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Bringing God's Peace in the Nations ( HMT 113 )

A critical study of Biblical Principles for communities and society with the aim of achieving maximum outcomes of peace and reconciliation.

Discipleship Seminar ( DSP 111 )

This introductory seminar is designed for the Body of Christ in general. It will lead students into a deeper, more intimate walk with God, with teaching of foundational topics of Christian discipleship such as knowing God, hearing God's voice, the importance of the Word, meditation, intercession, fear of the Lord, forgiveness, relinquishing rights, sanctification, evangelism and missions, spiritual warfare, faith and finances, and relationships.


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.

DTS Staff Training Seminar ( DSP 121 )

This course is designed to train DTS staff and leaders to more effectively lead DTSs. It addresses the participants' personal relationship with God, their understanding and practice of YWAM’s Foundational Values, the DTS Purpose, Outcomes, Curriculum and Guidelines, as well as instilling basic leadership skills to provide an environment conducive to Spiritual Formation. Attention will also be given to DTS administration and U of N registration.

Leadership Development Seminar ( CHR 305 )

This seminar is designed for the experienced YWAM leader who is in need of refreshment, renewal and/or is at a transitional time in his or her 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 to take this seminar.

Missions Strategies ( CHR 199 )

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. The course presents a Biblical grid for agriculture, aims to restore the value and dignity of the farmer and the vocation of farming, and equips students with practical, restorative and sustainable agriculture, food production and community development skills to address these very issues and bring hope for the future. Natural and organic practices are presented and promoted. Attendees are equipped with knowledge and fundamental skills to impact the lives of multiple people groups from rural farmers to urbanites. Participants learn soil rebuilding techniques, appropriate plant choices, varying 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. Instructors will be highly qualified experienced practitioners who bring their expertise to the classroom and participants. 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, take part in caring for a livestock enterprise and practice environmental stewardship. Field assignment is incorporated weekly throughout the school where staff led student teams work in selected collaborative communities. Here students get hands-on experience in supervised community development application providing opportunity to implement learned principles and practices. Field assignment (Community Collaboration) includes weekly planning, prayer, and strategy for multiplying learned views, principles and practices in the collaborating communities. The learning process is strengthened by weekly debriefing, processing, and coaching of the team experiences in the collaborating communities. Community Collaboration Guidelines The Sustainable Agriculture School assesses and identifies collaborating communities where students enrolled in the Sustainable Agriculture School have an opportunity to practice and implement the material they are learning as they are learning it and at the same time add value to the collaborating community. Through established relationships, dialogue, assessment and collaborative processing, collaborating communities and the students come to agreement on a best fit design for that particular community. The topic will be Transformational Agriculture and propose an integrated and inter-relational approach to agriculture, food production and natural resource stewardship through a biblical grid. In a hands-on learner centered environment, demonstration and practice of organic food production and conservation agriculture methods will be discussed, demonstrated and implemented. The aim is too restore agriculture as a viable occupation, equip participants with transferable skills and demonstrate how changes of mind set and food production methods can result in improved soil fertility, improved crop yields and a decrease in malnutrition and poverty. Small teams comprised of three to five people from the Sustainable Agriculture School will provide the training. The collaborating community will provide the land, material resources and selection of the community participant representatives. It is desired that participant groups are small suggesting 15 people or less. Participants will be committed to attending all sessions. It is expected that classes will be held one time per week for a 5 hour period for the duration of approximately 16 weeks. Sample topics include: Seeing agriculture through the eyes of the Creator. Soil rebuilding methods composting minimum tillage mulching crop rotation managing crop residue Various small plot and small holder food growing methods Seeds and seed selection Planning and Implementation Improved harvest and storage methods