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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.

Family Ministry School ( FAM 223 )

An introduction to the biblical Principals of marriage and family life targeting five major themes related to effective ministry to families: the biblical model of family, God's design for marriage, godly parenting, Christian family counseling principles, and the role of the family in ministry. Students can anticipate growth and development in their personal lives, in their families, and in their ability to minister to other families. This 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 counseling tools in the school so they can effectively prepare couples for marriage.

Oral Bible Translation School ( APL 249 )

This school is to train YWAMers to be Oral Bible Translation facilitators and advisors who work with the mother tongue translators.

Oral Bible Translation Workshop I ( APL 128 )

This school is to train YWAMers to be Oral Bible Translation facilitators and advisors who work with the mother tongue translators.

Oral Bible Translation Workshop II ( APL 129 )

This workshop is aimed at people who want to work on YWAM OBT projects, as facilitators and Bible Translators...

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 Biblical Studies II ( CHR 315 )

This course is a continuation of the School of Biblical Studies, using the inductive approach to study Hebrews, James, I and II Peter, Jude, I, II and III John, the Gospel of John, Revelation, and Genesis through I Kings.

This course can be taken online. See for details.

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, covers the study of II Kings through Malachi.

This course can be taken online. See for details.

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, 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.

Sustainable Agriculture School ( SCI 273 )

The course purposes and is designed to provide a learner charged environment where students learn to wrestle with the life issues of hunger, malnutrition, food insecurity, poverty and environmental degradation. Broken relationships, non-sustainable agriculture practices, cultural beliefs and a lack of understanding contribute significantly to these global issues. This course equips students with practical, restorative, regenerative organic, sustainable agriculture, food production and community development skills to address these very issues and bring hope for the future. Participants will be equipped with knowledge and fundamental skills to impact the lives of multiple people groups from rural farmers to urbanites. The course presents a transformational biblical perspective on farming and food production and the great value that God places on farming as an occupation. Participants learn will learn soil rebuilding techniques, appropriate plant choices, varying organic food producing methods with application and appropriate integrations, plant nutrition and natural pest and disease management, agro-forestry, permaculture, bee-keeping, human nutrition, natural medicines, business and leadership development, and animal agriculture all within the context of people-centered community development. Natural regenerative and organic practices are presented and promoted. The course provides both a personal and team learning experience. Classroom teaching integrates practicals and implementation of the methods taught in the program. Participants develop their own food growing plots, experience growing field crops, may take part in caring for a livestock enterprise and practice environmental stewardship. The field service phase is incorporated into the entire scope of the school where supervised student teams collaborate with selected communities to bring the knowledge and skills they are learning. This weekly experience and debriefing helps students gain implementation and community development skill in real life scenarios.