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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.

Discipleship Training School (DTS) ( DSP 211 )

This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with a 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 9-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.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Discipleship Training School (DTS) - Adventure, Justice, P&W DSP 211 12 English 10 Jun 2024 30 Aug 2024
Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 16 Sep 2024 07 Feb 2025

One Thing Internship ( 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.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
One Thing Internship CHR 165 4 English 29 Apr 2024 24 May 2024
One Thing Internship CHR 165 4 English 05 Aug 2024 30 Aug 2024

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.

School of Frontier Missions ( CHR 235 )

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

School of Ministry Development ( CHR 241 )

This 12-week course is designed to practically develop and disciple new leaders in their character, skillsets, and vision to prepare them for staffing in the various areas of ministry at YWAM Furnace NZ and beyond. During this course, students will be taught the history, values, and vision of YWAM globally and locally. They will discover personal strengths and skills and will be given opportunities to practice servant leadership in various ways. They will develop foundational skillsets for leadership, such as stewardship of time and finances, communication, teamwork, personal vision, and project planning. They will be trained to lead others in evangelism, intercession, discipleship, and practical service in our community and in the nations.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Leaders Internship CHR 241 11 English 25 Mar 2024 07 Jun 2024

School of Worship ( CHR 261 )

Unlock fresh passion as you unleash your sound.   From the secret place to the stage, worship connects us to the heart of God. Come be equipped as a worshiper in breathtaking Tauranga, New Zealand. In the three-month Training Phase, you will learn from experienced leaders and musicians, as well as gain hands-on, practical experience. Here at YWAM Furnace NZ, we believe, as John Piper says, that worship is both the fuel and the goal of missions. That’s why the Prayer Room is central to all that we do. As a part of the School of Worship, spending time in the Prayer Room is built into eight+ hours of your weekly schedule, with plenty of time to jump in and get experience being a part of a worship team. We believe that God wants to propel prophetic messengers like flaming arrows from the ends of the earth into the nations. But it has to start in the place of intimacy. It is our desire that the School of Worship would be a season where you can dive deep into intimacy with God, discovering more about who He is and who He has created you to be, and that your heart would burn with passion for the King of Kings as you gaze upon His beauty. Finally, discover your vital role as a worshiper on the mission field during the two-month Outreach. We are committed to reaching the lost, and worship opens doors to people’s hearts in a unique way. Our short-term outreaches serve long-term workers, come alongside existing ministries, and can help pioneer new initiatives. Altogether, it will be an unforgettable experience as you know God and make Him known as a worshiper. The School of Worship is a 5 month school with 3 months of training followed by 2 months of outreach and is a second level school with the University of the Nations. This means that you must have already completed a DTS (Discipleship Training School). It is a school for those who are passionate about worship, enthusiastic about music and longing to know God on a deeper level. This school is 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. Come and join us!

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
School of Worship CHR 261 12 English 16 Sep 2024 06 Dec 2024

Word By Heart - Genesis to Revelation ( CHR 207 )

In this course students will discuss, debate and meditate on weekly Scriptures using the Inductive Bible Study method, in order to find deeper meaning and understanding of the Bible as a whole, and come to the realization of how the overlying message throughout the scriptures ultimately leads to Jesus. This process will result in an experience so deep that students can then re-tell stories from different passages throughout the Bible, word for word in their native language—as if they were an actual eyewitness to the event. In doing this, students will receive new revelations from the Scriptures, and are transformed to be more like Jesus. They will also learn storytelling skills and practice natural memory techniques, by creating imaginary memories to see what the eyewitnesses saw and say what they meant, developing honest, technique-free communication that compels audience attention and understanding of the scriptures. In this way, Word By Heart equips people to work with Oral Bible Translation projects, as well as contributes to the End Bible Poverty Now movement.

Course Number Credits Languages Start Date End Date
Word By Heart - Genesis to Revelation CHR 207 12 English 06 Jun 2024 30 Aug 2024