Why Northwest Teens?
Teens in Washington, Idaho and Oregon have an especially difficult time learning about the hope available through Jesus Christ because they are also growing up in the most un-religious region of the United States. Nearly 60% of adults in the Northwest U.S. claim to have no affiliation with any religion. With over a million teens in this region, this leaves a ripe mission field full of young people who have yet to learn about Jesus Christ.
There is incredible potential to impact Northwest teens with the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are longing for purpose, community and encouragement, and all of this is available to them through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Youth Dynamics is striving to share the story of Christ by reaching today’s youth through dynamic relationships and challenging experiences. We minister to youth through three distinct branches of ministry: YD Communities, YD Adventures, and Stonewater Ranch. All three branches strive to meet the same mission and vision.
Each YD community seeks to create a non-threatening environment where students can meet to have fun and hear how Jesus Christ can impact their lives.
YD staff may use weekly events, visits to the local middle and high school campuses, wilderness trips and more. They may meet in homes, rented office space, or a full-blown youth center. Whatever the method, our heart is to reach teens who live in small or rural towns throughout the Northwest.
YD Adventures uses adventure-based activities to bring about life-changing learning situations called teachable moments.
YD Adventures is located in Oregon, Idaho, and Washington, where trained and certified leaders have worked to ensure a setting where both the individual and group are challenged to assess their relationship with themselves, God, and others. YD Adventures provides all the technical expertise and equipment necessary for whitewater rafting, rock climbing, winter camping, backpacking, mountaineering and other adventure activities. These experiences can be custom-tailored to meet the needs of churches, schools, group homes, and other youth-related groups.
Stonewater Ranch is our 158-acre camp near Leavenworth, Wash. As our largest area of ministry, it fulfills the mission of Youth Dynamics through adventure trips, leadership development, and retreat ministries.