BRITISH YOUTH FOR CHRIST ANNUAL REPORT YEAR ENDING AUGUST 2013
NATIONAL DIRECTOR’S REPORT I am constantly overwhelmed by the goodness of God! Just when I think that I understand what He is doing in Youth for Christ, He surprises me by birthing a new ministry or opportunity, or by providing incredible ways to support our growing work.
nation being able to access resources for young people of all ages. One of the key features will be the ability to build your own session – taking existing resource material, adapting and adding your own thoughts to make it perfect for the group you are with.
In 2013 God’s faithfulness coupled with some hard grind and commitment from individuals, enabled us to launch Walsall YFC and celebrate a new partnership with Paisley YFC in June. I remain humbled by the pioneering work with young people taking place ‘on the ground’ across Britain. It varies so dramatically: from work on the street with those who have no homes or education, to those in private education with wealthy family backgrounds. The truth however remains the same; they are all in need of a God who is the Hope of the world; who will love them unconditionally.
Another team within YFC were also working extremely hard through 2013 to launch RE:quest in September 2013. Teachers and pupils are now able to access up to date and relevant RE material easily from the RE:quest website (www.request.org.uk). This resource, that enables those who engage with it to discover the truths about Christianity, has been made possible by the generosity of our supporters. We are so thankful to them.
Some of our team have been working round the clock in 2013 to be able to launch a new Church resource website in April 2014. We are so excited about the potential of youth workers across the PAGE 2
Our street dance crew, Stance, had a first full year of touring and sharing their faith in schools. So many teenagers have been able to engage with their creativity and benefit from hearing stories of God’s work in their lives. Along with this, I continued to be amazed by the impact of YFC residentials like Fort Rocky; a ministry for
11-14’s running since 1989 but continually reimagined and reaching so many young people with the Good News of Jesus. Sometimes we forget how many years of stories there are out there. I was at a Christian conference recently where an old man came up to me crying. Through his tears, with a choke in his voice, he said “thank you.” I said; “what for?” and his reply blew me away: “I became a Christian at a Youth for Christ rally in Birmingham in 1948, and I have never looked back.” This is why we do what we do through resources, residentials, missions and communications – because we long to see every young person reached for
GOD SURPRISES ME BY
BIRTHING A NEW
OR BY PROVIDING INCREDIBLE WAYS
TO SUPPORT OUR GROWING WORK
Jesus and for that impact to last. And it’s not just to see their lives changed but so that they can then reach other young people. Tom was on team at a residential last year and I remembered him from 8 years previously, where I had the privilege of leading him to Christ. Now here he was, no longer the spotty teenager but an adult on team, intent on sharing his faith with those younger than him. The mission will always stay the same: to take good news relevantly to every young person in Britain. The prayer is that young people like Tom, take up the mantle and continue to do the same. Thank you for standing with us. Every Blessing,
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO
PG 2 to 5 & 22 to 25
WHAT WE HAVE ACHIEVED PG 6 to 13
WHERE WE ARE WORKING
PG 14 to 19
HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO PG 26 to 32 PAGE 3
“As a child, church was something I went to for fun; as I grew up though, I started to see it as a chore. I began hanging out with the wrong sort of people and things quickly escalated. I started drinking, getting into trouble at school, having to go to anger management, self-harming and pushing God away. Then my youth leader arranged for us to go to Fort Rocky. I didn’t ask for His help, but God knew that I was struggling. That weekend my whole life changed. I gave myself to serve God and live for Him and I’ve never looked back. I can’t thank the Fort Rocky team enough for through them God saved me. So next time you hear Fort Rocky mentioned, remember what the experience can do to you. Remember God loves you.” Megan, 14, Alloway, Scotland
“This Summer I worked with YFC on a team working with young people aged 11-14. I got to lead a small group of difficult young people who, by the end of the week, God had spoken to personally. God showed me that not only does He love His young people but He also actively pursues a relationship with them. He is the one who loves them, believes in them and works in them far more than we could possibly hope to. I believe in and fully support the vision and passion which YFC embody and believe in. I want this nation to see a new generation of young believers who will stand and won’t say ‘yes’ to what the world tells them to do, but instead say ‘yes’ to the risk of a life of faith and love with the Lord Jesus Christ.” Sam, 20, Nuneaton, Warwickshire
GOD SHOWED ME THAT
NOT ONLY DOES HE
LOVE HIS YOUNG PEOPLE HE ALSO ACTIVELY PURSUES A
WITH THEM PAGE 5
MISSIONS The last year has seen YFC missions teams sharing with over 50,000 young people through touring engagements. Stance, our Street Dance Crew, have proven incredibly popular – running workshops, performances and courses across the length and breadth of Britain with great favour and success. Nomad have continued to deliver high quality cage football sessions alongside innovative fitness classes and drills. Many locations visited have gone on to develop their own sports ministry programmes inspired by the Nomad team and their approach. Guvna B continued as a YFC ambassador sharing the Gospel through hip hop, rap and urban music. He has performed in varied locations – always sharing his powerful testimony alongside a contemporary and engaging style of music. Many young people have come to faith and moved forward in their relationships with God through the team’s hard work and credible, relevant approach.
