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Thursday, May 19
 

8:30am

Registration Open
Thursday May 19, 2016 8:30am - 2:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

9:00am

9:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director who will help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign up for a hour-long, one-on-one, session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis. Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.

Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

9:00am

Soul Care Prayer Space
The soul care prayer space is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord, in either a guided or open-hours structure. There will be a schedule posted outside the room with several times of guided group prayer, praise and worship. All other times, the room will be open for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.

Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00am - 11:00pm
Duke 511

10:00am

A Force to Fear [REPEATS]
Our churches must be willing to spend quality time, as Jesus did with the twelve, to train this generation to be modern day Joshuas and Calebs, new agents of disruption. Effective discipleship will result in advancing the Kingdom while establishing a presence in our community schools, centers, and homes, disrupting the force of darkness.

Speakers
avatar for Geneva Miller

Geneva Miller

Pastor, The Way Community Church
Geneva is a Pastor, Teacher, and Kingdom builder. Her greatest passion is teaching the Word of God in a practical and applicable manner to build up the body of Christ for ministry work. She is married and holds certificates from the University of Cincinnati in Biblical and Religious... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 517

10:00am

Creative Expression to God
This workshop will detail the importance of worship in the area of performing arts and creativity, and how God uses this form of expression as a way for the Body of Christ to be effective in reaching the younger generation and bridging the gap between generations. From media, to theatre, to dance and music, we will focus our attention on how God is using, and will use, this for the future of the church.

Speakers
avatar for Darius West

Darius West

Darius West/Owner, Ergon Entertainment, LLC
Darius West has traveled as a choreographer/dancer for Carman Ministries, Kirk Franklin, and Fred Hammond throughout his time in the Christian Music Industry. He resides in Burbank, CA where he runs his own entertainment company, Ergon Entertainment, which focuses on bringing "thought... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 513

10:00am

Hear and Obey: What Does a Biblical Model of Discipleship Really Look Like?
Have you ever stopped to ask what it really means to be a disciple? How do you live as a disciple? How do you stay a disciple? As Christians we seek to live by imitating our Savior Jesus, and he lays out a clear model of what discipleship should look like in our lives. Let's break down some of the lies that we believe about what it means to be a disciple, as we walk through the examples that Jesus gave for us as a model of true discipleship.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Executive Pastor, Light & Life Church
Sean is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic faith in Jesus. He is serving in multiethnic urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship that is bringing about renewal, revival... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 127

10:00am

How To Get Away With Networking [REPEATS]
In a current society where many want to get away with murder, most youth workers are just trying to get away from isolation. Learning how to network helps you stay on the front lines with others, and helps leaders resource each other without leaving their local community. Come hear the importance of networking and easy steps to get to it.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Oduyoye

Fred Oduyoye

Founder, Reachable Reconciliation
Fred began his career in corporate sales with companies like CSX and Kraft. He has served in youth departments in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Fred was formerly the Director of RELOAD for UYWI and Director of Partnerships for Youth Specialties, and is currently the Director of his... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 121

10:00am

In the Beginning, Create: Seven Steps to Thriving School Partnerships
Scripture begins with the Great Artist creating, and inviting humanity to do the same. Yet school budget cuts eliminate the visual and performing arts experiences that awaken in students their creative imago dei. Explore how youth ministries can reintroduce students to their Creator while adding real value to neighborhood schools.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy Del Rio defines his passion to love well, create memories, and change the world. In 2011, he co-founded Thrive Collective to create hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools and has worked in ministry since 1982. A lawyer and author, Jeremy connects... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 619

10:00am

Journey to Wholeness
If Christian leaders desire to impact effectively, it is necessary that they lead from a place of wholeness. The state of being whole and healed from past wounds requires a journey that will heal and deliver from the past. This seminar will inform and inspire kingdom leaders to journey to wholeness through the power of forgiveness and set them free to minister with an anointing that comes from being made whole.

Speakers
avatar for M. Sophia Cox

M. Sophia Cox

Divisional Coordinator - Multicultural and Urban, Young Life
M. Sophia Cox is a Divisional Coordinator for Multicultural and Urban Ministry with Young Life, whose mission is to introduce adolescents to Christ and help them grow in their faith. She is a graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 520

10:00am

Locals Only, Brah!: Key Tools to Connecting with Youth in Your Local Schools/Community
It’s not always easy to go into a new community, especially when they often see ministries come and go.  In this workshop you’ll learn practical tools how to incarnationally connect with youth, especially those that are the hardest, toughest young people in your community.  Come find out what kind of difference reaching a group of ‘throw-away’ kids can make and how to walk with them for a lifetime.

Speakers
avatar for Brady Giusta

Brady Giusta

Area Director, YoungLife O'ahu
Brady has been ministering to urban youth for over 20 years.  He has worked with street gangs in Ciudad Juarez, and has been on staff with Young Life for over 15 years in Inner City San Diego and Honolulu Hawai'i.


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 601

10:00am

Not Your Grandmama's Church: Planting Culturally Relevant Churches
Many of our greatest church planters were youth workers at some point! A youth worker understands how to draw outside the lines and do crazy things to reach the lost. This is exactly what's needed today to plant churches that will reach communities and make disciples in the urban context. In this workshop you will gain practical tools for planting a culturally relevant church.

Speakers
avatar for Troy

Troy "PE" Evans

Lead Pastor & Urban Church Planting Catalyst for North America, The EDGE & Nitrogen Church Planning Network
Troy "PE" Evans is a former gang member, IT engineer, and businessman. He has planted three urban churches, including The EDGE Urban Fellowship (Hip-Hop Church) in Grand Rapids, MI along with his wife LaDawn. He is a Lead Pastor, a National Rep for Urban Church Planting, and is an... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 122

10:00am

Parents: The Other Side of Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
Youth ministry isn’t just about ministering to teenagers. Families have changed drastically in the urban life, but parents and guardians remain an important, and often untapped, arena of ministry for those who minister to adolescents. This workshop will approach the importance of ministering to, and with, parents (or guardians) in a teen’s life and provide practical methods of involving them in your sphere of ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Villanueva

Richard Villanueva

Youth Pastor, The Rock Church & World Outreach Center
Born and raised in San Bernardino, CA, Richard Villanueva has been working the trenches of urban youth ministry in the Inland Empire the past 15 years at The Rock Church in San Bernardino.


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 605

10:00am

Seven Essential Ingredients for a Dynamic and Balanced Urban Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
Have you put in place all the essential ingredients for an effective ministry to urban youth? Whether you are a beginner youth leader or a veteran youth pastor, this session will help to ensure that you have the essential ingredients and proper foundation for an effective youth ministry to urban teenagers.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Carrington

Tommy Carrington

President/Founder, Urban Training Network
Tommy Carrington has been working with young people and training leaders for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Urban Training Network, and invests his time developing emerging young leaders. He holds a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry. He also... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 120

10:00am

WHY Urban Church Planting? [REPEATS]
Cities are beautiful places, full of beautiful people and a variety of assets. At the same time, cities have needs that are both unique and complex. While these needs attract leaders and organizations that work to make things better, too often what’s often missing from the asset mix are strong and relevant urban churches. Learn why your city (and every city) needs more urban churches.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks

Regional Executive, Stadia
Chris is an ordained Pastor whose passions are Biblical justice and the well-being of children, youth and families. He has served in executive leadership roles within the church, the Willow Creek Association and World Vision, and has taught full-time on the faculty of a Christian... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Duke 603

10:00am

Worn Out? Spread Thin? It Gets Worse [REPEATS]
Kids stacking chairs? Great. Students cleaning up? Awesome. Guess what, if you do it on your own, you'll destroy yourself in less than a year. In this session, learn how to do more than babysit for free. Equip the saints (yes, your students) to lead their peers and be more than youth group janitors.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:00am - 11:15am
Felix Practice Court

11:15am

First-Timers Reception
If this is your first time to the UYWI National Conference, we want to meet you! This time is exclusively for those new to the conference. We’re glad you’re here. Refreshments provided.

Thursday May 19, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Youth Worker Lounge Kresge Plaza

11:15am

Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Thursday May 19, 2016 11:15am - 2:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

12:00pm

Musical Performances
Thursday May 19, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

12:00pm

Lunch Break (On your own)
Heritage Food Court is open.
Restaurants near APU http://bit.ly/1fZMSj6

Thursday May 19, 2016 12:00pm - 2:00pm
On Your Own

1:00pm

Artwalk Opens
The artwalk will open at 1:00pm on Thursday afternoon and remain open until Saturday at 1:30pm. We encourage you to take some time to enjoy art from various artists using their gifts to bring Glory to God. Some of the artwork may be available for sale.

Thursday May 19, 2016 1:00pm - 1:15pm
Artwalk Kresge Plaza

1:00pm

Live Art Installation
Thursday May 19, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Lighthouse Kresge Plaza

2:00pm

General Session 1: Disrupt the Darkness
Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is  Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership to Tommy Nixon, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor, and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches. Larry’s claim to fame... Read More →
avatar for Brady Giusta

Brady Giusta

Area Director, YoungLife O'ahu
Brady has been ministering to urban youth for over 20 years.  He has worked with street gangs in Ciudad Juarez, and has been on staff with Young Life for over 15 years in Inner City San Diego and Honolulu Hawai'i.
avatar for D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton

Member, Reach Fellowship
D.A. and Elicia Horton have been married for almost 16 yrs. They have also been in ministry for over 20. They have 3 children and are members of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in Long Beach, CA.

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Felix Center

3:30pm

Registration Open
Thursday May 19, 2016 3:30pm - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

3:45pm

Private Event (HST #1) Follow Me as I Follow Christ: One-on-One Mentoring and the Call to Youth Ministry

Mentorship is a critical component of spiritual formation. This workshop will explore the life-giving capacities of one-on-one mentoring, essential to fulfilling the call to Christ-centered, urban focused, youth ministry.


Speakers

Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Mary Hill 231

3:45pm

Does the Lord Care Tho? Urban Youth Leadership in an Era of #blacklivesmatter & Police Terrorism [REPEATS]
The events that unfolded in Ferguson, MO in the latter part of 2014 are not isolated. We are at a crossroads, and the time to take action is now! This workshop explores what urban leadership looks like in a post-civil-rights context, while focusing in on the dynamics of power, race, class, and Christianity. We will break down the main cultural tropes which influence our youth today, while asserting a new paradigm in urban youth leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge

Director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies & Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
Daniel White Hodge PhD, has over 20 years of youth work under his belt. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for urban youth... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 127

3:45pm

Five Things I Wish I Knew When I Started As A Youth Pastor
Being a youth pastor is an honorable, yet a thankless job. It's both heart-wrenching, and also one of the most rewarding jobs in life. Many enter this marathon, but few finish it. Being a youth pastor is not easy, but it doesn't have to be unbearable. This workshop will give some practical tips to navigate life as a youth pastor and create space for discussions and sharing insightful stories.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Ha

Peter Ha

Youth Pastor, New Life Community
Peter Ha is a young adult who loves pastoring teenagers in his church and in his neighborhood, Echo Park, CA. He serves as a youth pastor in a Korean-American church in Downtown LA. He also loves hanging out with the Latino youth in his neighborhood. One day he desires to help create... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 601

3:45pm

Graffiti Art: History, Process and Ministry Tool
Limited Capacity seats available

You were designed to create. In this interactive workshop you will learn a brief history of graffiti, hear how Cameron (Camer1) Moberg uses graffiti art as worship and evangelism, and learn hands-on techniques in can control for making your own graffiti lettering.  This is a hands-on workshop, so be ready to paint.

THIS CLASS IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 20 PEOPLE.
 

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Moberg

Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Cameron Moberg

Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Artwalk Kresge Plaza

3:45pm

Innovative & Creative Ministry in a Traditional Worship Context [REPEATS]
Have you struggled with how to bring creative ministry into your traditional church setting? Are your youth disengaged and mentally disconnected from the ministry? In this workshop we will discuss creative and innovative ideas that will feed the hunger of your youth, as well as stay relevant to the context of the total ministry. Come ready to learn strategies that will build excitement among your youth!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan David Sims

Ryan David Sims

Senior Pastor, The Dwelling Place Church of God in Christ
Ryan David Sims serves as the Senior Pastor of The Dwelling Place COGIC and the State Youth Department President for the First Jurisdiction of Southern California (COGIC). He is the Principal/Co-Founder of Gig LLC, a solutions-based technology firm for the recruiting industry. He... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 106

3:45pm

Innovative Evangelism in The Urban Context
People are becoming more resistant to the gospel in many cities. There seems to be less and less interest in being involved in a church in our post-Christian culture. This session will share some creative ways to help your church engage the culture through innovative events, personal evangelism, social media, and art.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy

Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen

Lead Pastor, Crossover Church
Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, FL. He has released 9 Hip-Hop Albums and written 4 books. His latest book Love Our City also has a leaders box kit with resources to equip churches to reach thousands of new people in their communities.


