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  • Capernaum BoardEFFECTIVE

    Building an

    Capernaum Board Handbook

  • 877-438-9572 younglife.orgYoung Life August 2015 YL-2377

    Printed in USA August 2015

    Young Life Capernaum Board Handbook

  • Copyright July 2015 by Young Life. No part of this handbook may be reproduced in any form without written permission in advance from Young Life.

  • ContentsWelcome to the Young Life Capernaum Board .............................................................. 1A Synopsis of Young Life ................................................................................................ 2A Word from the President ............................................................................................. 2What We Believe ............................................................................................................. 3Our Mission Statement ................................................................................................... 5Gods Heart for People with Disabilities: A Biblical Basis for Capernaum Ministry ..... 6Young Life and Young Life Capernaum .......................................................................... 8 The Method of Young Life .............................................................................................. 10

    How Young Life Began .................................................................................................. 12

    The Story of Young Life Capernaum ............................................................................... 13

    The Official Pronunciation of Capernaum ...................................................................... 14

    Young Life Capernaum: A Focused Ministry ................................................................ 15 Beyond Capernaum ...................................................................................................... 18

    The Characteristics of an Effective Young Life Capernaum Board ............................. 21Job Descriptions ........................................................................................................... 34Young Life Glossary ...................................................................................................... 40

    Capernaum Board Handbook

  • Welcome to the Young Life Capernaum Board!

    Dear Friend,

    Whether youre new to Young Life and Young Life Capernaum or youre a seasoned Young Life veteran, theres a lot to know about Young Life and how it works.

    Thats why weve put together this Young Life Capernaum Board Handbook. In it youll find out a little about our history, who we are and why we do what we do best reach out to kids with the Good News of Gods love for them!

    This handbook is an attempt to put most everything you might need to know in one place. It gives a little about our background and how both Young Life and Young Life Capernaum came about, how we are organized, and how we as Young Life Capernaum are the same and different.

    It starts with an overview of the Young Life mission and what we believe. It then lets you know how Young Life is structured and where Young Life Capernaum fits in.

    And then there are nitty-gritty details about our Young Life Capernaum Board what makes an effective board as well as details about how the board works and whats expected.

    And just for fun, theres a rather loose dictionary of sorts with Young Life and Young Life Capernaum terms that may not be familiar and can be a bit confusing.

    So, feel free to use it as a reference, and we hope it helps you to feel informed and better able to serve in the ministry of Young Life Capernaum!

    With thanks for all you do for Young Life Capernaum,

    The Young Life Capernaum Board Development and Recruitment Sub-Committee

    Welcome

  • Young Life

    A Synopsis of Young LifeYoung Life was founded by Jim Rayburn, a seminary student and part-time youth minister in Gainesville, Texas. He wanted to reach out to kids who were disinterested in church. Rayburn took the challenge to go where the kids were, meet them on their turf, and find a creative way to share the love of God with them. Rayburns method of reaching out to adolescents worked in 1941, and it continues to be effective today. Annually, Young Life leaders impact the lives of nearly 1.7 million kids across the nation and around the world.

    A Word from the PresidentOne of my favorite Bible stories comes from Mark, chapter 2. I never get tired of hearing how four determined friends tore a hole in the roof and lowered a paralytic onto the floor in front of Christ. And I never cease to be amazed at Marks commentary on corporate faith. Mark records, When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, Son, your sins are forgiven.

    I love that story because it so clearly depicts what I see happening every day in Young Life. Kids keep finding forgiveness at the feet of Christ, but behind every kid stands an entire team of determined adults. And just like the team of faithful friends in Mark 2, the Young Life team consists of four corners. I dont know the personal profiles of the four friends in Mark, but I am very familiar with the four corners of corporate faith in Young Life. It takes the combined muscle of donors, committee, leaders who volunteer, and staff to tackle the tremendous task of getting kids to Jesus Christ.

    I hope you get the picture. Without faithful folks serving in Young Life across this country and around the world, we would stumble badly in our efforts to carry kids to Jesus. We might be able to drag kids to the door, but we would never be able to lift kids to the roof. And the roof is where we often need to be in Young Life on the edge, outside the box, above and beyond the call of duty creating a window of opportunity through which kids can see Christ.

    One commentary said that Jesus recognized the ingenuity and persistence of the four friends as faith. Welcome to the Young Life Capernaum Board Handbook. In this handbook, youll find a wealth of information and insight regarding Young Life. But weve discovered that the most important resource is you and your relationship with Christ.

    Youve proven yourself to be a person of ingenuity and persistence, and we need your faith to shoulder the weight of this tremendous mission. Thank you for joining the team. And congratulations! Just like the four friends in Mark, youve just secured a front row seat to watch Jesus work. I hope you enjoy the view.

    Denny Rydberg, President of Young Life

    (Denny Rydberg is Young Lifes fifth president and has faithfully served since 1993.)

  • What We Believe: Young Lifes Statement of FaithPreamble We, the members of the Young Life mission trustees, staff, instructors at Young Life schools, and volunteers join together in our affirmation of the following articles and our central purpose of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ and introducing adolescents everywhere to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith.

    Article I The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments being given by divine inspiration are the Word of God, the final and supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.

    Article II In the Scriptures, God reveals Himself as the living and true God, Creator of all things. Perfect in love and righteous in all His ways, this one God exists eternally as a Trinity of persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

    Article III God made man and woman in His image that He might have fellowship with us. Being estranged from God by our disobedience, we are, as sinful people, incapable of a right relationship to God apart from divine grace.

    Article IV The only Mediator between God and all human beings is Jesus Christ our Lord, Gods eternal Son, who as man fully shared and fulfilled our humanity in a life of perfect obedience.

    Article V By His death in our place, Jesus revealed the divine love and upheld divine justice, removing our guilt and reconciling us to God. Having risen bodily from the dead and ascended into heaven, He rules as Lord over all and intercedes for us as our great high priest.

    Article VI The Holy Spirit, through the proclamation of the Gospel, renews our hearts, persuading us to repent of our sins and confess Jesus as Lord. By the same Spirit, we are led to trust in divine mercy, whereby we are forgiven all our sins, justified by faith through the merit of Christ our Savior, adopted into Gods family as His children, and enabled so to live in the world that all people may see our good works and the Gospel of grace at work in our lives and glorify our Father, who is in heaven.

    What We Believe

  • What We Believe

    Article VII God, by His Word and Spirit, calls us as sinful people into the fellowship of Christs body. Thus He creates the one holy, catholic and apostolic church, united in the bonds of love, endowed with the gifts of the Spirit and summoned by Christ to preach the Gospel and to administer the sacraments, to carry on the ministry of reconciliation, to relieve human need and to strive for social justice.

    Article VIII Gods redemptive purpose will be consummated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people and establish His glorious kingdom. Those who are apart from Christ shall be eternally separated from Gods presence, but the redeemed shall live and reign with Him forever.

  • Effective Committees Evaluate ThemselvesOur Mission

    Our Mission: Introducing Adolescents to Jesus Christ and Helping Them Grow in Their FaithWe Accomplish Our Mission By ...

    Praying for young people. Going where kids are. Building personal relationships with them. Winning the right to be heard. Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous,

    and life-cha

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