SHARING WITH OVER
YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH TOURING ENGAGEMENTS
CHURCH RESOURCES Through Rock Solid, RS2 and Mettle, YFC has continued to equip churches all over Britain to reach and disciple young people. In conversations with youth leaders we’ve frequently heard how valuable the resources are to them. For example, one youth leader said, “The young people were getting a bit bored at the youth group until we started using Rock Solid material. It helped save the youth group!” Another shared that a boy from a non-Christian background had come to their Rock Solid club, become a Christian and is now at Bible college! We have been preparing to re-launch Rock Solid, RS2 (as Lumen) and Mettle with an even greater evangelistic edge and have worked really hard developing a new web platform for the resource material. The new site will make it easier than ever before for youth leaders to find the exact material they need for their young people.
Ethos: our first response to the challenge of reaching 18-30s was launched in 2013 and is now being used regularly by individuals, groups and churches. The reaction has been amazing. To date it has had in excess of 18000 views in less than 9 months and continues to grow.
THE YOUTH GROUP
“We have found the various YFC youth resources we’ve used have worked together well. We’ve seen amazing church growth on the Isle of Man recently (currently we have 100 -150 young people). Over the twenty six years I’ve worked here, I’ve seen young people become Christians through the church and grow up to become pastors and worship leaders. These young people are now reaching the next generation for Jesus. You may wonder what effect you’re having when you’re producing these resources but what YFC is actually doing is growing young people, through discipleship, in faith.” Pastor Adrian Porter, a long-term user of YFC’s Online Resources PAGE 7
“I became a youth worker because I wanted to share the Good News of Jesus with young people. I believe that Jesus has the power to change lives and that when we choose to follow Him our lives discover a meaning and purpose. Fort Rocky opens doors of opportunity to find resonance with God; sharing with young people the Good News of Jesus. I love going because every year I see young people meet God. One young person who attended Fort Rocky this year in May was in Year 7. He started coming to my youth group at the beginning of the school year and was quite sure there was no God. Then came Fort Rocky. One night he said he believed in God, but that he wasn’t sure about Jesus. Over the next few weeks he told me he was reading the Bible because they encouraged him to at Fort Rocky. By the summer holiday he had finished the Old Testament and was well into the New. ‘Maybe I believe He is the Son of God,’ he said...such precious and treasured words! Thank you to all at Fort Rocky and YFC for being a milestone in this young person’s journey. He is worth all your hard work alone, but I know there are hundreds more like him who discover God’s love through every Fort Rocky weekend that you run. Keep up the amazing work!” Jonathan, Youth Leader, Christ Church, Alsager
RESIDENTIALS Our Residentials team had a busy and exciting year delivering 9 Fort Rocky weekends and 3 Fort Rocky: On Tours. The theme for the year was ‘Break Out’ looking particularly at Galatians 5. Here’s what Sarah, our Residentials Coordinator has to say, “We had the privilege of seeing many young people accept the freedom Jesus offers them for the first time and breaking free from what held them captive. Many young people also made recommitments to Jesus or chose to leave behind baggage they had been carrying around.” Fort Rocky continues to provide the space and time for young people to have loads of fun, overcome their fears, build meaningful relationships with their leaders and be transformed by the power of the Gospel. The Residentials team are excited to see new Centres and the introduction of Fort Rocky: Survival in 2014. exploRE residentials: our unique 48 hour residential experiences for school pupils, were also a great success in 2013, with over 670 young people attending 6 residentials. We had the opportunity to
share kingdom values with young people, helping them to manage their emotions, learn to forgive and make positive changes in the way they live. It has been a great encouragement to see young people committing to use their gifts to “make others happy” or to speak to people about their negative emotions and learn how to handle them. We ran our YFC Impact Holidays that provided a variety of exciting week-long residentials in 2013 and also had the opportunity to work with Spring Harvest and New Wine as part of leading and overseeing the youth programmes. These were amazing weeks with the opportunity to equip young people and see them changed by the power of the Holy Spirit to go out and change their schools, communities and homes for Jesus. Bring on 2014 and all that it may have in store.
