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Advanced Leadership Seminar ( CHR 305 )

Recognizing that leaders are trained through a variety of activities and learning experiences, learning strategies include one-to-one meetings, group sessions, creative intercession, panel discussions, question times, and lectures. Some of the seminars offered in this category are: Leadership Development - This seminar is designed for the experienced YWAM leader who is in need of refreshment, renewal and/or is at a transitional time in their 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. Slingshot - This leadership seminar is designed so that 18-30 year-old YWAM leaders can embrace the calling, vision and values of the mission. It is often offered in conjunction with key YWAM events, giving students the opportunity to mingle with and learn from seasoned YWAM leaders. Topics include; understanding spiritual leadership, and strengthening godly character and integrity. YWAM DNA - This seminar is usually 1-2 weeks long and focuses on giving both new and experienced YWAM leaders and staff the history, values, purpose and unique family characteristics of YWAM, hence the name YWAM DNA. Taught by senior YWAM leaders, often through a storytelling approach. LTS - These seminars may be offered in conjunction with the Leadership Training School (CHR 345/LTS) or as stand alone seminars apart from an LTS. They are usually 3-6 weeks in length, and deal with many practical leadership and management issues while also training leaders to plan for and carry out the visions from inception to completion.

Bible Hermeneutics Intertestamental ( CHR 302 )

This will run over one quarter and is part of a 1 year Bible Hermeneutics Program. This course is portfolio based, students will read books covering different topics related to Bible, hermeneutics and history. A goal of this course is to not rely heavily on lectures but rather on reading, writing and facilitating discussion on the material covered in the weeks reading. Students will write chapter summaries throughout each book and then process that content in a group setting each week. They will each develop new teaching content each quarter. Teaching/preaching material will be developed with weekly mentorship on the topic chosen by the student. Each chapter summary and all teaching content will be organized into a portfolio upon completion of this two year program. The focus on this quarter is Intertestamental Jewish literature, the teaching and preaching material is all geared toward how reading this literature helps us understand an aspect of the New Testament.

Bible Hermeneutics New Testament ( CHR 303 )

This seminar will broaden and deepen the students' the understanding of New Testament hermeneutics for school leaders, school staff or anyone called to a ministry of Bible. It will also provide one on one mentorship in the development of topical or Bible book teaching and preaching material.

Bible Hermeneutics Old Testament ( CHR 301 )

This seminar will broaden and deepen the students' the understanding of Old Testament hermeneutics for school leaders, school staff or anyone called to a ministry of Bible. It will also provide one on one mentorship in the development of topical or Bible book teaching and preaching material.

Chronological Bible Core Course ( CHR 211 )

This is a biblical studies course that teaches people how to use the Inductive Approach to studying the Bible. The Inductive approach is the combination of a radically open spirit to what the Bible says, and a process of observing the scriptures, then interpreting, applying and communicating its message. This course is primarily concerned with training the students in skills that they then use to study for themselves. The BCC endeavors to create graduates who can learn for themselves as opposed to students who've been told what to believe. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

Counseling Model Seminar I ( CNH 143 )

These seminars provide an opportunity for basic introduction to a particular Christian counseling model. Through taking a seminar, one is able to develop the understanding and skills of a particular model to a greater level over a period of several weeks. Seminars usually include practice and application. Models currently available include: Heart Connections and Restoring the Foundations (RTF). Check with the location offering the seminar for specifics of which model is being offered.

Discipleship Bible School ( CHR 205 )

In this course students are equipped with tools for continual development of personal Bible study. This course combines dynamic teaching, small group processing, personal study, one on one-s and practical application in order to help students develop a modest vocabulary and basic familiarity with the Scriptures as preparation for more advanced courses. Throughout the course students will grow in their understanding of the nature and character of God, how to live in and contribute to community, the importance of covenants, communicate God's redemptive plan, use the Word in a ministry context, and discover the big picture of Bible. A disciplined learning environment helps prepare the student for a lifetime of Bible study. Through the facilitation of small groups and the creation of community the DBS emphasizes on personal discipleship and godly character. Additionally, the school focuses on a variety of Biblical topics building on the foundation established in the Discipleship Training School. This course meets the U of N Core Curriculum requirement for Bible.

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
Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 11 Jan 2024 27 Apr 2024
Multiply Discipleship Training School (DTS) DSP 211 12 English 11 Jan 2024 31 Mar 2024

DTS Leadership Development ( DSP 141 )

Equip provides a resource-rich environment where DTS leaders and team members are equipped in character, skills and Spirit, so that both DTS students and programs worldwide may benefit and develop according to their individual and corporate callings. We focus on the core of who we are as disciples first. Identity in Christ, what we believe, who we are as believers and as a mission. This is the core building block for any leader along with those that have a heart for discipleship. Week 1) Core identity : Roots. Week 2) Character. Week 3) Interpersonal & Relational Issues Week. 4) Practical Skills : Nuts & Bolts. Week 5) Outreach Underway. Week 6) Wrapping up Outreach This 6 week program is led by members of the International DTS Centre (IDTSC) or a leader approved by a member of the IDTSC. It also exists in other locations such at Cambodia, Ukraine, and Lakeside, MT.

Evangelism Seminar ( CHR 131 )

This seminar is designed to be integrated into the life of a staff member that participates in or leads an outreach team that is principally evangelistic in nature. The primary delivery method of the content is reading the assigned books and listening to pre-recorded lectures. The first two weeks are devoted to content delivery and reflection. In this seminar, the student’s synthesis of the content is chiefly through writing, while the application is immediate in the context they are serving in. Outreach follows immediately after the lecture weeks and focuses on the integration of the content with evangelism and community development.

