n WyldLife, we love middle school kids! They are full of life and yet experiencing profound emotional and physical changes. Middle school is a time when kids make important decisions about who they are and what they believe. And so WyldLife leaders — who range from spiritually mature high school and college students to moms, dads and retirees — consider it a privilege to be involved in their lives. We seek to model and express God's love to our young friends by learning their names, hearing their stories and honoring their God-given desire for a life of fun, adventure and purpose.
In WyldLife, adults and parents usually play a more prominent role in the kids' lives and in their decisions. WyldLife Team Moms and Dads lead and shepherd a team of WyldLife leaders at a middle school and promote WyldLife with adults in the community. Parent Support Groups assist the staff and leaders with everything from praying for the ministry to providing food for club. When parents are part of the WyldLife team, the ministry succeeds.
WyldLife clubs are a practiced art form. They are high energy and interactive, fast paced and unpredictable. Leaders use personal testimonies, media clips, popular songs and a lot of creativity when planning the club format. WyldLife clubs don’t meet as often (every other week rather than weekly) and sometimes meet on weekends or afternoons rather than evenings. The form may change, but the message of Christ’s love remains the same. Some areas invite incoming middle schoolers to begin attending WyldLife clubs the semester before they actually arrive in middle school.
What is WyldLife?
The philosophy of WyldLife is the same as Young Life's has always been — introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them to grow in their faith. But, because middle school kids are at a different developmental stage than high schoolers and need different things, we make a subtle delineation between the two.
WyldLife leaders include high school students who are strong in their faith, college students, moms and dads and retirees. Some of the best WyldLife teams across the mission are those with a mix of leaders, because every age group has something to offer middle school kids. All volunteers are trained and supervised by staff members.
WyldLife camp caters to the middle school-aged kid. While the same in principle and excellence, the specifics and schedule of middle school Young Life camping takes on a different form since early adolescents are at different places developmentally. From the talks each night to the pace of the day’s activities, Christ is proclaimed through relationships and programs in a way that connects to the heart of these kids.
Young Life is mainly funded by contributions from parents and other adults in each community. In addition, many churches and kid-friendly businesses support WyldLife. Please consider giving to our local WyldLife ministry. You can find out more about giving here.