WE HAD THE
OF SEEING MANY YOUNG
PEOPLE ACCEPT THE
FREEDOM JESUS OFFERS THEM PAGE 9
NEW RESOURCE ‘A LIFE JACKET’ FOR YOUTH After a report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) highlighted the need for improved educational standards for those in youth custody, we launched a brand new, flexible and diverse online toolkit, myLife, to help young people develop character and acquire and personalise essential life, social and thinking skills. The rates of re-offending in the U.K. are truly shocking. Edward Boyd, Deputy Policy Director at CSJ describes a “youth justice system in crisis with more than two-thirds (70%) going on to reoffend within 12 months of release” and pinpoints “the link between educational failure and crime.” Education and character development are needed to tackle this, as Martin Luther King said, “Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.” myLife, then, could not be more timely. As a life and social skills programme comprising both an accredited group course and one-to-one mentoring sessions, myLife crucially builds character. The unique programme PAGE 10
of pick and mix sessions helps young people develop positive character traits, learn independent living skills, make good choices and become positive contributors to society. Topics covered include: Managing money / budgeting, Job seeking, Healthy relationships, Roles and responsibilities, Anger and pain management, Social skills and much more.
HELPS YOUNG PEOPLE DEVELOP
POSITIVE CHARACTER TRAITS, LEARN INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS
MAKE GOOD CHOICES
AND BECOME POSITIVE
“With one million youth out of work, deplorable cyber bullying and huge pressures placed on young shoulders to never fall short, it’s never been harder to climb the steep ladder to adulthood. myLife is like an essential life jacket we can give them to weather the storms of teenage life; whether that’s making ends meet, managing emotions, finding their voice and passions or learning from mistakes.” Head of Reflex, Darren Richards
REFLEX HAVE CONTINUED TO
RESOURCE AND EQUIP THE NETWORK OF
14 SPECIALIST OUTREACH WORKERS
AND 40+ OUTREACH VOLUNTEERS
REFLEX WORKING WITH YOUNG OFFENDERS IN PRISON It is certainly true that change is inevitable in life. However, the pace and scale of change experienced within the Criminal Justice System context in the last year is staggering. With the closure of seven prisons, the up-scaling of a new â€˜titan jailâ€™ and three government consultations relevant to our area of influence undertaken, the landscape has changed significantly. Yet despite this, Reflex have embraced new opportunities, continued to engage with new cohorts of young offenders and seen examples of real change in the lives of those we aim to reach. Reflex have continued to resource and equip the network of 14 specialist Outreach Workers and 40+ Outreach Volunteers working in prisons spanning five regions, to be positive role models and facilitators of needs-based provision. Through a combination of incarnational, relational engagement, innovative and creative non-formal education programmes and strong partnerships Reflex have continued to empower young people to break the cycle of offending and realise their potential as they grow
in maturity on their transition into adulthood. Our award-winning character development and life skills programme, myLife, has continued to serve as a powerful and effective tool through which participants reflect on their attitudes, feelings and behaviour and utilise opportunities to grow in character, confidence and resilience. Building on the success of the programmes use in custody, myLife has now been rolled out to be used with marginalised young people within the community context.
48 HOURS OF FOOTBALL The final whistle went. After enduring blisters, bruises, sun stroke, exhaustion and sleep deprivation our two intrepid teams of YFC staff, volunteers and friends were overjoyed to break the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous five-a-side football match on a bright May morning. At the end of a mammoth 48 hours of play Gavin spoke amidst joyous scenes… “A massive thank you to everyone involved; to all the players, support teams, referees, witnesses and supporters. You’ve been phenomenal. It’s been 6 months of training leading up to this. I’ve run marathons and cycled the length of the country before, but this has been the toughest challenge by far. I’m so thankful that although we had a few injuries, there were no major ones and everyone came through the 48 hours pretty much intact. We tried to be worshipful in our behaviour and our playing and considering most of us have had about an hour’s sleep in two days, I think we’ve brought honour to Jesus through what we’ve done. The glory is always for Him! PAGE 12
The reason we did this, is because we want to see more young people hear about and meet Jesus Christ. We believe Jesus is the hope of the world and there are more opportunities to work with young people in this country today than ever before. So a bunch of us lost a load of weight and got ourselves ready for this so that more young people can hear about Jesus.” Amazingly we’ve raised over £52,000 to further the vital work of YFC across Britain!
THE REASON WE DID THIS
MORE IS BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE
HEAR ABOUT AND MEET
Choirs and community bus projects such as the Light Bus launched in the Lake District to reach scattered communities in Cumbria.
YFC local ministries have seen encouraging growth in a year of change. In December 2012, Richard Bromley moved on from overseeing the team, and Liz Dumain was appointed as the new Director of Local Ministries. We will always be grateful for Richard’s wise input and service, which has paved the way for new opportunities under Liz’s leadership. The team, as a whole, has seen growth with the appointment of a new Senior Manager, a volunteer in Wales and a West Midlands Development Manager, enabling us to grasp new opportunities to reach young people in England, Scotland and Wales. In a year of continuing economic challenge we have made significant investments of time and support to many of our smaller Centres who have been challenged financially.
