Unprecedented Training

Brad M. Griffin | Jul 15, 2010

Today marks the launch of admissions for our Urban Youth Ministry Certificate. I’m re-posting below some thoughts I’ve shared previously about the program because we’re still just as excited about this unprecedented training!

When we launched our Urban Youth Ministry Certificate training program four years ago, it represented an unprecedented training opportunity—graduate education specifically for urban youth workers, packaged in a 6-course certificate completed mostly through distance education over the course of two years. For the first time, urban youth workers could attend seminary without leaving their ministries or their cities. For the first time, custom-tailored graduate education was available that was created by and for urban youth workers. In our development process we interviewed urban leaders from across the country, hosted focus groups, and developed original research out of what we heard as we crafted a program from the ground up.

Today we launched applications for our sixth cohort, to begin in Spring 2011. Over the past few years we’ve been improving the program, conducting multi-level assessment and sharpening our delivery of this groundbreaking training. We are so, so excited to share with you what God is doing through the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate program offered through the Fuller Youth Institute, whether you’re in urban youth ministry, know someone who is, or simply care about what God is doing in the city.

Take two minutes to watch this video featuring Lina Thompson, one of our faculty members, share about her passion and vision for what takes place in each cohort of this program:

Why the Urban Youth Ministry Certificate? from Fuller Youth Institute on Vimeo.

Brad M. Griffin

Brad M. Griffin is the Senior Director of Content for the Fuller Youth Institute, where he develops research-based training for youth workers and parents. A speaker, writer, and volunteer youth pastor, Brad is the coauthor of over a dozen books, including 3 Big Questions That Change Every Teenager, Faith in an Anxious World, Growing Young, several Sticky Faith books, Every Parent’s Guide to Navigating Our Digital World, and Can I Ask That? Brad and his family live in Southern California, where he serves as Pastor of Youth and Family Ministries at Mountainside Communion.


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