COMMITTEE An Essential Foundation

Effective committees are the lifeline for Young Life in the local area.  Young Life begins in new areas becasue of adults - because of their love for the Lord, their love for lost kids in their community and their commitment to Young Life's vision of reaching every kid, everywhere for Christ.  

Young Life is sustained by adults serving on an area committee, in communities across the United States and around the world.  They are unseen and unknown to most of the kids they serve, but these people are the foundation for successful ministry in Young Life communities.

If you would like more information on the Virgnia Beach Young Life Committee, please contact  Mike Terranova 757-635-6830.​​

Roles of Effective Committee:


• Help create the vision to reach every kid in the local area
• Pray for all facets of the ministry
• Ensure the integrity of the local ministry
• Promote Young Life in the community
• Raise funds to guarantee the local budget
• Monitor the financial affairs of the area
• Support and assist Young Life staff and volunteers
• Provide leaders with input and advice
• Maintain the continuity of Young Life in the area
• Work with the regional director, especially during staff transitions


As the Virginia Beach Young Life Committee We...


...are Chosen to Serve

Our appointment to any mission, including committee, is Christ’s initiative.  Those who serve are called to this mission at Christ’s invitation.  We have an undeniable, God-given “nudge” to reach kids in our community for Jesus Christ.  We who are called are also empowered so that we will bear fruit for His name’s sake.

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last.  Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.  – John 15:16


...all Do the Work

We are chosen to do God’s work in the world.  Graciously, God chooses us, and then He equips us with “everything good for doing His will” (Hebrews 13:21).  We offer our own unique gifts so that the entire committee will grow as individuals and jointly flourish as a ministry.  Under Christ’s direction, we are fitted together perfectly and interdependently as we do His work in the world.


...all Have Gifts

We possess different yet complementary gifts.  The root of the word complementary is “complete,” and that is exactly what the effective committee does.  It completes the gifts of the staff and volunteer leaders.  Every member of Christ’s body and every member of a local committee has gifts bestowed by grace.  No one has every gift, and no one’s gifts are superfluous.

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  – Romans 12:4-5


...share in Ministry

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body.  So it is with Christ…there should be no division in the body but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.  – 1 Corinthians 12:12, 25

Paul uses the body as the model of Christ’s church more than 30 times in his letters.  It is his most often used analogy for the church.  Interesting how the parts of the body, as beautiful or essential as they individually may be, lose all relevance absent from the other parts.  What good is a foot without a leg to make it useful or an eye to direct its path?


In the same way, the effective committee works together as one body striving toward the same eternal purpose and prize of exposing lost kids to the reality of living life with Jesus Christ.​


Young Life Virginia Beach South | PO Box 4492 Virginia Beach, VA 23454-0492

Phone: 757-635-6830

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