Permission to participate - Recognize accidents may happen when doing fun stuff and accept risks – Choose to come healthy - Hold YFC harmless - Consent to emergency medical treatment and costs – Media release - Behavior agreement for safety
1. RELEASE OF LIABILITY - “I give my permission to participate in YFC activities. I understand accidents can happen when doing fun activities and accept the risks. I or my child agree to come to YFC activities healthy.”
I understand that the opportunity to participate in YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC., et al (“YFC”) activities is a privilege. I am signing this Release of Liability form on behalf of myself or my minor child. I understand that my child or I may participate in any number of physical activities some of which include, but are not limited to, recreational activities and games and events. I understand that there are certain risks of physical injury or illness associated with these activities. In addition, I understand that there may be other risks associated with activities of which I may not be presently aware.
By signing this Release, I expressly assume these risks for myself or my minor child, whether they are known or unknown to me at this time and certify that I or my child is healthy and fit to participate in all YFC activities. I release YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC., including its affiliated chapters, affiliates, and their officers, directors, volunteers, employees, contractors and agents, from any claim that I or my child may have now or in the future against them for any accidental physical or other personal injury, loss of personal property, illness or death caused by infectious and/or contagious diseases or sickness while at camp or other YFC activities, or during YFC travel to and from camp or other YFC activities, and any medical responses to the same, as well as any other claims arising from participation in YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC. et al activities. This release of liability shall cover (without limitation) all claims for negligence and breach of fiduciary duty asserted by my child, myself or any person made on their behalf. This Release specifically covers claims caused in whole or in part by any U.S. national health crisis, epidemic, pandemic, or similar widespread outbreak of disease whether or not such is formally declared by the U.S. government, the Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization. YFC reserves the right to follow recommended CDC guidelines related to such pandemic, outbreak or disease and as such may choose at any time to send a participant home if presenting signs of sickness.
2. INDEMNIFICATION – “I agree to hold YFC harmless.”
I hereby agree to defend, indemnify and hold YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC., including its chapter affiliates, their directors, volunteers, employees, contractors and agents, harmless from any liability asserted by me or my child subsequent to his or her 18th birthday, including reasonable attorney's fees and costs.
3. AUTHORIZATION FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT - “If an accident happens and if I cannot be reasonably reached, I give permission for emergency medical treatment and promise to cover medical costs if treatment is needed.”
I understand it may be necessary to have a medical consent form present for medical professionals in the unlikely event of an injury or condition requiring medical treatment of me or my child. This form gives YFC and its personnel the permission to take me or my child to the nearest, capable medical facility and have any necessary emergency treatment administered.
IF PARTICIPANT IS A MINOR: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, I UNDERSTAND THAT EFFORTS WILL BE MADE TO CONTACT ME; HOWEVER, IF I CANNOT BE REACHED, I HEREBY GIVE YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC. AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES THE PERMISSION TO ACT ON MY BEHALF IN SEEKING EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR MY CHILD IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH TREATMENT IS DEEMED NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE FOR MY CHILD'S HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE. I GIVE PERMISSION TO THOSE ADMINISTERING MEDICAL TREATMENT TO DO SO, USING THE MEASURES DEEMED NECESSARY. I RELEASE YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC., ITS REPRESENTATIVES, AND ALL MEDICAL PROVIDERS FROM LIABILITY IN ACTING IN THIS REGARD AND RENDERING SUCH MEDICAL TREATMENT. I WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SUCH MEDICAL EXPENSES.
IF PARTICIPANT IS 18 OR OVER: IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, AND AM UNABLE TO REPRESENT MYSELF, I HEREBY GIVE YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC. AND ITS REPRESENTATIVES THE PERMISSION TO ACT ON MY BEHALF IN SEEKING EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR MY PERSON IN THE EVENT THAT SUCH TREATMENT IS DEEMED NECESSARY OR ADVISABLE FOR MY HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE. I GIVE PERMISSION TO THOSE ADMINISTERING MEDICAL TREATMENT TO DO SO, USING THE MEASURES DEEMED NECESSARY. I RELEASE YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC., ITS REPRESENTATIVES, AND ALL MEDICAL PROVIDERS FROM LIABILITY IN ACTING IN THIS REGARD AND RENDERING SUCH MEDICAL TREATMENT. I WILL BE FULLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL SUCH MEDICAL EXPENSES.
