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Prayer in an Instant Culture

by John Park, UYWI In today’s culture of TXTs, DMs, Snaps and Messenger apps, it’s pretty normal to expect immediate answers.  In fact, many people when asked about this told me, ‘if I don’t get a response immediately (typically within 5 minutes), I just drop the convo and move on.’ So when it comes to […]

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Love Well

by John Park, UYWI Repeat after me, Love the Lord your God Love your neighbor as yourself Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples Love your enemy God is love The greatest of these is love Love never fails Love shouldn’t be a new concept for youth […]

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New Year, Old Message

From all of us at Urban Youth Workers Institute, Happy New Year and welcome to 2017! With the start of every New Year, people embrace the opportunity to have a fresh start.  We make resolutions to improve our quality of life, pursue interests we want to develop into habits and set ambitious new goals to […]

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A Season of Stories

by John Park, UYWI The Christmas season is a time for celebration and cheer, eagerly awaiting the arrival of Jesus Christ’s birth into the world. We sing in celebration and listen to the story of Jesus’ birth, but some times can forget how much struggle surrounds Christ’s arrival into the world. The Jesus birth story […]

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Give Thanks to God

Give Thanks to God. Why and For What? by John Park, UYWI Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever This are the words echoed by all Israel when the ark of God is brought into the city of David after defeating the Philistines in 1 Chronicles 16. This is […]

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Recruiting Volunteers

Recruiting Volunteers by John Park, UYWI No matter what, it’s hard to do youth ministry on your own.  There’s a lot you can do but at some point you either realize you need to get some help in the form of volunteers or you end up burning out from all the demands you find yourself […]

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Key Relationships

Key Relationships to Nurture in Your Youth Ministry by John Park, UYWI The relational component of youth ministry should never be overlooked. The fact is with programs, calendaring, preparing for teaching and activity planning the thing that gets lost are the deep relationships built to help point people to Christ and those that point us […]

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See You At The Pole

Empowering students to be part of something bigger than themselves by Mike DeVito, National Network of Youth Ministries Jimmy headed to the school flagpole one September morning remembering his youth pastor’s challenge. He was on his way to meet other high students who were coming to pray at the flagpole. “Just wait,” he remembered. “Others are […]

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Back to School Season

Each year the fall brings a new school year for students and for youth ministries the Back to School season offers a perfect launching pad to engage students who are adjusting to new schools, classes, stages of life and activities.  Here are 5 strategic things you can do to get your youth ministry ready for […]

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New Addition to the Team

Hello Family, For over 20 years, UYWI has been identifying and developing next gen urban leaders to reach urban youth in the hardest parts of our cities and to lead the Church into the future. The future is now and the world is young, urban and multiethnic. Never has the need for bold visionary urban […]

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Disruption Begins Here

by Amy Williams I remember one of my most powerful ministry moments as a youth pastor. The lights were dim. The DJ’s turntable was on fire playing hip hop and reggaeton. The break dancers were killing it. The youth were hyped up. It was quite an atmosphere. I played a Lecrae video and the youth were […]

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Bound To Be Free

by D.A. Horton The following article is an excerpt from Bound to Be Free: Escaping Performance to Be Capture by Grace by D.A. Horton. Soon after my conversion to Christianity, I began laboring in the work of ministry…I convinced myself during my initial days of salvation that busyness equaled holiness. If I was idle, I was […]

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Jam The Hype Creative Arts Festival

La Mirada, CA (March 1, 2016) – For over 15 years UYWI has been holding the premier urban youth worker conference in the nation. Our conference includes a unique brand of PRACTICAL and INNOVATIVE training that will energize you like none other. Our lineup of speakers, trainers and artists understand the urban context because most have […]

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Fighting The Inner Darkness

by Kathy Kang What happens when agents of disruption have their own lives disrupted? What happens with the darkness creeps in or simply takes over our own lives? What does it look like to put on the full armor of God because life is too real? I don’t know about you but 2016 came up […]

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UYWI Acquires Jam The Hype

  La Mirada, CA (Feb 25, 2016)  – The Urban Youth Workers Institute is proud to announce the acquisition of Jam the Hype, an Internet radio and media outlet for all that is happening in Christian urban culture.  Jam the Hype has been known for its quality coverage of Christian urban news, events, and also […]