Our Core Values
We are committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways as revealed in the Bible, the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.
2 Ki 19:19 | Psa 46:10 | Phil 3:7-11
Make God Known
We are called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.
1 Ch 16:24-27 | Mat 28:18-20 | Act 1:8
Hear God's Voice
We are committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our process for decision making.
1 Sa 3:7-10 | Joh 10:1-5 | Heb 3:7-8,15
Practice Worship and Intercessory Prayer
We are dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God’s power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.
Psa 95:6-7 | Mar 11:24-25 | 1 Th 5:16-19
Be International and Interdenominational
We are international and interdenominational in our global scope as well as our local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the mission.
Gen 12:1-4 | Psa 57:9-10 | Col 3:11
We are called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. For individuals this comes primarily through His people. As God has been generous toward us, so we desire to be generous. YWAMers give themselves, their time and talents to God through the mission with no expectation of remuneration.
Gen 22:12-14 | Mat 6:25-33 | Phil 4:10-20
We are called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.
Pro 29:18 | Act 16:9-10 | 2 Pe 3:9-13
Have a Biblical Worldview
We are called to a biblical Christian worldview. We believe that the Bible—the textbook for all of life—makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.
Deut 8:1-3 | Joh 8:31-32 | 2 Ti 3:16-17
Function in Teams
We are called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.
Pro 15:22 | Rom 12:3-10 | Phil 2:1-2
Exhibit Servant Leadership
We are called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.
Deut 10:12-13 | Gal 5:13-14 | Phil 2:3-11
Do First, then Teach
We are committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.
Deut 4:5-8 | Mat 7:28-29 | 2 Pe 1:5-10
We are dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.
Lev 19:18 | Joh 13:34-35 | 1 Jo 4:7-12
Value the Individual
We are called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.
Gen 1:27 | Gal 3:28 | Heb 2:11-12
We affirm the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We also embrace the inclusion of single-parent families. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways. We uphold and celebrate the biblical view that God’s intent for holy matrimony is between one man and one woman.
Gen 2:21-24 | Mat 19:3-9 | 1 Co 7:1-16
Champion Young People
We are called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.
Ecc 4:13-14 | Joh 6:9 | 1 Ti 4:12-16
We affirm the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes, campuses and ministry centers to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.
Gen 18:1-8 | Isa 58:7 | 1 Pe 4:9
Communicate with Integrity
We affirm that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, we are committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.
Gen 1:3-5 | Zec 8:16-17 | Col 4:6
Make God Known
Hear God's Voice
and intercessory prayer
Champion young people
Be international and interdenominational
Have a biblical worldview
Function in teams
Exhibit servant leadership
Do first, then teach
Value the individual
Practice dependence on God
Communicate with integrity