4. MEDIA RELEASE - “YFC can use pictures and other media of me or my child participating in YFC activities for promotional purposes."
I hereby grant permission to YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC. the right to use, reproduce, and/or distribute any photographs, film, video and sound recordings of me and my child, without compensation or approval rights, for use in materials created for purposes of promoting the future activities of YOUTH FOR CHRIST/USA, INC.
5. BEHAVIORAL AGREEMENT – “YFC hates sending participants home, but sometimes they have to. I recognize that.”
I understand that illegal, immoral activity, or behavioral issues may result in the named participant being sent home at the expense of the parent/guardian. Activities would include but are not limited to: reasonable belief of possession and/or use of drugs, alcohol, weapons; sexually aggressive and/or inappropriate behavior; stealing; fighting; etc. YFC leaders will make reasonable effort to contact the parent/guardian to make arrangements before a participant is sent home.
I have read the above waivers/releases and understand what I have read.
I represent that I am the participant named below (if 18 or over) or the legal parent/guardian of the child named below, who is under 18 years of age. In consideration for allowing my child to participate in this activity and ongoing YFC activities, I hereby consent to the foregoing on behalf of my child and agree that this release shall be binding upon me, my child, our heirs, legal representatives and assigns.
YFC/USA has been called to evangelize young people and raise them up to be contributing leaders in the body of Christ. Our strategy focuses on practicing the 5 Essentials (Widespread Prayer, Loving Relationships, Faithful Bible Teaching, Collaborative Community Strategy, and Adults Who Empower) through community- embedded ministry sites. YFC leaders carry out this evangelistic endeavor. These leaders include paid employees, boards of directors, advisory boards, volunteers and anyone who has been placed to have influence on the chapter, staff, or young people.
YFC expects these leaders to be involved in a local Christian faith community for fellowship (Hebrews 10:24-25) as well as spiritual accountability. We consider each of these people who are called into the YFC/USA ministry to be charged to live by standards of Christian leadership. The Bible instructs us that grace is freely given and will ultimately be demonstrated in the life of every Christian. But the Scriptures also takes those expectations to higher levels when it describes the life of a Christian leader.
Paul wrote to Titus with instructions on what to look for in a leader (Titus 1:7-9) and we believe the same principles apply to those in YFC’s leadership. Though many scriptures speak to lifestyle standards, this passage in Titus summarizes the expectations given by the whole Bible regarding Christian leadership. “For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”
The Bible instructs us that following Jesus Christ means we are not to be conformed to the world, “… but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Further explanation of these principles is spelled out in other YFC documents, including the “YFC/USA Statement of Faith”, “YFC/USA Standards of Conduct” and “YFC/USA Employee Handbook”, whether local or national, that applies to each respective staff, volunteer or board member as stated in the Charter Covenant.
As leaders in the YFC/USA movement, we are committed to hold each other mutually accountable to be the leaders we are called to be in Scripture. All failures to follow these standards will be addressed fairly and consistently, but behaviors that are non- compliant, unrepentant, and ongoing are of particular concern. Such individuals will not meet our qualifications for hiring or retention
The Bible teaches that the appropriate place for sexual expression is in the context of a marriage relationship. The biblical description of marriage is one man and one woman in a lifelong commitment. In Matthew 19:4-5, Jesus says, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, 'Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'?”
Repeatedly, God uses the symbolism of His relationship with believers as the picture of marriage. Husbands are exhorted to love their wives as Christ loves the Church and wives are exhorted to honor their husbands as the Church does Christ. With this imagery and the truth of God’s ideal for marriage in mind, any sexual relationship outside the marriage context is described in the Bible as either fornication or adultery and (as stated in the sixth commandment) is prohibited throughout the Old and New Testaments. Therefore, sexual advance, activity or relationship between individuals not in a Biblical marriage covenant is sin. YFC leaders must not engage in sexual activity or cohabitation outside of marriage, but conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the above in such a way that their sexual expression and lifestyle is above reproach.
