Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international movement of Christians from many denominations committed to knowing God and making Him known through a three-fold pattern of activities including evangelism, training and acts of compassion. (Also known as mercy ministries.)
YWAM England was launched in 1971 and now has 18 operating locations and a staff of about 300.
Each operating location has a distinctive role in evangelism, training and mercy ministries.
In each area YWAM works in conjunction with local churches and other Christian initiatives in specific areas such as schools work, seminars and evangelism.
Each team in each operating location is overseen and encouraged by the Leadership team of YWAM England and is accountable to the YWAM England Leadership Team and to the YWAM England and Wales Board of Trustees.
YWAM International offers a broad range of training opportunities ranging in depth from one-week Seminars/Workshops to 4-year degree courses.
The training at tertiary-level is offered under the auspices of YWAM's international University of the Nations (UofN) which currently operates in over 100 nations and is present on all continents.
U of N offers a broad range of missions-related courses in various contexts and various languages. Each course combines and integrates theoretical and practical elements with the aim of equipping students to play a vital part in long-term missions endeavours (be they in their home nation or elsewhere). The courses are usually offered in live-learn situations where the students live alongside long-term missions workers and learn from them informally in the missions setting as well as in the more formal context of classroom instruction.
The U of N, and its precursor the Pacific and Asia Christian University, has been co-ordinating and validating YWAM's international training activities since 1978. It offers courses at associate's, bachelor's and master's levels as well as shorter courses such as seminars, workshops and conferences. The U of N has seven constituent Colleges/Faculties each of which specialises in a different area of expertise.
The seven colleges are
Each college has its own leadership team and their activities are co-ordinated and overseen by the UofN Registry and the U of N Council of Reference.
The current U of N Catalogue, enclosed with this document, lists the courses currently available to prospective students and the places where they take place. All courses adhere to the principles outlined in the Catalogue and in the U of N Reference Guide 2005 and further information about this is given in the accompanying statement of Policies and Procedures.
The U of N also has six specialist International Centres each of which is a worldwide network of persons and locations around which well-defined interdisciplinary missions objectives are facilitated, communicated, resourced, researched and organised. The U of N Centres facilitate and integrate international resources and personnel from various Colleges/Faculties, groups and organisations, outside or inside YWAM, to accomplish well-defined missions objectives. Each Centre typically performs research and develops and makes available seminars, workshops, appropriate reference materials and monitoring procedures related to its objectives. The Centre may also develop and organise a foundational school which presents the rudiments and an overview of a specific Centre's mandate.
The U of N has two distinctive features:
- The courses are modular in nature offering concentrated exposure to a particular area of expertise and the ability to explore a given area in depth within a designated time span.
- Teaching is given by highly qualified visiting experts in each field as well as by the long-term staff specialising in training within YWAM. This means that students have the opportunity to learn from people who are on the cutting edge of new developments in their field and exposed to the realities of life in missions situations.
The U of N operates in 100 nations and has not sought accreditation in any one particular nation. The reasons for this are given in Appendix I</noinclude> at the end of this document.
Admission to U of N and any of its sponsored programmes is open to qualified individuals regardless of race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sex or educationally unrelated handicaps. All intending students are asked to provide evidence of their ability to undertake tertiary-level study in the language in which the course is offered.
U of N Training in England
YWAM's work in England is overseen and facilitated by the Training Director for England who reports to the England Leadership Team and the YWAM England Board of Directors.
The majority of its training activities are carried out under the auspices of the U of N and monitored by the U of N Registry and the leaders of the appropriate international Colleges.
As a constituent member of the U of N YWAM England is committed to meeting all the criteria and commitments described in the U of N Catalogue and in the U of N Reference Guide 2005. These documents set out the standards for delivery of courses , student acceptance and well-being etc.. Details are given in the appropriate sections of the accompanying notes on Policies and Procedures.
PG January 2007