In Scotland we were delighted to partner with Create Paisley, an existing youth project which brings us to four Centres now in the region. We have continued to support and develop capacity in our existing Centres in Scotland whilst investing significant time in Perth and Dundee, South Queensferry and Kirkliston to explore opportunities for new Centres in the future. 2014 sees the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow and we are planning for significant mission activity at the games.
In England we opened a new Centre in Walsall and continue to see growing interest in new communities and an increase in the variety of opportunities to support local youth ministry. We have seen creative initiatives emerge from Centres in the forms of Youth Heroes Award events, a re-emergence of Gospel PAGE 14
In Wales our Centre in Llandudno continues to flourish and we are working to generate new enquiries. We are grateful for the time and commitment of a local volunteer, who is working with us to build awareness of the support YFC can offer local churches. We look forward to seeing new local initiatives emerge here soon. As a Local Ministries team we remain deeply grateful for the faithful support from individuals and local churches that sustains these local ministries as they share good news with the young people
in their local community. We remain delighted and thankful for the Lord’s provision for our Local Centres and the selfless commitment of our local staff and volunteers.
WE REMAIN DEEPLY
GRATEFUL FOR THE FAITHFUL SUPPORT
FROM INDIVIDUALS AND LOCAL CHURCHES THAT
SUSTAINS THESE LOCAL MINISTIRES
CALLED TO WALSALL In 2013 we launched Walsall Youth for Christ at a fantastic event to celebrate and support Tim and Sue Gray and the trustees in their on-going youth work in the area as they joined the YFC family.
Just two years ago Tim and Sue saw the need for youth work in the Walsall area and felt God calling them to the most deprived estate of Walsall. The journey began with the unconventional start of dressing up and banging drums while parading down the streets of Walsall; within a month they had thirty young people knocking at their door. Today they provide and run various clubs for 4 to 16 year olds - including the large club for 4-10 year olds which has 40 members. Tim and Sue, with their team of volunteers, are so passionate about sharing Godâ€™s love with children and young people. I am grateful to God that He called them to this community and have no doubt that the future of this place, and the lives of many children and young people will be different because of their faithful response to that call. During the evening of the launch Tim and Sue shared their story and hope for the area, outlining their vision to make the Gospel available to as many young people as possible, using the best resources in the shortest time possible. What this launch has made apparent is that Walsall youth work has indeed grown significantly over a short time and as Ephesians 3:2021 makes clear, the best is yet to come.
WITHIN A MONTH THEY HAD
THIRTY YOUNG PEOPLE
I HAVE COME TO REALISE THAT
YOUNG PEOPLE NEED A
OF PEOPLE IN THEIR LIVES AND THOSE PEOPLE DONT ALL LOOK LIKE OUR
STEREOTYPE OF A YOUTH WORKER
TOO OLD FOR YOUTH WORK When people hear I work for Youth for Christ, they often tell me that they wouldn’t be any good because they are too old, not in touch with young people or don’t know what to say to them etc. Fifteen years ago when I joined YFC as an administrator, I would have had said the same. I’d had no experience with youth work, was a mum of three small children, was out of date with current trends and was definitely not cool or outgoing. I was nervous the day I reluctantly attended a year 9 lunch club, then taken aback when a young girl named Toni came and sat next to me and started to talk. I really didn’t know what to say to her but I needn’t have worried - she didn’t need me to say anything. What she really needed was someone to listen. Over the years, I have come to realise that young people need a variety of people in their lives and those people don’t all look like our stereotype of a youth worker. They need parent and grandparent figures - people who will listen, be positive role models and give gentle guidance, acceptance and unconditional love.
A few years ago I knew a young man called Daniel who had recently become a Christian through the work of his local YFC Centre. His parents were nice people but very busy, with not a lot of time for him. He was very intelligent but dyslexic and so his GCSE exam results were much worse than he had hoped, meaning he was struggling to secure a place to do A levels. His confidence and self-esteem were very low until he met a man in his late 70s called Bill at a YFC event. Daniel was touched that this stranger actually seemed interested in him and that was the start of an amazing mentoring relationship. Bill persuaded Daniel’s school to give him a chance to study for his A levels and stood by him through that time by encouraging him to study, gently reproaching him for too many late nights or not completing assignments but always giving him time and reassurance. Daniel passed his A levels, went to theological college where he gained a first in his degree and went on to get a PhD. Bill’s patience and stable presence in Daniel’s life enabled him not just to gain academic qualifications but to grow into a strong man of God whose ministry is having an impact on many others. Bill didn’t look like a youth worker and wouldn’t have called himself one but there is no doubting the value of this relationship to Daniel.
