Prayer Coordinator

All activities of Young Life need to be underpinned by prayer. Our hope is that everyone on the committee will take time to regularly pray for the ministry. This can be greatly aided by a Prayer Coordinator.


Responsibilities of the Prayer Coordinator:

  • Walk faithfully with Christ
  • Be confident in their call to the role
  • Be committed to prayer
  • Has access to a computer with email
  • Keep in regular contact with the Area Manager to record the prayer needs relating to working with young people
  • Record the prayer needs of committee activities
  • Keep a regular database of prayer supporters on Mail Chimp & ensure that new donors are added to the Mail Chimp List
  • Send monthly / termly (as per area agreement) email prayer requests and praise reports via Mail Chimp

Basic Strategies to Develop

  • Area-Wide Prayer Strategy: Involve as many people as possible from inside and outside the area who will pray for the local Young Life ministry. Obtain general prayer requests from the area director on a monthly basis. It might also be helpful to list answered prayers as well as requests.
  • Develop an e-mail distribution list. Obtain names of people who are willing to pray for the ministry from the committee, donors, church prayer groups, volunteer leaders, staff, banquet list, senior citizens, etc.
  • Committee-Wide Prayer Strategy: The committee should pray as a group for the staff, volunteer leaders and donors and about key issues related to the ministry.
  • Develop an e-mail distribution list of committee members and staff. Check with the area manager and other staff for detailed requests for prayer.
  • Make prayer an important part of the committee meeting. Prayer could be held for an hour before the meeting. Members could meet weekly during lunch at a specific location for prayer.
  • Individual Prayer Strategy: Each committee member should be paired with a specific staff member or volunteer leader to pray specifically for them.
  • The committee member should solicit individual prayer requests from the staff member or volunteer leader.


  • Understands the power of prayer.
  • Has the gift of prayer.
  • Is able to elicit the needs and concerns of others.
  • Good listening skills.
  • Can organize.
  • Computer literate or able to recruit an individual to send out the prayer emails via Mail Chimp.


Time Requirement: 8 hours per month

NOTE: Different areas will have different time requirements, and this should be used as a guide only.  Different times of year as well will have different time pressures.


Like the Chair, the Treasurer has certain responsibilities that require a unique set of experiences and gifts.

Responsibilities of the Treasurer:

  • Walk faithfully with Christ
  • Be confident in their call to the role
  • Have talents with finances, budgeting and/or accounting
  • Together with the Area Manager, assume administrative responsibility for funds involved in committee projects
  • Communicate with the Area Manager to ensure all Young Life Australia financial policies are followed.
  • Prepare and present financial reports received from the National Office at committee meetings
  • Sign off on local area expenses as per the Young Life financial policy
  • Review income and expenditures for the local area
  • Communicate the monthly financial report to the committee
  • Work in close contact with the Chief Financial Officer in National Office
  • Initiate and drive preparation of the annual budget

Basic Strategies to Develop

  • Understanding the impacts of reaching financial targets and how not doing so affects the area, region and national mission.
  • Keep the cash flow realistic with projects by communication with Area Manager and Committee Chair monthly.
  • Anticipate and communicate expenses and income before they occur.


  • Understands the needs for financial health in the area.
  • Maintains confidentiality.
  • Desires to work with numbers.
  • Is organized.
  • Is talented with finances, budgeting and/or accounting.
  • Committed to the position for a minimum of two years

Time Requirement: Eight hours per month

NOTE: Different areas will have different time requirements, and this should be used as a guide only.  Different times of year as well will have different time pressures.

Need to contact Accounts in the National Office?  E:

Go to Committee Resources to find Financial Policies & Forms

Committee Chair

The Chairperson greatly influences the character and effectiveness of your committee.  Elected by other members, this person will have a unique partnership with the Area Manager built by spending regular time together. As the leader of the committee, the Chair keeps the focus on Christ, calls on members’ gifts and abilities, prepares and leads meetings and mobilises the different task committees.  They also ensure that the committee members share in the ownership of the ministry with the local staff, volunteer leaders, local donors and regional director.

Responsibilities of the Chair:

  • Walk faithfully with Christ to provide spiritual leadership for the committee
  • Be confident in their call to the role and be a leader and motivator
  • In agreement with Young Life Australia’s faith and conduct policies
  • Plan and run the monthly meeting
  • Lead in developing a vision for YL in the community
  • Act as a liaison and advocate between staff and committee
  • Build trust in the ministry
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment, selection, orientation, retention and retirement of committee members
  • Work with committee members to best utilise their talents
  • Maintain a close relationship with staff
  • Stand alongside the staff and bring the rest of the committee along.
  • Maintain close relationships with the staff so staff can communicate needs and problems, as well as successes.

Basic Strategies to Develop

The committee chair working together with the area director should:

  • Develop a good relationship with the area director.
  • Plan effective meetings.
  • Lead effective meetings.
  • Create ownership for the ministry with committee members.
  • Delegate work to committee members.
  • Hold committee members accountable.

