Kerygma is a self-governing, transnational branch of YWAM that works primarily in the Roman Catholic world. Though members are of mixed traditions, teams operate with a "Catholic Ethos."
In 1992, Protestant and Catholic YWAM leaders met in Dublin for the "Dublin Consultation on Evangelization in the Catholic World." This meeting was a result of a growing question about how best to make room for a significantly increasing number of Catholic YWAMers to minister as part of an organization with mostly Protestant members, while maintaining a strong relationship with their church and being able to express their faith according to Catholic traditions.
In addition to and in the spirit of YWAM's call to mercy ministries, training, and evangelism, Kerygma also focus on church reconciliation, mobilizing Catholics into missions, and collaborating with local Catholic groups.
According to the Kerygma International website, Kerygma goals are to see:
- An exponential growth in the number of young people involved in apostolic activities (cf. Apostolicam Actuositatem Article 2),
- An increase of well-trained and highly motivated lay leadership,
- A flourishing of charismatic communities around the world,
- A multiplication of initiatives aimed at reconciling Christians with one another,
- An increased involvement on the part of Catholic laity in world missions.