I believe that most people have something they can offer to young people. For instance, our church asks for volunteers to pray for one young person throughout their exams. The teenagers value this support through a stressful time and it gives the volunteer an easy way of talking to them. Another example is a friend of mine who definitely wouldn’t have thought she was a youth worker yet helped serve refreshments at a youth mission recently and is now running a drop-in club for some of the most challenging young people in her town. Why not talk to your church youth worker or Local YFC Centre about what help is needed? If you are apprehensive about direct youth work, see if there are less direct ways of helping. Every one of us can pray for young people, whether it’s for those who come along to our church or the crowd we see at the bus stop. Kathryn Delderfield YFC Operations Director
BREAKING THE MOULD: THE LIFE OF A YFC TRUSTEE
Christine Ridgwell is Chair of Trustees at Greenwich Youth for Christ and has been on the board in different roles for nearly two decades. Let me tell you about her…
Christine’s desire to get involved in the community first began when she qualified as a Social Worker in the 1970’s. Starting by working with homeless young people, she then moved into Safeguarding, where she spent fifteen years supporting young people and their families who were often in huge distress. It was seeing these generational struggles that made Christine realise that if different decisions had been made or opportunities had been given, life for many could have been very different. Christine was initially invited to become a GYFC trustee because of her experience and involvement with the Night Stop project, New Pin - a national parent and toddler project and Youth Reach - a national organisation that supported young people in the care system. The desire to see community transformation led to her belief that it is important to involve the whole family when engaging in youth work as you need to work in
partnership with parents and guardians. Another important principal to GYFC is respect, which greatly affects their actions. At their Boyz 2 Men and Girl’s Thyme mentoring projects many of the young people they support are from a Muslim background. Christine is clear that their job is to listen to the young people and empower them to make responsible decisions. The young people know the GYFC team is made up of Christians who seek to demonstrate the Christian faith through the way they work with them but it is a relationship of tolerance and mutual respect. Like Christine, many of the trustees have been involved for a number of years, each bringing different skills and experiences to the table. Christine mentions that some trustees are parents, others have youth work experience, one was originally on a CYM gap year with them and that they even have a lawyer. One new trustee is a teacher who started cooking for their Boyz 2 Men group and has got to know the youngsters first hand. They have also had trustees who have applied for staff roles and former staff who have become
trustees, which has helped enormously in creating a diverse and experienced wider team. Christine offers the following advice to any considering becoming a trustee for a YFC Local Centre. “Find out as much as you can about what the organisation stands for and consider what you have to offer. Many trustees juggle their responsibilities with other commitments but if you are passionate, you’ll ensure you find the time.” The variety and adaptability of Greenwich YFC’s work has contributed to their standing locally. Based in the redeveloped Kidbrooke Village, they are very much at the centre of the community where new housing has been built and the youth centre has been restored at the heart of the old Ferrier Estate. The move to One Space was a big step but the staff now have professional and up-to-date offices to work from. Furthermore, the young people have really embraced their presence, helping create a skate park and using the football cage. We hope and pray that the work in Kidbrooke Village continues as it is in the schools, churches, communities and prisons.
THE DESIRE TO SEE
LED TO HER BELIEF THAT IT IS
IMPORTANT TO INVOLVE THE WHOLE FAMILY WHEN
ENGAGING IN YOUTH WORK PAGE 19
YFC ONE “My year with yfc one was amazing. I first heard about YFC when I was seven when a few teams came to my home town. I fell in love with what they were doing and from then on I was like, ‘I want to do that when I grow up!’ Two years ago I applied to do yfc one but eventually declined as they weren’t doing dance. The following September they told me they were setting up Stance so I jumped at the chance. YFC equips and empowers you to take your skills and gifts and use them to reach young people. I’ve struggled to share my testimony at times but when we don’t want to do something and yet surrender it over to God, He will then use that to cause breakthrough. It’s a process of being moulded…like being in the refiner’s fire. It’s challenging but you know it’s all for your good. Looking back on it through the hard times, I can see how God was using them to make me who He wants me to be. I guess we get reminded again of just how awesome God is and how much bigger He is than we think. I love it when you think something’s not possible or that you can’t do something and God proves you wrong. It’s the best thing ever. Last year I felt like I started to live the dream. I’d been wanting to join YFC for so long so to finally get to do what I love meant it was a bit of a no brainer to do another year and go on to Academy (further training for those with youth work experience). God definitely challenged me a lot but I really grew through that.” Check out Rebecca’s brilliant Rubik’s cube Gospel presentation at www.yfc.co.uk/media Rebecca Hayllar, 20, Stance PAGE 20
36 young adults took part in our gap year programme, yfc one, completing intensive discipleship and youth work training before joining placement Centres and teams around the country. The year saw changes for yfc one, with a hub model being introduced to deliver training and support on a fortnightly basis. This went very well, with 30 of our volunteers based in YFC Centres in hubs in the NorthWest; London; South-West and the East Midlands. The other six volunteers were in our touring teams, 3 with our Nomad team and 3 with our brand new touring street dance crew, Stance. All 36 of the volunteers received the Engage youth work training (a CYM Course).
