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).