What’s Happening in the Certification Program

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The UYWI Certification program, formerly known as 90 Degrees, after a brief hiatus in 2020, relaunched in the Fall of 2021.  The program is a year-long journey for leaders and offers both leadership development and personal development designed to equip high-capacity urban leaders with key elements of effective leadership in ministry. The certification was created…

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Dear American Church, is Diversity in your DNA?

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Diversity and inclusion have become a popular topic of discussion across all segments of life. Whether it’s gender equality in school sports, the wage gap, or racial inclusion we still see the lingering side effects of a country built on cultural supremacy and segregation.

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I Am Not a Democrat


Can you look past my complexion? This question is a common thought in the minds of Black Americans, from every cultural and ethnic background. Constantly considering the potential of facing discrimination, stereotypes, and the anxiety of someone else’s fear. Hoping that grace or miraculous divine intervention interjects itself in the next racially-charged situation so we…

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Discipleship: Leading Others by Following God

As a child, we used to play this game called “Follow the Leader”.  The objective of the game was to mimic whatever the person that preceded you modeled. The person that was able to effectively mimic his predecessor would ultimately win the game.  It is funny how elementary school games can lay the foundation for…

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Motivational Monday- Young and Bold

Found this verse and thought it would be useful as we encourage our youth: “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12 No matter how young, how inexperienced, how large the task, let’s empower our youth…

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