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The Fuller Youth Institute is committed to ongoing investment in urban youth workers and the specific needs and concerns that arise in ministry in urban contexts. We are so committed that we have developed one of the only graduate-level Certificate programs in the country that trains leaders specifically for urban youth ministry.

Partnering with Fuller faculty, urban ministry organization leaders, and front-line youth workers, we continue to conduct research and provide needed resources specific to urban ministry. During 2008-2009, FYI faculty partner Dr. Jude Tiersma Watson developed a Self-Care Toolkit for urban leaders, available free from our website! In the mean time, learn more about our research and access resources or get information on our 6-course Certificate program, or watch the video below to see what it’s about.

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Unlocking the Keys to Indigenous Urban Leadership: Youth for Christ Research Brief

What does it take to develop an indigenous urban ministry leader? Insights from leaders themselves offer important clues.


DJing and the Art of Pastoral Care: A Different Spin on the Role of the Pastor, Part 2

What do the Hip Hop DJ and the youth pastor have in common? In Part 2 of this series, Kimberly offers insights from DJs to improve your teaching.


Hip Hop and the Art of Pastoral Care: A Different Spin on the Role of the Youth Pastor, Part 1

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No Rest for the Weary: The Stressors of Urban Burnout

Research reveals that urban youth workers struggle to get personal help when they need it. This research brief and interview with Young Life Vice President Angel Ruiz offers ideas to change that trend.


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