Scripture is clear in sharing that all Christians are to find their identity in Christ, including sexual identity. 1 Peter 2:9-10 tells us, “He called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people.” Because of God’s redemption of our identity, we find complete and appropriate expression of who we are, including our sexuality, when our actions align with God’s design. God’s design for sexual expression is in the context of a biblical marriage relationship.
Scripture is clear that sexual activity or sexual relationships between individuals of the same gender is sin (Romans 1:26-27) just as is any sexual relationship falling outside of God’s biblical design. Therefore YFC leaders must not engage in same-gender sexual advance, activity or relationship.i
Scripture is clear that God created two genders, distinct and mutually exclusive. Genesis 1:27 tells us, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” God’s created order has given unique identities to men and women for His glory, and each person’s gender identity is assigned to them by God’s design, therefore YFC leaders must not engage in transgender-related activities.
The purpose of these policy statements is not intended to judge, exclude or punish. It is to ask our leaders to be consistent with Scripture’s prescriptions for those who deal with sexual and gender identity issues, and to see every leader experience the fullness of identity possible only in Christ’s redemption of our lives, including our sexuality.
Sexual immorality such as the use of pornography is described in scripture as sin (Matt. 5:27-28). As servants furthering the gospel and providing spiritual leadership, we must live lives that are holy and consider the interests of others above our own. In so doing, YFC leaders must not engage in immoral behaviors such as the use of sexually explicit materials, products and pornography.
The purpose of this policy is not to be punitive to those who deal with sexual temptation or addiction, but to see every leader experience freedom in Christ.
YFC/USA places a high priority on healthy marriages, strongly discourages divorce, and supports the overriding scriptural “one-flesh” principle. While divorce, in and of itself, might not eliminate a man or woman from the ministry, it must be remembered that, in the light of Scripture, God’s ideal is that there be no divorce and that husbands and wives stay together until death separates them.
YFC/USA adheres to the Biblical model that divorce is only acceptable in the following instances:
Unfaithfulness of a spouse involved in an adulterous or illicit sexual relationship (Matthew 5:32)Desertion by a spouse (1 Corinthians 7:10-15)Spousal violence or abuse breaking the one-flesh principle (1 Corinthians 7:33-34) In instances of marital difficulties, YFC/USA encourages reconciliation, that God may be glorified in the healing of relationships. Leaders are encouraged to prioritize the health of their marriages, and special consideration will be given to accommodating elective leaves of absence to resolve serious marital difficulties.ii
YFC/USA leadership retains the discretion to make assessments about the leader’s divorce, whether the divorce is consistent with Biblical principles and the ministry principles of YFC/USA and the effect this divorce will have any impact upon employment or other service with YFC/USA.
Addiction is a tragic but prevalent reality in our society and therefore must be addressed in particular by a ministry that works directly with young people. We are a ministry of restoration and transformation into the likeness of Christ. The outreach of YFC/USA is often to those who are struggling with or directly impacted by addictions of all kinds. While we desire to be redemptive of all leaders who struggle with addictions of any kind, we maintain a primary commitment to high standards and expectations of anyone involved with our mission and pray for restoration for those who cycle back into addictions. Leaders with a history of addiction must be in recovery.
Use of alcohol or tobacco should not take place in the presence of students, and any use is expected to always be in moderation, and with sensitivity to others who may have addictions (Romans 14:21).
YFC/USA expects our leaders to manage all finances of the organization and their personal finances with upmost integrity. As stated in 2 Corinthians 8:20-21, "We take this course so that no one should blame us about this generous gift that is being administered by us, for we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man." Financial misconduct includes, but is not limited to, mismanagement of donations and other ministry funds, embezzlement, theft, misuse or abuse of YFC/USA property or assets, identity theft, and misuse of financial and personal data. Such misuse of YFC/USA assets will not be tolerated.
Our goal is to strive to maintain a culture of employees, volunteers and boards who live a life free from intimidation, threats, or violent acts. This includes, but is not limited to, intimidating, threatening or hostile behaviors, physical abuse, vandalism, or any other act, which, in management’s opinion, is inappropriate. In addition, insensitive or offensive comments are not tolerated. Except in cases of emergency, employees are expected to contact Human Resources if they believe there is a serious threat to the safety and health of themselves or others.
