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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 topics such 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 School for the Nations ( CHR 225 )

This Bible course with a missions focus gives a complete survey of the Old and New Testament and principles of biblical investigation. Initial topics include: God's nature and character, the nature of man, sin, redemption, the cross, salvation, discipleship, and the Kingdom of God, as well as the history of doctrine. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Bible School for the Nations CHR 225 12 English 20 Apr 2020 17 Jul 2020

Bible School For The Nations ( CHR 225 )

Bible School for the Nations Seminar ( CHR 125 )

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 08 Jul 2019 02 Aug 2019
Bible School for the Nations Seminar CHR 125 4 English 12 Jul 2020 09 Aug 2020

Community Development Seminar ( DEV 165 )

This seminar will look at God's heart for the vulnerable and how to respond with strategies aligned to His original design. It will explore the vital role of the church in the process of community transformation and give practical tools for those extending biblical compassion to the vulnerable in their communities. The Transformational Development Seminar provides participants a wholistic discipleship framework as a tool for them to use they in establishing biblical thinking in all areas of their lives. It also introduces participants to key issues related to community development, including what is understood by the terms "community," "development", and "transformation"; focusing on wholistic, biblical community development and critical issues relating 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 doing community assessment based on an appreciative rather than a wholly needs-based approach.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Transformational Development Seminar DEV 165 1 English 10 Jun 2019 14 Jun 2019

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
DTS -M&S, O2M, I2I DSP 211 12 English 15 Jul 2019 29 Nov 2019
Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 11 English 30 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019

DTS Leadership Development ( DSP 141 )

This in-depth, collaborative training programme is designed to equip YWAM/U of N staff to create and lead YWAM Discipleship Training Schools, including both teaching and outreach phases, in alignment with the apostolic vision, foundational values, purpose, outcomes, curriculum, and guidelines of the DTS. It includes outcomes for both DTS leadership and personal growth. This progrmamme is led by members of the International DTS Centre (IDTSC) or a leader approved by a member of the IDTSC. It also exists around the world under different names such as "MDM" and "DTS Equip."

Hospitality Ministry Seminar ( ATS 143 )

This two-week seminar will introduce the foundations in, and the practical skills needed, to minister to others through the service of hospitality. They will consider at the biblical basis for hospitality, what to be aware of in cross-cultural hospitality, what the heart of celebration is, and how to lead with a servant's heart. Participants will be hands-on in learning skills in event management, preparing for and hosting guests, planning and preparing a menu, guestroom preparation, welcome basket set up etc. As a team, they will prepare and host several events and activities to hone their skills.

Intercessory Prayer Seminar ( CHR 165 )

One Thing Internship is a four-week seminar focused on prayer, worship, and intercession. Students learn about intimacy with God, the heart of worship, spiritual disciplines, and prayer and missions.

School of Biblical Studies I ( CHR 213 )

This is the first in a series of three courses that make up the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). This course sequence surveys the whole Bible using the inductive approach (observation, interpretation and application). This course may serve as a core course in all bachelor's degree programmes. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

This course can be taken online. See for details.

School of Communication Foundations ( CMC 211 )

The School of Communication Foundations (SCF) recognises that good communication is a lifelong learning process that we get to practice every day. By improving our communication we can build better relationships with God and others. The SCF develops both practical communication skills and a stronger foundation in your God-given identity. This is a school for everybody, doing anything. The SCF lays essential foundations in biblical communication while advancing your skills and confidence in speaking, writing and listening. It aims to sharpen your ability to communicate clearly through cross-cultural and interpersonal dynamics. We will equip you with principles of preparing and delivering a message to a variety of audiences. One focus throughout the school is writing a research project on a sub-culture or people group who God has placed on your heart. Through provoking instruction and discussion, practical assignments, and video evaluation, you can discover your 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 23 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019
School of Communication Foundations CMC 211 12 English 21 Sep 2020 11 Dec 2020
School of Communication Foundations CMC 211 12 English 20 Sep 2021 10 Dec 2021

School of Frontier Missions ( CHR 235 )

The School of Frontier Missions is designed to train missionaries to go long term and make disciples of unreached people in a frontiers, cross-cultural context.

