About The Urban Training Network

The Urban Training Network is a ministry designed to assist churches and para-church organizations with innovative and practical tools needed to lead the church in the 21st century. UTN offers practical and relevant training workshops, custom-designed for your church or ministry, with cutting-edge ministry models. We are a non-profit organization that relies solely on the contribution and support of persons who believe in our cause. Your donations are definitely welcomed and needed.

Our Mission

Our Mission is to train and equip ministry leaders in a strategy for evangelism, discipleship and the empowerment of today’s urban leaders.

Our Vision

Our vision is to assist ministry leaders in the task of helping people become fully committed followers of Jesus Christ.



Urban Training Network Available Training Topics
Foundational Principles for an Effective Urban Youth Ministry

  1. The Heart of the Leader – Being the Leader God has called you to be
  2. A Biblical Basis for Youth Ministry – Developing a ministry that is culturally relevant without compromise
  3. Developing a Leadership Team – How to build quality leaders for a long-term ministry
  4. Discipleship Ministry – How to motivate students and move them toward maturity in Jesus Christ in a small group environment
  5. Penetrating the Student Culture — Going where students are, spending time with them in student gathering places and mobilizing committed students
  6. Strategic Programming — Creating relevant meetings designed to reach unchurched students

General Leadership Principles

General Leadership Principles:

  • “Can You Hear me Now?” Identifying one’s call to leadership
  • Principles of Effective Leadership
  • How to Recruit, Train and Nurture Volunteers

Student Leadership

Student Leadership

  • Developing Student Leaders
  • Involving your Youth in Ministry
  • Helping Students Find Their Place in This World
  • Developing Communication and Social Skills



  • Principles in Relational Youth Ministry
  • Ministering Cross-Culturally — How to reach students from across cultures
  • Designing Your Youth Ministry – The nuts and bolts of youth ministry
  • Making your Meetings Come Alive – How to plan an exciting meeting
  • Establishing Rules and Discipline in your Group
  • Teaching the Bible Creatively
  • Planning Out Your Ministry Year


Evangelism / Outreach

  • Presenting the Gospel to Teenagers
  • Follow-up Care for new Believers
  • Evangelism in a Postmodern World

Critical Issues In Youth Ministry

Critical Issues in Youth Ministry

  • Teaching Teens about Love, Sex, and Dating
  • Mentoring Youth
  • Counseling Teenagers — Basic principles for counseling teens
  • Understanding Today’s Youth Culture
  • Youth Ministry for the Long Haul – How to stay focused, morally pure, and energized for ministry over the long haul.

About the Founder and President

Dr. Tommy Carrington was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was involved in a number of ministry teams both on his high school campus and through his church.

After High School he moved to the United States and attended Miami Christian College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Counseling Psychology and Biblical Studies. He accepted a position with Miami Youth for Christ as a chaplain of the Juvenile Detention Center, and later served as an Area Director in Miami’s urban community.

After 12 years with Youth for Christ, Tommy joined the staff of Reach Out Youth Solutions where he developed a training program for urban youth leaders. In 2002, God led him to launch the Urban Training Network, a national ministry developed to equip young people and youth leaders with a strategy for evangelism and discipleship.

Dr. Carrington earned his Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University, and the Doctor of Ministry from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, specializing in “Ministry in Complex Urban Settings.”

Dr. Carrington currently serves as the President of the Urban Training Network, and also serves as an adjunct professor at Trinity International University / South Florida Campus, and at Palm Beach Atlantic University. He travels extensively, speaking at evangelistic rallies, high school outreaches, churches, camps, retreats and seminars for youth and adult leaders.

The Board

Board Chair

Steve Watson


Marion Mason


Rick Hornsby


Charles Lovelock


Oral Beason


Keny Felix