At the Urban Project - Los Angeles, one of our goals is to develop healthy partnerships around the city of LA with indigenous churches and ministries where Jesus Christ is already being proclaimed. During the three-week project the student-athletes and staff become a part of one of these ministries that the UP-LA has developed a partnership with. The purpose of these partnerships is to help accelerate what God is already doing in these places, as well as expose the students and staff to ministry in the city, allowing them to learn the Three R’s to take back to their own communities.
We seek to develop these partnerships with a posture of humility and service, understanding that the urban ministers who are serving year-round in these places know the needs of their people and are better equipped to serve them than the students and staff are, as they are coming from other communities, cities, and states. It is our desire to come along side these ministries and serve them in any way they need in order to accomplish the work that God has called them to.
Secondly, these partnerships allow the students and the staff of the UP-LA to see the principles of Relocation, Reconciliation, and Redistribution lived out first hand. By serving alongside these urban ministers, they are able to gain a glimpse of life and ministry in the inner-city and take home these life-changing principles, along with a vision for bringing justice and equality to the people around them.