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Basic Leadership Seminar ( CHR 145 )

This is an in-service programme designed to assist in developing the leadership skills of staff in U of N schools. Students meet several times each week for discussion and instruction on such topics as pastoral skills, spiritual gifts, small group dynamics, basic management principles, and leadership of public meetings and outreaches. In addition each student meets regularly with a mentor for feedback and evaluation. Assignments include reading and reporting on a number of books covering basic leadership issues.

Bible Core Course ( CHR 211 )

This course is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the inductive approach to Bible study by learning how to employ many creative and diverse methods for reading, interpreting and applying the Scriptures. Students Also have opportunities to be involved in topical seminars, dramatic re-creations, and various forms of historical, archaeological, literary and geographical research. During the course students read through the whole Bible and study in depth many individual books from both the Old and the New Testaments. Note: though the Bible Core Course is a stand-alone course, it is designed to be compatible with the longer 9-month SBS (CHR 213, 315 and 316). Students who receive credit for CHR 213 may not receive credit for this course. This course meets the UofN Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

Communication and Culture ( HMT 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 ( HMT 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.

Community Development School ( DEV/HMT 365 )

The Community Development School (CDS) provides training in a Biblical approach to community transformation, beginning with the holistic development of the individual and his or her relationship with God. The principles and practices of the course are designed to enable change in varied settings throughout the world, rural or urban, with constant awareness of the current challenges and possibilities of the globalized world. The CDS is designed to equip students with skills to empower communities of varying size to initiate and accomplish strategic activities, with the ultimate goal of bringing life and growth according to God's purposes as He establishes His kingdom on earth. As such, the course curriculum provides a solid working knowledge of transformational development values and skills, while also emphasizing the building up of godly character and healthy relationships in and among participants. The CDS maintains a holistic perspective and focus on the Kingdom of God, is built on the Foundational Values of YWAM and integrates YWAM's three emphases of evangelism, training and mercy ministry, all of which are necessary for successful community development. The course has the clear aim of releasing long-term development workers / servant-leaders into the nations

Community Development Seminar (DEV 165) ( DEV 165 )

This seminar is designed to introduce participants to key issues related to community development, including what is understood by the terms 'community' and 'development', focusing on holistic Biblical development and critical issues related to avoiding dependency and promoting empowerment of communities. There is also discussion of the difference between relief and development and the importance of knowing what is an appropriate response to each, as well as an introduction to community assessment and being involved with communities based on an appreciative / asset-based approach rather than a wholly needs-based approach.

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
Bilingual Discipleship Training School (Spanish/English) DSP 211 12 English, Spanish 22 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019
Ignite Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 23 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019

Documentary Filmmaking School ( CMC 273 )

Documentary storytelling is a powerful tool for informing, educating, inspiring, challenging mindsets, and bringing transformation. The Documentary Filmmaking School aims to train and equip passionate individuals with the skills to make documentary films; capturing real stories and events and sharing them in a way which brings transformation. Topics which will be covered in the school include: worldview and content development; scriptwriting and research; camera and lighting techniques; advanced editing with Final Cut Pro; directing and interviewing; marketing; and investigative journalism. The course includes both an individual project and a group project, as well as a final screening. The credits gained in this course can be applied to either an AA in Communication Arts and Media with the University of the Nations, or a BA in Communication Arts and Media: Documentary Filmmaking.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Documentary Filmmaking School CMC 273 12 English 23 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019

Foundations for Counseling Ministry ( CNH 211 )

A course to equip those who feel called to reach out to broken, hurting people. As the entry course into degrees in the College/Faculty of Counseling and Health Care, it establishes the foundation stones for a biblical counseling ministry, especially within YWAM and the missions community. These foundation stones include a commitment to reach the lost; recognition that ministry involves the individual, the family and the community; the Divine Plumbline counseling model; and revelation as a key to change. In addition, each course may address specific counseling models or tools and specific counseling issues that are considered relevant to a particular target field or ministry.

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.

