Thrive in cross-cultural missions.

If you’re interested in long-term missions—to move overseas, live in another culture, plant churches, be able to share the gospel cross-culturally, or even business as missions—then the School of Missions (SOM) is for you.


The SOM exists to equip and release participants to disciple the nations and to be fruitful in a variety of ministries all over the world. It is our goal through this school to set you up for success and give you the tools you need to thrive in ministry cross-culturally in another nation.


This school is split into two phases: 

A three month Campus Phase in Orlando
Field Assignment which can vary from 6 months to 2 years


The campus portion of your school will include a variety of experienced teachers. These teachers will equip you to do the following things and more: 

  • Pick up skills to effectively learn languages
  • Discover the worldview’s of those you're called to reach
  • Give you tools to help you prosper in challenging locations and work with/in multi-cultural teams
  • Teach you how to thrive on the field

As part of the campus phase, there will be 2 evaluations that happen, one at the end of the 6th week and one at the end of your campus phase. The purpose of this is to make sure you are mentally, spiritually and emotionally healthy and ready for life on the field. Our heart and goal is to launch healthy missionaries to the nations.

Cross-cultural Communication

Sustainability in Longterm Missions

Language Learning

Biblical Basis for Missions

Cross-cultural Communication

Sustainability in Longterm Missions

Language Learning

Biblical Basis for Missions


The SOM Field Assignment has 3 time frames you can choose from:

  • 6 Month Field Assignment—This will give you a chance to go and get a taste of what life is like living overseas.
  • 1 Year Field Assignment—This will give you more of an understanding of what it’s like to learn a language, be immersed in, and adapt to another culture.
  • 2 Year Field Assignment—This will give you the chance to fully immerse/adapt to another culture and have a good grasp on the language.

The Field Assignment will also offer 3-5 specific locations for you to choose from. These locations will provide healthy team structures for you to be apart of overseas. Please contact us for more information regarding locations.


We know that committing to long-term missions is a big deal and it’s our goal to take care of you throughout your SOM Field assignment, whether it be for 6 months or 2 years! Once on the field, you will get pastoral care visits from experienced and dedicated YWAM Orlando staff who will walk with you through the potential challenges of living life overseas in full-time ministry.






Topics that will be covered in your SOM campus phase:

  • Biblical Basis of Missions/History of Missions
  • Language Acquisition
  • Cross-Cultural Adjustment
  • Community Development
  • Cultural Insights for Missions
  • Team Dynamics
  • Business as Missions
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Self Care on the Field
  • Personal Development and Identity
  • Church Planting Methods


SOM students enjoy hearing from teachers that have experience in their teaching topic. We try to bring in speakers that have personal experience in a student's ministry destination. Students also can connect with the teachers outside of class.


During the campus phase, you will have weekly sessions tailored to your field assignment destination. You will cover topics that will practically prepare you for living in that country (for example: applying for a visa, budgeting, health insurance). When the campus phase ends you will be more prepared to go!


We require that SOM students depart for their Field Assignment fully funded. As SOM staff we will come alongside you to assist with practical and faith-filled steps in creating an on-field budget and monthly support plan.