YFC/USA leadership retains the discretion to make assessments about the leader’s sin and their ability to continue in this ministry. While we desire to be redemptive toward those who struggle with sin of any kind, we maintain a primary commitment to biblical standards and expectations of anyone involved with our mission. We pray for restoration for those dealing with sin but are uncompromising in our commitment to protect young people providing for them appropriate supervision and ministry role models. Additional guidelines for responding to leaders who are struggling with the areas covered in these Standards are available. Contact YFC/USA Human Resources for further guidance.
YFC/USA expects every leader to be consistent with these standards in their lifestyle and in their teaching, and to use YFC/USA’s reporting processesiii whenever they have a good faith belief that these Standards of Conduct are not being followed. The areas of concern listed in this document are not an exhaustive list. Youth for Christ desires that every involved leader should live a life above reproach using good and appropriate judgment in all matters. Policies within local YFC Chapters should not be in conflict with the standards contained in “Living the Life of a Leader”. Issues of a more serious nature are expected to be communicated to YFC/USA for counsel and guidance. We desire to be transparent and systematic in addressing these issues.
Any concerns, questions, or requests for assistance by YFC Chapters to the National Service Center are encouraged and welcomed.
The Christian faith is clearly a welcoming respite for wanderers who fall short of God’s glory, but for those involved in ministry, particularly ministry with young people, we are held to a higher standard. Being a part of the ministry of YFC/USA is not a “right”, it is a calling and privilege that must be affirmed by those placed in positions of authority within YFC/USA. Individuals who are truly called to the YFC/USA ministry will gladly strive to serve Christ with lives marked by holiness and godliness in lifestyle.
All YFC/USA staff, volunteers and board members must affirm our Statement of Faith and exclusive claims of allegiance that Jesus Christ makes upon everyone who would follow him as Christians. With that understanding, I agree with and will adhere to the following Statement of Faith as one of Youth for Christ’s leaders, entrusted to advance the YFC mission.
1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible authoritative Word of God.
2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
3. We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling theChristian is enabled to live a godly life.
6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.
Staff, volunteers and board members: By signing below I acknowledge that I have read and agree with YFC/USA’s Statement of Faith. I further agree to comply with YFC/USA’s Standards of Conduct in my lifestyle and teaching. For staff only, your signature also acknowledges you have read and agree with the applicable Employee Handbook.
i Same-sex attraction falls into the category of a temptation like other sexual temptations, and is not in and of itself a sin. We recognize that because we live in a fallen world, our desires do not always align with God’s design, (James 1:12-15) but give rise to temptation, and leaders are responsible for their actions when facing temptation.
ii Once a leader or his/her spouse, becomes involved in legal separation or divorce procedures, the leader should notify their director/supervisor and discuss the reasons for the action. There may be a mandatory leave of absence, or a reassignment to a different role, the timing and duration of which will be determined by the supervisor and the Director/Human Resources in conversation with the leader. This leave is not intended to be punitive, but designed to provide time to focus on the circumstances for the separation or divorce. This would include whether those circumstances are consistent with Biblical principles, and whether there is potential for healing in the marriage so that divorce can be avoided.
iii Reporting: When these standards of conduct are not being followed, local leaders should directly contact their local YFC leadership (James 5:19-20, Matthew 18:15-17). In some cases it may be appropriate to contact the YFC/USA Human Resources Department at (303) 843-9000. You are also encouraged to use the anonymous reporting process provided by YFC/USA by calling 1-866-607-SAFE.
I certify that the statements I have made are true and correct.
I understand that if accepted as a volunteer, I will be required to abide by all of YFC’s policies, standards or regulations as established from time to time.
I authorize YFC to investigate any information provided in this application, and I agree to cooperate in such investigations.
I further recognize and agree that, as a condition of acceptance as a volunteer, I consent to criminal, financial and motor vehicle background checks from federal, state and local agencies.
I hereby release YFC and all persons supplying information to YFC from all liability, claims for damages, or responsibility whatsoever with respect to information supplied.
I further authorize my current employer and references to speak freely to YFC representatives and provide whatever information is required.