School of Ministry Development ( CHR 241 )

Leadership schools come in different forms, designed to meet the needs of the students, equipping them for servant leadership while giving opportunity for personal growth and development. Two emphases offered in this category of school are: School of Ministry Development (SOMD) - During this school students discover and develop their gifts and talents in leadership roles. The course is especially designed for new staff at YWAM centres and is adapted to the context of the language and culture of the country in which it is taught. Some of the topics are: understanding the core values of YWAM, perspectives on missions, generational thinking, transforming cultures, personal fund-raising, worship and evangelism, personal ministry development, public speaking, spiritual authority, and conflict resolution. School of Pioneer Leadership Development (SPLD) - This school has the goal of equipping young leaders to pioneer new YWAM bases, schools or ministries. Students will receive tools to help them in becoming effective learners and leaders -- learning the culture, and in some cases the language, of the people where they will pioneer. Topics include: team building, principles of pioneering, servanthood, foundational leadership practices, mentoring, coaching, and the role of intercession in pioneering. Students may have opportunity to work alongside ministries that are in a pioneering phase of development. A recommendation from a YWAM leader is required for entry into this course.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Leaders Internship CHR 241 12 English 08 Jul 2019 04 Oct 2019

School of Worship ( ATS/CHR 261 )

The School of Worship is a 5 month school with 3 months of training followed by 2 months of outreach. It is a second level school with University of the Nations. It is a school for anyone who has completed a Discipleship Training School. Our SOW is fashioned for students to dive deeper into God’s heart and to have more understanding and depth of the Father’s perfect love for them. Worship is the expression of our love and adoration to our worthy God, it’s celebrating who he is! And what better way to understand the worth of our magnificent God than to dive deep into an intimate relationship with Him. Our school provides teachings and training to equip students with a fiery heart of worship and to take that fire out into the nations. It is a school for those who are passionate about worship, enthusiastic about music, and longing to know God on a deeper level. This is a school for those who want to reach the nations by being worship leaders and facilitators of God’s presence, who draw others into his love and truth in creative and unique ways. Worship is more than simply singing and playing an instrument, but we can express our love for the Father in many forms! The dream on God’s heart is to raise up a generation of Prophetic Worship Warriors that are sent out from New Zealand into the nations. He wants to give students an impartation from this land. New Zealand is a prophetic nation, it is a strategic nation that God has and will continue to use in order to call the world to Christ. It is also a nation known for it’s warriors, the strong and courageous people of the land. Through this school God wants hearts to be ignited in the prophetic – for students to get trained up in partnering with the Holy Spirit to lead others into worship. God wants to stir up the warrior spirit in his worshipers – and this comes by grabbing onto his truth. He longs for people to know who he has created them to be, and it is when we stand on the truth of being his sons and daughters that we become over comers and victorious warriors who will stop at nothing to see his Kingdom here on earth.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
School of Worship ATS/CHR 261 11 English 30 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019

Transformational Development School ( DEV/HMT 365 )

The Community Development School provides training in a biblical approach to community transformation for all spheres of society. Beginning with the holistic development of the individual and his or her relationship with God, the principles and practices of this course are designed to enable change in varied settings, from rural to urban, with a mind towards the current possibilities of the globalized world. This course equips students with skills to help communities initiate and accomplish strategic activities that will bring life and growth towards God's purposes in His kingdom on earth. The curriculum helps the participant cultivate a solid working knowledge of transformation, development values, fundamental skills, godly character and good relationships.


Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Transformational Development School DEV/HMT 365 11 English 30 Sep 2019 13 Dec 2019

Word by Heart ( CMC 233 )

In this course students will memorize weekly Scriptures from one of the Gospels in their native language and tell it as an eyewitness might have done. They will learn storytelling skills and practice natural memory techniques that differ from a "rote approach." Using the tools of an actor and, they will create imaginary memories to see what the eyewitnesses saw and say what they meant, with the goal of developing honest, technique-free communication that compels audience attention.