FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Nope! YWAM has no headquarters; it is decentralized (which means that each base or location has its own leadership). These campuses are accountable to an overseeing group of elders. Each base is part of the larger YWAM family, committed to the same values and principles. For more information about YWAM’s structure please go to our international website at www.ywam.org.
YWAM is not affiliated with any one denomination. Instead, it's made up of Christians from many denominations, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world.
YWAM offers programs for all ages! While much of YWAM's outreach and training focus on young people, many second-career missionaries join YWAM as well. You can find people from age 8 to 80 in YWAM and in our training schools!
Everyone in YWAM must have first successfully completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS). YWAM Orlando also requires you to have successfully completed the School of Ministry Development (SOMD). Once you have completed the DTS and the SOMD, you can apply to join our staff team.
To join YWAM as staff anywhere in the world, you need to have your own financial support. Many YWAM locations help people put together a prayer and financial support team (e.g., friends, home groups, churches, relatives, etc.) before they join as staff, though this isn’t offered at every location. YWAM Orlando requires that each staff raise a set minimum amount of monthly support before returning.
In order to work long-term with YWAM, you have to successfully complete a DTS. Once you’ve got that under your belt, we recommend the School of Missions, which prepares you to succeed long-term on the mission field. Our experienced staff will walk with you throughout your time with us and make sure you get equipped and planted in the nations where God is leading you.
You don't need to be the perfect Christian to do a DTS. All we ask is that you have made Jesus the King and Savior of your life, and have a desire to grow in your faith. Other than that, you just need to be at least 18 years old (or have your GED or high-school diploma).
Yep! The University of the Nations gives 12 credits for the campus phase and 1 credit for each week of outreach. There are over 300 campuses (bases) located throughout the United States and around the world, and YWAM Orlando is one of those campuses! U of N credits are also accepted at select universities around the world as well. You can find more information about the University of the Nations here.
The University of the Nations is a degree-granting institution (Associate, Bachelor, Master). While it isn’t accredited by an accrediting agency or association recognized by the U.S. Commissioner of Education, various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits.
You can call our office at 407-273-1667 between 10 am - 5:30 pm EST or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love hearing from you and will gladly answer any of your questions!
Typically we process DTS applications within 2 business days as long as you've filled out all the needed fields in the application and there aren't any other extenuating circumstances! Secondary schools may take as long as 7-10 business days assuming you've provided all the needed information.
We carefully and prayerfully consider every application to see if this is the best time and place for each applicant, and we reserve the right to deny applicants when we're uncertain it's the right fit.
Some more obvious reasons applications get denied are if you are currently using, or have recently come off illegal drugs. This might not be the best place for you. We are not equipped to help you through that type of situation as well as some other ministries might be. Additionally, if your grasp of the English language is not fluent enough for you to speak, read, and write it easily, then participating in a school here will be challenging.
You bet! YWAM is made up of families. It is very important for husbands and wives to take the school together. The DTS deals with heart changes, so it's best for the marriage that spouses work through things together. Contact our admissions office for information on what will best suit your family - a nanny, local schools or local daycare options.
You definitely need a passport! If you do not already have one, please apply for it before leaving your home to come to Orlando for the DTS or another training program! We will purchase tickets within a few weeks of the beginning of the school. Some outreach locations require visas; in order to even apply for a visa, you must have a passport in hand.
Once accepted, you will be given all the paperwork to apply for a visa necessary to participate in our DTS. This is not a guarantee that you will be granted the visa (some countries' citizens have a more difficult time obtaining US visas than others). Once we have determined where you will be going on outreach, we will take care of getting your visa for that country.
It is imperative that you make us aware of any medical conditions, food allergies, etc., you might have so that we can do our best to work with you. If you have a condition that precludes you from leaving the country, we would try to work out an in-country outreach so you can still finish your DTS or other secondary school.
Yes, you are required to live on campus for the duration of your campus phase. If you have friends and family living nearby, you are more than welcome to visit them! Some exceptions might be made for families doing schools based on the family's needs.
No. Everyone in YWAM is financially supported by family, friends, and churches - no one works outside of the ministry. As a student, you have a full-time schedule. Of course, there are free weekends and some evening times, but we want these training schools to be a time set apart for growth and refreshing for you. Adding an outside job into the mix would make that a lot harder.
In order to either earn credits for the DTS or move forward in YWAM, you must complete the outreach. Secondary schools vary from school to school, but for the most part, it is best to go on outreach with your school. If you have concerns about being able to go on outreach, please communicate that with our Admissions Office when or before you apply.