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 125

3:45pm

Into The Darkness [REPEATS]
We are living in a time when it's not uncommon for tragedy to occur around us. And while inevitable, as a believer our response to tragedy is not to run from it, but to run into it. In dark times, people are always looking for the light. What a better opportunity for us to be a light than in the face of adversity. As a first responder to the San Bernardino shooting, I witnessed some incredible ministry opportunities in response to tragedy.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
Jose Rodriguez is a full time urban missionary and serves as the Student Ministries Director at his church, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre in San Bernardino, CA. With a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and a testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs... Read More →
avatar for BJ Sims

BJ Sims

Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
BJ Sims is a youth ministry volunteer at Kingdom Culture Worship Center in San Bernardino.  A product of urban culture, Byron Sims has dedicated his life to being the light in dark places. With life experience as a urban youth, he relates to his audience through experience and biblical... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 515

3:45pm

Lead Yourself First
Every urban youth leader must know that leadership starts with you. Learn the fundamental priorities of how to maximize your leadership potential. You'll receive seven key principles for personal growth in a rapidly changing environment of urban youth ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward

Assistant Dean & Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry and Leadership, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Virginia Ward integrates leadership skills with knowledge of multigenerational urban youth ministry to inspire, enlighten, and empower individuals and organizations to equip the next generation of leaders. She is an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church, where her husband is the... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 123

3:45pm

Partnership and Interdependence: Working Together With Organizations for Community Transformation
Do you and your ministry work well with others? Do the organizations you work with understand what you're doing? Learn how to partner with organizations, both secular and faith-based, government, and education. We will discuss a framework for understanding your community and where potential partnerships can help your ministry thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Curt Gibson

Curt Gibson

Associate Director, STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Curt has 30+ years of experience as a youth pastor, a consultant (in program design and implementation), and leader in the faith-based nonprofit arena. The last 15 years Curt has spent working for Lake Avenue Community Foundation, serving in the STARS after-school program and mentoring... Read More →
avatar for Eric Johnson

Eric Johnson

Director of Partnerships & Collaborations, Lake Avenue Community Foundation
Eric V. Johnson has served urban youth for 40 years as a pastor/director/educator. He currently serves as the Director of Partnerships & Collaborations for the Lake Avenue Community Foundation. He is responsible for building support and advocacy within the school district around systemic... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 605

3:45pm

Positive Discipline: Working With Rude, Obnoxious, and Apathetic Teens
Don't let discipline problems drive you out of youth ministry! Take a positive approach instead. Learn why teens get rowdy, how to set rules and consequences, and how to praise teens. Get dozens of proven, specific ideas you can use to feel confident when you deal with those particular students who drive you up the wall.

Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 513

3:45pm

Prepping Your Teaching Calendar
An effective and efficient Urban Youth Ministry doesn’t happen by accident. It happens when there is a plan, strategy, and purpose. Learn how to move from a "shooting from the hip" style of teaching to a strategic and tactical approach to planning and scheduling a teaching calendar that provides clarity, vision and direction. If you don’t know where you’re going, you can’t expect people to follow you!

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Wallace

Jeffrey Wallace

Executive Director, Student Leadership University
Jeff is an author, communicator, and leadership coach. He serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT Tour and the Youth Pastor’s Summit for Student Leadership University (www.slulead.com). SLU is a national organization committed to influence through service. Jeffrey is happily... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 119

3:45pm

School Districts Are Not Our Enemies
Is your school district begging you to help? Learn how to build trust with your school district that will create a long lasting dynamic partnership, and proven strategies to get onto your local campus to mentor teens and be invited to work with the your district to help more students. We will also reveal the secret of how we leveraged trust with our district into them investing over $15,000 to further God's Kingdom in our schools.

Speakers
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Jason Evans

Youth Pastor, Judson Baptist Church
With 20 years of experience mentoring and working with teens, Jason Evans serves as youth pastor at Judson Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. He co-founded Revolution Youth Advocates, a non-profit serving underprivileged youth of the Inland Empire. Jason also sits on the advisory... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 121

3:45pm

Sustaining a Strong Marriage in Ministry
In the urban context there are many demands and strains that will test the marriage relationship. The urban pastor/leader is not exempt from these pressures. This workshop will look at the pitfalls, preventions, and processes for sustaining a strong marriage in ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Contreras

Pete Contreras

Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Pete is the Lead Pastor and Co-founder, with his wife Julie, of New Vision Christian Fellowship. He is also the founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries that services at-risk youth, having served the urban community of San Diego for over 29 years. He has been married for over 28 years... Read More →
avatar for Julie Contreras

Julie Contreras

New Vision Christian Fellowship
Julie Contreras and her husband, Pete, lead New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic/economic/generational church. Julie is a credentialed teacher and a graduate of Hope International University. Pete and Julie have been married and serving the San Diego urban community for... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 603

3:45pm

The Local Church and Kids in Foster Care [REPEATS]
There are programs that are already in place for us to cultivate a relationship with children and youth who are in the system. Learn what steps you can take to advance the message of hope in the lives of those who are in your neighborhoods and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Chavez

Noemi Chavez

Lead Pastor, Revive Church
Noemi Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She’s been Pastor to Revive Church, alongside her husband, Joshua, for over 11 years. She is the Co-Founder of Brave Global, which is an organization that establishes a collaboration of church and state to better serve girls who... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 122

3:45pm

The Power of Using Parables for Spiritual Growth in Youth
This seminar's goal is to equip you with a tool that can be used in your ministry context to disciple young people. While this is an enjoyable and fun tool to use, this seminar will engage you as a participant in the process. You will find this tool to be practical, portable, and applicable to your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Daniels

Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wife... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 619

3:45pm

Walking Life with Youth: Mentoring Approaches and Strategies [REPEATS]
This workshop will focus on the simplicity and complexities of “walking life with a young person.” We will discuss creative and impactful approaches (strategies for both believers and unbelievers), mentoring high risk youth (ex: gang-involved youth, youth in the justice system, substance abusers), cross-gender mentoring, and a challenge for leaders to examine their own heart.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Juvenile Justice Advocate/Gang Intervention Specialist, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams is a 24-year youth ministry veteran, certified Gang Intervention Specialist, and juvenile justice advocate in Chicago. She's an advisory board member of the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Felix Practice Court

3:45pm

WHY Urban Church Planting?
Cities are beautiful places, full of beautiful people and a variety of assets. At the same time, cities have needs that are both unique and complex. While these needs attract leaders and organizations that work to make things better, too often what’s often missing from the asset mix are strong and relevant urban churches. Learn why your city (and every city) needs more urban churches.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks

Regional Executive, Stadia
Chris is an ordained Pastor whose passions are Biblical justice and the well-being of children, youth and families. He has served in executive leadership roles within the church, the Willow Creek Association and World Vision, and has taught full-time on the faculty of a Christian... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 617

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

5:00pm

Musical Performances
Artists
avatar for Into The Pacific

Into The Pacific

Artist, @intothepacific
With a colorful palette of instrumentation, Into the Pacific paints the back-story for the retelling of countless tales of redemption, love, joy and grace. Soaring guitar and xylophone leads combine with eclectic synths and a strong backbone of drum and bass to create the perfect... Read More →
avatar for V3 Dance

V3 Dance

Artist, @thev3dance
V3 means "Victory through Vision and Voice." V3 is a dance team out of La Mirada, CA that uses dance as a form of worship to give glory to Christ.


Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

5:00pm

Dinner Break (On your own)
Heritage Food Court is open.
Food Truck Available in the Parking Lot 
Restaurants near APU http://bit.ly/1fZMSj6

Thursday May 19, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
On Your Own

5:00pm

7:00pm

General Session 2: God as Disruptor
Speakers
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Albert Tate

Senior Pastor, Fellowship Monrovia
Albert is the founding pastor of Fellowship Monrovia, one of the fastest-growing multiethnic churches in the country. For over 15 years, Albert has preached the gospel around the world to tens of thousands of people from all walks of life. Albert and LaRosa, his wife of 12 years... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
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JGivens

Artist, @prayforjgivens
Jeremiah “JGivens” Givens was born in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of five, his family relocated to Las Vegas "Sin City" to escape the gang violence of LA, but found that sex, drugs and perversion were inescapable for youth there. Givens graduated from the University of Southern... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Felix Center

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

9:00pm

Festival Main Stage
Artists
avatar for Clave Dura

Clave Dura

Salsa Band, @clavedura
Clave Dura Band is a salsa, cumbia, and merengue live band led under the direction of Musical Director, Junior Guzman. You can find Clave Dura playing some of the hottest venues and along side some of the most influential salsa ledgends such as Marc Anthony, Issac Delgado, Oscar D'Leon... Read More →
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
avatar for Ruby Skyy

Ruby Skyy

Artist, @rubyskyymusic
Adrian Quintana "Ruby Skyy" is a young dynamic singer, rapper, and songwriter out of Denver, CO. Her music is a hybrid of hip-hop and electronic pop that focuses lyrically on representing the lost and misunderstood. Her debut album "Misunderstood" will be out Summer 2016 with her... Read More →
avatar for Serge

Serge

Artist, @justserge_
Miami-born artist, Serge, grew up in a fatherless home, raised by his mom and older sister. At a high school church retreat, the Holy Spirit radically changed his life. Almost instantly, his renewed heart passionately sought after God. After high school, Serge, and 3 friends, took... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

9:00pm

Live Art Lounge
Artists
avatar for Brandon Beukelman

Brandon Beukelman

Artisan, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a true artisan & pastor at West Cypress Church. He has worked in youth ministry for 8 years and now is working to integrate families together in ministry and discipleship. His passion for art & the gospel intersect in his art installations. He has been married for 14 years... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Moberg

Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the... Read More →
avatar for Ritchie Kong

Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Art Lounge

9:00pm

Visual Arts Tent
Artists
avatar for Artie Delgado

Artie Delgado

Film Maker, @brinkfilms
Award-winning director, filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, and steadicam operator, Artie Delgado, along with his team, has produced commercials, documentaries, event highlights, trailers, company films, and has over 15 nominations through his career. In 2014, Brink Films was established... Read More →
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Ryan Longnecker

Ryan Longnecker Photography, @ryanlongnecker
Ryan Longnecker graduated with a BA in Music Ministry in 2008 and went on to get a Masters in Theology and Biblical Study from Fuller Seminary in 2014. Throughout that process, his goal and passion has been to use creative arts for Kingdom work in reconciliation and restoration. Ryan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza

9:15pm

"Capturing Light" - How to focus in on beauty in your neighborhood and current situation
Ryan Longnecker shares tips, techniques and ideas from a Photographer's point of view about how to focus on the beauty around you in your neighborhood and current situation.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Longnecker

Ryan Longnecker

Ryan Longnecker Photography, @ryanlongnecker
Ryan Longnecker graduated with a BA in Music Ministry in 2008 and went on to get a Masters in Theology and Biblical Study from Fuller Seminary in 2014. Throughout that process, his goal and passion has been to use creative arts for Kingdom work in reconciliation and restoration. Ryan... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza

9:30pm

Film Screening: Unashamed World
Get your FREE ticket at the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Quantity is limited. First come, first served. 

A FILM BY ART HOOKER

UNASHAMED WORLD follows one of the hottest names in hip hop music today, two-time Grammy award winning artist Lecrae. From a tiny garage start-up to becoming a global phenomenon, this film grants unprecedented access to Lecrae and the 116 Clique (Trip Lee, Tedashii, Andy Mineo, Sho Baraka, KB, Derek Minor, and DJ Official) through never-before-seen personal and performance footage.Director Art Hooker delivers a deft and lively narrative of the 17-year ups-and-downs of Lecrae’s life from house parties to sold-out stadiums. UNASHAMED WORLD is the first hip hop film created for the fans by the fans, featuring adrenaline filled concert montages and fan-created videos and interviews, challenging audiences to rise up to live an unashamed life. 

Artists
avatar for Art Hooker

Art Hooker

Producer, Director, @arthooker
Early on, Art discovered his passion for creative writing. In high school, after winning a city-wide quill and scroll writing award, he realized his gift for designing truthful, engaging stories.  He later went on to win several local and regional awards for his work as a writer... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Theater

10:15pm

The Process of Filmmaking
Come hear from Award-winning director, filmmaker, cinematographer and editor Artie Delgado about the process he goes through when making films. This is your chance to understand the process of filmmaking on a personal level.

Artists
avatar for Artie Delgado

Artie Delgado

Film Maker, @brinkfilms
Award-winning director, filmmaker, cinematographer, editor, and steadicam operator, Artie Delgado, along with his team, has produced commercials, documentaries, event highlights, trailers, company films, and has over 15 nominations through his career. In 2014, Brink Films was established... Read More →


Thursday May 19, 2016 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza
 
Friday, May 20
 

8:00am

8:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director who will help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign up for a hour-long, one-on-one, session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis. Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.

Friday May 20, 2016 8:00am - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Friday May 20, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Felix Hall of Champions

8:30am

Registration Open
Friday May 20, 2016 8:30am - 10:30am
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Soul Care Prayer Space
The soul care prayer space is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord, in either a guided or open-hours structure. There will be a schedule posted outside the room with several times of guided group prayer, praise and worship. All other times, the room will be open for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.

Friday May 20, 2016 8:30am - 11:00pm
Duke 511

9:00am

Beyond Dodgeball and Pizza: Creating and Sustaining a Healthy Multi-Ethnic Junior High Ministry
Feel intimidated by the challenges of engaging students from various minorities and socioeconomic backgrounds? Want to know how to empower your leaders to break down walls between students? Come learn tools and strategies that equip you to disciple multiethnic leaders and students, to establish a fruitful ministry and effectively lead them toward Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Perry Hawkins

Perry Hawkins

Director of Middle Ministries, Lake Avenue Church
Perry Hawkins is the Director of Middle School Ministries at Lake Avenue Church. Perry graduated from Azusa Pacific University and is currently working on his Master’s degree at Fuller Seminary. Perry is married with 2 daughters.