At a minimum, the Committee Chair and Area Director should develop the following processes:

  • Recruiting and selecting a committee chair(s).
  • Recruiting, selecting, retaining and retiring committee members.
  • Taking care of staff and if possible volunteer leaders.
  • Implementing basic Taking Donors Seriously (TDS)

Hoyt Jackson has some great tips below for new Committee Chairs.  Have a look at what he has to say.


  • Has the gift of leadership.
  • Can motivate others.
  • Is organized.
  • Is able to plan and lead meetings.
  • Can delegate and hold people accountable.

Time Requirement: 16 hours per month

NOTE: Different areas will have different time requirements, and this should be used as a guide only.  Different times of year as well will have different time pressures.

Ensuring Adequate Financial Support

Guaranteeing the Local Budget

Whilst the committee plays many vital roles in supporting the local Young Life program, perhaps one of the most crucial responsibilities is to prepare a local budget and then create and implement a fundraising plan to guarantee that budget. This responsibility is carried out in partnership with local staff and support from the National Office:

  • Develop a vision statement for the Area
  • Establish an annual budget that supports the vision
  • Create and implement a Financial Master Plan that will help achieve the budget
  • Make your own personal financial commitment to support the Area

Each of this topics are covered in greater depth in the Taking Donors Seriously (TDS) Manual . Each Area has a copy of this manual and should work to implement a TDS plan for your local  program. However, we include some of the highlights in this manual.

To be effective in raising funds, it is important to consider a wide variety of activities available to you in a total fundraising mix. Many Areas find they are good at events, but rarely consider grant submissions, local newsletters or personal donor visits. Others might find it easy to approach churches for church partnerships and may even try their hand at a local appeal, but they lack events that attract potential new donors and they rarely contact the donors they do have.

Local Events (ideally, two per year) – this might include an event you host and then perhaps the sale of Krispy Kremes or other at a local event or festival.

Grant submissions – local, State or National (we will provide training and a toolkit to help you in this Area).

Church partnership opportunities – consider hosting lunches for pastors or inviting some pastors along to summer camp!

Local newsletters – Whilst the national office will send out four national newsletters a year on behalf of all Areas, you may consider sending one or two newsletters with a local focus. Include a give slip and a response envelope.

Local Appeals – The National Office also puts together and distributes four all-area appeals per year, with all money going back to the local Area it’s received from. You may also want to consider sending out a local appeal for a specific purpose. Please consult the National Office for assistance and to ensure that your mail out or electronic direct marketing does not clash with
the National Office communications calendar.

Taking Donors Seriously – keep in regular contact! Have a list of all donors and consider how you will keep in touch with them. Who needs a handwritten note just to say thanks? Who needs a phone call? Who should you visit? At the very least, we recommend an annual visit to monthly donors just to say thanks and share your local Vision Statement so they can see where you are
headed. Frequency will vary from Area to Area and depend very much on the donor, but we encourage all committees to carefully examine their current donor list and discuss, as a group, a plan for making personal contact with all donors over the course of the year.

We would like to challenge all Areas to implement a healthy balance of the fundraising mix in their Financial Master Plan. We have provided a template in the TDS Manual that allows you to consider how each of these activities might fit into your annual plan.

Like the Vision Statement, the National Office will work with each Area to develop a Financial Master Plan that challenges you to incorporate every aspect of the fundraising mix. This will possibly be a challenge for some Areas, but we believe it will have a dramatic impact on your fundraising for the year.

A member of the National or Regional Staff will also visit your Area at least three times a year to monitor your progress on your activity plan and to lend assistance with any changes that should be made. They will also be happy to join you for meetings, events or presentations where you feel a National Office presence would be beneficial.

The National Office will endeavour to equip you in running a thriving committee and in achieving fundraising success. Our services include annual training summits (with outside expertise on relevant topics); tools and templates for grants and presentations; updated Young Life materials; hosting of the Adult Guest program at summer camp; templates and assistance in developing Vision Statements; budgets and Financial Master Plans; assistance and input on local events; input and editing of all local appeals, newsletters, press releases, grant submissions etc; and a national Communications and Events Calendar to help you consider your own local communication plan along with regular visits to your Area. Most importantly, we are always available to chat, brainstorm or offer advice. Just give us a call; we’d love to hear from you!

Committee Roles

Each committee is made up of five to seven individuals all working together to support the local ministry.  Committees may choose how they are organised and what roles they offer, but at a minimum, we suggest a Chairperson, Treasurer and Prayer Coordinator.

Beyond that, we encourage committees to consider the primary activities it will be undertaking over the year and appointing people appropriate for those activities.  It is important that committee members feel they have a specific role that is suited to their gifts and have a clear understanding of what is expected of them.

Additional Roles might include:

  • Events
  • Church Partnerships
  • Secretary
  • Public/Community Relations (media, marketing)
  • Fundraising and Donor Relations (TDS)
  • Grant Writer

Regardless of the role, there are a few commonalities across all committee members in terms of characteristics and responsibilities.