Humanities & Science: A Christian Perspective ( HMT/SCI 211 )

This core course of the U of N aims to present, examine, and celebrate God's truth and work in every area of life, in alignment with Philippians 4:8, an exhortation to meditate on ""whatever is true, honorable, just, sacred, lovely and of good report."" It encompasses the humanities and science and technology, looking at the achievements and failures of individuals, societies, and nations, past and present. The course allots eight weeks of study to humanities, and four weeks to science, though the goal is an integrated approach. Topics include: the history of civilization from ancient times to the present, the meaning of worldview, language and culture, history of science, the practice of science, stewardship principles, appreciating literature and art, world politics and justice issues. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Applied Christian Thinking.

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.

School of International Relations & Diplomacy ( HMT 369 )

The School of International Relations & Diplomacy (SIRD) is designed to challenge student to develop a biblical perspective and worldview in the area of government, international relations, and Diplomacy. To equip students to engage on a deeper level in the Sphere of Government, while creating a strong academic and spiritual foundation on which they are able to build right thinking that reflect the Lords heart and Kingdom values as they serve, wrestle, and engage in this sphere. In addition, it will equip students with greater understanding of international current events within a historical context. Students will learn about regional issues and conflicts from highly respected speakers whom are either nationals or have lived and worked extensively in various regions of the world. The students will learn to become facilitators of peace, justice, and reconciliation in the domains of international relations and diplomacy.

School of Ministry Development ( CHR 241 )

The School of Ministry Development (SOMD) is for those with a desire to work in full-time ministry. The goal is to help you grow in personal character and equip you with practical skills to become more effective in ministry. This course will help you discover God’s calling on your life, while focusing on leadership development, practical ministry tools, and provide you with hands-on leadership opportunities.

School of Missions ( CHR 235 )

An overview of missions with some specific skill training is introduced during the initial three-month course and then developed further during the field assignment. Topics include: biblical and historical foundations for missions; intercultural communication (principles of and skills for learning another language and culture); missions strategy (evangelism and church planting, church growth, intercession and spiritual warfare, healing, signs and wonders, community development); 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). Depending on where the School of Missions is offered, there may be a particular emphasis on a geographical region, demographic category (e.g., urban, rural poor, etc.) and/or cultural/religious grouping (Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Tribals, etc.). Some emphases could be: Frontiers: focuses on unreached people groups among Muslims, Hindus, Tribals and Buddhists. The purpose is to train workers for living and ministering among unreached people groups with church planting as a strategy in discipling new converts; Strategic: focuses on deploying pioneering teams as the basic vehicle for addressing strategic areas of need throughout the world. Strategic missions embraces both short-term and long-term strategies to accomplish all aspects of ministry, including the planting of both local churches and missions structures. Pioneering: focuses on equipping individuals and teams to pioneer new ministries in geographical areas and societal spheres, and to help clarify callings, develop vision and learn how to implement a pioneer project. Note: College of Christian Ministries degree students will not be awarded credit for this course until both the lecture and field assignment are satisfactorily completed.

School of Navigation & Seamanship ( SCI 221 )

This course is designed to take someone with little or no knowledge in navigation and seamanship to a level of competence with the unique opportunity to obtain qualifications in the international maritime industry. As students learn technical skills, they also learn to apply biblical principles to all aspects of navigation and seamanship. This course is being run to meet the need for qualified individuals to operate YWAM ships in port cities and island communities.

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)

TESOL Seminar ( HMT 147 )

This seminar teaches those who will teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It covers all aspects of teacher training such as methods and techniques of teaching English, language acquisition issues, course design, lesson planning, classroom management and the parts and sounds of the English language.

Worldview Seminar ( HMT 113 )

Reality Check is a seminar that is hosted by The Template Institute (TTI) which is a ministry of Youth With A Mission. We are running this seminar because we have seen that there is a big need for Christians today to relearn God's thinking and values in the area of nation discipleship. It is impossible for us to disciple the nations if we first don't understand God's values/principles in all spheres of life. Reality Check is a seminar that will help Christians rediscover God's principles for blessing all nations. This course fits within the goals of the University of the Nations as we are a university that is built on Kingdom thinking (Biblical worldview). We train students in our different colleges to have a lasting impact in the nations. Reality Check will only enhance this goal.