Hermeneutics Portfolio ( CHR 307 )

This course is designed to be the culmination of CHR 301-304 and will give students the opportunity to prepare a portfolio of chapter summaries and teaching material for presentation. This course will also give students and opportunity to write an integrated essay on Biblical Hermeneutics pulling content from each of the four previous quarters. Finally, students will have an opportunity to invite fellow staff, family and supporters for a presentation on the same topic as the integrated essay. This seminar is meant to be reflective and integrative in order to produce a synthesis of all material for practical application in their respective ministry.

History of Bible Hermeneutics ( CHR 304 )

This seminar will broaden and deepen the students' understanding of the hermeneutics throughout church history for school leaders, school staff or anyone called to a ministry of Bible. It will also provide one on one mentorship in the development of topical or Bible book teaching and preaching material.

Media Seminar ( CMC 115 )

The Media Missions initiative at YWAM Ships Kona hopes to mobilize the Church through the telling of victory stories from the front lines of the advancing kingdom of God. The Media Missions Short Course is a 3-week crash course designed to get intermediate to advanced-level visual communicators – writers/photo-videographers – up and running quickly to perform as working field reporters, serving the needs of an editorial department. Course graduates will leave with the skills needed to tackle commissioned assignments and ultimately produce and submit long-form photo essays, video shorts, and properly prepared social media packages back to the editorial team for final production and print/electronic distribution. For more information about the Media Missions Short Course, go to:

New Testament Greek ( CHR 258 )

A survey of the grammar, syntax, and vocabulary of New Testament Greek, followed by the reading and translation of portions of the New Testament. Students learn the basic forms of the Greek language employed in the NT and an introduction to the function of the language through exploration of passages of the Greek NT.

Operation Christmas Child Master Trainer Seminar ( CHR 131 )

This course is designed to train students to become master trainer's of The Greatest Gift and The Greatest Journey which are the trademark names of Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child events. Students of this course will learn to facilitate the Operation Christmas Child shoe box distribution in a location along with a presentation of the Gospel. They will also learn to train people on the ground to facilitate this event in order to engage the local community in the giving of the shoe boxes and presentation of the Gospel though The Greatest Gift pamphlet. Students will also learn how to facilitate and train to facilitate The Greatest Journey as a follow-up to TGG. The Greatest Journey is the Samaritan's Purse trademark discipleship program designed to accompany TGG and OCC. Upon completion of this seminar, students will be Master Trainer's in how to run each of the aforementioned material as well has how to train others to do the same.

School of Ministry & Leadership 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 centers, 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 pertinent to leadership development in a particular locale. Ministry development and leadership development equipping should be seen as a culture rather than a course. The purpose of the intensive times is to create community and introduce new content, processes and procedures, resources and tools that will continue to be utilized and encouraged. It is anticipated that many of these will become habituated if they are not already within the life of participants. In developing ministry and leadership capacity in participants it is recognized that although learning often comes in the mind from a cognitive process through engaging with content, it also often starts in the heart with a stirring or feeling or affective process. For many, some of their key learning starts with action, doing something that then starts a process of learning. If we look at the life of Jesus he would often be challenged with a mind or knowledge based question, however he would respond with a heart or affective response. One simple example was when Jesus was asked the question of whether government taxes should be paid (a head question). Jesus responded with a heart process starting with the question of, “who’s head is on the coin?”, before challenging them in their heart to pay to Caesar what was due to Caesar and to God what was due to God. During each quarter there will be a week long intensive at some point throughout the quarter that will itself serve as a full learning week. During this time there will be lectures, as well as some processing questions and activities to go along with the lectures. Along with the intensives would be personal study which will include reading books or articles, podcasts, ted talks, videos, movies and the like. Participants will have regular small groups to process the personal study and connect with each other. They will also meet regularly with a coach to assist them in developing toward their personal goals. Goals would include, personal, ministry, leadership, devotional, financial etc. It is anticipated that a team will be developed that will create a process that is dynamic, creative and effective in equipping staff for the ministry and leadership that God has called them to. The team will need to have a combination of experience and energy and creativity to create exceptional learning experiences. It is important that not only the content is planned but also the environment that equipping will take place in as well as the processes that will be used. This is seen as a great opportunity to incorporate trans-media as well as a variety of other innovative methodologies into the learning experience.

School of Navigation & Seamanship ( SCI 221 )

YWAM Ships utilize oceangoing vessels for evangelism and for discipling the nations by facilitating various ministries in port cities and island communities. There is a growing and constant need for qualified individuals to operate these vessels, and this course is being run to meet that need by training individuals with necessary skills in Navigation and Seamanship. – It is designed to take someone with little or no knowledge in navigation and seamanship to a level of competence with the unique opportunity to obtain qualifications in the international maritime industry. – As they learn technical skills, students also learn to apply Biblical principles to all aspects of navigation and seamanship.

Seeing the Scriptures Seminar ( 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.

Spiritual Formation Seminar ( CHR 156 )

This seminar is meant to introduce the participants to the rhythms of spiritual disciplines and a life of spiritual formation. Spiritual formation is not merely practices that make us better people or a guide to sin less. On the contrary, spiritual formation is intentionally positioning ourselves before the Triune God to be shaped in the likeness of Christ.

The Trinity, Sex, & Sexuality ( HMT 141 )

This course aims to affirm the God of scripture as a Triune God of three persons in relation, the scripture as the ultimate authority on what is Biblical sexuality. The course also aims to put sexual ethics in conversation with a trinitarian understanding of God as a compliment to a biblical perspective on sexuality in our modern context.

Well-being Seminar ( SFT 194 )

This is a two-week seminar including both teaching and practice. The objective is that each participant will be able to train children and adults of all ages in the scientific principles of health, motor fitness, wellness, disease and injury prevention from a biblical perspective.