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Bible Course ( CHR 211 )

This Course gives students a good understanding of the Inductive approach to Bible study, learning how to think critically, equipping them with tools for life. The students read through the whole Bible and every type of biblical genre is studied, with books from both the Old and New Testament. All types of teaching and learning styles are experienced. A NT Timeline and OT Timeline are completed, bringing a great overview of the Bible. Students learn how to memorize and meditate on the Word. They are given opportunities to gain experience in facilitating a Bible study, and enhance their skills in teaching and preaching the Word. They study Hebrew poetry through Psalms and Proverbs and the historical background of each book. 

This course can be taken online. See for details.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Bible Course CHR 211 12 English 18 Sep 2024 13 Dec 2024

Communication and Culture ( APL 041 )

The Communication and Culture Course is designed to equip non-native English speakers with a heart for missions by increasing their English communication skills in all areas while learning about different cultures. Classroom instruction utilizes interactive methods of learning that are fun and effective.

Communication & Culture I ( APL 243 )

ECO stands for English Cultural Orientation. The purpose of this 12-week school is to equip people with the English language and knowledge of the culture, so that they can communicate effectively in the most widely spoken language of today’s world. This is accomplished by immersion in the English language from day one in an English-speaking nation. Along with English, trainees will learn about and celebrate several different cultures and be given many opportunities to learn more about God. Trainees will participate in fun and engaging classes at the Beginner or Intermediate level (based on current level of English). They will also have times of worship, intercessory prayer, social activities and small groups—all in English.

Discipleship Training School (DTS) ( DSP 211 )

This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with an 11 or 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-12 week practical field assignment. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in the University of the Nations, and also serves to orient and prepare all new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique. gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to evangelize and disciple current and future generations, answering the call to Go into all the world and teach (make disciples of) all nations. (Matthew 28:19). The curriculum is in the following six major categories: God's nature and character; God's intention for individuals, peoples and nations; seeing all of life from God's perspective; redemption, sin, and the Cross; God's family - the Church; God's world - His call and commission; the ministries of YWAM. Focused DTS's: In some locations the DTS is offered with a particular focus, such as the Crossroads DTS, Operation Year DTS, University DTS, Sports DTS, Arts DTS, etc.Credit will be given for this course with satisfactory completion of DSP 212.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English, Portuguese, Spanish 10 Apr 2024 07 Jul 2024
Catalyst Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 18 Sep 2024 12 Dec 2024

Documentary Filmmaking School ( CMC 273 )

This school aims to train and equip new talent to be relevant storytellers using visual media to document facts, real-life stories, and events with honesty and integrity. Topics include Worldview, Documentary Film process overview, project management, and content development, scriptwriting and research, basic editing with Final Cut Pro X; Camera skills and lighting, sound, directing and interviewing, working in teams and team dynamics. During the course, trainees will produce an individual and group documentary project and final screening.

Foundations for Intercultural Studies ( HMT 271 )

The purpose of this course is to train workers for living and ministering cross-culturally, and particularly in unreached people groups. The course aims to equip students with perspectives, skills and strategic understanding to enable them to understand and work long term in new cultures, particularly in order that they might be effective in disciple-making and church planting. Students will explore biblical perspectives on culture and cultural identity. Students will be supported in growing in awareness of their own culture. Student will learn tools for exploring, mapping and understanding the language and culture of others. They will learn how to communicate the gospel and biblical revelation, and support discipleship, in contextualised ways. Students will be supported in integrating these processes with an intimate, attentive and listening walk with God. Attention will be given to the diversity of communication styles, values and worldviews, including the songs, the stories, the history and the dreams of each culture. Particular attention will be given to intercultural relationships and the building of bridges of reconciliation between peoples and cultures, as well as to language acquisition skills. The school will include local fieldwork among unreached peoples in the United Kingdom. The school can be followed by an internship of three months or longer, in a location agreed between students and school leaders. Topics include: biblical and historical foundations for understanding cultures and for missions; intercultural communication (principles of and skills for learning another language and culture); researching unreached peoples; cross-cultural missions strategy (evangelism and church planting, introducing Disciple making movements, God’s story and oral bible translation among Bible-less people groups, intercession and spiritual warfare, healing, signs and wonders); cross-cultural community development and business as mission; personal and team relationships (the worker's relationship with God, interpersonal relationships, leadership and authority, team building and team dynamics, developing and relating with a prayer/financial support team). Note: Students who have completed CHR 235 or HMT 231 may not take this course for credit.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Foundations for Intercultural Studies HMT 271 12 English 18 Sep 2024 13 Dec 2024

Hospitality Ministry Seminar ( ATS 143 )

YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.” Value 17. In the seminar hospitality from a Biblical foundation will be explored. Hospitality is about aligning ourselves with God's heart for others. Why do we value Hospitality in YWAM? What does Hospitality look like cross-culturally? How do we prepare for a guest speaker? How to integrate Hospitality within an event? These are some of the questions that are addressed in a seminar. There can also be an optional practicum where students will apply all they have learned through facilitating a series of hospitality expressions during existing events and hospitality ministries.

Narrative Writing Seminar ( CMC 177 )

In this two-week seminar, students are introduced to a narrative approach to writing. Whether they are writing an epic fantasy or operatic sci-fi, or working on a gripping biography or sweeping period piece they will gain a biblical perspective on how to craft a story and live as an author. Some topics they will study are the Three Act Structure, the Hero's Journey, and how to build an Author Brand. Acting as both seminar and retreat there will also be times of ministry and encouragement in their calling as Storytellers and that precious time to actually write.

School of Advocacy, Law & Justice ( HMT 367 )

A secondary level school intended to give students God’s heart for justice and mercy and the foundation they need to pursue careers and ministries in advocacy through law, government, and civil society/grassroots movements. Students will be given tools to assist in implementing effective and practical research, project planning, and legal analysis. Topics will include advocacy through intercession, legal research and analysis, political and governmental systems, constitutions and law-making, national, international, and human rights law, United Nations advocacy, NGOs and nonprofits.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
School of Advocacy, Law & Justice HMT 367 12 English 17 Apr 2024 12 Jul 2024

School of Communication Foundations ( CMC 211 )

This program lays essential foundations in biblical communication, while advancing the individuals skill and confidence in speaking, writing and listening. It aims to sharpen the students ability to communicate clearly through cross-cultural and interpersonal dynamics, and equips students with principles of preparing and delivering a message to a variety of audiences. Through provoking instruction and discussion, practical assignments, and video evaluation, students discover their place and potential as effective influencers in the public forum. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Communication.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
School of Communication Foundations CMC 211 12 English 10 Apr 2024 05 Jul 2024

School of Storytelling & Digital Photography ( CMC 277 )

The School of Photography and Storytelling - SPS is designed to develop, equip and inspire Christians and Missionaries in the art and craft of storytelling through photography. Trainees will be encouraged to see this medium as a powerful tool for the Kingdom of God. The program will be an intensive three-month course and will be taught from a Christian world-view with instructors from different nations and different backgrounds. The School of Photography and Storytelling - SPS is not only about improving skills and techniques, but about how we can inspire others to know Christ through photography. We believe that every photographer can be led by the living word God to reveal His character through images. When we see the world with eyes of the heart, we can engage in an act of both reverence and self-expression. (Ephesians 1:18)