Our Beliefs

What is YWAM?

YWAM is a set of Christian values and beliefs that we apply to our everyday lives. In its simplest form, the purpose of YWAM is "to know God and to make Him known". This statement is the essence of the YWAM belief system or "worldview". We are called to “love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and then to love our neighbour as ourselves”. YWAM is both the belief and the practical application of that belief.

YWAM is not a club, institution, company, trust, denomination, structural formation, group of ministries, family or organisation. It is a unique, Christian practice of faith with clearly defined values. YWAM is a revolutionary faith idea/concept – that a person can know, for themselves, that they are called to do God’s work regardless of whether various religious institutions/churches/structures approve of that calling.

The "YWAM Calling" requires a lifestyle of:


to walk closely with God in order to hear His voice


to praise God in all that we do


to believe God for what seems impossible

Integrity and Holiness

to be morally upright in all interactions


to work for the good of others

Biblical Consistency

to practice the standards taught in the Bible


to seek to serve one another and not to advance one’s own position or assets – our reward is in heaven


to recognise that others are waiting for the answers God provides and to reach out to them in both gospel ministry and humanitarian service – to love people as Christ loves us

Practical Application

to live knowing that love is not true love unless there is application

Know God

Make God Known

Hear God's Voice

Practice worship
and intercessory prayer

Be visionary

Champion young people

Be broad-structured
and decentralized

Be international and interdenominational

Have a biblical worldview

Function in teams

Exhibit servant leadership

Do first, then teach

Be relationship-oriented

Value the individual

Value families

Practice dependence on God
for finances

Practice hospitality

Communicate with integrity

A person who understands and embraces YWAM values, because they feel they are able to enter into this calling, is called a YWAMer. Anyone who embraces and practically applies this YWAM "DNA" can become a YWAMer.

Statement of Faith

YWAMers are Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, mobilising as many as possible to help in this task, and training and equipping believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel throughout the entire world. We of Youth With A Mission Queenstown believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15).

Want to know more? Check out our Core Values.