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10899NAT  Certificate IV in Christian Missions

The Purpose and Leadership Development is an 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 Purpose 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 Communication
  • Developing a Support Base
  • Community Engagement
  • The Book That Transforms Nations
  • Effective Ministry

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!

Ministry roles

During your Purpose 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:

  • Accounts
  • Director’s Office
  • Early Learning
  • Global Healthcare School Leadership Team
  • Housing
  • Media and Communication
  • Property Development
  • Venue Management
  • 99.9 Live FM (we have a community radio station right on campus!) 
  • Community Life
  • Discipleship Training School Leadership Team
  • Food Services
  • Guest Services
  • Marine
  • Medical
  • Training
  • Youth Ministry

Most students on the Purpose 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.

Mission Pathways

Involvement with us doesn’t stop with the Introduction to Purpose 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 with us after the Introduction to Purpose 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

january 

9 Jan 2022  5 Jan 2024


march

27 March 2022 – 22 March 2024


june

19 June 2022  14 June 2024


september

26 Sept 2021  22 Sept 2023 

25 Sept 2022  20 Sept 2024


Cost

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.

Reviews

Lloyd

“The Purpose and Leadership Development course 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.”

– Lloyd

Candi

“I cannot believe the things that God has allowed me to be a part of while doing my Purpose and Leadership Development course 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 the Purpose and Leadership Development course.”

– Candi

Emily

“Before the Purpose and Leadership Development course, 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.”

– Emily

Cole

“The Purpose and Leadership Development course 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!”

– Cole

Zandreya

“The Purpose and Leadership Development course 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.”

– Zandreya

Course Details

Accreditation

10899NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

On completion of all 10 units of the course you will obtain a Certificate IV in Christian Missions.

Unit BSBCMM411 Make presentations

This unit covers the skills and knowledge required to prepare, deliver and review presentations for target audiences.

Unit NAT10899001 Maintain Bible knowledge

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to develop biblical knowledge as part of ongoing spiritual growth  in Christian ministry.

Unit NAT10899006 Incorporate prayer and worship into ministry activities

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to incorporate prayer and worship into Christian missions ministry.

Unit NAT10899007 Conduct evangelism

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to share the gospel during Christian missions activities.

Unit NAT10899005 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 then discuss this perspective.

Unit NAT10899003 Develop Ministry Support

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 NAT10899004 Reflect Jesus in lifestyle and ministry

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to reflect Christ’s example in the missionary’s own life and  ministry.

Unit NAT10899003 Develop Ministry Support

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 NAT10899009 Serve in a Youth With a Mission Community

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to work within the structure, ethos and context of a Christian  missions organisation and community.

Unit NAT10899008 Work effectively in a ministry team

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge  required to work in the context of a Christian missions team.

 

Course Work

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.

Prerequisite

Applicants need to have completed a Discipleship Training School and have a sense of call to Christian missions prior to acceptance into this course.

International Students

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.

YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the Easy Guide to ESOS.

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Discipleship Training School - Townsville Campus

Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

 

Dates
  • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
  • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

 

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Discipleship Training School - Port Moresby Campus, Papua New Guinea

The DTS will run from our new satellite campus in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The DTS will include a unique combination of discipleship, hands-on missions experience during both lectures and outreach, and the opportunity to make history as we establish a new campus in Port Moresby for generations to come.

Dates
  • 23 January - 2 July, 2022

 

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Resources

Joining us for a Discipleship Training School (DTS) or Gap Year with us soon? We have compiled a few resources to help prepare you for the amazing journey that’s ahead!

 

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Do you have a child that is interested in a YWAM DTS or Gap Year? We have created some resources for you as your child navigates their YWAM experience. 

 


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Global Health & Development Gap Year

Our Global Health & Development Gap Year calls those whose heart beats to see communities thriving - physically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. The Global Health & Development Gap Year is designed for both those that have experience in the health / community development industry, and for those who are starting out on their journey of healthcare in missions.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December, 2022

 

 

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Media & Radio Gap Year

Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to train and equip effective communicators to share good news and influence change. 