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 621

9:00am

CANCELLED - Creating Community and Safety for Urban Youth
How can schools, and other organizations that work with youth, best foster a sense of safety without criminalizing the experiences of Latino and Black youth? We will discuss how current efforts to create safety in spaces designated for youth, can easily fall into criminalizing youth rather than generative opportunities for learning and interacting with others. Learn how to help youth define what community means to them and that will help them discuss ways to address prevalent issues.

Speakers
avatar for Alma Zaragoza Petty

Alma Zaragoza Petty

Ph.D Candidate, UC Irvine
Alma L. Zaragoza-Petty was born and raised in Los Angeles and Acapulco de Juarez, Mexico. Alma is is the daughter of immigrant parents and a first-generation high school and college graduate. She has a sincere passion to help students from first-gen immigrant, and low socioeconomic... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 121

9:00am

Creating a Tapestry: Building and Sustaining a Multi-Ethnic Urban Youth Ministry [REPEATS]
Is your youth group made up of all different cultures and backgrounds? From language barriers to cultural customs, misunderstandings and cliques can destroy unity, but when we learn to relate in a way that supersedes our differences, our youth groups become a snapshot of the Revelation 7 body of believers from all different backgrounds and walks of life coming together united by the Grace that is found in Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Executive Pastor, Light & Life Church
Sean is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic faith in Jesus. He is serving in multiethnic urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship that is bringing about renewal, revival... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 601

9:00am

Criminal (IN)Justice System: Understanding Mass Incarceration and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Did you know that the US incarcerates more people per capita than any other country? Or that they determine how many prisons to build from based on 3rd/4th grade reading scores? We will explore the injustices of the criminal justice system, how schools contribute to overcrowded prisons, and how the US is getting rich off of prison labor. Learn practical and powerful ways to impact and dismantle the system (even if you never meet a prisoner).

Speakers
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Juvenile Justice Advocate/Gang Intervention Specialist, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams is a 24-year youth ministry veteran, certified Gang Intervention Specialist, and juvenile justice advocate in Chicago. She's an advisory board member of the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 603

9:00am

Defragmenting The Mind
Too many times, youth workers serve like a fire hydrant with the mental resources of a faucet. In this seminar you will learn the art of reflection and thinking, through a fun simulation game, with the goal of using this technique to press pause at the appropriate times of your life.

Speakers
avatar for Marvin Daniels

Marvin Daniels

Executive Director/CEO, The Hope Center KC
Marvin Daniels is the Executive Director of the Hope Center, a community and youth development organization in Kansas City. He has 30 years of experience serving, teaching, training, speaking, and organizing in Youth Ministry in a variety of venues. He has been married to his wife... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 605

9:00am

From Chaos to Clarity: Managing Your Ministry
Youth workers are wired for relationships, not reviewing budget reports. Yet any strong youth ministry requires that you use administrative skills as well. Get tips on the basics of ministry management, especially finances, risk management, productivity, and event planning.

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry: Northwest Conference, Evangelical Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She's been involved in youth ministry for several decades as a youth pastor, youth ministry professor, consultant, trainer, and writer. She co-authored Youth Ministry Management Tools... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 125

9:00am

From the Campus to the Cross: Mentoring Youth on Your Campus [REPEATS]
Are you on a campus? Are you meeting new youth daily, but lacking in the ability to develop meaningful relationships with them? In this workshop you will learn how to maximize your campus access and be inspired to creatively mentor youth for years to come! We will explore the idea of accompaniment, and share best practices for developing programs that connect you to the heart of the teen, and them to the heart of Jesus!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Vasquez

Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric, his wife, Patty, and 3 kids live and serve in Pomona, CA. Eric is trainer, speaker, and executive director of a non-profit called Just Us 4 Youth. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in serving community. He does so through campus and... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 515

9:00am

From Trauma To Drama
The traumatic violence, injustice, and systemic inequalities that plague urban poor communities have been documented for decades now. This workshop will teach you how to turn everyday trauma into transforming young people's lives through the arts. Like Jeremiah, who wrote laments, and The Psalmist who lyracize pain and trauma, we too can use the arts to express our hearts' pains, frustration, and joy.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Watts

Peter Watts

Los Angeles Site Director/Pastor, World Impact/The R.O.C.K. Church
Pete Watts is the Los Angeles Site Director for World Impact and founder of The ROCK Church (Reaching Out Christ's Kingdom) in Carson, CA. As an educator, Pete has been an elementary teacher and a middle school Principal, and founded a charter middle school. He expanded his love for... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 513

9:00am

Guy's Ministry: Restoring Manhood, Breaking the Fatherless Cycle
One of the greatest priorities in youth ministry should be your ministry to build up young men. We have to do what we can to help kids heal through their father wounds and to give them the tools that will begin to prepare them for life, marriage and family.  Come and learn the core elements for shaping a guys' ministry and gain practical resources for helping guys transition to healthy, God-honoring ManHood.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is  Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership to Tommy Nixon, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor, and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches. Larry’s claim to fame... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 520

9:00am

Hey Leader! Who, Me? Yes, YOU!
Do you ever feel unworthy of being called a leader? If you are in ministry at any level you are a LEADER and you must learn how to overcome your self doubts! We will discuss 1) Our insecurities as leaders and how to overcome our personal doubts 2) How to stop comparing ourselves to other leaders 3) Overcoming the "I'm too young / old to lead" myth and 4) How to build yourself into a world class leader that people want to follow.

Speakers
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Jason Evans

Youth Pastor, Judson Baptist Church
With 20 years of experience mentoring and working with teens, Jason Evans serves as youth pastor at Judson Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. He co-founded Revolution Youth Advocates, a non-profit serving underprivileged youth of the Inland Empire. Jason also sits on the advisory... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 120

9:00am

HOW to Start an Urban Church
The burbs have been the cover story and focus in church planting for decades. Not anymore. Urbanization is driving the masses to the city in new and exciting ways, and the next generation of entrepreneurs will tell stories of starting churches in urban settings. Learn how to start a thriving church in your city from someone who’s done it, and is helping others do it!

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Haah

Kevin Haah

Lead Pastor, New City Church of Los Angeles
In 2008, Kevin and Grace Haah planted New City Church of LA, a vibrant multi-ethnic and multi-socioeconomic church in downtown Los Angeles, where he is the lead pastor. Kevin also initiated the Los Angeles Church Planting Movement to plant a gospel-driven church in every neighborhood... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 118

9:00am

I Think I’m Gay: Having Healthy Dialogue with Kids Who Struggle with Sexual Orientation
What do you do when a student shares with you about their same-sex attraction? How do you react? How do we help our students to continually build friendships with their peers who are gay, and help students navigate through these huge questions? This workshop will cover the importance for the church to be a safe space for these conversations and questions for this next generation of young leaders.

Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 123

9:00am

Jesus and Justice: Ministry to the Marginalized
A fresh look at Luke's gospel and Jesus' model for ministry. Finding social justice not as an added bonus to spice up our faith but as the foundational means by which Jesus ushers in the Kingdom of God on earth. Come find out more and how it applies to the way you do ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland

Major, Salvation Army
Danielle Strickland loves Jesus and people.  This has led her to back alleys and late night streets to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs and homelessness and prostitution and despair.  And it has led her to the halls of government and corridors of commercial... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 122

9:00am

Leverage: How Small Actions Produce Breakthrough
Effective leadership means embracing the positive potential of change, and understanding that seemingly-small actions can produce significant impact. Explore how to find, and maximize, the leverage points that produce ministry and personal breakthrough: strategic, significant, sustainable change in how you live and work.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Del Rio

Jeremy Del Rio

Executive Director, Thrive Collective
Jeremy Del Rio defines his passion to love well, create memories, and change the world. In 2011, he co-founded Thrive Collective to create hope and opportunity through arts and mentoring in public schools and has worked in ministry since 1982. A lawyer and author, Jeremy connects... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 617

9:00am

Planting and Growing Urban Churches
One of the challenges of urban ministry is setting it up for long-term Kingdom ministry, sustainability, and health. In addition, urban churches need to develop a mentality to be not merely a receiver of resources, but a giver of resources. Join a proven leader who has planted multiple churches in the urban context for biblically robust and practical health in doing this in your city.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Mason

Eric Mason

Founder & Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship
Dr. Eric Mason, aka “Pastor E”, is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Founder/President of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. He has written three books; Manhood... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 119

9:00am

Programming for the Introvert and Extrovert [REPEATS]
When programming for youth, often we program for the easiest group: the extrovert. But in doing so, we ignore our introverts who don't respond in the same way. In this workshop we will develop strategies for programming and share ideas of what could work for both groups.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Raihl

Jackie Raihl

Youth Program Specialist, The Salvation Army Southern California Youth Department
Jackie has worked for the The Salvation Army, Southern California Youth Department for 5 years, assisting local churches in developing their youth programs. She has a Masters in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelors in Elementary... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 517

9:00am

Raising Kids Who Love God While In Ministry
This workshop will cover how to disciple kids to love God and equip your kids to serve others. We will look at the pitfalls of the family in ministry. We will cover strategies to help your children nurture a heart for God and survive the pressures of being a "P.K."

Speakers
avatar for Pete Contreras

Pete Contreras

Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Pete is the Lead Pastor and Co-founder, with his wife Julie, of New Vision Christian Fellowship. He is also the founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries that services at-risk youth, having served the urban community of San Diego for over 29 years. He has been married for over 28 years... Read More →
avatar for Julie Contreras

Julie Contreras

New Vision Christian Fellowship
Julie Contreras and her husband, Pete, lead New Vision Christian Fellowship, a multi-ethnic/economic/generational church. Julie is a credentialed teacher and a graduate of Hope International University. Pete and Julie have been married and serving the San Diego urban community for... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 619

9:00am

Teaching the Bible to Change Lives [REPEATS]
Truth, transparency, and transformation are three elements necessary for effective communication. In our time together we will work through practices that can be used to equip you to teach messages that have life-altering impact on your hearers.

Speakers
avatar for D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton

Member, Reach Fellowship
D.A. and Elicia Horton have been married for almost 16 yrs. They have also been in ministry for over 20. They have 3 children and are members of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in Long Beach, CA.


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 127

9:00am

The Power of Prayer for Schools and Communities [REPEATS]
You've probably heard about the importance of prayer, but just how important is it?  It's vital!  But pressing into prayer until breakthrough takes place may seem overwhelming. In this workshop, we'll learn practical tools to praying for local campuses, surrounding communities and witness God's transforming power in the midst of it all.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Barcelona

Brian Barcelona

Founder, One Voice Student Missions
Brian Barcelona is the founder of One Voice Student Missions in Northern California.  A former atheist, who had a love encounter with God at age 16, he has now preached the Gospel in many high schools, seen thousands saved, and seen lunchtime Bible Clubs grow as big as 600 students... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
Duke 106

10:30am

General Session 3: The Promise
Speakers
avatar for Virginia Ward

Virginia Ward

Assistant Dean & Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry and Leadership, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Virginia Ward integrates leadership skills with knowledge of multigenerational urban youth ministry to inspire, enlighten, and empower individuals and organizations to equip the next generation of leaders. She is an Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Church, where her husband is the... Read More →
avatar for Carlos Whittaker

Carlos Whittaker

Author of Moment Maker
Carlos Whittaker is a musician, thought leader, blogger at "Ragamuffin Soul", and just released "Moment Maker". From his segment on TLC's "LA Ink," to leading worship for the President of the US, to professing his undying devotion to his first love, to convincing his best friend to... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:30am - 12:30pm
Felix Center

12:30pm

Musical Performances
Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

12:30pm

Azusa Pacific Seminary Info Lunch (Free)

Azusa Pacific Seminary (APS) and the Center for Vocational Ministry (CVM) would like to treat you to Chick-fil-A while we share about the programs offered at APS & CVM and the benefits they offer to your various ministry practices. Time will be available for Q&A. 

Sandwiches will be provided on a first come first serve basis at the APU Seminary booth in the Exhibit Hall. We look forward to you joining us for lunch!

 


Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
TBA

12:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 2:15pm
Felix Hall of Champions

12:30pm

Lunch Break (On your own)
Heritage Food Court is open.
Restaurants near APU http://bit.ly/1fZMSj6

Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 2:15pm
On Your Own

12:30pm

Registration Open
Friday May 20, 2016 12:30pm - 7:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

1:30pm

Graffiti Battle
Feel free to watch throughout the day as 6 Graffiti Artists battle for the title of Jam The Hype Graffiti Art Champion.
Winners will be announced at 9:20pm.