OVERSEAS During the summer, 21 leaders and volunteers from the UK went to Moscow (Russia), Cape Town (South Africa) and Grenoble (France). They had an amazing time, joining large teams of Christian young people in those countries and getting involved in evangelism through sport, teaching English, caring for poverty stricken children, practical work serving the community and big outdoor events in city centres. Chloe McConnell from Northern Ireland, spent 6 months with Australia YFC training with their interns then working in schools, youth groups and visiting some remote communities on the West Coast. In the UK 6 volunteers joined us from Germany, Latvia, Brazil
and Uganda. They were on yfc one, in Stance and also in Centres around the country getting involved in youth work and impacting young people with their desire to serve God in a different part of the world.
GETTING INVOLVED IN
YOUTH WORK AND
IMPACTING YOUNG PEOPLE
“I joined yfc one with Nomad, YFC’s touring sports team in 2012/13. From an early age, I’ve really enjoyed football and when I became a Christian at sixteen and committed my life to Jesus, I realised that I could use football for Him and as a way to proclaim His message. I didn’t know what I was going to be doing when I started or what was going to happen but then I got straight into it after the weeklong Evangelism Training Conference. It turned out to be an absolutely incredible year where God used me to plant seeds and see young people hear about Jesus for the first time. I came to the year not knowing what I was going to do after it ended. Different options came up but I felt called to do another year because I loved being part of YFC so much. I’d really encourage anyone considering getting involved with YFC to step out into what God has for you. I myself like to stay in my comfort zone, am resistant to change and find stepping out quite hard but I found that when I was put into a vulnerable position, that was when I felt God moving in and through me. Through the relationships that you build on the way you begin to feel part of something much bigger than yourself.” James Girling, 19, Nomad
CHAIR OF YFC BOARD OF TRUSTEES REPORT Thank you so much for playing your part over the past year! Whether you are a local or national worker, prayer partner, trustee, donor, volunteer, Centre Director, ministry partner or play any other part in our ministry, the national Board wants to thank you for serving with us to take good news relevantly to every young person in Britain. What a great calling the LORD has given us to share in the privilege of seeing young lives changed and Jesus made known across our land! YFC is wonderfully diverse in its approaches, but incredibly united in its purpose and heart. It’s a compelling combination that makes every year in YFC both memorable and different. And the past year has been remarkable in so many ways as we have seen God’s amazing grace and purposes at work. Some of the many highlights of the year include: • Local ministries – we have grown to 70 Local Centres delivering innovative approaches in schools, on the streets, in communities and in partnerships with local churches; PAGE 22
• Resources – we continued to provide innovative resources for churches and local groups through Rock Solid, RS2, Mettle, Freedom in Christ and Youth Alpha, for marginalized young people through Urban Skillz and myLife and in schools with exploRE. And to add to the mix, during the year, new resources were developed including: • RE:quest – a stunning website offering quality, free resources for teachers and young people to explore the truths about Christianity. • Ethos – a series of ground-breaking short films for 18s to 30s that speak creatively and authentically into contemporary issues. • Reflex – our work with young offenders alongside a range of partner organisations has proved to be so crucial in reaching and mentoring marginalized young people and as a result seeing reoffending rates fall dramatically for those with whom we work. • yfc one – Our discipleship programme for 17-25 yrs, is focussed on releasing a group of young people every year, to take good news to schools, prisons, colleges, on the streets and in churches.
• International Ministry – providing lifechanging opportunities for young people to serve young people in other countries and develop skills and unique ministry experience. • Residential programmes – including YFC Impact Holidays, exploRE residentials and Fort Rocky adventure weekends, seeing many young people experience the love and saving grace of Jesus. This, of course, is just a snapshot of all that is happening! Through our many activities and ministries we stay intentionally close to our core of evangelism, whether in: • demonstrating God’s love by helping and serving young people to explore the meaning of life and a relationship with the living Saviour; • declaring the Good News of Jesus in ways that strike a chord with young people by being geared to the times but anchored to the Rock; • giving each person an opportunity to make their own personal decision and response to the call to follow Jesus Christ; • serving the local church and helping
many young people become disciples of Jesus and experience life in a new dimension. In financial terms, we have so much for which to be thankful. In the face of the wider economic challenges, we continued to balance our books and do even more with less. We thank the Lord that we have continued to see health and growth in YFC ministries in Britain and that so many young people are hearing about Jesus and experiencing something of His love and forgiveness. We are hugely grateful for the generous financial support we receive â€“ whether from personal supporters, trusts, partners or major donors. We do not take this for granted and we are humbled at the faithful, and at times sacrificial, giving.
