Youth For Christ

Reaching young people in Greater Lansing for 74 years and counting!



Youth for Christ 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.



As part of the body of Christ, our vision is to see every young person, in every people group, in every nation, have the opportunity to make an informed decision to be a follower of Jesus Christ and become part of a local church.

Jacob Bland, YFC USA President & CEO

"This is our pivotal moment to serve the church"

This is our pivotal moment to serve the church by creatively re-imagining youth ministry yet again. I believe the cultural conditions are right for us to experience the greatest youth revival our generation has ever seen. God has given us the right team to do this—and His hand is clearly on our mission.

Trent Bushnell, Executive Director Of Greater Lansing YFC

"Faithfully communicating THE life-changing message of Jesus Christ"

Lansing Youth for Christ has been faithfully "communicating THE life-changing message of Jesus Christ" for over 74 years! I've been an eyewitness for over forty-five of those years, and I cannot begin to express the blessing it is to be on the front row watching God change lives. YFC's focus has always been the teenager, and our ministries have increasingly targeted unchurched and hard-to-reach youth.

Kaitlyn Hawkey, Lansing YFC

"The pivotal point in my story that showed me God's love for broken people"

Getting connected to Lansing YFC's Campus Life program was the pivotal point in my story that showed me Gods love for broken people like me. As a mentor here at YFC now I am able to connect my story to students stories and show them God's love for them.

Our Story

At Greater Lansing YFC, it’s our aim to reach students who are lost — those desiring to feel known and in desperate need of the restorative love of Christ. This aim is unique in each community we serve. We encourage and welcome individuals and organizations to join with us in this crucial mission; our young people need all of us.

Every day at high schools, middle schools, community centers, juvenile institutions, coffee shops, and local hangouts, YFC staff and volunteers meet with young people who need Jesus so they know they are not alone. We are rural and urban and we are always about the message of Jesus.

Greater Lansing YFC is committed to pursuing teenagers in their world and sharing the hope of Christ. YFC consistently strives to develop safe, bridge-building relationships with young people through our programs so they know someone is for them and believes in them. As students come to know Christ, through loving adults, our belief is their lives will be forever changed.

Our Team

At Lansing YFC we are blessed to have a dedicated team of staff that are passionate about serving our young people.

YFC USA & YFC International

A global movement to uncover God's Story in the next generation

Greater Lansing Youth For Christ is part of a national movement to reach young people where they are, and YFC USA is part of a global movement through YFC International. We are knit together with our common mission, vision, statement of faith, and passion to reach young people. We are dedicated to acting as a local extension of the work being done nationally, and we actively work to create engaging experiences for youth in our area.


YFC engages young people in authentic Christ-sharing relationships so that 11-19-year-olds can experience the love of Christ. We are committed to pursuing teenagers in their world and will consistently strive to develop safe, bridge-building relationships with middle school and high school students and we do whatever it takes to make that happen. As students come to know the hope and love that God has to offer, our belief is that a teenager’s life will be impacted eternally.

  • YFC has been called to evangelize young people and raise them up to be contributing leaders in the body of Christ. Our strategy focuses on practicing the 5 Essentials (Widespread Prayer, Loving Relationships, Faithful Bible Teaching, Collaborative Community Strategy, and Adults Who Empower) through community-embedded ministry sites.

  • Youth for Christ staff and volunteers are encouraged and trained to live a 3Story life: A way of life that guides followers of Christ to BE good news while telling stories of THE Good News. It is a way of seeing how the relationships we have with other people and God can be connected and grown. 3Story is not an evangelism tool or method, it is who we want to be and how we want to live. In YFC, 3Story is our living operating system and our hope is that it becomes our DNA.

  • All YFC USA staff, volunteers, and board members must affirm our Statement of Faith and exclusive claims of allegiance that Jesus Christ makes upon everyone who would follow Him as Christians. With that understanding, they agree with and adhere to the Statement of Faith as one of Youth For Christ’s leaders, entrusted to advance the YFC mission.

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