Sometimes it feels isolating to be working in urban youth ministry but UYWI has connected me with both people and resources that make me feel like my approach to working with youth is not "crazy". They have shown me that there are many others out there who not only get it, but are making tools and resources available to effectively do my job and come alongside urban youth in a relevant way. Thanks UYWI!!
UYWI has been an organization that has resourced, helped and encouraged me and my church leadership in so many ways. They have certification programs that will train your leaders in areas you don't learn in Bible College. Forever grateful for UYWI continuing to pour into the next generation of leaders like me.
UYWI is an amazing organization bringing encouragement, excellent training and resources to leaders around the world. They have a global reach and service leaders that are often ministering in forgotten places. I am so grateful for how this ministry has impacted my life and many others!
UYWI was a very important turning point in my life. At a time when I felt stagnant in ministry the team of UYWI came and turned my life around. Trough their teachings, coaching and most important new built relationships I was ready to gain life and move forward with urban ministry. I can’t express enough how important I think it is for anyone in urban ministry to join UYWI.
My UYWI Review ...
I was introduced to UYWI in 2014. I was in developmental stage in full time ministry. I never had coaching, mentorship, or someone who looked over my shoulder and coached in my next steps.
UYWI gave me these things, ...
1) A community of leaders, coaches and peers that Is still strong 6 years later.
2) Personal coaching and encouragement
3) Practical information and knowledge to build a strategic roadmap for my youth ministry!
Top to bottom incredibly awesome staffed organization!
I believe that UYWI is the best urban youth worker's training in the country. I have even brought non-urban youth workers to UYWI events and it has been incredibly relevant since the topics discussed at every level of training have been relevant to youth in the city or in the suburbs. A non-exhaustive list of topics are: fatherlessness, drug addiction, how to make leaders, how to do bible studies, summer planning, personal growth, staying healthy, partnerships, incarnational ministry, letting the Holy Spirit lead, etc. I have been to an UYWI event for 10 years now and they have not skipped the beat; in fact, they seem to create the beat that youth workers need to be bobbing their heads to since what they focus on always seems to be the heart of God for that specific year / region / city. Between RELOAD, THE WELL, and the National UYWI event, there is a production of high quality people, seminars, webinars, MP3 recordings and a highlight of relevant books that I should read. Without UYWI, I know I would not be as equipped to lead as I am now.
UYWI has been a tremendous help in my life and in my ministry with youth in Detroit. Being apart of Youth for Christ's City Life ministry for over 10 years, I have benefitted from online trainings, audio trainings, Reload tour as well as being a presenter numerous years at Reload in Detroit. I would recommend this organization to anyone interested in getting into urban youth ministry as well as a savy vet looking to stay sharp. -Peter in Detroit
I have been a student in UYWI's Urban Training Instiitute for a few months now. The level of training and support they provide is far beyond what I expected. The trainers are very knowledgeable in their subject matter. The community is encouraging and the staff is willing to help get the info you need, when you need. I have been blessed by this organization and believe they really do care about the individuals they serve.