D.A. Horton, Larry Acosta Create Discipleship Toolkit In Effort to Impact 75,000 Urban Youth for Christ by 2020

(PHOTO: URBAN YOUTH WORKERS INSTITUTE/ ANDY FIERRO) Christian author, apologist and ministry leader D.A. Horton speaks during the Urban Youth Workers Institute's RELOAD event at Bay Ridge Christian Center on September 12, 2015, in Brooklyn, New York.
(PHOTO: URBAN YOUTH WORKERS INSTITUTE/ ANDY FIERRO)
Christian author, apologist and ministry leader D.A. Horton speaks during the Urban Youth Workers Institute’s RELOAD event at Bay Ridge Christian Center on September 12, 2015, in Brooklyn, New York.

Some young people fail to “walk in victory” because they have never been taught how the “weaponry of God’s Word” can impact their lives, and instead rely on cliches and emotionalism when faced with tough situations, according to D.A. Horton, a Christian author and urban apologist.

Horton, speaking at the Urban Youth Workers Institute’s RELOAD event earlier this month, compared the Christian’s spiritual walk with a U.S. soldier assigned to fight against the Islamic State. In a fight against such an adversary, a soldier would want the best weaponry possible that his government has to offer. For the Christian, that elite weaponry would be the Word of God.

The problem, according to Horton, is that some youth ministry leaders, specifically those in urban environments, might feel ill-equipped themselves to adequately shore up the youth they are responsible for discipling in the faith. There just are not enough accessible resources tailored for the demographic that Horton, and Urban Youth Workers Institute (UYWI) President Larry Acosta, have in mind.

But Horton and Acosta are looking to change that, with what they call the Discipleship Toolkit.

The Discipleship Toolkit “provides a structured way to present the Gospel to youth and provides ongoing discussions and teaching to disciple and mentor them through their initial growth as a new believer,” according to a description on the kit’s website. The DKit, as it is also called, is free for ministry leaders to access and includes 42 videos, six leader guides and 36 student handouts that are available via the website and the UYWI Mobile App.

“I think the why for the toolkit is, when I look at the history of every spiritual awakening in American history, it’s always leveraged through young people. If it’s young people gathering for prayer, if it’s young people on college campuses spreading the Gospel, the Jesus Movement [was] leveraged through young people,” Horton told The Christian Post. “So I feel that havingurban young people [who are] growing up with contextualized issues, nuanced [issues]…they’re seen as a niche.”

Horton explained that the Discipleship Toolkit is specifically geared toward young people who live in poorer neighborhoods and who may lack certain privileges.

“We’re specifically speaking to the non-gentrified, lower socio-economic, underprivileged, under-resourced, often neglected indigenous urbanites…,” Horton said.

“So when I’m saying ‘urban’ I’m talking about that lower socioeconomic majority minority population that [has] not yet been gentrified in their community. Be we’re moving out, we’re being displaced, so it does cross over to that other form, a neo-urban if you will, but it’s also contextualized out to the suburbs because that’s where we’re being displaced to. But it’s that target demographic we’re trying to reach,” he added.

 

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Nicola Menzie