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School of Apostolic Missions

The SOAM is a 12-week YWAM secondary school that seeks to equip you to go to the nations as a long term missionary.

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Looking for a YWAM School about pioneering in frontier missions? The School of Apostolic Missions (SOAM) is a great option. 

This is an unprecedented time in history. In the last decades the Church has exploded in countries like India, China and Iran. Truly, the fields are ripe for harvest but the laborers are few. It is time to see another wave of laborers sent to the fields that are ready for harvest! God is looking for those who will go like the early apostles (meaning sent ones); full of the Spirit and with a steadfast commitment to see His Kingdom come every place they go.
Do you feel called to go? Whether you are called to pioneer new YWAM teams among unreached peoples or join existing YWAM locations this school will equip you to move forward and go to the nations. We believe God has called us to launch passionate missionaries to the nations to preach the gospel of the Kingdom and demonstrate the love of Christ. This school prepares missionaries to thrive spiritually and personally and equips them with tools for fruitful ministry.
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Optional Outreach Phase/Field Internship

After 3 months of diving into these teachings together you will be launched into the nations for 3-6 months of Field Ready Internship. A variety of internships will be made available depending on your experience, maturity and vision and calling. Throughout the lecture phase and the internship you will take time to developing vision, bring clarity to your calling and together we’ll evaluate how you pursue that and what your next steps look like. Location, cost, details will all be determined as your outreach planning unfolds during the school (if you choose to pursue it). 

Program Details


Arrival Day is January 5th, 2022!


12 week lecture phase only; this school has an optional but encouraged and self-planned outreach


$3200. Includes all lodging, meals, and school materials. 

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Completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). It helps to have a desire for overseas missions. 

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Payment Plan

$500 *refundable deposit due atleast 1 month before the school start date. Week 5 at least 50% paid off. Week 10 100% of school paid off.
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You will be staying in dorm style housing on our lovely rural campus of 35 acres. We’re only 15 minutes from downtown Salem and 1 hour from Portland, the coast, and the Cascade mountain range.

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“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”

- Jesus, Matthew 9:37

Course Elements

What kinds of activities will your week be filled with? Each of these elements work together to enable you to achieve the course objectives. 

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Classroom Learning

Weekday mornings  you'll have the opportunity to hear lectures from experts in the field on topics like language acquisition, intercultural communication, church planting, self care, spiritual gifts, evangelism, worldview, and biblical models for missions. 

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Worship & Prayer

YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. You'll participate in worship on Mondays and Intercession on Thursdays with the entire campus. You'll also have times of worship and intercession as a class. 

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Community Living

We believe disciples grow best in a community with other disciples. We’re focused on developing a community where people like you feel welcome and safe as you pursue God in this season. You'll get to brush shoulders with other missionaries and students during meal times, study times, and free time!

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One on One Mentorship

We will purposefully cultivate mentoring relationships throughout the lecture phase. Your mentor will work with you to help you apply what God is teaching you, process decisions, develop strategy and plans and keep your focus on growing in intimacy with Father God and continual spiritual growth.

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Acts of Service

Also known as "Work Duties" on other campuses,  Acts Of Service are intended to give you the opportunity to give back to the campus as well as build a bond of service alongside your fellow students. Since this is a YWAM secondary school, your work duty hours are minimal (4-5 hours). Typical work duty assignments include kitchen, hospitality, student communications, and maintenance/grounds.

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The SOAM assignments are designed to help you apply the principles you're learning about missions. Throughout the course you will complete reading, individual papers, journals, plan and attend "Simple Church" and complete other creative assignments.

How do I sign up for the SOAM?

Start your journey towards frontier missions by applying to the SOAM. Here's how.

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Apply Online

You can start at this step any time! We'll collect some personal information from you (i.e. where you're from, your birthday, education/work background, etc.) We'll also ask some get to know you questions and hear more from you about your heart behind applying. It only takes 10-15 minutes to apply!

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Connect with a YWAM Leader

Secondary school applicants must have their most recent YWAM school leader or the YWAM base leader fill out a confidential character reference on their behalf. You will specify the name and email of this person in your application form and we will automatically send them the form through email! Your part in this step is to let this person know what's up!

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Application Reviewed

Once you have have submitted your online application and we have received your character reference, your School Leader will review your application within the week. We’ll connect with you as soon as we know the status of your application. Some of our schools fill up fast, so you may be placed on a wait list. 


Prepare to Come

Upon acceptance, you'll be given access to our "Preparing to Come" webpage. This digital check list will guide you through everything you need for a successful arrival. Our support and resources aim to make the often daunting task of fundraising for DTS less daunting. 

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