Mission Spotlight: Young Life Columbia


YL Primary ColorYoung Life is a local ministry partner of The Crossing. Young Life sends Leaders into the mission fields of our local high schools: Hickman, Rock Bridge, and Battle.

Luke Neal, the Young Life Area Director describes the ministry of Young Life in this way:

“Our Young Life Leaders enter into the world of unchurched, disinterested [9-12 graders] (ala John 1:14) in order to build friendships with them so that the Gospel can be heard in human terms.”


Young Life Columbia’s “about” page introduces their ministry this way:

“Young Life doesn’t start with a program. It starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. These relationships don’t happen overnight — they take time, patience, trust and consistency.”
These teens struggle with some of the same things all of us find difficult:
  • Seeing their need for a Savior.
  • Seeing past their stereotypes of Jesus and what it means to follow Him.
  • Suffering from Biblical illiteracy.
  • Trying to run on the “performance treadmill.”

Young Life meets these needs by, “meeting [9-12 graders] right where they are with an expectation of who they can become in Jesus. We incarnationally live out the Gospel in front of them and make Jesus attractive through the way we keep showing up for them.”

Young Life is hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament: Tee It Up for Kids on April 25th:

golf-pic-for-web-1024x852There are two ways that you can participate in this four person scramble tournament: either put together a four person team and play in the tournament or sign on as a corporate sponsor.

A hot lunch will be served at 12pm followed by a shotgun start at 1:30pm.  We will end with a brief awards ceremony where the top three teams will be recognized.

The entry fee is $150 per person which covers green fees for 18 holes, cart, hot lunch, beer and non alcoholic beverages, and a gift.  $100 of your entry fee is a tax deductible donation to Young Life Columbia.

Also, anyone who is able to ace Hole 11 will win $10,000.

Tournament registration and info can be found here.

You can also make an Online Donation to Young Life.

For more information about becoming a Young Life volunteer or donor, contact:

Pray for Young Life:

  • We need more male volunteers
  • May God grant wise growth
  • We need God’s guidance in hiring a second full time staff in the Fall of 2016
  • We hope for a successful Golf Tournament on April 25thFullSizeRender-8

Luke Neal is the Area Director for Young Life, Columbia. He has over 16 years of combined experience working with Young Life. He spent 3.5 years as a volunteer before becoming full-time staff. Luke and his wife, Amy, have been members of The Crossing for 14 years.


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