YFC IS WONDERFULLY
A big thank you also to the national Board of Trustees and all the local trustees, without whose faithful service it would not be possible to deliver effective governance and support at national and local levels.
DIVERSE IN ITS APPROACHES
The task before us has never been more urgent â€“ to reach a million young people every month in Britain for Christ at a time when there are so many changes and pressures. Do please continue to pray with us as we work to achieve this vision. The harvest is indeed plentiful and we pray to the Lord of the harvest that He will continue to send workers and see His Kingdom come in this generation of young people. With God everything is possible!
UNITED IN ITS PURPOSE
We are hugely indebted to Gavin and his leadership team for their inspirational vision, enthusiasm and unwavering commitment to reaching and serving young people across Britain. What a difference good leadership makes under the authority of the Messiah! During the year we were again awarded the Investors in People Award with glowing commendations. What better illustration of the quality of the way people are supported and developed within YFC? PAGE 23
TREASURER’S REPORT It has been an excellent year for Youth for Christ once more. We are so grateful that even in these difficult economic times people have been so generous in their giving to our ministry. In fact our income actually increased during this financial year which has enabled us to develop the exciting new projects you will have read about in this report, as well as carry out our existing work. We are very aware that often people are giving sacrificially and out of a passion to help young people and we are very careful to use the money with which God has entrusted us wisely and effectively. Income for the year was £1,895,741 and expenditure was £1,900,224 leaving us with a small deficit of £4,483. We receive valuable regular income from our partners who give each month; the giving of each one of these is very much appreciated. It is very helpful to have this regular source of income which gives a good foundation for the ongoing work. Our staff continue to raise a proportion of their own salary costs through personal supporters; they ask family and friends to support them in their work and we are thankful to the staff for undertaking this sometimes challenging fundraising, and PAGE 24
for each person who gives towards their ministry. We also received funds in the form of grants and large gifts from individuals. This income helps us to develop new projects and expand our work so we can reach an increasing number of young people. I am grateful for the work of all our many staff and volunteers but I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Finance Team who work hard to ensure that all our financial operations run smoothly and help us to be good stewards of our income. We continue to thank God for his ongoing provision. James Vardy
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL THAT EVEN IN THESE
DIFFICULT ECONOMIC TIMES PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SO
IN THIER GIVING TO OUR MINISTRY
YFC’s Leadership Team Gavin Calver (National Director) Kathryn Delderfield (Operations Director) Dave Newton (Outreach Director) Phil Knox (Church Resources Director) Nathan Iles (Missions Mobilisation Director) Liz Dumain (England Director) Rachael Heffer (Corporate Director) Graeme Brooks (Scottish Director) Robin Fletcher (Communication Director) Damian Wharton (Missions Director)
YFC Board Members Mr Ken Wright (Chairman) Mrs Pauline Joyce (Vice Chair) Mr James Vardy (Treasurer) Mr Richard Child Mrs Debbie Mitchell Rev David Stillman Mr Tim Wills Mr Mike Wilson Ms Althea Johnson Rev Rob Ryan Mr Peter Haydock
Thank you to our Board, Council members, Leadership Team and our amazing staff and volunteers. Without your hard work, dedication and passion to reach young people with the Good News, many would not have heard about Jesus or been transformed as they’ve encountered His love. I am immensely proud to work alongside such a great group of people who press on in faith, trusting God and giving their all for His Kingdom. Gavin Calver National Director
YFC’s Council of Reference The Most Rev and Rt Hon The Lord Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu (President) Baroness Caroline Cox (Vice President) Roy Crowne (Vice President) Fran Beckett Rev Lyndon Bowring Rev Mike Breen Dr Tony Campolo Steve Clifford Rev John Coles Rev Dr Fred Drummond Rev Joel Edwards Rachel Gardner Rev John Glass Pete Greig Rev Nicky Gumbel The Hon Mr Justice Hedley John & Christine Noble Mark Russell Lady Susie Sainsbury Dr Elaine Storkey Sir Peter Vardy John M Whittaker Wendy Beech-Ward Mr Richard Bromley
