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I’m ready to come home

When a 13 year old takes responsibility for his actions and puts his mind to allowing God to change him you know there was a process to get there. For Malachi, that process started long before he was even born. Malachi’s mentor is Damon Johnson. Damon started and runs TCF, Tennessee Chosen Few Basketball, a […]

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Unreachable Goal

“OUR GOAL WAS UNREACHABLE, BUT GOD HAD A DIFFERENT PLAN…” Caleb Reed is the Executive Director of Aim Right Ministries in Phoenix Arizona, and the idea of Big Holy Audacious Goal (BHAG) has stuck with him ever since he learned about it in the UYWI 90 Degrees Certification Program. In 2017, he was creating his strategic […]

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Bulletproof Center

WHEN GOD GIFTS YOU A BULLET PROOF COMMUNITY CENTER, YOU CAN’T SAY NO. Eric and Shawana Myhre have been youth pastors for the last 16 years but felt God calling them to more. They live in Oakland on the edge of what is known as the Acorn which are housing projects in West Oakland. Eric and […]

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You Make Things Happen

A personal account from a faithful and generous UYWI financial supporter. In February, I was blessed to have hosted in my home, the first ever Urban Youth Workers Institute Women’s Urban Youth Workers Speaker Training Retreat. This event was led by two outstanding speakers Noemi Chavez, Pastor at 7th Street Church in Long Beach, and […]

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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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How Long Can You Wait?

by John Park, UYWI During the Christmas holiday you will see countless Nativity scenes in driveways, posters and even live scenes (note please don’t do this to your youth students).   And while most of these scenes are highlighting the birth of Jesus, what is very significant is not just the wondrous announcement that today a […]

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Give Thanks

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

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 under. Really […]

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What’s on Your Youth Ministry TO DO LIST?

by John Park, UYWI In youth ministry, the start of a new school year brings lots of excitement to re-engage students with new program launches like small groups and leadership development or just starting up the weekly hang out time with youth.  But in the busy-ness of running youth ministry have you ever paused to […]

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So What’s Your Passion?

by John Park, UYWI The Easter season is a time marked for Christians to reflect on Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and celebrate His victorious defeat over sin through His resurrection.  In Hebrews 12, it says, “because of the joy awaiting him, Christ endured the cross, disregarding its shame.”  This means that Jesus Christ […]

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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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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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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 […]