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Discipleship Training School ( 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 (YWAM CDTS), 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
Fire + Fragrance Discipleship Training School DSP 211 11 English 28 Sep 2022 16 Dec 2022

Family Ministry School ( CNH 223 )

Family Ministry School (FMS) is a school focused on the family, containing three months of teaching about family and marriage, providing a deeper understanding of the biblical foundations of marriage and family. The biblical model of family, God’s design for marriage, godly parenting, Christian family counselling principles and the role of the family in ministry are core elements throughout the school. Students can anticipate growth and development in their personal life, in their family life and in their ability to minister to other families. The course prepares students to disciple other families through the use of family camps, marriage seminars, relationship seminars and parenting seminars. Students are also introduced to premarital counselling tools in the school so they can effectively prepare couples for marriage. The aim is to strengthen, train and equip families that has a calling and desire to work amongst other families.

Introductory Bible Course ( CHR 227 )

The vision of this school is to teach people how to study whole books of the Bible inductively focusing on skill development of tools given in the course. The foundational exercise on which the rest of study will be built is phrase diagramming as seen in commentary series such as ZEC and EGGNT. The idea of this approach is for students to format the text of a book to reflect the relationships of one phrase to the next. The other emphasis of the course will be the use of context in the interpretation of pericopes throughout the text. The students will employ both the literary and the Socio-Historical context of a book in the interpretation of the details. Finally, the student will learn to communicate the message of a book for contemporary culture through application to life and through a variety of other communication media.

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.

School of Biblical Studies II ( CHR 315 )

This course is a continuation of the School of Biblical Studies. This course will complete the studies of the post exilic prophets. An introduction of the times of the New Testament will be followed by the study of the synoptic gospels, the book of Acts and 1 & 2 Corinthians.

School of Biblical Studies III ( CHR 316 )

As the final course in the SBS series, this continuation of training in using the inductive approach to studying the Bible. The Epistles and the writings of John will be studied in this final term.

School of Ministry Development ( CHR 241 )

Introductory level leadership courses are known by various names at various YWAM/UofN training centres, but generally have similar goals of training staff and leaders at those centres, equipping staff for servant leadership and giving opportunity for personal growth and development. Topics will vary according to the location. Typical topics include understanding YWAM history and values, spiritual disciplines for leaders, time management, fund-raising, personal ministry development, calling, purpose and vision, identity of a leader, conflict resolution, and other topics pertitent to leadership development in a particular locale. 

Seeing the Scriptures ( CHR 119 )

This seminar engages the scriptures in a visual manner. The goal of the course is to teach students to create a visual layout of the entire text of a book from the Bible. The primary methodology used is called phrase diagramming, and follows the guidelines used for the publication of the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series. It serves as a bridging seminar for students who have completed a different Bible course in YWAM and would like to staff the Bible in Context, but has no prerequisite and can be delivered as a stand alone course or in conjunction with other courses.

Thematic Bible Study ( CHR 112 )

This course is aimed at getting students into the later New Testament writings of Hebrews and 1 Peter. The book of Hebrews focuses on the Covenant Jesus gave us, thus the first two weeks will be spent focusing on understanding the impact of the Christ event in covenant terms. The book of 1 Peter calls believers, as members of a royal priesthood, to abstain from the sins of their local society even if it costs them social capital thus the student will grow in understanding what it means to live out the message of that book today.