10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions
The Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development is a staff internship with a difference! This is a two-year, hands on course that trains you in the core aspects of being a full-time volunteer with YWAM anywhere in the world. The skills and knowledge you will gain during this two year period will apply to much more than just the missions context; they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study.
During the course you will work as a full time volunteer staff member with us. While you may spend a portion of your two years in Papua New Guinea and other areas in North Queensland, your home base will be our campus in Townsville.
The Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development gives you the opportunity to gain ministry skills and experience all while empowering you to help build healthy lives, communities, and nations in a variety of expressions.
The prerequisite for this course is a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS).
What you will learn
During the course you will have weekly input times (2 hours per week) with a different module covered every quarter including:
- Vision and Implementation
- Financial Management
- Missions and Evangelism
- Bible and Worldview
In addition to the core modules, elective modules are offered every quarter on topics such as Bible study, biblical counsel and prayer, developing teaching, and effective team dynamics. Elective modules are designed to help align your training with your passions and long-term goals.
In addition to what you will learn in the classroom, you will also attain practical skills related to the ministry area that you are placed in, as well as a range of soft skills, such as team work, leadership, time management, work ethic, problem solving, adaptability, resilience, and so much more!
During your Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development, we do our best to match your passions and any prior training and experience you might have with a ministry area that is most suitable for you.
Our ministry areas include:
Most students on the Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development will have the opportunity to participate in a range of roles and projects during the two years, including a mix of outreach opportunities and mission support roles.
Being a staff member with us doesn’t stop with the Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development! During the course you will have the option of enrolling in additional registered training that is designed to help you further hone in on an area you would like to specialise in.
You will also have the opportunity to extend your time on staff after the Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development, giving you the opportunity to further track toward leadership roles and pioneering new initiatives.
Our current mission pathways options include:
Dates and cost
9 Jan 2022 – 5 Jan 2024
28 March 2021 – 24 March 2023
27 March 2022 – 22 March 2024
20 June 2021 – 16 June 2023
19 June 2022 – 14 June 2024
26 Sept 2021 – 22 Sept 2023
25 Sept 2022 – 20 Sept 2024
Course fee: $1,500 AUD
Accommodation: $250 AUD/month (standard dormitory room). You may have the option to upgrade your accommodation to a shared apartment for an additional cost.
Campus meals: 7.50 AUD/day. You will also have the option of purchasing and preparing your own meals.
Additional costs: Travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance, and other personal expenses.
“The Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development helped me create foundations that I hope to use for the rest of my life! It was both practical and challenging which meant it wasn’t only good knowledge which I was learning from my leaders and speakers but I could see it clearly strengthen my character.”
“I cannot believe the things that God has allowed me to be a part of while doing my Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development at YWAM MS. I was able to mentor others, take teams on outreach to Papua New Guinea, and be a part of pioneering new programs and ministries in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. YWAM MS is training up young people to not only grow closer to God and better their own lives, but also to be people with strong values and character who are influencing nations and careers! I was able to both give and receive such training during my Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development.”
“Before Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development, I desperately wanted to discover my gifts or passions. I wanted to find some direction in my life that would bring me joy and purpose, but I had no idea where to start. Through this course, I was able to work in a variety of areas on campus and lead a few teams to Papua New Guinea. Through all that I was apart of and through all of the incredible people I’ve journeyed with, I discovered what makes me come alive and what I want to invest in! It has slowly shaped my dreams and guided me into the next few steps in my life. I’m so grateful for such a unique and special experience.”
“The Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development gave me the amazing opportunity to live and work with people from around the world. I led international teams of students to Papua New Guinea, and I was also a part of the Performing Arts and Celebration Team/ministry! I was invited to embrace such richness in cultures, celebrating through singing and dancing. What I’ve learned and the family I’ve gained through all of this will not be forgotten and I will take it with me through my life!”
“The Introduction to Staff and Leadership Development has helped me to develop my leadership skills and gain more perspective on what it means to be in missions! I have loved the different speakers and topics – it is an encouragement to understand more of how God works in every aspect of life, not just through the church or what we understand “missions” to be.”
10173NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions
On completion of all 10 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate IV in Christian Missions.
Unit BSBCMM401 Make a presentation
This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver, and review a presentation to a target audience.
Unit BBLMBK401A Maintain Bible knowledge
This unit describes the outcomes required to further develop biblical knowledge as part of ongoing professional development in Christian ministry.
Unit CMIPAW401A Incorporate prayer and worship into ministry
This unit typically applies to a person working in Christian missions. The activities of prayer and worship are central and common to all Christian missions as a part of overall ministry activity, not just personal activity.
Unit EVAEVA401A Conduct evangelism
This unit describes the outcomes required to conduct evangelism in a variety of settings and deal appropriately with listener’s responses.
Unit CMIACI401 Address current issues from a Biblical perspective
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to develop a response to current issues from a Biblical perspective and world view and then discuss this perspective.
Unit CMIDMS401 Develop specific ministry skills
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to create and implement an ongoing development plan for skills specific to the type of ministry the missions worker is engaged in.
Unit CMIREJ401 Reflect the example of Jesus in lifestyle and ministry
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to apply the example of Christ’s life in the missions worker’s own life and ministry in the context of Christian missions.
Unit CMISUP401 Develop an effective support base
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to maintain a personal support network including regular financial support as a self-funded missionary.
Unit CMIWMC401 Work within a Christian missions community
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to work within the structure, ethos, and context of a particular Christian missions organisation and community.
Unit CMIWMT401 Work effectively in a ministry team
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills, and knowledge required to work in the context of team ministry in Christian missions.
A range of strategies will be used to assess the outcomes of the school. Journals, weekly reports, monthly action plans, book reports,and supervisor reports are all utilised as a part of this. Our training programs are holistic in nature, and the topics are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge, and character.
* For recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.
Austudy, Abstudy, and Youth Student Allowance are available for Australian applicants.
Applicants need to have completed a Discipleship Training School and have a sense of call to Christian missions prior to acceptance into this course.
When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency.
Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.
International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.
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