NEW YORK — The children are the future? Well, the future is now, according to Larry Acosta, founder and CEO of the Urban Youth Workers Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission it is to support and train Christians who are walking with and influencing the next generation of leaders.
The Urban Youth Workers Institute describes itself as "a national nonprofit organization that trains and resources urban youth workers to effectively evangelize and disciple youth in at-risk zip codes throughout the U.S." The UYWI's primary goal is "to engage 75,000 urban youth in life-changing discipleship with local youth workers by 2020."
A big part of moving that initiative along is the recently-unveiled Discipleship Toolkit, a free resource compiled of conversation-starting videos, leader guides and student handouts that include an introduction to the Gospel, discipleship support and apologetics resources. It also helps leaders track the progress of students in the areas of spirituality, self, family, community, and education. more >>
On Wednesday, Howard Stern ended his four seasons with one of the most watched shows worldwide, "America's Got Talent" (AGT).
The show dedicated a segment to one of the favorite judges of all time, and in a video, he appears to be walking around New York City, looking back on the things he experienced, and sharing what he loved most about his role as a judge.
The 61-year-old said, "If I had any dream about this, it's that I could take someone who was struggling and seriously give advice." He also shared how he had a strong connection to contestants who shared the same story with him, recalling how he was told multiple times in the past that he had no talent. more >>
NEW YORK — Christians seeking family-friendly entertainment for their children will be able to do so without commercial interruption in the comfort of their living rooms with the new streaming service, Dove channel.
The platform functions much like Netflix, except it solely focuses on streaming faith-based and family friendly content. It will also give lesser-known filmmakers an outlet to release their movies and shows.
Cinedigm, a leading content distributor in the U.S., has partnered with The Dove Foundation, an organization which has specialized in rating movies for family friendliness for over 25 years, to launch the new service. more >>
NEW YORK — Some Christians are more comfortable being in the church than they are being the Church, and are sometimes fired up about serving but reluctant about sacrificing. These are two things that have to change, especially when it come to discipling youth, according to a director for a national outreach organization that focuses on reaching young people on their turf and in their culture.
"There [are] not that many that are called to this. There's not a line of people waiting to do urban youth ministry, let's keep it real. … Ain't that many people," said Luma Haddad, the Young Life urban area director for San Diego South Bay.
Haddad, who works with Latino, black, and Filipino teenagers in junior high and high school, made those remarks Sept. 12 at the Urban Youth Workers Institute's RELOAD one-day training event held at Bay Ridge Christian Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The event, which included various presentations and workshops from urban ministry leaders, was tailored toward equipping and encouraging those who work with youth. more >>
NEW YORK — A Gospel rapper, who said Jesus "saved me from everything ... all types of evil" while he was an inmate at notorious Rikers Island prison, is on a mission to spread the Good News on the subways of New York City, because he believes that is what Jesus wants him to do.
Elsworth Hewitt, 37, adopted the name Brimstone when he decided to become a Gospel rapper while at Rikers Island where, up until a few years ago, he was housed in a facility with more than 300 other adult male offenders.
It was there he started rapping for Jesus, although he had long been a hip-hop fan. more >>
NEW YORK — Marine turned Army chaplain the Rev. David W. Peters, who won Trinity Wall Street's 2015 Reconciliation Preaching Prize, urged New Yorkers on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks Friday, to learn how to reconcile and put the lesson into practice.
Speaking at the St. Paul's Chapel which forms part of the Episcopal Parish of Trinity Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City, Peters delivered a sermon titled "Learning War and Reconciliation" in which he declared: "Jesus makes it clear, you don't do forgiveness you have to be forgiveness. You don't do reconciliation, you have to be reconciliation."
Peters, 39, is a resident of Texas where he is studying for a master of arts in religion degree at the Seminary of the Southwest. He is also curate at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown, Texas. more >>