Regent University School of Divinity

Youth & Urban Renewal Center

Church Training Tools: Equip Your Church

"In those days the church was not merely a thermometer that recorded the ideas and principles of popular opinion; it was a thermostat that transformed the mores of society." Martin Luther King Jr.,
Letter from Birmingham Jail, April 1963

Economic disparity and need. Social unrest and violence. Political injustice and inefficiency. These are just a few of the problems that urban areas face on a daily basis with limited resources to address them.

YURC believes that all of these problems ultimately have a spiritual basis and a God-framed solution. In large part, spiritual-related issues paint the backdrop for wrong thinking, faulty ethics, broken family structures, loss of values and lack of moral prudence in urban communities. The hearts of a city's people must be renewed before the city and its leadership can experience renewal.

The Church is the Body of Christ, the Answer to Urban Problems

Ministry Leadership Training

Hosea 4:6 states, "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." YURC believes that urban churches have an excellent opportunity to extend holistic revitalization through education and spirituality. In collaboration with the church, YURC offers cutting-edge training experiences for urban pastors and their leadership teams. Our training provides the critical knowledge and skills necessary to penetrate the city's power structures and culture with the renewing power of the gospel. Services include:

  • Introductory level theological training through our partnership with the Church Education Initiative at the Regent University School of Divinity.
  • On-site urban ministry seminars, workshops and conferences through our partnership with qualified instructors from the various schools at Regent University.

Strategic-Planning Training

It has been said, "If we fail to plan, we plan to fail." YURC draws from a team of seasoned pastors and stellar ministry leaders to help urban churches and their leadership plan strategically and to reach their community deliberately with the gospel's transforming power. Our services include:

  • On-site leadership training in organizational development for urban ministries.
  • On-site training to help urban churches maximize their potential in community impact.

"For an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers of people; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch."
Acts 11:26