Friday May 20, 2016 1:30pm - 9:00pm
Artwalk Kresge Plaza

2:15pm

Private Event (HST #2) Called to Create Change: Community Transformation and the Call to Youth Ministry
Urban youth today are living disadvantaged vulnerable lives. This workshop traces what it might look like to answer the call to youth ministry from the perspective of community development and transformation. Distinctives and strategies as well as passions and motivations will be discussed as part of this 360 degree glimpse of ministry and calling.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mata

Michael Mata

Director, MA in Transformational Urban Leadership, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael began his ministry career over 30 years ago, working with youth in Los Angeles. He trained for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, guided the development of World Vision’s Youth Empowerment Program, taught in the Fuller Youth Institute, and serves on the boards of youth-oriented... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Mary Hill 231

2:15pm

Private Event: 90 Degrees Reunion
Join other 90 Degrees Alumni and current students at our first reunion. It’s a time to be celebrated for your ministry work and commitment to training and equipping. Meet other alumni and reconnect with some of the 90 Degrees trainers and staff. Refreshments and snacks provided.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is  Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership to Tommy Nixon, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor, and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches. Larry’s claim to fame... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Youth Worker Lounge Kresge Plaza

2:15pm

Back to the Future: Reaching Back to Produce Transformational-Intergenerational Ministry
This workshop will discuss the principles (anecdotal and research-based), current practices, and practicality of making one's youth ministry intergenerational. Many youth disconnect from the faith because of a lack of meaningful relationships with caring adults in the congregation. This workshop will provide practical tools for incorporating every demographic of the congregation in ministry for the purpose of discipling youth.

Speakers
avatar for Terrance A. Bridges

Terrance A. Bridges

Associate Pastor of Youth, Eastern Star Church
Pastor T.A. Bridges holds a B.A. in Pastoral Ministries from Taylor University. He has also received his M.A. in Executive Development for Public Service from Ball State University, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies and Doctoral studies in Christian Education Leadership... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 621

2:15pm

Developing a Thriving and Life-Changing Mentoring Relationship With Your Youth
What is it about relationships that helps young people thrive? Relationships with teachers can motivate students to work hard and persevere. Mentors can help mentees develop powerful goals for the future. Peers in clubs, or on teams, can teach youth how to collaborate with others. Parents can helps kids develop self-confidence and initiative. How can these relationships help them develop their God-given potential?

Speakers
avatar for Domingo Mota

Domingo Mota

Director of Mentoring Initiatives, STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Domingo is the Director of Mentoring Initiatives for STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation). He is also the pastor for Winds of Hope Ministries in the San Fernando Valley, as well as a facilitator on "Community Youth Development" and "Pastoral Wellbeing" for the DeVos Urban... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 517

2:15pm

Discipleship Through Storytelling
"All Jesus did that day was tell stories..." When stories are told effectively, they have the power to challenge existing worldviews and "renew our minds" leading to transformative paradigm shifts. Learn to tell stories more effectively as a tool for discipleship, in addition to discovering the narrative of our own disciples.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Kim

Bryan Kim

Founding Pastor, Ekko Church
Bryan Kim is the founding pastor of Ekko Church in Fullerton, California. He enjoys telling the Story of God's love and helping others see God in new ways. Bryan has a degree in studio art from UC Irvine, an MBA from Regent University, and is continuing his theological education at... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 601

2:15pm

Does the Lord Care Tho? Urban Youth Leadership in an Era of #blacklivesmatter & Police Terrorism
The events that unfolded in Ferguson, MO in the latter part of 2014 are not isolated. We are at a crossroads, and the time to take action is now! This workshop explores what urban leadership looks like in a post-civil-rights context, while focusing in on the dynamics of power, race, class, and Christianity. We will break down the main cultural tropes which influence our youth today, while asserting a new paradigm in urban youth leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge

Director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies & Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
Daniel White Hodge PhD, has over 20 years of youth work under his belt. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for urban youth... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 127

2:15pm

Five Transparency Killers
It's hard to have genuine relationships with sisters inside the body of Christ when we are too focused on our own deficiencies and insecurities. There are several great ways to develop relationships with other women, and there are also ways to kill it. We are going to walk through how to avoid transparency killers, so that God can truly use us to serve our sisters inside and outside of the church.

Speakers
avatar for Elicia Horton

Elicia Horton

Member, Reach Fellowship
D.A. and Elicia Horton have been married for almost 16 yrs. They have also been in ministry for over 20. They have 3 children and are members of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in Long Beach, CA.


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 603

2:15pm

Fundraising For The Urban Planter
Many graduate with their degree in ministry, serve in ministry for years, and never learn the necessary tools to raise the funds needed to do urban ministry. In this workshop you will learn practical tools for raising funds for your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Troy

Troy "PE" Evans

Lead Pastor & Urban Church Planting Catalyst for North America, The EDGE & Nitrogen Church Planning Network
Troy "PE" Evans is a former gang member, IT engineer, and businessman. He has planted three urban churches, including The EDGE Urban Fellowship (Hip-Hop Church) in Grand Rapids, MI along with his wife LaDawn. He is a Lead Pastor, a National Rep for Urban Church Planting, and is an... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 120

2:15pm

Gospelize Your Youth Ministry
A Gospelized youth ministry grows both numerically AND spiritually. Learn how to infuse Gospel urgency, fluency, philosophy, and strategy into your ministry, and maximize your Kingdom impact. As you apply these principles, your teenagers will experience accelerated spiritual growth, your youth group will grow with new believers, and you will be reminded why you got into youth ministry to begin with!

Speakers
avatar for Andy McGowan

Andy McGowan

Master Communicator, Dare 2 Share
Andy McGowan has been youth pastor and director of Revolution Kenosha for over 7 years, and has worked in youth ministry for 14 years.  His heart is to see this generation of middle and high school students transform this country through the power of the Gospel, by the grace of Jesus... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Felix Practice Court

2:15pm

Listening To The Streets
The past affects the present. Christians are trained to exegete scripture, but what if we applied the same discipline to exegeting our communities? Christians often arrive in urban communities with arrogance and zeal. God has been working in your community before you arrived. Looking at history will help the way you understand systems, which will show you how to come alongside what God is already doing.

Speakers
avatar for Curt Gibson

Curt Gibson

Associate Director, STARS (formerly Lake Avenue Community Foundation)
Curt has 30+ years of experience as a youth pastor, a consultant (in program design and implementation), and leader in the faith-based nonprofit arena. The last 15 years Curt has spent working for Lake Avenue Community Foundation, serving in the STARS after-school program and mentoring... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 119

2:15pm

Managing Conflict as an Urban Youth Ministry Leader
This workshop will provide Biblical and practical directives towards cultivating a leadership posture in ministry, that minimizes drama and maximizes wise communication in potentially volatile situations. Examples from Christ's life and ministry as well as current insights from systems theory, will be applied to small group and congregational settings.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Moder

Gregg Moder

Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University
For over 20 years, Gregg has been involved in urban outreach, street-level youth ministry, and youth ministry education. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Youth and Urban Ministry at APU, and moonlights as an instructor at the LA Dream Center. He is an active consultant... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 121

2:15pm

Planting Healthy Families [REPEATS]
As church planters, we can often forget about the ones we are called to first: our families. Our children are next-generation leaders. I'll share how you can keep your children engaged in doing the ministry with you, as part of your church launch team, and how to incorporate them into small groups and evangelism activities while ramping up for your church launch. "Train up a child in the way they should go, and they will not depart from it."

Speakers
avatar for Cedric Nelms

Cedric Nelms

LA City Director, World Impact
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and has been in the ministry for 18 years. He is the lead pastor of Chosen Generation Fellowship Church in Long Beach. He is the newly appointed Los Angeles City Director for World Impact. Cedric and his wife, Karen, have 5 chi... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 106

2:15pm

Race, Systemic Oppression and Reconciliation: The Role Models of Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King
Student movements such as Dream Activist and #BlackLivesMatter have played a critical role in raising awareness about systemic racial injustice in the U.S. At the same time, however, these important organizations have overlooked the role of faith in the historic civil rights movement. This workshop explores the lives and Christian ministries of Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King, Jr. as models for Jesus-centered community activism and racial reconciliation in the present day.  

Speakers
avatar for Robert Chao Romero

Robert Chao Romero

UCLA Professor and Pastor, Jesus for Revolutionaries
Robert Chao Romero is an Associate Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Asian American Studies at UCLA. He is also a pastor of Jesus for Revolutionaries Church in Los Angeles. He received his Ph.D. from UCLA in History and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley and is the author of Jesus for... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 515

2:15pm

Raising Up Young Queens: Methods of Developing Self Esteem and Self Worth in Today's Teen Girls [REPEATS]
Raising Up Young Queens is a unique approach to teaching young women the importance of purity and self worth. The program was designed to help young women discover, acknowledge, and explore their inner beauty, as well as, their outer beauty. Conversations are focused on love, trust, abandonment and pain, opening the doors to a theologically therapeutic session in which young women experience their true beauty.

Speakers
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Yasminda Dorrough

Teen Parent Program Administrator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Yasminda Dorrough specializes in student development and is currently working for the Seattle Union Gospel Mission in the Youth Services Department. Her personal story and heart for young urban women led her to create "Raising Up Young Queens," a self esteem curriculum leading small... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 123

2:15pm

Scrape Your Plate
It's time to Scrape your Plate! You can keep up with every social media platform, the latest app, and who's on YouTube, but feel empty in front of your young people. Let's have a discussion on how to have a balanced life amidst all your responsibilities to God, your calling, your family, and your survival as a leader. Don't miss your chance to scrape for change and get it right this time.

Speakers
avatar for Jaye Hill

Jaye Hill

President, JayeHillSpeaks
Jaye Hill has been impacting communities for the last 17 years with a Kingdom mindset. His model is "Changing Minds In Moments". Through this thinking, he has challenged leaders across the country to remove the word I and to replace that with Jesus Christ, who will guide their hearts... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 619

2:15pm

Seven Essential Ingredients for a Dynamic and Balanced Urban Youth Ministry
Have you put in place all the essential ingredients for an effective ministry to urban youth? Whether you are a beginner youth leader or a veteran youth pastor, this session will help to ensure that you have the essential ingredients and proper foundation for an effective youth ministry to urban teenagers.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Carrington

Tommy Carrington

President/Founder, Urban Training Network
Tommy Carrington has been working with young people and training leaders for over 30 years. He is the founder of the Urban Training Network, and invests his time developing emerging young leaders. He holds a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology and a Doctor of Ministry. He also... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 617

2:15pm

Social Justice: I See You
The fundamental need in every human life is to be known and loved. But how can we know and love people we can't see? Come find out how we can take off burkas and blindfolds and begin a transformation of life that is rooted in truly seeing each other as made in the image of God.

Speakers
avatar for Danielle Strickland

Danielle Strickland

Major, Salvation Army
Danielle Strickland loves Jesus and people.  This has led her to back alleys and late night streets to partner with Jesus in rescuing those caught up in drugs and homelessness and prostitution and despair.  And it has led her to the halls of government and corridors of commercial... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 118

2:15pm

Teen Brains are Half-Baked
Communicating the Gospel to teens starts with knowing the limits of the still-developing pre-teen and teen brain. This understanding will help to provide context for you to communicate without disappointment. This workshop will equip you to understand what is going on in the development of the teen’s brain, body, and the importance of communicating what is happening with your teens to their parents and leaders.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Villanueva

Richard Villanueva

Youth Pastor, The Rock Church & World Outreach Center
Born and raised in San Bernardino, CA, Richard Villanueva has been working the trenches of urban youth ministry in the Inland Empire the past 15 years at The Rock Church in San Bernardino.


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 513

2:15pm

The Next Worship: Creating Culturally Diverse Worship for Urban Youth [REPEATS]
When God makes all things new, people from every squad, tongue, and nation will worship him together. We don’t have to wait! We can develop inclusive worship that bridges our youth across racial lines. How can you gather youth of different ethnic backgrounds together in culturally relevant worship? How can you teach them to stand in solidarity in each other's experiences? Come explore this in community.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Van Opstal

Sandra Van Opstal

Associate Pastor, Grace and Peace Community Church
Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is a speaker, trainer, and urban pastor who is passionate about creating spaces where different cultures can come together in peace and overcome division, and is a leader and preacher on topics of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 122

2:15pm

Walking Life with Youth: Mentoring Approaches and Strategies
This workshop will focus on the simplicity and complexities of “walking life with a young person.” We will discuss creative and impactful approaches (strategies for both believers and unbelievers), mentoring high risk youth (ex: gang-involved youth, youth in the justice system, substance abusers), cross-gender mentoring, and a challenge for leaders to examine their own heart.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Williams

Amy Williams

Juvenile Justice Advocate/Gang Intervention Specialist, A Hope Dealer
Amy “Hope Dealer” Williams is a 24-year youth ministry veteran, certified Gang Intervention Specialist, and juvenile justice advocate in Chicago. She's an advisory board member of the National Institute for Juvenile Justice Ministries, a steering committee member for the CCDA... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 520

2:15pm

When Life Sucks: Ministering to Kids in Life's Darkest Moments
How do we help young people (and their families) think theologically and practically about suffering, loss, and pain? How do we demonstrate that Christianity works when their hearts ache? Where is the hope of the gospel in the face of great pain? It takes more than Bible verses and bumper-sticker answers. This seminar offers practical ways to walk with teens and their families through dark days when God seems far away.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Instructor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry Loescher is an instructor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. With more than 25 years of professional youth and outreach ministry experience, her passion is to see hearts restored and communities transformed for the glory of God. Her great joy is raising up leaders who... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Duke 125

3:45pm

Private Event (HST #3) Colliding with God: Probing the Connections Between Story and Calling
Does one’s personal history or life journey give insight into your personal calling? This workshop seeks to answer yes to this question by considering the variety of ways that one’s personal story has the ability to reveal contours of God’s creative and redemptive potential for your life.

