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RELOAD East Coast (NY) 2015

09/12/2015 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm



RELOAD, A one-day training event that teaches best practices in youth ministry and connects you with like-minded leaders who share your calling & understand your challenges. Whether you are a veteran, seasoned, or a brand new youth worker, You and your team will be inspired, equipped and refreshed by this leadership development experience.

General Session Speakers

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Christian Cultural Center
Christ Tabernacle & MisFit NYC
Urban Young Life
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North American Mission Board
20/20 Vision for Schools
Urban Youth Workers Institute


Workshops & Presenters

Walking Life with Youth: Mentoring Approaches and Strategies
taught by Amy Williams, A Hope Dealer
This workshop will focus on the simplicity and complexities of what it means to “walk life” with a young person.  In addition to discussing creative and impactful approaches, the workshop will also address topics of mentoring high-risk youth, cross gender mentoring and will challenge attendees to examine their own heart.
Discipleship Dropout:  How Can We Be Sure Our Training Will Last?
taught by James Roberson, The Bridge Church
According to the Barna Group, 3 out of 5 young Christians will disconnect permanently or for an extended period of time from church life after age 15. There comes a point in a young person’s life where they are tempted to “unfollow” Christ. Come and learn practical strategies and best practices for relationally rooting your youth in Jesus, His Word and give them tools for navigating the distractions, transitions, trials, and temptations.
Helping Your Students Experience and Live Out the Gospel in Action
taught by Zac Martin, Trinity Grace Park Slope
Living in an Information Age the danger before us is to reduce our ministry to simply giving students more knowledge.  As leaders, we need to help out youth learn how to move theology and the Gospel from the pages of the bible to their daily lifestyle. Come gain practical ideas for helping your youth experience and live out the call and mission of Jesus.
Five Best Practices To Taking Your Youth Ministry to the Next Level
taught by Luma Haddad, Urban Young Life
Do you sometimes feel like your ministry has stalled or hit a plateau? I’ve been there and I’ve gained some insights. Come hear as I share 5 best practices that have taken my youth ministry from where it started 15 years ago to where it is today.
CORE Competencies of a SOLID Urban Youth Ministry
taught by Larry Acosta, UYWI & Jose Rodriguez, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
This is no time for passive youth ministry – Kids’ lives are at stake! Learn the core competencies and map out the practical steps for moving your ministry from good to great! Build your team, become a more relational youth ministry than you’ve ever been, and raise up student leaders who will reach their friends and serve beyond the four walls of the church.
Youth Leadership – Recruiting, Engaging and
Empowering Effective Youth Leaders

taught by Carlos Beltre, 
In order to have a successful youth ministry we need to build a great team of leaders around us to lead a healthy and thriving youth ministry. This is going to mean developing a team of student leaders as well as adult  volunteers who work in tandem in your youth ministry. Come and learn the steps to successfully develop your youth ministry team!
Reaching Millennials: Using Online Media As One Of Your Greatest Evangelistic and Momentum Building Tools
taught by Justin Mattera, Resurrection Church
Marketing is the new front door of every church.  It used to be the welcome crew, now it’s the website. Make a lasting first impression that keeps students excited about what God is doing and gain practical strategies for effectively marketing and promoting your youth ministry.
The Discipleship Toolkit
taught by D.A. Horton, North American Mission Board
Do you want to see urban youth changed by the gospel? Do you want to see your communities transformed? Then GO AND MAKE DISCIPLES! Real life change happens through discipleship. UYWI has developed an online discipleship toolkit for youth workers to use in this discipleship process. Come discover how this valuable tool can aid you in your discipleship process with your youth.

Fervent, Fearless and Feminine.
Navigating the Complexities of Female Leadership

taught by Enid Almanzar, American Bible Society
Everyone matters and everyone can make a difference. But in a world where the gender divide is alive and well, how do we leverage the unique strengths of women to create more effective leaders? This workshop is for anyone interested in gaining valuable insights for developing the God-given leadership in themselves, or any young women in their ministry.

Free Fuel
taught by Alex McCormick, Kingdom Alliance
Many of us know what it is to burn out in ministry… There are a lot of formulas and practical ways to prevent burn out. In this workshop we will talk about how to keep the flame burning…
Campus Ministry: The Power of Incarnational Witness
taught by Paul Coty, Young Life Gotham City Region / Aswan Morris
Let’s reach youth in the public schools! Many people talk about incarnational outreach, but very few have the tools to do it. In this session, we will talk through some of the current challenges that are facing our young people in both the community and educational system. You’ll leave the workshop with an understanding and the technical skills to engage the furthest kid out and those considered the least of these.
What’s the “DNA” for Developing a Successful Youth Ministry?
taught by Ray Garcia, 
Tabernacle of Praise Cathedral
“DNA” is core to the Development, Functioning & Reproduction of any successful organization. The question is, What is the “DNA” of your youth ministry? Have you written a vision & mission statement? What is a youth ministry budget suppose to look like? Are you presenting the proper material to the senior leadership of your organization? You will leave this workshop ready to incorporate, format and infuse solid systems and life into your youth ministry. Come and learn the steps to successfully develop you youth ministry team!
Impactful Outreach to Youth (who couldn’t care less about Jesus)
taught by Amy Williams, A Hope Dealer
Reaching youth that many consider violent, useless and a virus in our communities (with a main focus on youth in gangs, jail, or “on the fringe”). Learn effective strategies for impacting these youth holistically and how to free youth from a hopeless mentality to understanding that they have purpose in life. This workshop will provide you insights on how HOPE is a powerful solution.
Your Bible Study is Boring! How to Engage Urban Youth
taught by Gabriel Zamora, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Bible study for urban youth: Oxymoron? Your students aren’t engaged and you’ve never seen so many bathroom breaks. NEWS FLASH! Do something different! Learn how to create a culture and community of studying the Bible. It is possible for urban students to understand theology and real life applications of God’s word.


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*More to be Announced




8:00 – 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast
9:00 – 10:45 am – General Session #1
11:00 – 12:15 am – Workshop #1
12:15 – 1:15 pm – Lunch
1:15 – 2:30 pm – Workshop #2
2:45 – 4:30 pm – General Session #2


8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Urban Youth Workers Institute


Bay Ridge Christian Center
6324 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220 United States
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