Why do we exist? 

Because Spokane is filled with thousands of at-risk young people and families that live in impoverished neighborhoods. Overlooked and hopeless, we are committed to give life to their story through relationships, holistic investment and empowerment.

Our focus is on three impoverished neighborhoods: West Central, Hillyard & Downtown. These are a few of the poorest neighborhoods in the state of Washington. The majority of the young people in these neighborhoods come from poor homes, live life without a father, are plagued by drug and alcohol abuse, experience significant loss, and feel hopeless. Despite the brokenness of their story, these young people are bursting with potential and demonstrate tremendous resiliency.

YFC is compelled by the love of Jesus to relationally enter the stories of these young people and empower them to change their own community for Christ.

Vision & Mission 

YFC 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 Jesus, and commitment to social involvement.

Spokane’s vision is to reach every young person living in Spokane’s most impoverished neighborhoods with the love and hope of Jesus and empower them to change their own community for Christ.

Click here for how we are living this out in Spokane.

5 Essentials

YFC believes there are 5 Essentials to effective ministry.

  1. Widespread Prayer

    We deliberately engage lots of Christians to intercede on behalf of the ministry site.
  2. Loving Relationships
    
We consistently pursue lost kids & engage them in life-long relationships with Jesus.
  3. Faithful Bible Teaching

    We accurately handle Biblical truth, regularly coaching kids to apply it in their lives
  4. Collaborative Community Strategy

    We intentionally work together with local churches, agencies and other partners to provide sustainable youth and family ministry.
  5. Adults Who Empower

    We strategically develop leaders to reach young people from every people group.

History 

Youth for Christ has an amazingly rich and storied history. Some people have argued that YFC has been one of the great movements of recent church history. Since 1944, YFC has had a distinctive history of youth evangelism. Starting with Saturday night youth rallies in the late 1940s and early 1950s, YFC's ministry methodology turned to Bible Clubs in the late 50s and 60s. It was in this period of ministry that the concept of teen to teen evangelism was birthed. Since that time several ministry models have been created. Billy Graham became YFC's first full-time staff member. YFC/USA is a chartered program of Youth for Christ International. Over 1,500 paid staff members and 15,000 volunteers serve in over 100 countries around the world.

Spokane YFC was officially incorporated in 1955. In 2003, recognizing the void of intentional outreach to youth living in Spokane’s low-income neighborhoods, Spokane YFC adopted City Life as its core ministry model (yfc.net/citylife) and began reaching the youth of the West Central neighborhood. City Life is an effective ministry model to transform the lives of urban youth, their families and the communities that they live in. In 2010, this model expanded into the Hillyard neighborhood. While the history of Spokane YFC has been rich and storied, the future of Spokane YFC has never looked brighter.

The learn more about the national movement of Youth for Christ, please visit www.yfc.net