Speakers
avatar for Colleen Livermore

Colleen Livermore

Assistant Director, Azusa Pacific University, Center for Vocational Ministry
Colleen Livermore has served the past three years mentoring college students on their way to pastoral ministry at Azusa Pacific University.  Prior to her time at APU, she served as Community Pastor at Whittier Area Community Church.  Livermore holds an M.A. in Theology from Fuller... Read More →
avatar for Gregg Moder

Gregg Moder

Associate Professor, Azusa Pacific University
For over 20 years, Gregg has been involved in urban outreach, street-level youth ministry, and youth ministry education. He holds the position of Associate Professor of Youth and Urban Ministry at APU, and moonlights as an instructor at the LA Dream Center. He is an active consultant... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Mary Hill 231

3:45pm

After School Programming: Best Practices for Holistic & Intentional Ministry
After-school programs should be more than extended school hours, babysitting, or a place to “be” instead of the streets. These programs provide an opportunity to offer critical resources to urban youth as they navigate their development. This workshop will offer practical principles on holistic programming for K-12th students in an after-school setting.

Speakers
avatar for Kriss Goss-Marr

Kriss Goss-Marr

Director of After School Programs, KidWorks
Kriss is the Director of After School Programs at KidWorks Community Development Corporation in Santa Ana, CA. She has served in diverse roles with urban ministries and educational institutions throughout the US, UK and Mexico. She builds relationships, encourages growth, development... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 617

3:45pm

Building a Dream Team: Multiple Personalities and Characteristics on One Squad
Leaders are not chosen and developed overnight. The greatest team of all time consisted of 12 dysfunctional individuals, but was headed by a leader who was willing to put their individual strengths to work. What are you looking for in others? Who are you seeking after? This session will challenge you to take alternate approaches in developing leaders and to learn how to effectively communicate when building a team.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Garcia

Ray Garcia

President and Founder, Follow the Blueprint, Inc
Ray, a Youth Pastor in Brooklyn, NY founded “Follow the Blueprint,” a non-profit that prepares curriculum and conducts training and workshops with a focus on Urban Church Leadership & Development. Using his CPA background, Ray has fused business with biblical principles to incorporate... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 122

3:45pm

How to Contextualize Curriculum for Hip Hop Culture
Hip Hop is one of the top influences within today’s youth culture.  It involves music, media, fashion, style, and attitude.  If urban leaders want to successfully engage this postmodern generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, there must be a holistic understanding of Hip Hop Culture.  This workshop is designed to provide practical concepts, principles, strategies and ideas on how to effectively contextualize curriculum in order to efficiently engage your specific context.  

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Wallace

Jeffrey Wallace

Executive Director, Student Leadership University
Jeff is an author, communicator, and leadership coach. He serves as the Executive Director of the LIFT Tour and the Youth Pastor’s Summit for Student Leadership University (www.slulead.com). SLU is a national organization committed to influence through service. Jeffrey is happily... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 125

3:45pm

How To Get Away With Networking
In a current society where many want to get away with murder, most youth workers are just trying to get away from isolation. Learning how to network helps you stay on the front lines with others, and helps leaders resource each other without leaving their local community. Come hear the importance of networking and easy steps to get to it.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Oduyoye

Fred Oduyoye

Founder, Reachable Reconciliation
Fred began his career in corporate sales with companies like CSX and Kraft. He has served in youth departments in Tennessee, Indiana, and Ohio. Fred was formerly the Director of RELOAD for UYWI and Director of Partnerships for Youth Specialties, and is currently the Director of his... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 106

3:45pm

Living in the Shadows: Serving Undocumented Minors
Urban Strategies provides post-release services to unaccompanied, undocumented children released from the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement to an approved caregiver. These children are living in your neighborhoods and going to your schools. Learn tangible ways to engage these children who have a history of abuse/neglect, trauma, medical conditions, etc, including ways to get started with little or no budget.

Speakers
avatar for John Lewis

John Lewis

Regional Director, Urban Strategies
John is responsible for leading Urban Strategies’ collaborative efforts, focusing on serving communities in need in the Southern California region. John gained over 14 years of experience in urban youth outreach and development as one of the original designers of UYWI. Additionally... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 601

3:45pm

Major Keys to Social Media Success [REPEATS]
If you're not using social media in your urban youth ministry, you need to start. If you are, there's a good chance that you're doing it wrong. Learn philosophies and practical methods of leveraging your social media channels to tell your story and ultimately bring value to youth, volunteers, donors, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Greer

Adrian Greer

Founder / Executive Director, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth himself, Adrian served for over 15 years as an urban youth worker through various churches and organizations and founded MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. Adrian was also elected to the local Board of Education in the Fall of 2018, overseeing the... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 603

3:45pm

Ministering to Teen Moms and Dads [REPEATS]
This workshop is an introduction to working with teen parents. We will discuss some common characteristics of teen moms, and how to break the cycle of poverty so that their children have a different future. Learn how to reach out to a teen parent in your community, school, youth group, ministry and simple ways to share Jesus with them.

Speakers
avatar for Myrna Bittar

Myrna Bittar

North Orange County YoungLives Area Director, Young Life (North Orange County YoungLives)
Myrna feels compelled to show young women their own worth and value in Christ. She has counseled abortion-minded women, and started a YoungLives ministry to teen moms through Young Life in North Orange County. She works with over 70 volunteers and trains them to walk alongside teen... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 515

3:45pm

Programming for the Introvert and Extrovert
When programming for youth, often we program for the easiest group: the extrovert. But in doing so, we ignore our introverts who don't respond in the same way. In this workshop we will develop strategies for programming and share ideas of what could work for both groups.

Speakers
avatar for Jackie Raihl

Jackie Raihl

Youth Program Specialist, The Salvation Army Southern California Youth Department
Jackie has worked for the The Salvation Army, Southern California Youth Department for 5 years, assisting local churches in developing their youth programs. She has a Masters in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Youth Ministry from Grand Canyon University, and a Bachelors in Elementary... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 513

3:45pm

Rebuilding Your City
Brokenness is all around us. At times it can feel overwhelming. Where do we start? Crossover Church rebuilt an abandoned Toys R' Us store in the inner-city, and has spiritually rebuilt many lives as over 1,000 people have been baptized and dozens of families have come out of poverty. Come hear their story and get practical tools to rebuild people spiritually, empower people economically, and bring lasting change to your hood.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy

Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen

Lead Pastor, Crossover Church
Tommy "Urban D" Kyllonen is the lead pastor at Crossover Church in Tampa, FL. He has released 9 Hip-Hop Albums and written 4 books. His latest book Love Our City also has a leaders box kit with resources to equip churches to reach thousands of new people in their communities.


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 119

3:45pm

Reflective Mentoring: Helping Youth Find Their Identity in Christ
Mentorship is a way of discipleship. When Jesus called his disciples, he not only showed them what to do and how to do it, but also who they were becoming. A reflective mentor helps others discover their true selves and identity in Christ. This workshop will explore mentoring as a means of identity formation, understanding the power of story, and discovering our uniqueness in Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Cho

Aaron Cho

Pastor of Community Life, Quest Church
Rev. Aaron Cho serves as a pastor at Quest Church in Seattle. He carries a deep passion to see the kingdom of God expressed through justice and the reconciliation of all things. He is an alum of Fuller Seminary and a 3-time runner-up in the flag football championship. He is patiently... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 605

3:45pm

Resource Development: It Isn’t All About the Money
Building resourceful relationships is about creating viable and sustainable partnerships between your ministry and people who care enough about your mission to support it. This perspective can shift how you go about acquiring resources and open new sources of support. In this session, you will learn how to share your work with others, identify additional resources, and better understand the true value of your ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mata

Michael Mata

Director, MA in Transformational Urban Leadership, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael began his ministry career over 30 years ago, working with youth in Los Angeles. He trained for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, guided the development of World Vision’s Youth Empowerment Program, taught in the Fuller Youth Institute, and serves on the boards of youth-oriented... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 619

3:45pm

ROI for Your Music Ministry [REPEATS]
Learn to be agent of light through your music, while earning residual income from royalties and licensing. If you write songs, produce music, or are involved in a music ministry department, we will show you how to position yourself for industry-level opportunities without compromising your faith or message. We will introduce you to performing rights organizations (PROs) and licensing options available to you.

Speakers
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Gerald Bell

Communications Manager, DeVos Urban Leadership
Gerald Bell is the Communications Manager for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He is a the worship leader for their national conferences and trainer in the areas of breakthrough strategies and planning, resource development and collaboration. Gerald has a BS in Mass Media Communications... Read More →
avatar for Sean Scales

Sean Scales

Minister/Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Royal House Entertainment
Sean Scales is a singer, songwriter, and producer who has learned the "backdoor" to success. Sean educated himself on the music business. He has written for many national recording artists and has been on the Billboard chart for 12 consecutive weeks! Sean wants to give insight on... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 118

3:45pm

Spiritual Resilience: How to Last in Dark Places and Disrupt the Darkness
What you do and where you do it is essential for Church renewal, but we will not see the transformation in our cities or our churches if we can't persevere. This workshop will give you practical tools and refresh your paradigm so you can stay in the game.

Speakers
avatar for Tommy Nixon

Tommy Nixon

Chief Executive Officer, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Tommy is the Chief Executive Officer at UYWI. He is excited to build on the foundation that Dr. Larry Acosta has created over the last 25 years. He is a Founder and was Executive Director of Solidarity and is currently the lead pastor at One Life City Church. His passion is to help... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 123

3:45pm

Teaching the Bible to Change Lives
Truth, transparency, and transformation are three elements necessary for effective communication. In our time together we will work through practices that can be used to equip you to teach messages that have life-altering impact on your hearers.

Speakers
avatar for D.A. Horton

D.A. Horton

Member, Reach Fellowship
D.A. and Elicia Horton have been married for almost 16 yrs. They have also been in ministry for over 20. They have 3 children and are members of Reach Fellowship, a church plant in Long Beach, CA.


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Felix Practice Court

3:45pm

The Bi-Vocational Ministry Dilemma: How to Avoid Burnout and Embrace God's Call [REPEATS]
As bi-vocational urban youth workers, we are always at the crossroads of ministry and our professional careers. In this session we will learn to identify and avoid burnout, embrace our passions, and thrive in our ministry and careers.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Beltre

Carlos Beltre

Youth Pastor, Redeemed Youth Ministry
Carlos Beltre is a bi-vocational youth pastor and an executive at a Wall Street firm as a Senior Human Resources Professional. For the past 13 years, Carlos and his wife, Xiomara, have been the Youth Pastors in Jamaica Queens at Redeemed Youth Ministries. His greatest desire is to... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 621

3:45pm

Understanding Inner-City Gang Culture [REPEATS]
The U.S. is populated with over 1.4 million gang members and over 33,000 gangs. The church can either see this phenomenon as an epidemic to be suppressed, or re-imagine it as a movement to be transformed. This workshop will give you new lenses and practical tools for engaging the youth who are a part of the most influential organizations in our neighborhoods: criminal street gangs.

Speakers
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Ivan Paz

Pink House Director (Intervarsity) / Founder of 701 United, Fresno Institution For Urban Leadership
Ivan grew up in rough communities, dropped out of school, and became a gang member. During a 5 year prison term, God called Ivan in a different direction. He now serves as Program Co-Director of "The Pink House" through InterVarsity's FIFUL, which equips students to pursue transformation... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 121

3:45pm

Unleashing the Leaders You Already Have: Your Students! [REPEATS]
We all face the challenge of recruiting and empowering enough leaders to effectively disciple our teens and excellently run our ministry programs. This workshop will equip you to unleash the potential within the leaders already following your lead, your students! You will gain practical information on how to build an engaged student leadership team and unleash them to take your ministry to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Fields

Mark Fields

High School Ministries Director, Lake Avenue Church
Mark Fields is a passionate follower of Christ, and the High School Ministries Director at Lake Avenue Church. Mark has extensive experience in after-school programs, para-church ministry, local church leadership, and missions. Mark is a faithful, loving husband to his magnificently... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 120

3:45pm

WHO Should Plant an Urban Church? [REPEATS]
Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Unfortunately, in the traditional urban core, these brilliant young innovators often find themselves frustrated and failing. Urban church planters are Kingdom entrepreneurs. Learn what it takes to start, lead, and sustain a new church as a spiritual entrepreneur.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Whitney

Craig Whitney

Director of Training, Stadia
Craig is a strategist, teacher, leader and coach. As a church planter himself, he is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders who will start, grow, and multiply even more effective churches. He currently lives in Northern California and serves as the Director of... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 517

3:45pm

Women Can Go Into Dark Places as Well [REPEATS]
This workshop is designed to expose and discuss the lies that enslave urban youth workers. Many are subtle, some even have a tiny bit of truth to them, but at the core of each is deception. We will find and indulge in the truth we are to believe about ourselves, those we serve, our communities, and most importantly our God. As a result we will become more effective urban practitioners.

Speakers
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Luma Haddad

Multi Ethnic Southwest Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for the last 19 years and is Mutli Ethnic Southwest Divisional Coordinator. Luma works directly with teenagers and teen moms in Junior High and High Schools. She is a San Francisco native, lived in Amman, Jordan, graduated from... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Duke 127

5:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Friday May 20, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

5:00pm

Musical Performances
Artists
avatar for Into The Pacific

Into The Pacific

Artist, @intothepacific
With a colorful palette of instrumentation, Into the Pacific paints the back-story for the retelling of countless tales of redemption, love, joy and grace. Soaring guitar and xylophone leads combine with eclectic synths and a strong backbone of drum and bass to create the perfect... Read More →
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Sodium Dance Co.

