What’s Happening in the Certification Program

Certification Program Featured

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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Trauma-informed care and focus on mental health in youth ministry


The Church has been a central component in the lives of youth for generations, and for good reason. As research shows, a young person’s faith can be a protective factor against negative behaviors and outcomes. However, despite one’s faith and the church, trauma-informed care is often not emphasized enough or even talked about within the…

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How To Lead Through a Crisis


We are called to lead. When you rest in the assurance of Christ’s power over death we are reminded that we are more than conquerors. It is the Church—the people of God—that are on the frontline, and we do not back down, even from a pandemic.

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Youth Look up to YOU… Lecrae’s “Just Like You”

Lyrics: “I grew up empty cause my daddy wasn’t with shoot. I wasn’t picky I’ll take any male figure… you.”   Believe it or not, your youth are watching! The rarity of positive role models increasingly infects our urban communities. Let’s make sure we, as ambassadors for Christ (2 Cor. 5), bare witness to the…

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First Things First

by Pastor Lee Wilson I thought I would take a break from the norm and blog about one of the most important things in youth ministry. It has nothing to do with programs or budgets.  It doesn’t involve camps or big events. I’m talking about marriage. And here’s why. As I reflect on the success…

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10 Ways To Plan for Success in Ministry & Life for 2012

This is Part 3 in a series by Maina Mwaura.  Read Part 1 and Part 2.  “Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen.”  Jeremiah 33:3 NLT+ If you’re like me, every year you start off with a list of goals you’re going planning on accomplishing and…

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Reflecting and Looking Ahead

This is Part 2 in a series by Maina Mwaura.  Read Part 1 here. “One of the greatest moments in anybody’s developing experience is when he no longer tries to hide from himself but determines to get acquainted with himself as he really is.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale As we approach the New Year, I encourage…

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Reflection + Goal = Success

Christmas, New Years Day, holiday parties, travel, and all kinds of activities seem to  run together during this time of the year. If we’re not careful we can forget to stop and Reflect before the New Year begins.  I would like for us to Reflect on what God has done this year and reflect on…

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