privilege to seek the Lord with you to determine if He has indeed called you to be a part of this endeavor. Outlined below are the steps we will take together as we seek His calling for your life. We appreciate your effort to accomplish each and look forward to meeting with you individually as we move forward. May God use us to reach the young people of our county for Christ!

1. Send the Area Director Your E-mail and Phone Number: Send to Paxton Garner (Area Director) your E-mail address and phone number. He will then set you up with an online account with Young Life. You will receive a confirmation email with your user name and password from Young Life. You will need to access the site to complete Step 4 below.

Paxton’s E-mail is paxtongarner@gmail.com. Website: staff.younglife.org

2. Complete the Young Life Application: Take your time and prayerfully complete the application packet (found at the bottom of this page). It helps us get to know you and assess your commitment to being a Young Life leader. References are part of this application too! When you’re done, turn it in with the “Agreements of a Leader”  page to Paxton Garner or your team leader.

3. Read and Sign the Agreements of a Leader Page: Read through this brief summary so that you can understand what a Young Life leader does. It can be found below and is also included in the application packet. As a leader, you will be committing to these things. In Young Life, we take our leaders and their ministry very seriously. Read through and sign this page. Turn it in with your application to Paxton Garner or your Team Leader.

4. Complete the Faith and Conduct/Background Check/Driver Questionnaire: You will complete these forms online at staff.younglife.org with your user name and password from Step 1; the site will walk you through the process. If you and your Team Leader expect that you will be driving kids to/from Club or any other Young Life event, the Driver Questionnaire must be completed and processed before you will be allowed to do so (expect 30 minutes to complete on your end).

Thank you again for your interest in being a Young Life leader. The time you invest now to complete this process will pay off in years of life-changing ministry. Remember, we have the potential of changing lives for eternity. We hope you will join us, and we look forward to meeting with you soon! Jesus is Lord!


Young Life Kern County

What follows is a description of our agreement with those who serve in the ministry of Young Life. We will not ‘police’ you in regard to these agreements--we are thankful for your commitment to this ministry and want to support you in all ways possible. We simply want to define those standards that we have found, in scripture and through experience, to be invaluable and crucial to your involvement.

Agreements of a Leader

Spiritual Growth

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27

  •   We expect that every leader will be involved in a local Christian church, regularly attending worship services.

·       We strongly encourage each leader to be involved in some sort of small group for support, accountability, and Bible study.

·       We expect every leader to pursue an active personal devotional life.


“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.” Heb. 10:24

Anyone serving as a volunteer in Young Life agrees to make his or her life available for accountability. To serve as a volunteer is to offer one’s life as an example of Christ. While we do not expect perfection, we do assume that you will welcome Godly encouragement and confrontations whenever necessary and also that you will offer it to others. We envision this accountability as:

Your accountability to God and his word;
Your accountability to the YL staff; and
Your accountability to your leadership team, especially the Team Leader

·     You agree that if you are engaging in activities or behavior that is not reflective of Christ’s Lordship in your life, that you will inform those in leadership and make yourself available for encouragement and discipline.

·     You agree that if you are aware of such behavior in the lives of others involved in YL, you will confront them on this and encourage them to inform their Team Leader. We also ask that if these people are resistant to such confrontation, you will, in turn, inform the Team Leader or staff.

Most importantly, we see accountability as a positive thing. Be encouraging to other leaders--regularly ask others about their lives in Christ, their job, school, lives, relationships, families, etc.


“We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us.” 1 Thessalonians 2:8

Young Life is a creative, relational, and individual ministry where each leader must be personally motivated to make relationships happen with kids.
To be a YL Leader means agreeing to the following:

·      Young Life leadership is a two (2) year commitment

·      Attend area leadership training and gatherings (approximately 1 per month)

·      Attend Team Meetings as scheduled by your Team Leader

·      Attend Leadership Weekend in February each year

·      Pursue some form of ‘contact ministry’ at least once a week

·      Be at every club meeting unless the Team Leader is notified well in advance

·      Attend summer camp (if you have kids attending or if needed)

·      Have a “Prayer Partner” who regularly prays for you and your kids

Increased impact will happen when you are:

1.    Involved in a weekly campaigner group

2.    Giving up one weekend night to be with kids. For example: attend home football games in order to initiate or build relationships

3.    Intentionally and prayerfully maintaining 1 to 3 students to pour your life into...(discipleship)

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Phone: 805-748-8077

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