[quote="Sunday01, post:9, topic:178687"]
So here is the scoop...
Young Life is non-denominational and has been from the outset (1941). Therefore, we are not affiliated with any denomination, nor do we encourage one Christian denomination over another. Our staff and volunteers affiliate with a wide range of Christian denominations — both Protestant and Catholic.
As someone who was involved as a teen and now as an adult, I highly recommend Young Life! It is an extra tool in the tool box for parents wanting their kids to navigate the teen years and have a relationship with Christ.
Here is the story of 4 Catholic youth:
Three went to Catholic K-8:
P...strong Catholic wanted to stay the righteous path.YL provided opportunities to have fun in faith of Christ and deepen existing Faith
K...Catholic, Mass each week, but troubled and contemplated meaning of life and depression. Contemplated suicide. YL Leaders provided mentors and realization that Christ was what she yearned for to complete emptiness felt.
C...Catholic, Catholic HS, wanted to have fun and be where the action is. Problem was the action was full of temptation and trouble. Started going to YL and found you could have clean fun in Christian Life with Christ.
M...Catholic went to Public School, never really got what it was all for beyond CCD and confirmation. YL introduced him to a deeper relationbship with Christ.
BTW, all 4 were sent back to their Catholic Church to be feed and for doctrine...and all 4 are more devoted to their Church because of YL.
That was just a glimpse of what I've seen. And if you have any questions about conflicts ask the Young Life Area Director...I did.
This is very true, but I'd encourage you to take a look at my post above. Most Protestants leaders are unaware of Catholic theology. In my experience, I've heard some leaders speak on topics and (unknowingly) contradict Catholic teaching.
YL has the correct intentions, but I am no longer a Young Life leader partially due to the fact that I don't believe they consistently go far enough in forming kids relationships with Christ. The goal seems to be to get the kids to camp, where they are definitely guaranteed to have an amazing experience, but follow up is poor, and faith often weakens after leaving high school.
There's room for improvement. Overall, YL is an amazing ministry, but as a Catholic, I would caution Catholics to remain aware of the type of theology their area's leaders use. If your children are going to YL, make sure that the leaders are understanding and welcoming of the fact that they are Catholic.