Youth For Christ’s 3Story® approach to the Gospel offers unique ways to connect with youth
June 6, 2022
Denver— Arecent surveyrevealed that despite the majority of American Christians wanting to share their faith in their communities, 66% of Christians don’t know any “methods for telling others about Jesus,” with 68% claiming that “it is the responsibility of the pastor to equip the congregation to share the Gospel.” The report also states that 70% of Christians have not shared the Gospel with a stranger in the past six months.
Despite these discouraging responses, the desire to share the Good News is still strong. The report claimed that 93% of Christians say they are “at least somewhat open to having a conversation about faith with a friend.”
This is where Youth For Christ (YFC, www.yfc.net), a staple in the missional ministry community in America for 77 years, comes in. Utilizing their unique 3Story® approach, YFC comes alongside youth during pivotal moments in their lives and builds meaningful relationships, all while sharing the Gospel. 3Story® is a way of life that guides followers of Jesus to be good news as they share the Good News. The three circles represent the three stories taking place — God’s Story, the individual’s own story and the stories of young people. When the circles overlap, friendship is growing, trust is building, and transformation is happening!
YFC spokesperson Joe Beckler stated, “We pursue 11–19-year-olds who are walking through pivotal, story shaping moments, such as navigating a new school, becoming a teen parent, spending time in a juvenile institution or simply enduring the culture of social media. Young people often feel marginalized. As we live 3Story® lives, we represent Jesus who is steady and trustworthy so that young people feel seen, heard and valued.
“3Story® helps people who love Jesus stay tightly connected to Him so they might become good news as they talk about the Good News of God’s love. It’s a lifestyle we at Youth For Christ pursue. We want to be people who love like Jesus loves us, who serve as Jesus serves and who are consistently drawing near to God for the sake of young people everywhere.”
YFC chapters impact thousands of communities across the nation, seeking out and serving youth from all walks of life. Young people are silently struggling through a wide variety of challenging issues—and through the YFC ministry God empowers, they see the living power of a loving God. YFC trains its leaders in a proven, relational ministry model called 3Story®, which encourages staff and volunteers to be good news while also sharing the stories of the Good News of Jesus. It involves building relationships through the ups and downs of everyday life to lead people to Christ.
YFC has been a pillar of missional ministry since 1944, when the Rev. Billy Graham served as YFC’s first full-time staff member. Since then, Youth For Christ has continued to be both a rural and urban ministry on mission, and it is always about the message of Jesus. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God and prayer, passion for sharing the love of Christ, and commitment to social involvement. Youth For Christ operates in over 100 nations and has over 130 chapters that impact communities across America.