YFC/Youth Unlimited Woodstock is a satellite ministry of Southwestern Ontario Youth For Christ.
Southwestern Ontario Youth For Christ is a chapter member of YFC – Canada. The national office exists to serve and guide 31 chapter ministries across the country. Each of the 31 chapters has an independent Board of Directors and has achieved their charitable registration through the Canada Revenue Agency.
Chapter ministries are commissioned to reach the youth of their area through nationally approved strategies which conform to the standards and philosophy of Youth for Christ International. The international office oversees ministries in over 100 countries impacting over 9 million young people around the world.
Southwestern Ontario YFC has grown dramatically, increasing its number of Satellite ministries since its inception. Originally the chapter was an amalgamation of 7 satellites. Presently 23 satellites are reaching youth in 30 communities across the region. Each satellite is guided by a local Steering Committee made up of volunteers representing a broad base of the Christian community.
Our primary target audience is youth ages 10 through 19.
As members of the Christian community, YFC/Youth Unlimited exists to help young people throughout Southwestern Ontario attain their full life potential, showing love and care for their whole person, and encouraging them to serve God as fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.
These core values represent the heart of our mission; the reasons underlying everything we do. These help define our organization and ministries.
God-Centred: Spirit-led and empowered, Christ incarnating, committed to furthering the Kingdom
Biblically-Based: Guiding all thinking and actions in life and work
Prayer-Dependent: Only through God’s direction can we be effective
Church-Committed: Fully engaged in the body of Christ both locally and globally
Wholistically-Evangelistic: Addressing the whole-person in the sharing of the Gospel
Servant-Based: Thinking and caring for others ahead of self
Relationship-Focused: Treating everyone with grace and respect, offering trust and hope, and providing a helping hand regardless of race, faith or culture
Integrity in all things: Upright and honest, committed to wise stewardship, transparent and accountable
These guiding principles are specific to the development of programs and services:
Youth Wholeness: We go to where youth are found. We seek to foster them in whole-person development – physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual. We seek to restore hope and encourage youth toward fully realizing their potential in the context of mentoring relationships and communities of care, and to advocate for their needs.
Staff Wholeness: We strive to facilitate team and individual development of staff and volunteers in spiritual formation, knowledge, skill, gifting, leadership, personal and family relationships.
Relevancy and Effectiveness: We strive to be strategic in our vision and entrepreneurial in our response, utilizing diversity in programming and doing ongoing evaluation so as to be relevant and effective in reaching a wide-range of youth.
Community Engagement: We seek to mobilize the Christian community and to partner with those who are like-minded in order to optimize a coordinated response to youth needs.