About Us

About Us

Queenstown is a place that the nations COME to. God now wants to use it as a place from which to SEND people out to the nations

Youth With A Mission Queenstown is New Zealand’s newest YWAM base. Still in its pioneering stages, we are excited to see the vision for a training and evangelism centre here come to life.

In 2012, Andy and Amy-Joy Scalas first started officially preparing the groundwork for YWAM Queenstown (not including the previous decades of prayer that others have invested!). The first six months on location, starting in 2014, were a time of praying and connecting as a new small team, building relationships in the community, hosting outreach teams from other YWAM centres, and preparing for our first Discipleship Training School

As we stepped out, we were amazed at how God took over and ran with His plans for this place. Due to demand, we had to cap our first Arise DTS at 26 students, and are running four DTSs in our first year. Our initial staff team of 5 has grown to over 20.

We are initially concentrating on Discipleship Training Schools and local outreach to the Queenstown-Lakes district’s residents, visitors and backpacking and snowboarding cultures. 

But the vision for the future will also expand to a leadership development program, second level training schools, a hospitality ministry – and wherever else God wants to take us – He’s already shown us He’s got BIG plans

Our heart is to be a centre where people can discover their identity and calling, be trained, prepared and equipped, and then released to carry it out.

Vision Statement

YWAM Queenstown aims to be a bridge connecting individuals, our community and the nations to a loving God by training, equipping, and sending young people to fulfill the Great Commission.

Mission statement – YWAM Queenstown

We aim to know God and make Him known by:

  • Creating a Kingdom Culture in all areas of our life and work
  • Discipling, training and equipping young people for world missions
  • Engaging the residents and visitors of the Queenstown-Lakes district with a loving God
  • Partnering with, and operating in unity with the local church body to serve the community and the nation
  • Exhibiting servant leadership over those who follow us
  • Championing, supporting and releasing young people in their gifts and destiny for multiplication of the Kingdom
  • Expressing the heart of God by honoring people through the ministry of hospitality and valuing each individual
  • Maintaining the visions and foundational values of YWAM International
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