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Advanced Leadership Seminar ( CHR 305 )

Recognizing that leaders are trained through a variety of activities and learning experiences, learning strategies include one-to-one meetings, group sessions, creative intercession, panel discussions, question times, and lectures. Some of the seminars offered in this category are: Leadership Development- This seminar is designed for the experienced YWAM leader who is in need of refreshment, renewal and/or is at a transitional time in their leadership experience. Topics include: identity in Christ, clarity of calling and gifts, stages and models of leadership development, leadership style, strategic planning, conflict resolution, team dynamics, and spiritual, practical and servant leadership. A minimum of five years of missions leadership is required. This leadership seminar is designed so that 18-30 year-old YWAM leaders can embrace the calling, vision and values of the mission. It is often offered in conjunction with key YWAM events, giving students the opportunity to mingle with and learn from seasoned YWAM leaders. Topics include; understanding spiritual leadership, and strengthening godly character and integrity.

Art Evangelists School ( ATS 257 )

We train individuals in areas of visual arts while looking at the heart of an artist, developing not only skills but our relationship with God; enabling students to be more effective in ministering to others with tools of art evangelism.

Bible School for the Nations ( CHR 225 )

The BSN Core course is a book-by-book chronological adventure through the Bible. It focuses on knowing God, His message, and His Redeeming Story. We use creative methods of story telling, art and class participation.  The course also includes an intense week of learning Bible Study tools and application.  Students learn to prepare messages with an application of Biblical Principles to transform nations.  This course has a required 3-6 week Seminar (CHR 125) that is given at the beginning or end of the course. This course meets the UofN Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

Bible School for the Nations Seminar ( CHR 125 )

The purpose of this seminar is to help bring personal as well as missions application to the Bible School for the Nations Course, and is known locally as Discipling the Nations Seminar. The seminar will give the students instruction and strategies to use their study of the Bible to identify underlying presuppositions in societies, so as to bring transformation to individuals and nations. The seminar is also designed to give students a historical perspective of the church and missions and the successes and failures of past movements in the advance of the Kingdom of God.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Bible School for the Nations Seminar CHR 125 4 English, Spanish 30 Sep 2024 25 Oct 2024

Counseling Seminar ( WPC 111 )

A seminar for YWAM staff to receive training and practical skills in two basic areas: (1) Self-awareness & Self-care (2) Empathy & Caring for others.

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 emphasis 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.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Discipleship Training School (DTS) Burning Hearts DSP 211 12 Spanish, English 30 Sep 2024 20 Dec 2024

DTS Workshop ( DSP 121 )

A foundational collaborative training program offered by various members of the International DTS Centre, for DTS staff and Leaders from many different locations. It covers the DTS purpose, curriculum and guidelines, YWAM’s Foundational Values, some basic skills for working with people, leadership skills, DTS administration (including U of N Course and student registration processes), and a special focus on facilitating the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the classroom. This course is most commonly referred to as DTS Foundational Workshop.

School of Frontier 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; the nature of the Church; 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, relief and 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 are:

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 key 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.

Urban: focuses on urban areas. Students study demographic and structural views of cities, cross-cultural strategies for cities, and types of evangelism which are effective in cities.

Asian: focuses on Asian studies, learning research skills, with application to developing effective mission strategy for a particular nation or people group.

Muslim: focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills to minister effectively long-term in a Muslim nation. Students should be able to provide an effective, contextual witness to Muslims, having the skills to be a part of a team starting a new long-term ministry in a Muslim nation.

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 Worship ( CHR 261 )

The School of Worship imparts foundational values and principles to those intending to serve in worship among the nations. Topics include character and lifestyle as a worshiper, understanding the work of the Holy Spirit in worship, applying worship principles within a cross-cultural context, the biblical and historical aspects of worship, leadership and teamwork, the dynamics of worship and intercession, prophetic ministry, spiritual warfare, creativity and musicianship, and worship in missions and evangelism. 

Transformational Business Seminar ( ECD 111 )

This is a shorter version of the School of Transformational Business (ECD 211 with the goal of training participants in the basics of starting a business, as well as demonstrating how business can be used to bring the Gospel to restricted nations, empowering the poor and needy, leading to transformation of communities and nations. Students will be required to do a business plan as part of the training.

Visual Arts Seminar ( ATS 157 )

The Visual Arts Seminar is a seven-week course that includes six weeks of full lecture and one week of mini-outreach. It is designed to expose artists to various degrees of involvement in the area of the arts, whilst forming their worldview and identity as Christ-centered artists. Participants will practice art and live in a missions context. Components of the course are designed to develop the person of the artist (heart) as well as his/her art form (technique). Course activities include teaching times, projects, studio time, one-to-one mentoring, service and ministry, life in community, and more. Seminars may include a broad range of visual arts or may focus on one specific area of visual arts, including but not limited to street art, painting, drawing, sculpting or multi-media installations.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Visual Arts Seminar ATS 157 6 English, Spanish 13 Jan 2025 21 Feb 2025

Worship, Intercession, Spiritual Warfare and Evangelism School ( CHR 263 )

This school combines training in worship, intercession, spiritual warfare and evangelism in the context of a YWAM training centre where staff and students worship, pray and evangelize together. The training emphasizes the correlation between fruitful evangelism and deepening a relationship with God in worship, discovering His plan in intercession, and reinforcing His will in spiritual warfare.