Our Media & Radio Gap Year program is designed to help you grow in your faith while sharpening your skills in the creative arts industry. You will have the opportunity to put your skills into action both on the field and in an office environment.

10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship

CUA31020 - Certificate III in Screen and Media

Dates
  • 30 January - 16 December, 2022

 


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    Volunteer

    Whether you are an experienced health professional, a university student, an enthusiastic young person, or a skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

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    Advocate

    Join the YWAM Medical Ships team by becoming a Community Ambassador or Youth Ambassador in your local community. 

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    The Ship

    The MV YWAM PNG is equipped with a dental clinic, day procedure unit, laboratory, four patrol tenders, and accommodation for 130+ volunteers. 

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    Our Footprint

    Delivering basic services in Papua New Guinea (PNG) poses enormous challenges with 84 percent of the population living in remote, rural areas.

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    Join YWAM Staff

    Our volunteer staff team is a diverse mix of different nationalities, ages, skills, giftings, and backgrounds. Their dedication and passion makes what we do possible and we are always looking to expand our team!

     

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    Communication

    Good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families, and communities! Our mission is to help mobilise effective communicators to share good news and influence change. Our communication pathways are tailored to suit your level of experience and the time you are willing to invest.

     

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    Global Health

    Our global health pathways include options for both experienced healthcare professionals, and those who are looking to be trained. Whether you are supporting logistics or in the thick of treating patients in a remote village, you can be assured that you will play a vital part in helping to build healthy lives, communities, and nations!

     

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    Hospitality

    Hospitality is a powerful gift that helps build community and shows care for the individual. Our hospitality pathways are designed to help equip you to deliver various aspects of hospitality with excellence.

     

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    Events

    Events have the power to strengthen hope and build community. Our events pathways will equip you to create unique events with excellence and a bit of pizazz!

     

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    Training

    Training is the key to multiplication! Our training pathways are about equipping others with the skills, knowledge, and character they need to serve communities.

     


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    Youth Precinct

    We recently acquired a facility in Townsville's CBD for the purpose of establishing a vibrant youth precinct. The property includes a 32 bedroom residential facility, a large warehouse, and a substantial outdoor space, all just half a block from the YWAM Townsville City Campus.

     

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    Youth Adventures

    Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!

     

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    School Seminar Program

    Our school seminar programs are designed to empower and motivate youth to live full and productive lives. Book these engaging and interactive seminars to strengthen your young people. 

     

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    VET in Schools

    Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

     

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    Youth Ambassadors

    As a Youth Ambassador you will have the opportunity to lead your peers and the wider community in helping to support the work of YWAM Medical Ships in Papua New Guinea.

     

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    Work Experience

    We offer the opportunity for students to complete their work experience at our city campus in Townsville. This unique opportunity gives students the ability to not only explore a future career pathway, but also get a taste of working with a local charity that is dedicated to serving the community.

     


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    VET in Schools

    Vocational education is one of the best ways for young people to explore their passions and get equipped. We offer several registered training programs for youth. In addition to all of the expected elements of a training program, our courses have an emphasis on building good character and the soft skills needed to be employable, while also giving students the chance to practice their skills within our organisation. 

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    Discipleship Training School

    Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience! 

    10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

     

    Townsville Campus
    • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
    • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
     Port Moresby Campus
    • 23 January - 2 July, 2022

     

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    Introduction to Global Health & Development

    Be immersed in a powerful combination of essential basic healthcare knowledge and community development training, with a focus on preventing illness, promoting holistic wellbeing, and empowering communities to develop their strengths.

    HLT31220 - Certificate III in Basic Health

    HLTAID009 -  Provide Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

    HLTAID013 - Provide First Aid in remote or isolated site 

    HLTAID014 -  Provide Advanced First Aid

    Dates
    • 17 July - 16 December, 2022

     

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    Discipleship Bible School

    During the course, you will have an opportunity to dig deep into the Bible, reading through all 66 books, gaining an overall perspective of God’s story. You will learn techniques for effective Bible study, and a series of speakers will help unlock the Bible’s fascinating content.

