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Young Life and the Gospel of All-Along Belonging

Jim Rayburn founded Young Life in 1941, the same year the word teenager first appeared in print. Rayburn’s vision for evangelizing this newly defined demographic ran against the conventional wisdom of the day, which attempted to entice young people with billboards—“Young people, come to church”—and tent revivals. Instead, Rayburn’s method was based on the incarnational and relational model of Christ himself. Don’t wait for kids to come to us, Rayburn would... Read More