90° Certification Program

Urban youth leaders, how would you like to accelerate your urban leadership and youth ministry? Are you looking for an urban learning community who REALLY gets you? Then you want to join our tribe and be a part of 90 Degrees, UYWI’s certification program in urban youth ministry.

90 Degrees is a 12 month, intensive training program for selected urban youth workers. The cohort meets monthly in a small group setting. Learn from some of the most influential urban leaders in the country and more importantly you’ll learn from each other.

The 90º Certification Program is your all-access pass to firsthand knowledge and skills for balancing ministry and life. This environment will provide the tangible resources, networks, and tools needed to elevate your ministry. In just 12 months, you’ll be amazed at how much you have grown as a ministry leader.

Are you ready to join the fam?

Applications are open for the Fall 2019 in the New York cohort. Enrollment closes October 15th.
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How is the Program Designed?

  • Monthly full-day trainings over a period of 12 months (meals included)
  • Program manual and transferable training materials
  • Access to top urban youth ministry trainers.

Monthly topics include:

Healthy Spiritual Rhythms

Learn how to embrace the internal relationship with Christ within your own temple. Develop healthy rhythms of worship and spiritual “expressions” so you can stay connected to the trinity of your being. 

Value-Based Leadership

Learn methods and techniques to maximize your leadership potential through time management, balancing your responsibilities, and maintaining accountability. Learn ways to choose mentors suitable for your advancement and nurturing. Additionally, learn how to develop mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual boundaries. 

Leading as Designed

This personal assessment will give a true, realistic picture of who you are, and show how you interact and communicate with others. Learn how “you” can respond to live scenarios and previous situations encountered through interactive simulations.

Effective Communication

Learn skillsets that will help capture your audience while making them feel cared for at the same time. Develop technical approaches in valuing who’s in front of you and ensuring their messages are not overlooked by being inattentive. 

Excellence in Ministry

Keeping high biblical standards can be difficult as a leader. This training will help you learn practical steps of building integrity and laying down spiritual disciplines to ensure your department is organized and biblically sound. 

Strategic Planning/Ministry Action Plan (MAP)

“Doing” ministry can become a stagnant routine. A successful ministry has a plan, just as God has a plan for each of us. Here, you will learn how to define a direction for your youth department and how to write activities with timelines that are realistic, measurable, and attainable. 

Funding Your Ministry

Preventing financial starvation can become overwhelming for your mission area. In this course, you will discover basic approaches to biblical paths for recruiting and maintaining donor support for your ministry department. You will also learn how to develop community partnerships that will aid in securing residual resources to keep your ministry afloat. 

Team Development

Youth ministry should be a transition of youth doing the work of the ministry. This session will help leaders recruit, train, and reward. 

Youth Evangelism & Discipleship

Learn the biblical meaning of the Gospel message, evangelistic methods, and discipleship. Examine how the local church inside the urban context can effectively share the Gospel of Jesus Christ and develop strategies for follow up with new converts with methods that’ll endorse solid discipleship and community development within their respective setting. 

Community Engagement

Learn the benefits of building ongoing, permanent relationships, so that you can apply a collective vision for the benefit of the community and the youth in your surrounding area. Discover how to incorporate the 40 Developmental Assets to teach your students how to manage values, experiences, and relationships. Utilize a model that will help you learn, know, and name your specific community and culture for effective relevance within your context. 

Helping Hurting Kids

This training course will cover childhood trauma, theology of ministry, and how to holistically minister, mentor, and disciple wounded urban youth in your community. Discover how to develop students spiritually, educationally, economically, and vocationally.

Graduation & Final MAP Presentation

Program Outcomes:

  • A stronger framework for building a thriving and sustainable youth ministry
  • Increased longevity in ministry
  • Enhanced fundraising skills
  • A strengthened capacity for community outreach and engagement
  • Improved skills for identifying, training and developing other leaders
  • An improved proficiency at responding to urban youth culture
  • And more!

Program Costs:

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your way to ministry excellence !

  • 12-month intensive program is exclusive and slots are limited
  • Cost: $1,495 (discount available when paid in full upfront – that’s less than $145 month!)
  • Group discount rates available
  • Affordable monthly payments available after paying initial deposit
  • Please contact UYWI for other possible payment plan options
  • We can also help you write a letter to your pastor or for potential sponsors who might be willing to help you with the costs.

Still not ready? Are you one of those people who needs to see just a little more detail before they commit? Well, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our FAQ page

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Outside the Los Angeles or New York area?

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