Youth With a Mission


Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is an international, inter-denominational and inter-generational movement of Christians dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world and to see the completion of His Great Commission – to “go into all the world and make disciples” (Matthew 28:19). When YWAM began in 1960, the main focus was to get youth involved in missions. Today, youth is still a focus but we also involve people of every age. With over 18,000 staff from over 130 different nations, we currently work in more than 1,100 locations in over 180 countries. One of the joys of participating in YWAM is the opportunity work alongside people from many nations and backgrounds. Staff come from numerous different Christian denominations, speaking hundreds of different languages and nearly half of our staff come from Non-Western countries. Some YWAM bases are large, accommodating hundreds of staff serving full time in a variety of ministries. Others are small, with only a handful of people focused on a specific ministry. YWAM teams can be found in rural settings and urban centers, occupying all sorts of buildings, including castles, apartments, mud huts and tents. Wherever we are, whatever were doing, we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

YWAM’s many ministries fit into three main categories: evangelism, training, and mercy ministry. Through these ministries, we desire to see God’s transformation in every sphere of society.


Christ’s love inspires us to use many creative means to make His gospel understood to any audience. We use tools such as music, performing arts and sports to connect with people of all ages and develop friendships which can lead to conversations of eternal value. YWAM also starts churches in places where there may be no church at all. We believe everyone has the right to hear the good news about Jesus and our hope is to see believers worshipping and following Jesus in every nation, tribe and tongue.


YWAM’s mercy ministry teams follow Jesus’ example of compassion to those in need. We operate relief and development programs in over 100 countries, working among people living in desperate circumstances. Our volunteers serve in areas such as agricultural assistance, the prevention of human trafficking, health care, and micro-enterprise development. Our goal is to ease suffering and provide hope for those affected by poverty, disease or injustice.


Through our training programs we aim to better equip Christians to grow in their relationship with God. Our introductory course, the Discipleship Training School (DTS), is offered in many nations and languages. It’s an intensive six months of growing more like Jesus and serving Him in the world. YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN) offers specialized study in areas such as science and technology, linguistics, the humanities, and Christian ministry.


In all of our ministries, we desire to see God’s transformation in every sphere of society. In YWAM, we talk about seven dimensions of societal transformation. We call these spheres. Our many ministries influence the spheres in a variety of ways. The spheres of society are Family, Religion, Education, Economics (science, technology and business), Media, Celebration (arts, entertainment, and sports) and Government.