Navigating Financial Crisis Amid COVID-19 as a Nonprofit

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We know many of you in the UYWI community are a part of nonprofit organizations. And we know that the nonprofit sector is feeling the financial pinch already, as a result of social distancing protocols. However, know that we are here for you! We are in this together and will come out stronger than before. …

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UYWI BLACK HISTORY MONTH SPOTLIGHT: ALEXANDER JAMES

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Native to South Central Los Angeles and raised by a single mother, Alexander took pride in being the black sheep in most circles growing up. Now, he is a young adult director, social activist, youth advocate, and full-time spoken-word artist. An undaunted wordsmith fueled by a heart of passion and a soul forged by a plethora of complex and enriching experiences.

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Motivation for Your Ministry: We’re All in This Together

Collaboration is defined as the act of working with another or others on joint project.   If there is any context where this should be modeled, it should be in the work of advancing God’s Kingdom.  Yet, what should be common is rarely happening.  Perhaps it is the underlying messaging of the America culture, which encourages…

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Devotional: Charting a New Course for Your Youth Ministry

“The captain of the Costa Concordia was distracted by guests he had invited onto the bridge in the crucial moments before his cruise liner rammed into rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio”, one of the ship’s senior officers has claimed.  Perhaps all the details my never be disclosed but what we know for certain…

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Devotional: The Power of Sacrifice

Sacrifice is an intriguing term. The value of it’s meaning is hugely dependent upon the context of its use. When you first hear the word, what might quickly come to mind is loss. I give up something of value. If you are playing the game of chess, it defines a strategic move that will ultimately…

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Video: Work on Your Defense

1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” RELOAD joins CCDA’s West Michigan Regional Conference featuring general session speaker Eric Tolbert, Lighthouse Church Battle Creek. Watch this quick clip by Eric Tolbert: “Work on Your Defense”

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Devotional: Two are Better than One

One of the forgotten truths outlined throughout Scripture is the value God and people placed on community.  God has always had a heart for community, so much so that he is the Triune God.  He dwells in perfect fellowship, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  They exist in perfect harmony.  This gives us a…

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Producing Young Leaders in Ministry

1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Share this verse with your youth ministry this week as inspiration for them to spread the radiance of God’s love, wisdom, and righteousness through all that they do.…

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Devotional: Making the Impossible Possible in 2013

The Gospel of Luke chapter 1 is an intriguing story.  It opens with two prophetic miracles that would transform culture, the birth announcement of John the Baptist and of Jesus the Christ.  The response of Zacharias verses that of Mary are somewhat paradoxical.  Zacharias (a religious leader) upon being visited by the angel Gabriel finds…

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