Artist, @sodiumdanceco
Sodium Dance Company provides an opportunity for Christian dancers to use their gifts for God while growing in their relationship with Him. The team consists of spiritual brothers and sisters who are working together to be the “salt of the earth”.


Friday May 20, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

5:00pm

Dinner Break (On your own)
Heritage Food Court is open.
Restaurants near APU http://bit.ly/1fZMSj6

Friday May 20, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
On Your Own

5:30pm

7:00pm

General Session 4: The Calling
Speakers
avatar for Gail Song Bantum

Gail Song Bantum

Executive Pastor, Quest Church
Reverend Gail Song Bantum serves as the Executive Pastor of Quest Church in Seattle, WA. She is a second-generation Korean American leader passionate about prophetically calling individuals, groups and organizations to be all who God says they are through the lens of Leadership Development... Read More →
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Eric Mason

Founder & Lead Pastor, Epiphany Fellowship
Dr. Eric Mason, aka “Pastor E”, is the founder and pastor of Epiphany Fellowship in Philadelphia, PA. He is also the Founder/President of Thriving, an urban resource organization committed to developing leaders for ministry in the urban context. He has written three books; Manhood... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Christon Gray

Christon Gray

Artist, @christongray
Writer, singer, rapper, and producer, Christon Gray, first came to Christian rap through the Elevationists, and the group's album "The Necessary." After a solo album, "Even with Evil with Me," he became part of W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings), releasing "W.L.A.K." His second solo album... Read More →
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Danielle Bennett

Artist, @missdbennett
Danielle Bennett is a poet, communicator, and educator who currently works in special projects and strategy for an education non-profit that operates public charter schools in Los Angeles, Memphis, and Tacoma. While her work has given her a wide range of experiences in tackling challenging... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Felix Center

9:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Felix Hall of Champions

9:00pm

Festival Main Stage
Artists
avatar for Angie Rose

Angie Rose

Artist, @angierosemusik
Angie Rosario is a 25 year old Puerto-Rican from the Bronx, NY with a big personality. She captivates audiences with her combination of aggressive and energetic performances, while at the same time empowering her listeners with poetic lyricism drowned in metaphor. Raised by a culture... Read More →
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B. Reith

Artist, @breithofficial
Singer, rapper, songwriter & producer, B.Reith (pronounced RYE-TH), combines classic soul and pop with modern hip hop. This unique skill set has opened up doors for B.Reith to perform in both the CCM and Gospel market, touring with artists ranging from Toby Mac, Reliant K and Family... Read More →
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Christon Gray

Artist, @christongray
Writer, singer, rapper, and producer, Christon Gray, first came to Christian rap through the Elevationists, and the group's album "The Necessary." After a solo album, "Even with Evil with Me," he became part of W.L.A.K. (We Live As Kings), releasing "W.L.A.K." His second solo album... Read More →
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DJ Efechto

Artist, @djefechto
DJ Efechto's style can be described as a "boom bap, hip-hop sound, chopping and sampling from old dusty vinyl records that are soulful, unique and synth-driven." DJ Efechto moved from his hometown of Long Beach, CA to Portland, OR to sign with the Humble Beast Records family. Since... Read More →
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DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
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JGivens

Artist, @prayforjgivens
Jeremiah “JGivens” Givens was born in Los Angeles, CA. At the age of five, his family relocated to Las Vegas "Sin City" to escape the gang violence of LA, but found that sex, drugs and perversion were inescapable for youth there. Givens graduated from the University of Southern... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

9:00pm

Live Art Lounge
Artists
avatar for Brandon Beukelman

Brandon Beukelman

Artisan, @brandonbeuk
Brandon is a true artisan & pastor at West Cypress Church. He has worked in youth ministry for 8 years and now is working to integrate families together in ministry and discipleship. His passion for art & the gospel intersect in his art installations. He has been married for 14 years... Read More →
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Cameron Moberg

Graffiti Artist, @camer1sf
Cameron "Camer1" Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the... Read More →
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Ritchie Kong

Artist, @chi_create
Ritchie Kong is a graphic designer and illustrator living in Long Beach, CA. His artistic strength involves using spray paint as a primary medium, on walls and canvas. He feels that the art he creates on the permission walls helps him connect with inner city youth. Through his involvement... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:00pm - 11:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza

9:00pm

9:15pm

9:15pm

Q&A with Noel G
How often do you get to ask a real Hollywood Star some questions? Now's your chance! Come chop it up with the star of Training Day, The Fast and The Furious and Bruce Almighty. Join us at the Visual Arts Tent this evening.

Artists
avatar for Noel G

Noel G

Artist, @actornoelg
Noel Gugliemi, (Noel G) grew up in Los Angeles, CA and has been acting since age 15. You may recognize him from Training Day,  The Fast and Furious Part One, where he played Hector, and the famous monkey scene in Bruce Almighty. Noel also speaks at high schools, probation camps... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 9:15pm - 10:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza

9:30pm

Film Screening: End of Malice
Get your FREE ticket at the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall. Quantity is limited. First come, first served. 

Friday May 20, 2016 9:30pm - 11:00pm
Theater

10:15pm

Art Therapy: Using Creativity for Transformative Spirituality and Restoration
It's human nature not be able to see the forest for the trees, so when we ask students to talk about their spiritual journeys, it shouldn't surprise us that they struggle to find words. We will explore how art (photography, painting, poetry, music, dance, etc) can give them a voice to express their spiritual journeys. A holistic view of our students, and of the path the Holy Spirit has them on, will help us to patiently walk with them through discipleship.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Longnecker

Ryan Longnecker

Ryan Longnecker Photography, @ryanlongnecker
Ryan Longnecker graduated with a BA in Music Ministry in 2008 and went on to get a Masters in Theology and Biblical Study from Fuller Seminary in 2014. Throughout that process, his goal and passion has been to use creative arts for Kingdom work in reconciliation and restoration. Ryan... Read More →


Friday May 20, 2016 10:15pm - 11:00pm
Visual Arts Tent Kresge Plaza
 
Saturday, May 21
 

7:30am

Private Event: Church Planter's Breakfast - PLEASE RSVP

Have you ever thought about church planting? We would love to connect with you at our annual Church Planters breakfast during UYWI national conference. Please click the link below to register!!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/church-planting-breakfast-tickets-25214447090


Speakers
avatar for Troy

Troy "PE" Evans

Lead Pastor & Urban Church Planting Catalyst for North America, The EDGE & Nitrogen Church Planning Network
Troy "PE" Evans is a former gang member, IT engineer, and businessman. He has planted three urban churches, including The EDGE Urban Fellowship (Hip-Hop Church) in Grand Rapids, MI along with his wife LaDawn. He is a Lead Pastor, a National Rep for Urban Church Planting, and is an... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 7:30am - 8:45am
Duke 125

8:00am

Spiritual Direction by Appointment
Spiritual Direction is an opportunity for you to be listened to by a Spiritual Director who will help you be aware of God's movement in your life. Sign up for a hour-long, one-on-one, session that could lead to a soul-nurturing relationship with a Spiritual Director on a regular basis. Sign-up sheets are located near Registration.


Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am - 3:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:00am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope, to Trinity Lobby. If you’re checking out Sunday morning before 5am, it is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with us in advance. Visit the housing desk at registration or call Stephanie Herrick at (714) 322-8417.

Saturday May 21, 2016 8:00am - 6:00pm
Trinity Lobby (East Campus)

8:30am

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Saturday May 21, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Felix Hall of Champions

8:30am

Grab-And-Go Breakfast (Provided)
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Kresge Plaza

8:30am

Registration Open
Saturday May 21, 2016 8:30am - 12:00pm
Felix Entrance Hall

8:30am

Soul Care Prayer Space
The soul care prayer space is a multi-sensory and experiential opportunity to enjoy silence and quiet time with the Lord, in either a guided or open-hours structure. There will be a schedule posted outside the room with several times of guided group prayer, praise and worship. All other times, the room will be open for you to pray, meditate, or simply rest and BE, in relative solitude.

Saturday May 21, 2016 8:30am - 3:00pm
Duke 511

9:00am

General Session 5: The Need
Speakers
avatar for M. Sophia Cox

M. Sophia Cox

Divisional Coordinator - Multicultural and Urban, Young Life
M. Sophia Cox is a Divisional Coordinator for Multicultural and Urban Ministry with Young Life, whose mission is to introduce adolescents to Christ and help them grow in their faith. She is a graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Leadership. She... Read More →
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Bryan Loritts

Senior Pastor, Abundant Life Christian Fellowship
Pastor Bryan Loritts is the privileged husband of Korie, and the graced father of three sons – Quentin, Myles, and Jaden. He serves the Abundant Life Christian Fellowship of Silicon Valley, CA, as the Senior Pastor. He is an award-winning author of six books including Saving the... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
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Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 9:00am - 11:00am
Felix Center

11:15am

Private Event (HST #4) Can You Hear Me Now? Discovering the Call to Vocational Ministry
This workshop ponders the discovery process and next steps associated with answering the call to a ministry focused career. Personal testimony and insight will be offered regarding the nature of vocational ministry with an eye towards helping students recognize the potential signs and signals associated with such a calling.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Neal

Chris Neal

Director, Azusa Pacific University, Youth Leadership Initiative
Chris Neal was recently hired to direct APU's new Youth Leadership Initiative, a program designed to help high school students develop a deeper sense of calling.  Prior to his time at APU, he served for twelve years as the Youth & Family Ministry Pastor at NewSong Church. Chris also... Read More →
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Freddy Rivas

Assistant Director, Azusa Pacific University, Center for Vocational Ministry
Freddy Rivas is Assistant Director at the Center for Vocational Ministry at Azusa Pacific University, where he ministers to college students who are called to pastoral ministry.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies from Azusa Pacific University and Master of Divinity... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Mary Hill 231

11:15am

A Force To Fear
Our churches must be willing to spend quality time, as Jesus did with the twelve, to train this generation to be modern day Joshuas and Calebs, new agents of disruption. Effective discipleship will result in advancing the Kingdom while establishing a presence in our community schools, centers, and homes, disrupting the force of darkness.

Speakers
avatar for Geneva Miller

Geneva Miller

Pastor, The Way Community Church
Geneva is a Pastor, Teacher, and Kingdom builder. Her greatest passion is teaching the Word of God in a practical and applicable manner to build up the body of Christ for ministry work. She is married and holds certificates from the University of Cincinnati in Biblical and Religious... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 603

11:15am

Beginning to End: Youth Engagement, and Creating an Individual Service Plan [REPEATS]
This session will review the characteristics and needs of the youth being served in the juvenile justice system, establishing and maintaining a trusting relationship, extending that relationship to include family and others in the youth's support network, developing partnerships and collaboration with community resources, including churches, and working with the youth to develop a vision for their lives while acknowledging current reality.

Speakers
avatar for Angel M. Guzman

Angel M. Guzman

Director of Aftercare, Straight Ahead Ministries
Angel M. Guzman has been at Straight Ahead Ministries for 10 years. Spending most of his time in the youth detention facilities, prisons, and on the streets, Angel has developed an innovative faith-based model. Having grown-up in the projects and lived the life of the young men and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 507

11:15am

Between Yeezus & Jesuz: Making Sense of the Post-Civil Rights Era for Urban Youth Ministers
The demographic shift within U.S. has created a post-civil rights generation; a generation that has grown up on Kanye, Kendrick, and a post 9/11 America. Come engage in this research-based workshop as Irene Cho and Daniel White Hodge discuss their new book's findings about urban youth ministry in a post-civil rights era. Let's begin to put some context around a Jesuz that is contextual for those under the age of 20.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge

Director of The Center For Youth Ministry Studies & Associate Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University
Daniel White Hodge PhD, has over 20 years of youth work under his belt. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for urban youth... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 513

11:15am

Biblical Perspective on Immigration
As the rhetoric around immigrants becomes more extreme, the need for a Biblical response is greater than ever. We will look at God's heart for the immigrant and the Biblical call to His people regarding how to treat the stranger among us. We will also give an overview of our current immigration system and tangible tips on how to love and journey with undocumented youth in your context.