INCOME TOTAL INCOME 2013 £1,895,741
TOTAL INCOME 2012 £1,783,434
INCOME SOURCES... DONATIONS & GIFTS
WHERE MONEY YOU GAVE WENT IN 2013 ACTIVITYTHE INCOME COMPARED TO 2012 CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES £1,758,826 £250 PEOPLE HAVING LIFE YOUNG CHANGING EXPERIENCES, DOING MISSION IN RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA, FRANCE & AUSTRALIA
% 5% 4
LOCAL CONNECTIONS, LOCAL PASSION & LOCAL PARTNERSHIP, ALL BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
WITH DISCIPLESHIP & EVANGELISM GROUPS ALL OVER £50FROM AGES 11-30, YOU BRITAIN ARE HELPING TO RE-SHAPE THIS NATION FOR THE BETTER
IMPACTING YOUNG PEOPLE BY EDUCATION EQUIPPING SCHOOLS &TEACHERS THROUGH RESOURCES AND RESIDENTIALS
HELPING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF RE-OFFENDING IN OUR NATION, £150 BRINGING HOPE TO A HOPELESS GENERATION
NATIONAL MINISTRIES OVERSEAS
NATIONAL MINISTRIES SUPPORTING & SENDING TEAMS BACK70k & FORTH ACROSS OUR LAND, CONNECTING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN A RELEVANT WAY, A CHANGE YOU ARE PART OF
COST OF GENERATING FUNDS £111,461 GOVERNANCE 2012 2013 2013 2013COSTS 2012£29,937
£1,900,224 TOTAL EXPENDITURE
SPENDING COMPARED TO PREVIOUS YEARS CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES
CENTRES DEVELOPMENT NATIONAL MINISTRIES YOUNG OFFENDERS
OF CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES £1,174,266
OF CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES £725,958
10% NEW MEDIA
21% OFFICE COSTS
26% LOCAL MINS
22% PERSONNEL & ADMIN
incl. Depreciation 0.16% & Events 8%
36 yfc one VOLUNTEERS 44 STAFF MEMBERS
WHERE THE MONEY YOU GAVE WENT IN 2013 CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES £1,758,826
EDUCATION IMPACTING YOUNG PEOPLE BY EQUIPPING SCHOOLS &TEACHERS THROUGH RESOURCES AND RESIDENTIALS
LOCAL CONNECTIONS, LOCAL PASSION & LOCAL PARTNERSHIP, ALL BRINGING ABOUT CHANGE IN YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITIES
% 5% 4
HELPING TO BREAK THE CYCLE OF RE-OFFENDING IN OUR NATION, BRINGING HOPE TO A HOPELESS GENERATION
YOUNG PEOPLE HAVING LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCES, DOING MISSION IN RUSSIA, SOUTH AFRICA, FRANCE & AUSTRALIA
WITH DISCIPLESHIP & EVANGELISM GROUPS ALL OVER BRITAIN FROM AGES 11-30, YOU ARE HELPING TO RE-SHAPE THIS NATION FOR THE BETTER
COST OF GENERATING FUNDS £111,461 GOVERNANCE COSTS £29,937 PAGE 30
NATIONAL MINISTRIES SUPPORTING & SENDING TEAMS BACK & FORTH ACROSS OUR LAND, CONNECTING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN A RELEVANT WAY, A CHANGE YOU ARE PART OF
£1,900,224 TOTAL EXPENDITURE
British Youth for Christ
STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL ACTIVITIES FOR THE YEAR ENDING 31 AUGUST 2013 (including Income & Expenditure Account)
1478026 4860 412855 1895741
1480854 3147 299433 1783434
RESOURCES EXPENDED Cost of Generating Funds Voluntary Income Charitable Activities National Ministries Centre Development Church Resources Young Offenders Overseas Education
Total Resources Expended Net Received (Expended)
Net Fund Movement
VOLUNTARY INCOME Donations and Gifts Investment Income Resources from Charitable Activities Total Income
396969 408570 494681 300751 72131 85724
359582 412912 474960 235558 66605 104780
Unrestricted General Unrestricted Designated Restricted
Fund Balances b/f Unrestricted General Unrestricted Designated Restricted
Fund Balances c/f Unrestricted General Unrestricted Designated Restricted
Year End Balance Sheet Fixed Assets Current Assets Current Liabilities
178 -43776 39115
-21863 23055 14240
49291 994699 116312
71154 971644 102072
49469 950923 155427
49291 994699 116312
741804 567644 153629
747655 540457 127810
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taking good news relevantly to every young person in britain CHANGE YOU CAN BE PART OF...
The 2013 summary financial information is extracted from and is consistent with the statutory accounts for the year ended 31st August 2013 audited by Clifford Towers, Chartered Accountants & Registered Auditors, Units 8â€“ 9, Webb Ellis Business Park, Woodside Park, Rugby, CV21 2NP.
These accounts are not the statutory accounts, but a summary of information relating to both the Statement of Financial Activities and the balance sheet; Full annual Accounts have been externally audited with an unqualified report and can be obtained from YFC head office. The accounts were approved on 6th March 2014. The Annual Report and Accounts have been submitted to the Charity Commission.