  • Walking faithfully with Christ
  • Confident of their call to the role
  • Interested in young people and the Young Life ministry
  • Willing to share time, talents and resources
  • Involved in their local church


  • Attend monthly committee meetings
  • Support local staff and volunteer leaders
  • Take a leadership role in committee activities (events, fundraising, prayer, church partnerships, etc)
  • Provide input in the local Vision Statement and Financial Master Plan
  • Financially support the ministry
  • Pray for the ministry
  • Attend one Young Life activity per year (club, camp or special school activity)
  • Make a 2-3 year commitment

Hoyt Jackson explains below the purpose of committee.  

Hoyt Jackson has some great tips below for caring for Young Life Staff.  Have a listen to what he has to say.

We would like to thank Young Life USA for the use of their committee roles documents. 

The roles listed in the topics below have been taken from Young Life USA resources, used with permission.  


Please note that these resources are Copyright to Young Life Australia; this means that you can use them for your use as a Young Life leader, but they can not be distributed to other youth or church organisations without first seeking approval from the National Office.

All our young people attending club should be registered on Care Monkey, which your Area Manager will allocate access for.  If  a child attending is unable to complete a Care Monkey profile, one of these forms must be completed by their parents / guardians. Your local Area Manager will collect the completed forms.

Committee Manual

Welcome to Young Life, one of the most dynamic and innovative ministries reaching un-churched young people in Australia today.

Young Life believes that every young person should have the opportunity to hear the message of Jesus Christ from someone they know and trust.  Our approach is designed to ‘connect’ with young people, building long-term relationships based on trust and respect.  Throw in elements of fun, laughter, adrenaline-filled challenges and inspiring speakers – and you have the Young Life mix – one that has been changing millions of lives for over 60 years.


Accomplished By:

  • Praying for young people
  • Going to where young people are
  • Building relationships with them
  • Winning the right to be heard
  • Providing experiences that are fun, adventurous and life-changing
  • Sharing our lives
  • Sharing Jesus
  • Loving them regardless of their response
  • Discipleship
  • Helping young people develop their skills, assets and attitudes to reach their God-given potential
  • Encouraging young people to be connected and engaged in a local church
  • Working with a team of like-minded individuals – volunteer leaders, committee members, donors and staff

Thank you for your service to Young Life through your local committee.  Throughout the Bible, we see God assembling teams of servants to work out His salvation purposes. He sent 70 elders to Moses to ‘help carry the burden of the people’ so Moses ‘would not have to carry it alone’ (Numbers 11:17). The early church, as it struggled to serve growing numbers of disciples, commissioned men ‘full of the Spirit and wisdom’ (Acts 6:3) so that the Word of God could be shared with a waiting world. 

For Young Life, the waiting world is every young person, everywhere. And we can’t enter their world without adult committee members like you. Thank you!

Taking Donors Seriously (TDS)

Dear Partner in Ministry,

Tony Campolo once said “Young Life is expert at going to where young people are.”

I like to think that’s true. We take our commitment to young people very seriously. We meet them on their turf and build significant relationships with them. We go out of our way to care for them. We do what it takes to ‘win the right to be heard’ so that we may share the love of Jesus Christ with them.

But can we say the same thing of our donors? What about our volunteers? How much effort do we put into caring for these people?

In Australia, I think Young Life has a mixed record on this. We’ve certainly had our failings where donors and volunteers have felt more ‘used’ than valued as partners. But with each failing, I think we’ve also learned to do things a bit differently.

The bottom line is we must be as committed to caring for donors and volunteers as much as we are to caring for young people.

That’s what Taking Donors Seriously (TDS) is all about. It’s a set of guiding principles that helps shape our thinking about what it means to find and truly partner with donors. It may also help clarify committee roles as each member takes a deeper look at their skills and what they can do to make a difference.

This handbook has been adapted from our USA counterparts. We have a few different ‘philosophies’ and have adapted these for an Australian context. Overall, they’re on to something. They too have a mixed record with their donors. And like us, they have learned and want to do things differently.

Thank you for your valued partnership in reaching young people all around Australia. I hope you will find this handbook helpful in our journey together.

Kind Regards,

Glyn Henman
Chief Executive Officer
Young Life Australia

Committee Kit

Dear Friends,

Young Life volunteers are our greatest assets.  I don’t just mean our volunteer leaders.  We are an organisation that relies on volunteers at every level – in the schools, in our offices, at national and regional camps . . . and in our local communities.

Local volunteer committees made their early formal beginnings in 2000.  Since that time, we have attempted to sink more time and resources into supporting these committees through handbooks, training summits, visits from National Office staff and appointing a Committee Liaison person.

As we continue to grow, it is clear that we need to continue to invest in our local committees.  This Committee Resource kit is a resource that aims to assist with this.  As we’ve worked to provide increased training for our committees, it became clear that we needed to come up with a resource that could be utilised by Regional Directors and Area Managers, in partnership with their local committees.

When this kit was initially released in 2009, we polled former and existing committee from all Areas to help us determine key topic areas that were relevant to all committees from start up to veteran stages.  The kit is a living document that is intended to be revised and added to over time.  We welcome input and suggestions from you, our valued volunteers, if you have ideas to add to the committee kit.

We hope you will find this is a valuable resource as you serve in your local Young Life ministry.

Kind Regards,

Glyn Henman
Chief Executive Officer
Young Life Australia