Speakers
avatar for Bethany Anderson

Bethany Anderson

Immigration Initiative Director, Solidarity
Bethany Anderson has been living and working in an immigrant community for the last 10 years. She currently serves as the Immigration Initiative Director for Solidarity, helps to lead the Orange County Evangelical Immigration Network, and is the founder and director of Camino Immigration... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 617

11:15am

Campus Ministry Practicum
Join campus ministry practitioners for organic roundtable conversations about reaching hurting kids at public schools. Discover the power of collaboration, holistic ministry ideas, and practical models that work. Hear real life stories of transformation that happened when God linked churches to 83 schools in San Diego. Get inspired and equipped to change lives!  Don’t miss this chance to engage our country’s largest unreached people group, public school students.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Landis

Nate Landis

Founder & President, Urban Youth Collaborative
Nate is Founder and President of Urban Youth Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that equips churches to support student leaders at over 100 public schools in the US and Mexico, where thousands of kids attend student-led faith clubs every week. As an evangelistic preacher and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 121

11:15am

Discipling the Fatherless Generation with the Father's Heart [REPEATS]
Many of our students grow up in fatherless homes and have a hard time relating to God as a Father, or seeing themselves as God's beloved children. In this workshop, we will discuss how learning to relate to God as a Father is a crucial part in Jesus' discipleship for us, and how such discipleship is so timely and transformative for this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Ha

Peter Ha

Youth Pastor, New Life Community
Peter Ha is a young adult who loves pastoring teenagers in his church and in his neighborhood, Echo Park, CA. He serves as a youth pastor in a Korean-American church in Downtown LA. He also loves hanging out with the Latino youth in his neighborhood. One day he desires to help create... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 605

11:15am

From the Campus to the Cross: Mentoring Youth on Your Campus
Are you on a campus? Are you meeting new youth daily, but lacking in the ability to develop meaningful relationships with them? In this workshop you will learn how to maximize your campus access and be inspired to creatively mentor youth for years to come! We will explore the idea of accompaniment, and share best practices for developing programs that connect you to the heart of the teen, and them to the heart of Jesus!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Vasquez

Eric Vasquez

Executive Director, Just Us 4 Youth
Eric, his wife, Patty, and 3 kids live and serve in Pomona, CA. Eric is trainer, speaker, and executive director of a non-profit called Just Us 4 Youth. He is passionate about sharing the gospel in his city, and is deeply engaged in serving community. He does so through campus and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 601

11:15am

Go and Make Disciples
One of the greatest ways to produce spiritual fruit that will last, is to make disciples.  But what is discipleship, really? What does it look like when you meet?  What elements do you incorporate?  Jesus said, “Go and make Disciples.”  It was a command, not a suggestion. Let’s learn practical ways to live this out with young people so we don’t miss our Kingdom assignment.

Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is  Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership to Tommy Nixon, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor, and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches. Larry’s claim to fame... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 520

11:15am

Innovative & Creative Ministry in a Traditional Worship Context
Have you struggled with how to bring creative ministry into your traditional church setting? Are your youth disengaged and mentally disconnected from the ministry? In this workshop we will discuss creative and innovative ideas that will feed the hunger of your youth, as well as stay relevant to the context of the total ministry. Come ready to learn strategies that will build excitement among your youth!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan David Sims

Ryan David Sims

Senior Pastor, The Dwelling Place Church of God in Christ
Ryan David Sims serves as the Senior Pastor of The Dwelling Place COGIC and the State Youth Department President for the First Jurisdiction of Southern California (COGIC). He is the Principal/Co-Founder of Gig LLC, a solutions-based technology firm for the recruiting industry. He... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 114

11:15am

Into The Darkness
We are living in a time when it's not uncommon for tragedy to occur around us. And while inevitable, as a believer our response to tragedy is not to run from it, but to run into it. In dark times, people are always looking for the light. What a better opportunity for us to be a light than in the face of adversity. As a first responder to the San Bernardino shooting, I witnessed some incredible ministry opportunities in response to tragedy.

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
Jose Rodriguez is a full time urban missionary and serves as the Student Ministries Director at his church, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre in San Bernardino, CA. With a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and a testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs... Read More →
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BJ Sims

Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
BJ Sims is a youth ministry volunteer at Kingdom Culture Worship Center in San Bernardino.  A product of urban culture, Byron Sims has dedicated his life to being the light in dark places. With life experience as a urban youth, he relates to his audience through experience and biblical... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 125

11:15am

Parents: The Other Side of Youth Ministry
Youth ministry isn’t just about ministering to teenagers. Families have changed drastically in the urban life, but parents and guardians remain an important, and often untapped, area of ministry for those who minister to adolescents. This workshop will approach the importance of ministering to, and with, parents (or guardians) in a teen’s life and provide practical methods of involving them in your sphere of ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Villanueva

Richard Villanueva

Youth Pastor, The Rock Church & World Outreach Center
Born and raised in San Bernardino, CA, Richard Villanueva has been working the trenches of urban youth ministry in the Inland Empire the past 15 years at The Rock Church in San Bernardino.


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 517

11:15am

Pews, Hymns, and Church Clothes: The Church Needs Creativity
Youth ministry is the most rapidly changing ministry in the church.  We can't continue to run programs like it's 1999.  Let's take a look at how to shape creative youth services for 2016 to reach young people.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 127

11:15am

Raising Up Young Queens: Methods of Developing Self Esteem and Self Worth in Today's Teen Girls
Raising Up Young Queens is a unique approach to teaching young women the importance of purity and self worth. The program was designed to help young women discover, acknowledge, and explore their inner beauty, as well as, their outer beauty. Conversations are focused on love, trust, abandonment and pain, opening the doors to a theologically therapeutic session in which young women experience their true beauty.

Speakers
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Yasminda Dorrough

Teen Parent Program Administrator, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission
Yasminda Dorrough specializes in student development and is currently working for the Seattle Union Gospel Mission in the Youth Services Department. Her personal story and heart for young urban women led her to create "Raising Up Young Queens," a self esteem curriculum leading small... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 123

11:15am

The 'DNA' for Developing a Successful Youth Ministry.
"DNA" is core to the development, functioning, and reproduction of any successful organization. What is the "DNA" of your youth ministry? Have you written a vision & mission statement? What does your ministry budget look like? Are you presenting the proper material to the senior leadership? You will leave this workshop ready to incorporate, format, and infuse solid systems and life in your youth ministry.

Speakers
avatar for Ray Garcia

Ray Garcia

President and Founder, Follow the Blueprint, Inc
Ray, a Youth Pastor in Brooklyn, NY founded “Follow the Blueprint,” a non-profit that prepares curriculum and conducts training and workshops with a focus on Urban Church Leadership & Development. Using his CPA background, Ray has fused business with biblical principles to incorporate... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 119

11:15am

The Best Way To Stop A Bullet Is A Job
One of the factors that contributes to nefarious gang activity is lack of economic options. Too often, people of faith respond to similar situations by creating employment programs.  No matter how good the program is, the number of youth susceptible to “unconventional entrepreneurial” endeavors far exceeds the number of souls a job program can touch. We will explore principles and practices of one church youth ministry that impacted thousands of youth in one community.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Mata

Michael Mata

Director, MA in Transformational Urban Leadership, Azusa Pacific Seminary
Michael began his ministry career over 30 years ago, working with youth in Los Angeles. He trained for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative, guided the development of World Vision’s Youth Empowerment Program, taught in the Fuller Youth Institute, and serves on the boards of youth-oriented... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 515

11:15am

The Bi-Vocational Ministry Dilemma: How to Avoid Burnout and Embrace God's Call
As bi-vocational urban youth workers, we are always at the crossroads of ministry and our professional careers. In this session we will learn to identify and avoid burnout, embrace our passions, and thrive in our ministry and careers.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Beltre

Carlos Beltre

Youth Pastor, Redeemed Youth Ministry
Carlos Beltre is a bi-vocational youth pastor and an executive at a Wall Street firm as a Senior Human Resources Professional. For the past 13 years, Carlos and his wife, Xiomara, have been the Youth Pastors in Jamaica Queens at Redeemed Youth Ministries. His greatest desire is to... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 120

11:15am

Unleashing the Leaders You Already Have: Your Students!
We all face the challenge of recruiting and empowering enough leaders to effectively disciple our teens and excellently run our ministry programs. This workshop will equip you to unleash the potential within the leaders already following your lead, your students! You will gain practical information on how to build an engaged student leadership team and unleash them to take your ministry to the next level!

Speakers
avatar for Mark Fields

Mark Fields

High School Ministries Director, Lake Avenue Church
Mark Fields is a passionate follower of Christ, and the High School Ministries Director at Lake Avenue Church. Mark has extensive experience in after-school programs, para-church ministry, local church leadership, and missions. Mark is a faithful, loving husband to his magnificently... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 621

11:15am

Using Games, Interactive Ideas, and Crowd Breakers to Engage Youth
See, hear, and play a ton of fast-paced, unbelievably fun games. Explore crowd breakers, indoor and outdoor games, quiet and wild games, and games for large and small groups.

Speakers
avatar for Les Christie

Les Christie

Chair, Youth Ministry Department, William Jessup University
Les Christie has been in youth ministry for many years. He was at one church in Southern California for 22 years. He is the author of 18 books and has spoken in in 15 countries, and every state but Alaska. He was a youth minister in Compton, CA in the late 60's and early 70's.


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Felix Practice Court

11:15am

WHO Should Plant an Urban Church?
Entrepreneurs are everywhere. Unfortunately, in the traditional urban core, these brilliant young innovators often find themselves frustrated and failing. Urban church planters are Kingdom entrepreneurs. Learn what it takes to start, lead, and sustain a new church as a spiritual entrepreneur.

Speakers
avatar for Craig Whitney

Craig Whitney

Director of Training, Stadia
Craig is a strategist, teacher, leader and coach. As a church planter himself, he is passionate about developing the next generation of leaders who will start, grow, and multiply even more effective churches. He currently lives in Northern California and serves as the Director of... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Duke 619

12:30pm

DJ & Musical Performances
Artists
avatar for DJ Aslan

DJ Aslan

JTH Host/Artist, @djaslan
Stefan Rosellini (DJ Aslan) has been on the turntables since 1993 mixing hip-hop to house and everything in between. Currently working on solo projects, collaborating with Church Boy Entertainment (churchboy.com), contributing to Illect Recordings (illect.com) and breaking into remixing... Read More →
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DJ Efechto

Artist, @djefechto
DJ Efechto's style can be described as a "boom bap, hip-hop sound, chopping and sampling from old dusty vinyl records that are soulful, unique and synth-driven." DJ Efechto moved from his hometown of Long Beach, CA to Portland, OR to sign with the Humble Beast Records family. Since... Read More →
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
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DJ Manwell

Artist, @DJManwell
DJ Manwell's song selection is versatile and always crowd-pleasing. He entered the DMC (Disco Mix Club), one of the most prestigious, and longest-running competitions, and was named LA Champion in 2012, LA Regional in 2014 and 2015, and is now competing for the title of U.S. DMC Champion... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Festival Stage Kresge Plaza

12:30pm

Lunch (Provided)
Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Kresge Plaza

12:30pm

Exhibit Hall Open

  • The Exhibit Hall showcases urban ministry resources and organizations. Learn more at http://uywi2016.sched.org/directory/exhibitors.

  • Visit the UYWI Booth in the Exhibit Hall to learn more about the Discipleship Toolkit, and other ways UYWI can Power you up for your ministry.

  • Come browse relevant resources on Ministry, Leadership, & Discipleship, featuring books from some of our conference trainers and speakers.

  • Need to boost your cell phone or tablet battery? Visit our Power-Up Station at the UYWI Booth.


Saturday May 21, 2016 12:30pm - 3:15pm
Felix Hall of Champions

1:45pm

Beginning to End: Youth Engagement, and Creating an Individual Service Plan
This session will review the characteristics and needs of the youth being served in the juvenile justice system, establishing and maintaining a trusting relationship, extending that relationship to include family and others in the youth's support network, developing partnerships and collaboration with community resources, including churches, and working with the youth to develop a vision for their lives while acknowledging current reality.

Speakers
avatar for Angel M. Guzman

Angel M. Guzman

Director of Aftercare, Straight Ahead Ministries
Angel M. Guzman has been at Straight Ahead Ministries for 10 years. Spending most of his time in the youth detention facilities, prisons, and on the streets, Angel has developed an innovative faith-based model. Having grown-up in the projects and lived the life of the young men and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 513

1:45pm

Creating a Tapestry: Building and Sustaining a Multi-Ethnic Urban Youth Ministry
Is your youth group made up of all different cultures and backgrounds? From language barriers to cultural customs, misunderstandings and cliques can destroy unity, but when we learn to relate in a way that supersedes our differences, our youth groups become a snapshot of the Revelation 7 body of believers from all different backgrounds and walks of life coming together united by the Grace that is found in Jesus Christ.

Speakers
avatar for Sean Fenner

Sean Fenner

Executive Pastor, Light & Life Church
Sean is a mentor, speaker, coach, and trainer with an intense passion to awaken this generation to an authentic faith in Jesus. He is serving in multiethnic urban ministry, campus ministry, community transformation, and effective discipleship that is bringing about renewal, revival... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 520

1:45pm

Destiny & Design: Drawing Students Into the Presence of God
Youth leaders are often asked to help students decipher what they are to do in life. Occupation, vocation, ministry, college; the question of our destiny - "What does God want me to do?" - becomes more important than "How do I relate to God?" Discover how being in the presence of God will shape your student's God-given design.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Mo-Wong

Kevin Mo-Wong

Co-founder & VP of Church Development, Solidarity
After college, Kevin lived/served in a low income, gang neighborhood with grandiose dreams of saving the community for Jesus. But it was through this neighborhood, that Kevin experienced God's Kingdom & presence in a way that transformed his life. Co-founder/ VP of Church Development... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 120

1:45pm

Discipling the Fatherless Generation with the Father's Heart
Many of our students grow up in fatherless homes and have a hard time relating to God as a Father, or seeing themselves as God's beloved children. In this workshop, we will discuss how learning to relate to God as a Father is a crucial part in Jesus' discipleship for us, and how such discipleship is so timely and transformative for this generation.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Ha

Peter Ha

Youth Pastor, New Life Community
Peter Ha is a young adult who loves pastoring teenagers in his church and in his neighborhood, Echo Park, CA. He serves as a youth pastor in a Korean-American church in Downtown LA. He also loves hanging out with the Latino youth in his neighborhood. One day he desires to help create... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 619

1:45pm

Fundraising 101: Finding “Provision” For Your Urban Vision
Is Robin Hood the only model for getting your urban ministry funded? Or are true kingdom partnerships possible that transform those who give and “receive?” Hear one leader's journey from a mindset of scarcity to abundance. Whether you’re starting out or experienced at the fundraising game, real stories of growing into God’s provision and practical tools for success will help fund your God-sized calling.

