The vision of YWAM Harpenden is to be “a multiplier for the Kingdom of God, equipping and releasing waves of young people who live like Jesus and transform the nations.” As one of our steps to achieve our vision we have developed a two year training programme as part of staffing at YWAM Harpenden. It is open to all new staff, but primarily aimed at the 18-25 year olds who have never been YWAM staff before, with the following objectives:

  • ID1_nic_teachingTo journey with new staff in an increasing desire to know God, minister to Him and live lives that please Him at all times.
  • To help staff discover who they are in Christ and the calling upon their lives.
  • To prepare new staff for a variety of ministry situations, mentoring, equipping and releasing them to pioneer.
  • To give new staff diverse exposure to the core areas of campus life and empower and release them to take responsibility for these areas.
  • To facilitate ongoing and regular outreach opportunities, both locally and abroad.
  • To improve orientation and integration into YWAM Harpenden, England and International, and create a clearly defined track into missions

ID will include orientation, character development, identifying calling and vision, project management, and training and leadership development.  This will be done in the context of classroom training, but primarily through serving core areas of the campus.  In addition, opportunities for further training, both within and outside of YWAM, will be encouraged.

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Initially, there will be 2 set entry points for ID, September and April, with the first intake being September 2013. This is so as to coordinate with current plans for new staff orientation.[/wpspoiler][wpspoiler name=”Training:” showText=”click to show” hideText=”” ]

  1. To create a safe environment for young staff to emerge into leadership.
  2. To develop a ‘family’ orientated view of ministry and leadership that utilises the broad spectrum of gifts in body life.
  3. To understand basic discipleship principals and practice as well as mentoring and being mentored.
  4. To develop spiritual authority and to go deeper in expressions of spirituality in every day life.
  5. To acquire, through training and placement, a wide range of practical skills for use in ministry.
  6. To experience different levels of community and develop a biblical understanding and outworking of community wherever they go.
  7. To experience and develop a broader perspective of world missions that will lead to being naturally missions minded.
  8. To develop their ability to think creatively and to be trained in strategic development and implementation of vision.
  9. To develop the ability to communicate clearly.
  10. To outwork YWAM values for life and ministry.
  11. To gain experience and a realistic view of developing new ministries.
  12. To produce well rounded leaders who are equipped and empowered to not only to survive in this generation but to shape its future.
  13. To produce an expansionist mindset. Leaders that are self multiplying and view ministry in the same way.

Sample Training topics (in no particular order)

  • Integrity
  • Freedom teaching (Freedom 1 & 2 topics)
  • Identity
  • Spiritual disciplines
  • The Leader’s relationship with God
  • Faith and finances
  • Life focus and mission
  • Evangelism
  • Worldview
  • Servant Leadership
  • Core values of YWAM
  • Decision making & effective planning
  • Leadership styles
  • Communication
  • Decision Making
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving
  • Organizational Skills
  • The Art of Innovation
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As part of their training and development, staff will be placed in core areas within YWAM Harpenden.  Their placement will be made up of a combination of a primary and a secondary role with the intention being to rotate through a number of areas in order to get a well rounded  and varied experience of staffing.

Areas of service could include:

  • Summer events
  • Kitchen
  • Accounts
  • Maintenance & Grounds
  • DTS
  • The Oval Café
  • Community Life (E.g.: Coordinate events such as Apple Festival, Friend Raising Days, etc.; set up venues for weekly Oval events; etc.)
  • Hospitality
  • IT
  • Comms
  • Reception
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Through ID, staff will be encouraged to develop their own sense of calling and vision and move intentionally towards this by taking time to plan, manage, communicate and implement a project.  This could be an existing YWAM Harpenden project, a group project or an individual project.  All projects will need to be agreed with the ID leadership, and will be overseen by a more senior staff person with input from an LT member or Elder at YWAM Harpenden.
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  • Weekly small group
  • Fortnightly one-on-ones
  • Worship and intercession (campus led)
  • Weekly lectures (at least 2 hours per week)
  • Book reading and book reports (at least 1 book per quarter)
  • Journals (handed in fortnightly)
  • Curriculum sorted in to 4 quarters
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Following the intensive Staff Orientation week, new staff will begin working in their core area. The leadership development track will consist of at least one or two lectures per week (although this will be more flexible when staffing a DTS).

Staff will work in their designated area for at least one quarter, but we are recommending that those working in more specialized roles (e.g. accounts) will do at least two quarters in the same area. Not all new staff will serve in DTS during their ID year, but those who do would serve in DTS for two quarters and elsewhere for the other two quarters.
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Michael and Jessica have two sons, Elijah (7) and Apollos (5) and a daughter, Anastasia or “Star” (2). After a career in politics and business for Michael and events organising and theatre for Jessica, they both felt called to join to YWAM and completed their Discipleship Training School in Kona in 2009. They now serve at the YWAM base in Harpenden, England and are involved in a number of different ministries. Michael loves spending time with his family, but also enjoys playing rugby with Samoans, competing in triathlons, snowboarding discipleship, and mountain biking with rhinos. Jessica spends most of her time figuring out how to home school their two wild boys while entertaining a tea-making toddler. She has a passion for God’s Word, communication and acting (get her to read a bed time story).

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