Denny OKs Leaders To Date Team Members

April 1, 2015

The Young Life Service Center released an executive memo today with a policy change regarding dating relationships between Young Life team members. 

For over a decade there has been a mission-wide ban on leaders from the same Young Life team dating one another. After much discussion the Senior Leadership Team has unanimously voted to remove the dating ban. President Denny Rydberg was quoted in the memo with the following:

We’ve all heard the phrases ‘Meet your wife in Young Life’ and ‘Meet your hub at club.’ For the last 12 years these phrases have been frowned upon when used among team members. Countless leaders have asked to be transferred to lead at different schools in order to date someone on their current team. After an extensive survey, we’ve also determined this is the single biggest reason we lose leaders in the mission. To eliminate this problem and the headaches it causes for countless Area Directors, we have decided to remove the ban. Please urge your leaders to still proceed with caution. I highly recommend all leaders to read this book and this book before moving forward.

When asked to comment on the policy change, Zak Ellison from Merced County, CA, was quoted as saying, “I mean, I don’t think it’s that big of a deal, but I don’t really have time to talk about it…my team leader Kristy just texted and said we should test out the club games before Monday.

*This policy is effective immediately, issued APRIL FIRST, 4.1.15, the first day in April.

*This change does not apply to the current Summer Staff dating policy. While single Assigned Team members are permitted to date one another, college students serving on Summer Staff will still abide by the ‘The 1941 Purple Act’ instituted by Jim Rayburn.  

To learn more about other mission-wide changes, visit the additional links below.

New Young Life Summer Camp Dress Code Policy

Clubble No Longer Allowed In Young Life

Changes to Spikeball Policy 

Camp Sing-A-Longs

*In case you haven’t figured it out by now, this is an April Fools joke.

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