Speakers
avatar for Nate Landis

Nate Landis

Founder & President, Urban Youth Collaborative
Nate is Founder and President of Urban Youth Collaborative, a nonprofit organization that equips churches to support student leaders at over 100 public schools in the US and Mexico, where thousands of kids attend student-led faith clubs every week. As an evangelistic preacher and... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 507

1:45pm

Game On! Using Sports to Engage Youth on Campus
Come and learn how sports ministry is providing a unique and viable path onto campuses.   Whether it is through partnering with a para-church organization, starting an after school intramural league, or volunteering as a coach/chaplain, join us as we take a deeper look on how to appropriately engage students with the gospel.

Speakers
avatar for Rory Carlton

Rory Carlton

Youth Pastor, Cornerstone Church
Rory has been in full-time vocational youth ministry in Southern California for over a decade and currently serves at Cornerstone Church in Long Beach, CA. As a former college athlete he is excited to partner his passion for Jesus and sports as a catalyst to share the gospel with... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 123

1:45pm

Helping Hurting Students
Come journey with us in this workshop as we look at the causes of woundedness in our students. We will discuss some prevention tools that can help stop the cycle of pain that is tearing at the family, and we will study life-giving, healing principles as we look to God's Word for answers concerning healing our neighborhoods.

Speakers
avatar for Pete Contreras

Pete Contreras

Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Pete is the Lead Pastor and Co-founder, with his wife Julie, of New Vision Christian Fellowship. He is also the founder of 2nd Mile Urban Ministries that services at-risk youth, having served the urban community of San Diego for over 29 years. He has been married for over 28 years... Read More →
avatar for Brent Hyden

Brent Hyden

Student Ministries Pastor, New Vision Christian Fellowship
Brent has been in urban youth ministry for over 20 years. He has a passion for equipping students to change their neighborhood and world for Jesus. He is currently the Student Ministries Pastor at New Vision Christian Fellowship in San Diego. Brent is also on staff with Urban Youth... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 114

1:45pm

Major Keys to Social Media Success
If you're not using social media in your urban youth ministry, you need to start. If you are, there's a good chance that you're doing it wrong. Learn philosophies and practical methods of leveraging your social media channels to tell your story and ultimately bring value to youth, volunteers, donors, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Adrian Greer

Adrian Greer

Founder / Executive Director, MYTHIRDPLACE
After growing up as a knucklehead urban youth himself, Adrian served for over 15 years as an urban youth worker through various churches and organizations and founded MYTHIRDPLACE in 2013. Adrian was also elected to the local Board of Education in the Fall of 2018, overseeing the... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 515

1:45pm

Ministering to Teen Moms and Dads
This workshop is an introduction to working with teen parents. We will discuss some common characteristics of teen moms, and how to break the cycle of poverty so that their children have a different future. Learn how to reach out to a teen parent in your community, school, youth group, ministry and simple ways to share Jesus with them.

Speakers
avatar for Myrna Bittar

Myrna Bittar

North Orange County YoungLives Area Director, Young Life (North Orange County YoungLives)
Myrna feels compelled to show young women their own worth and value in Christ. She has counseled abortion-minded women, and started a YoungLives ministry to teen moms through Young Life in North Orange County. She works with over 70 volunteers and trains them to walk alongside teen... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 603

1:45pm

Planting Healthy Families
As church planters, we can often forget about the ones we are called to first: our families. Our children are next-generation leaders. I'll share how you can keep your children engaged in doing the ministry with you, as part of your church launch team, and how to incorporate them into small groups and evangelism activities while ramping up for your church launch. "Train up a child in the way they should go, and they will not depart from it."

Speakers
avatar for Cedric Nelms

Cedric Nelms

LA City Director, World Impact
Cedric Nelms was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, and has been in the ministry for 18 years. He is the lead pastor of Chosen Generation Fellowship Church in Long Beach. He is the newly appointed Los Angeles City Director for World Impact. Cedric and his wife, Karen, have 5 chi... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 517

1:45pm

Rescuing a Generation
This workshop will talk about the ins and outs of discipleship with a group of students who may not value it. How do you disciple the ones that nobody wants to disciple?

Speakers
avatar for Jose Rodriguez

Jose Rodriguez

Youth Pastor, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
Jose Rodriguez is a full time urban missionary and serves as the Student Ministries Director at his church, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre in San Bernardino, CA. With a Bachelor's Degree in Youth Ministry from Oral Roberts University, and a testimony of God rescuing him out of gangs... Read More →
avatar for BJ Sims

BJ Sims

Kingdom Culture Worship Centre
BJ Sims is a youth ministry volunteer at Kingdom Culture Worship Center in San Bernardino.  A product of urban culture, Byron Sims has dedicated his life to being the light in dark places. With life experience as a urban youth, he relates to his audience through experience and biblical... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 617

1:45pm

ROI for Your Music Ministry
Learn to be agent of light through your music, while earning residual income from royalties and licensing. If you write songs, produce music, or are involved in a music ministry department, we will show you how to position yourself for industry-level opportunities without compromising your faith or message. We will introduce you to performing rights organizations (PROs) and licensing options available to you.

Speakers
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Gerald Bell

Communications Manager, DeVos Urban Leadership
Gerald Bell is the Communications Manager for the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. He is a the worship leader for their national conferences and trainer in the areas of breakthrough strategies and planning, resource development and collaboration. Gerald has a BS in Mass Media Communications... Read More →
avatar for Sean Scales

Sean Scales

Minister/Singer/Songwriter/Producer, Royal House Entertainment
Sean Scales is a singer, songwriter, and producer who has learned the "backdoor" to success. Sean educated himself on the music business. He has written for many national recording artists and has been on the Billboard chart for 12 consecutive weeks! Sean wants to give insight on... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 621

1:45pm

The Local Church and Kids in Foster Care
There are programs that are already in place for us to cultivate a relationship with children and youth who are in the system. Learn what steps you can take to advance the message of hope in the lives of those who are in your neighborhoods and schools.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Chavez

Noemi Chavez

Lead Pastor, Revive Church
Noemi Chavez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. She’s been Pastor to Revive Church, alongside her husband, Joshua, for over 11 years. She is the Co-Founder of Brave Global, which is an organization that establishes a collaboration of church and state to better serve girls who... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 605

1:45pm

The Next Worship: Creating Culturally Diverse Worship for Urban Youth
When God makes all things new, people from every squad, tongue, and nation will worship him together. We don’t have to wait! We can develop inclusive worship that bridges our youth across racial lines. How can you gather youth of different ethnic backgrounds together in culturally relevant worship? How can you teach them to stand in solidarity in each other's experiences? Come explore this in community.

Speakers
avatar for Sandra Van Opstal

Sandra Van Opstal

Associate Pastor, Grace and Peace Community Church
Sandra Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is a speaker, trainer, and urban pastor who is passionate about creating spaces where different cultures can come together in peace and overcome division, and is a leader and preacher on topics of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, reconciliation... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 122

1:45pm

The Power of Prayer for Schools and Communities
You've probably heard about the importance of prayer, but just how important is it?  It's vital!  But pressing into prayer until breakthrough takes place may seem overwhelming. In this workshop, we'll learn practical tools to praying for local campuses, surrounding communities and witness God's transforming power in the midst of it all.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Barcelona

Brian Barcelona

Founder, One Voice Student Missions
Brian Barcelona is the founder of One Voice Student Missions in Northern California.  A former atheist, who had a love encounter with God at age 16, he has now preached the Gospel in many high schools, seen thousands saved, and seen lunchtime Bible Clubs grow as big as 600 students... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 601

1:45pm

Understanding Inner-City Gang Culture
The U.S. is populated with over 1.4 million gang members and over 33,000 gangs. The church can either see this phenomenon as an epidemic to be suppressed, or re-imagine it as a movement to be transformed. This workshop will give you new lenses and practical tools for engaging the youth who are a part of the most influential organizations in our neighborhoods: criminal street gangs.

Speakers
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Ivan Paz

Pink House Director (Intervarsity) / Founder of 701 United, Fresno Institution For Urban Leadership
Ivan grew up in rough communities, dropped out of school, and became a gang member. During a 5 year prison term, God called Ivan in a different direction. He now serves as Program Co-Director of "The Pink House" through InterVarsity's FIFUL, which equips students to pursue transformation... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 121

1:45pm

Vision to Reality: Strategic Planning Made Simple
You have a vision for ministry. How do you get it beyond the dream stage? Explore the essentials of strategic planning for youth ministry, including developing a mission and values, analyzing the culture, and how to present the plan to others.

Speakers
avatar for Ginny Olson

Ginny Olson

Director of Youth Ministry: Northwest Conference, Evangelical Covenant Church
Ginny Olson is the Director of Youth Ministry for the Northwest Conference of the Covenant Church. She's been involved in youth ministry for several decades as a youth pastor, youth ministry professor, consultant, trainer, and writer. She co-authored Youth Ministry Management Tools... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 118

1:45pm

When Urban Kids Go to College
For many, education is the key to getting out of "the life". It's opportunity. It is also full of challenges and new roads to navigate. Come join the conversation with a college professor who serves as an academic advisor and mentor helping urban kids discover, not only how to survive, but thrive in the college world.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Loescher

Kerry Loescher

Instructor, Oral Roberts University
Kerry Loescher is an instructor at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, OK. With more than 25 years of professional youth and outreach ministry experience, her passion is to see hearts restored and communities transformed for the glory of God. Her great joy is raising up leaders who... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 119

1:45pm

Women Can Go Into Dark Places as Well
This workshop is designed to expose and discuss the lies that enslave urban youth workers. Many are subtle, some even have a tiny bit of truth to them, but at the core of each is deception. We will find and indulge in the truth we are to believe about ourselves, those we serve, our communities, and most importantly our God. As a result we will become more effective urban practitioners.

Speakers
avatar for Luma Haddad

Luma Haddad

Multi Ethnic Southwest Divisional Coordinator, Young Life
Luma Haddad has been the Young Life Urban Area Director for the last 19 years and is Mutli Ethnic Southwest Divisional Coordinator. Luma works directly with teenagers and teen moms in Junior High and High Schools. She is a San Francisco native, lived in Amman, Jordan, graduated from... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 125

1:45pm

Worn Out? Spread Thin? It Gets Worse
Kids stacking chairs? Great. Students cleaning up? Awesome. Guess what, if you do it on your own, you'll destroy yourself in less than a year. In this session, learn how to do more than babysit for free. Equip the saints (yes, your students) to lead their peers and be more than youth group janitors.

Speakers
avatar for Gabriel Zamora

Gabriel Zamora

Youth Pastor, Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship
Gabriel Zamora, pulled out of an extreme background of gangs, violence, and poverty, was called into the ministry at the age of 13 at Youth for The Nations Summer Camp. He is the Youth Pastor of Takeover Student Ministries at Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New York. Having graduated... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Duke 127

3:15pm

General Session 6: The Assignment
Speakers
avatar for Larry Acosta

Larry Acosta

Founder, Urban Youth Workers Institute
Larry Acosta is  Founder of the Urban Youth Workers Institute. While he has proudly passed UYWI’s leadership to Tommy Nixon, Larry’s vision for this next season of ministry is to train, mentor, and mobilize urban leaders to plant multiethnic churches. Larry’s claim to fame... Read More →
avatar for Andy McGowan

Andy McGowan

Master Communicator, Dare 2 Share
Andy McGowan has been youth pastor and director of Revolution Kenosha for over 7 years, and has worked in youth ministry for 14 years.  His heart is to see this generation of middle and high school students transform this country through the power of the Gospel, by the grace of Jesus... Read More →

Artists
avatar for DJ Icy Ice

DJ Icy Ice

Artist, @djicyice
DJ Icy Ice has carved out a name for himself as a renowned turntablist, entrepreneur, and elite party rocker. He is featured as a DJ on LA's top-rated radio station, "Power 106," as well as a TV personality for the StacksTV Show. For the past several years, Icy Ice has been expanding... Read More →
avatar for Joshua Chavez Band

Joshua Chavez Band

Worship Band, @joshuachavezlbc
Joshua Chavez Band leads worship at conferences, churches, and camps throughout Southern California and the USA including UYWI, RELOAD, Turn Your Campus, Promise Keepers, and Franklin Graham's Festivals of Hope. Described as dynamic, eclectic, passionate, and energetic, they engage... Read More →


Saturday May 21, 2016 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Felix Center

3:15pm

Private Event-AL
Saturday May 21, 2016 3:15pm - 5:00pm
Duke 520
 
Sunday, May 22
 

5:00am

Housing Check Out
Return your key, in its original envelope, to Trinity Lobby. If you’re checking out Sunday morning before 5am, it is MANDATORY that you make arrangements with us in advance. Visit the housing desk at registration or call Stephanie Herrick at (714) 322-8417.

Sunday May 22, 2016 5:00am - 12:00pm
Trinity Lobby (East Campus)