About us

 

“Jugend mit einer Mission” (JMEM) is the German branch of the international mission organisation Youth With A Mission (YWAM) which was founded in 1965 by Loren Cunningham in the USA.
On the occasion of the Olympic games in Munich (1972), Youth With A Mission was searching for a place to stay that was in that area and bought the Hurlach Castle that is situated about 70 km north of Munich. Up until today the castle is used as a training centre for missionaries. Over the past 30 years, thousands of students from Germany and other nations have attended schools such as the Discipleship Training School (DTS) or the School of Biblical Studies (SBS). Seminars, charitable and missionary outreaches within Germany and in other countries, as well local ministries (amongst foreigners, in churches or youth groups) have been offered.
Over the years YWAM has had different teams in different locations all over Germany over a short- as well as mid-term period. Many YWAM ministries in other countries have been born out of Germany.
Today YWAM Germany is located in:
City
Frankfurt am Main
Eutin
Altensteig
Hurlach
Hainichen
Herrnhut
Hamburg
State
Hessen
Schleswig Holstein
Baden-Württemberg
Bavaria
Saxony
Saxony
Hamburg
And Kings's Kids Teams in different cities in several states.

lorencunninghamOur History

“Jugend mit einer Mission” (JMEM) is the German branch of the international mission organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM) which was founded in 1960 by Loren Cunningham in the USA.

On the occasion of the Olympic games in Munich (1972), Youth With A Mission was searching for a place to stay in the area and found the Hurlach Castle that was up for sale, about 70 km west of Munich. Up until today the castle has been used as a training centre for missionaries. Over the past 42 years, thousands of students from Germany and other nations have attended schools such as the Discipleship Training School (DTS) or newer schools like the School of Biblical Studies (SBS) or School of Biblical Christian Worldview (SBCW). Seminars, charitable and missionary outreaches within Germany and in other countries, as well local ministries (amongst foreigners, in churches or youth groups) have been offered.

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Over the years YWAM has had different teams in different locations all over Germany, short-term or for longer periods of time. Many YWAM ministries in other countries have been born out of Germany.

Today YWAM Germany is located in:
City / State
Altensteig / Baden-Württemberg
Berlin
Erfurt / Thuringia
Frankfurt am Main / Hessen
Hainichen / Saxony
Hamburg / Hamburg
Herrnhut / Saxony
Hurlach / Bavaria
Köln / North Rhine-Westphalia
King's Kids Teams in different cities in several states (main office: Dortmund).

Our Structure and Beliefs

As YWAM has grown over the years, it has developed as a Family of Ministries, rather than a highly structured, centralized agency. Although we have international and regional service offices for YWAM, we do not have an central "headquarter".

Each YWAM location, training center, and ministry is responsible for planning its own training programs, outreaches, for its staff development and defining their objectives and activities.

All YWAM locations are tied together by shared faith, vision, and values. Regional leadership teams and an international eldership body called Global Leadership Forum build a platform of accountability for all YWAM ministries. Both also provide guidance, wisdom and direction as necessary.

The Global Leadership Forum consists of 45 members, including YWAMs founder Loren Cunningham. To this forum also belong YWAMs international chairman Lynn Green, YWAMs president John Dawson, and Ian Muir. The latter three build our international executive leadership team.

Young or old, educated and vocationally trained or not, whether you speak English or not - there is a place for you in Youth With A Mission. Whether you want to go on a one-week mission trip or are pursuing a long-term career, there are countless opportunities for you.

 

Statement of Faith

We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's son;

  • That people are created in God's image;
  • That He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ;
  • That although all people have sinned and come short of God's glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ;
  • That repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of grace  towards us;
  • That God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth;
  • and: That the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ's last commandment, "...Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15).

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms that the Bible is the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit's inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God's word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:

  • Worship: We are called to praise and worship God alone
  • Holiness: We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God
  • Witness: We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him
  • Prayer: We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God's heart, including standing against evil in every form
  • Fellowship: We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM's beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM - our "DNA." They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

  1. Know God
  2. Make God known
  3. Hear God’s Voice
  4. Practice Worship and Intercessory Prayer
  5. Be visionary
  6. Champion young People
  7. Be broad structured and decentralized
  8. Be international and interdenominational
  9. Have a biblical Worldview
  10. Function in Teams
  11. Exhibit servant Leadership
  12. Do first, then teach
  13. Be relationship oriented
  14. Value the individual
  15. Value Families
  16. Practice Dependance on God for Finances
  17. Practice Hospitality
  18. Communicate With Integrity

The full document you can find under: Foundational Values

 

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As a continually growing movement we always have stuck to common and connecting values and tried to live them out and to model them with our best abilities. Our Foundational Values are in this sense not paragraphs or rules, or statutes, but indeed “only” values. But if they are lived out rightly they will make each YWAM team, each ministry base, and each U of N campus to a vivid Christian community.

YWAM is a missions movement and as such we are part of the world wide church of Jesus Christ.

We affirm the Christian Magna Carta and also embrace other publications about missions and evagelism by the church and missions organizations world wide.

As disciples of Jesus Christ we want to live our lives as an example and want to do our part in proclaiming the Good News of the Bible in the whole world.

Finances

Because we are a movement of young Christians, the manner of our ministries and activities are strongly dependent on each single staff member. YWAM is, first and foremost, more a community of like-minded people with big dreams and goals than an organization that is based on structure and rules.

There are two different aspects of financial provision; that of the staff member and that of ministries and training centers. Both depend on a firm confidence in God that, if He calls me to a certain ministry, He will provide all the neccessary means as well. He is our provider. How He does it can vary widely. He can do it by means of a salary, through self-employment, or through a personal circle of friends. The actual source behind it is always the same, but the channels are different.

Staff members

In YWAM no-one receives a salary out of the funds that have been donated for general purposes or specific projects. The staff member’s salaries are financed directly through donations from personal friends or supporter circles. Each staff member has a part of the responsibility to care for this income. Communication, visiting the supporters, prayer, etc., is on one’s own responsibility. This is equally valid for student apprentices, full-time staff, leaders, teachers or international leaders. Home churches, friends or the family of the YWAM staff support them for their missions ministry and share their living costs. Through that they also support our mission work. Others may have a full- or part-time job outside of YWAM and volunteer their time in mission service. Some make themselves available on a short- or medium-term basis in our mission and live on savings or a pension.

A full- or part-time commitment in YWAM only on donation basis puts high demands on the personal motivation and willingness of each YWAMer and his family. In this regard and in our financial policies as to the provision of our co-workers we function like many other missions and relief organizations, or Christian churches worldwide.

The Organization

Donations for YWAM in general or designated, whether money or other goods, will be used exactly for the specified purpose. YWAM’s financial income is not only made up of donations, but also of seminar and school fees, rents, funds from a foundation, and in very specific cases, from development funds.

We keep to the donation statutes of the German Evangelical Alliance and practice good stewardship over our entrusted money, goods, and properties.

The work of YWAM Germany is acknowledged as charitable, therefore donations are tax-deductible. Most of our German bases are registered associations, under the head of the umbrella association of YWAM Germany.

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