25 Years of Training Leaders … and Counting!

My first ministry position fresh out of college was with Miami Youth for Christ (YFC). Starting out as an evangelist/chaplain at Miami’s Juvenile Detention Center, I later became the Liberty City Area Director, where I ran evangelistic Small Groups for inner-city teenagers. About 4 years into my ministry with YFC, one of my ministry colleagues,…

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UTN Introductory Blog Post

For a while now I have wanted to maintain our blog on the Urban Training Network site. But like with so many things in life, it consistently gets put on the back burner. I often tell people I can’t think of anything to write, and then I head off to teach a class at Trinity…

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Developing Youth Programs for Urban Teens-Part 2

This is a continuation of our discussion on how to develop youth programs for urban teens. In Part 1, I discussed a little about my background in urban ministry and gave a couple essential steps for those who are being led to start a ministry with youths. Today I will continue with  a few more…

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Developing Youth Programs for Urban Teens-Part 1

It was over 15 years ago when I was handed the keys to an old van, a list of 15 kids from one of Miami’s most crime-ridden communities, and given the assignment: “Your mission —should you choose to accept it —is to rehabilitate those troubled kids on the list.” I had just accepted the position…

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Miami Youth Leadership Initiative

The Miami Youth Leadership Initiative (MYLI) Is a 3 year training and support program offered by Miami Youth for Christ and The Urban Training Network. MYLI is designed to introduce a model of youth ministry that focuses on the effective evangelism, discipleship and empowerment of young people. Participants will create step-by-step, practical strategies for reaching…

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