Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry.

Based upon God’s Word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

Worship: We are called to praise and worship God alone
Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God
Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him
Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form
Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

Changing NationsThe Foundational Values of YWAM are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM’s beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to YWAM. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM–our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions. Read more Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission

What is a Discipleship Training School (DTS)?

classroomdts400The Discipleship Training School is a five month, hands-on Christian training program with a lecture phase followed by an outreach phase. The DTS provides you with an opportunity to take time away from the normal pressures and routine of life so you have to time to focus entirely on Jesus and how you will be a part of His Great Commission to “Go and make disciples of all Nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). The program teaches you how to build disciplines into your life,  develop personal character, and lead a lifestyle of expressing God’s love to others, such that knowing God, you want to make Him known to others.

The DTS is also a great place to make new friends as you live and learn together in community.  We emphasize regional and even global awareness while living in multi or cross-cultural community so we can all learn from one another. This cross-cultural environment helps prepare you for the rigors needed to boldly go and be Ambassadors for Christ (II Cor 5:20).   DTS is only the beginning.  Once successfully trained, you qualify to apply for many more opportunities with YWAM including staff positions and other YWAM training programs.

DTS qualifies towards a degree with the University of the Nations.

Pray about it. Maybe five months with us is part of God’s exciting plan for your life!

Read more What is a Discipleship Training School (DTS)?

Structure of Ywam as Family of Ministries

As YWAM has grown over the years, YWAM’s leaders have consistently sensed God leading them to develop as a family of ministries, rather than a structured, centralized agency. Although we have main offices, we do not have an international administrative headquarters.Therefore each YWAM location is responsible for planning outreaches, initiating training programs, recruiting staff, financial resource development, and setting priorities in carrying out ministry.

With all the freedom and independence allowed each location, the question often arises: What does every YWAM location have in common?

Some of the common denominators found at YWAM locations are:
• The pre-requisite of the Discipleship Training School.
• The mandate to “know God and make Him known” (Is. 6:8; Matt. 28:18-20; Col. 1:10).
• A three fold ministry of: evangelism (Rom. 10:14-15), mercy ministry (Matt. 5, Eph. 2:10) and training/discipleship (Mark 16:15).
• A shared statement of faith, vision and values.

All YWAM locations are also tied together and held accountable by regional and international leadership teams. YWAM’s international leadership group is called the Global Leadership Team (GLT). This team consists of about 45 regional and international YWAM leaders. The GLT meets once a year to pray, discuss vision and address major trends and issues. GLT task forces meet year round.

YWAM’s top leaders are: Lynn Green, Executive Chairperson, Loren Cunningham, founder; and John Dawson, President.

Please contact individual YWAM locations with specific questions regarding their own ministries and policies. For organization-wide policies see Documents.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 January 2008 20:24 )