Since 1944, Youth for Christ has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. In the early 1940’s, during World War II, many young men, mostly ministers and evangelists, were holding large rallies in Canada, England and the U.S. As the hunger for God’s Word grew, it became evident that there needed to be someone to coordinate this movement, providing leadership, strategy, and coordinating speakers, musicians and locations. Beginning in dozens of cities at the end of WW II, YFC quickly organized into a national movement. Billy Graham became YFC’s first full-time staff member.

Starting with Saturday night youth rallies in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, YFC’s ministry methodology turned to Bible Clubs in the late 50’s and 60’s. It was in this period of ministry that the concept of teen to teen evangelism was birthed. Then in the middle sixties and early seventies Campus Life and Campus Life Middle ministries to senior and junior high youth began to be the thrust of YFC ministry. Since that time there have been several ministry models that have been created. Youth Guidance became an avenue in reaching at-risk and institutionalized young people. Teen Parents developed to mentor and equip young parents with parenting skills as well as the love of Jesus Christ. Urban Ministries reach the millions of young people in our major urban communities, partnering with the church and other organizations. Ministries are tailored to reach youth in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

Throughout our history, YFC has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to youth evangelism and biblical Christianity. One of YFC’s slogans over the past sixty years has been, “Geared to the Times, Anchored to the Rock.” While the message of the Gospel will never change, YFC creatively communicates this message of hope, grace and love so that we might be honored by God to reach every young person, one at a time.