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    • 12 September - 15 December, 2021
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    Purpose & Leadership Development

    An 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 the two years apply to much more than just the missions context, they can be transferred to your next job, ministry opportunity, or further study. 

    10899NAT Certificate IV in Christian Missions

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    Advanced Leadership Development

    The Advanced Leadership Development  is a hands-on, two-year course that gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of leadership from a Biblical perspective. The training includes a combination of classroom-style learning, practical application, and mentoring. 

    10944NAT Diploma of Christian Missions Leadership

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    Certificate III in Business

    This course is a great introduction into the business world. Your learning will give you a broad set of skills including financial administration, document production, workplace organisation, and customer service. The course includes a combination of online study and volunteer work experience at the YWAM Townsville City Campus, allowing you to gain real ‘on the job’ experience within the context of a charitable service. 

    BSB30120 Certificate III in Business

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    Certificate III in Events

    Our mission is to train and empower event coordinators who can facilitate excellent events that inspire and promote celebration. This course will provide a pathway for you to work for event or exhibition organisers in a range of industries. These include the tourism, travel, hospitality, sport, cultural, and community sectors. 

    SIT30516 Certificate III in Events

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    Certificate III in Hospitality

    At the heart of our hospitality training is the desire to impart to students how excellent hospitality can express a sense of peace, value, and belonging. A Certificate III in Hospitality provides a pathway to work in restaurants, hotels, cafés, and coffee shops. 

    SIT30616 Certificate III in Hospitality

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    Introduction to Radio & Media

    Introduction to Radio & Media will equip you as a radio announcer, podcaster, or audio producer. As part of your training, you will be working at 99.9 Live FM where we are announcing to over 26,000 listeners in North Queensland with the message “It's Good to Be Alive.” 

    CUA31020 Certificate III in Screen and Media

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    Certificate I in  Construction

    Construction is an integral part of building infrastructure and stronger communities. A Certificate I in Construction is a great introduction into the construction industry. This course will equip you with the basic skills and knowledge for the use of construction tools and materials, interpreting and reading plans, taking measurements and making calculations. 

    CPC10111 Certificate I in Construction

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    Provide First Aid

    During this course you will be equipped with the skills to respond and provide first aid for accidents and injuries, provide life support, provide CPR and manage a casualty’s condition until further help or assistance is available. Your training will be a combination of theory and practical hands-on experience to equip you to assist others in need.

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    Our Training Approach

    Our vocational training is designed for those who are seeking not only a qualification, but also an opportunity to use their vocation to serve others. We combine elements of informal, formal, and non-formal education to not only impart knowledge and skill, but also good character, important life skills, and the motivation to serve and invest into the lives of others.


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    Volunteer

    Looking for an opportunity to serve while meeting new people and experiencing a new culture? We have a range of dynamic volunteering opportunities in both Australia and Papua New Guinea for both groups and individuals of all ages.

     

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    Mission Build

    Mission Building is a volunteer program that gives you the opportunity to experience life at our campus all while supporting our work in Australia and PNG. Join us for two weeks to three months at a time that suits you!

     

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    Medical Ship

    Whether you are an experienced health professional, university student, enthusiastic young person, or skilled mariner, we invite you to consider volunteering aboard the MV YWAM PNG in Papua New Guinea!

     

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    Discipleship Training School

    Our Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you the opportunity to set aside five and a half months of your life to grow in your faith while serving the world around you. After 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville, Australia, we take you on nine weeks of cross-cultural outreach. You will also have the option of choosing an elective, giving you the opportunity to explore your passions and calling. The DTS is a life-changing experience!

    10802NAT - Certificate III in Discipleship 

    Townsville Campus
    • 30 January - 1 July, 2022
    • 17 July - 16 December, 2022
    Port Moresby Campus
    • 23 January - 2 July, 2022

     

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    Youth Adventures

    Youth Adventures is the ultimate service based learning opportunity for young people. We do all the work for your school or youth group so you can do the mission!