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School of Biblical Studies

School of Biblical Studies is a 9-month dive into all 66 books of the Bible, equipping you to study, understand, and apply the word of God in your life and the nations.

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Looking for a YWAM Bible school? The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a great option.

What is SBS? SBS is a 9-month school that uses the inductive method to study all 66 books of the Bible. The inductive method focuses on observation (What does the text say?), interpretation (What does it mean?), and application (What does it mean for me and our world today?). Emphasis is placed on understanding the original context of each book by looking at the historical background, author and original reader of the text. It is from this place that students interpret the scriptures, arriving at timeless truths that can then be applied to their lives today, both for personal transformation and application in the nations.

Because we, as YWAM, are a missions movement, we are not simply studying the scriptures to only gain knowledge and personal growth, but to also take it to the nations so that they too may be transformed by the word of God.

We live in an age where truth is considered relative and God ambiguous and unknowable, if he even exists. The Bible tells a different story; one of truth, promise, faithfulness, and a sovereign, knowable God who has always and will always be on the throne.

Come join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and build a foundation on the truth of God’s word that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

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The SBS utilizes the Inductive Bible study method 

Part 1: Observe

In this first crucial step of Bible study we ask the question, “What does it actually say?” We approach the text with a spirit of curiosity, ears ready to listen, and our preconceived notions laid aside.

Part 2: Interpret

In the second phase of Bible study, we ask, "What did the author intend to communicate to his original audience?" Rich meaning will jump off the page as we learn to immerse ourselves in the literary and historical world of the Biblical authors.

Part 3: Apply

God intends for us to be shaped by Scripture today. In this final step we ask, "How can we respond to the author's intended message today?" This is the ultimate goal of all bible study; to be transformed by the word.

Program Details


Arrival Day for the SBS 2024 is March 21st and the Departure Day is December 13th!


9 months (36 weeks) which are broken up into three 12-week quarters with a one-week break between each quarter.


$9500. Includes all lodging, meals, and school materials. 

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Completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). A willingness to work hard and a desire for a Biblical foundation for your life will serve you in this school!

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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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"I did my SBS back in 2016 with YWAM Kansas City. I came into the program thinking that I knew God and His Word, but quickly realized I had no clue Who He really was and what His Word truly said. SBS gave me not only the knowledge and understanding to interpret the Bible, but also how to walk out new truths in my life. My life began to be transformed! Do an SBS, you'll never regret it!"
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Matthew Ford

DTS 2014, SBS 2016

"I remember feeling overwhelmed at the idea of spending 9 months intensely reading the Bible. However, God used SBS to redeem areas in my life I didn't know needed redemption. God redeemed school, how I viewed myself, and my relationship with Him. Beyond deepening my personal walk with Jesus, SBS was also the foundation for my educational journey, leading me to a masters in school counseling. This foundation of Truth was my anchor through the years I spent at undergrad and postgraduate schools. The world is always searching for the truth. The only way to know Truth is by knowing and understanding God through His Word."

SBS Taiwan, 2010

"When I became a Christian as a young adult, I realized that Christians are called to live a biblical lifestyle. In order to do that, I needed to learn the Bible. The School of Biblical Studies equipped me with the tools I needed to build a biblical worldview. During my SBS I was immersed in bible history and given the opportunity to ask fundamental questions while surrounded by a community of like-minded students and staff. I was able to lay a foundation for my life that I can continue to build on daily. I now have the confidence to engage with the world around me knowing God’s truth and allowing it to help me navigate whatever circumstances I may encounter."


SBS Taiwan, 2012

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. 


Classroom Learning

Tuesday-Thursday mornings you'll have the opportunity to hear lectures from Bible study experts who will guide you through various forms of historical, archaeological, literary and geographical research for the book of the week.


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 a weekly time of worship and intercession as a class.


Community Living

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


One on One Coaching

Your staff are here to facilitate a safe environment for you to engage with the Word of God. You'll have a one-on-one each week with a staff member to discuss your assignments, all God is teaching you, and how to improve for the following week of study. 


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 an academically intense school, your work duty hours are minimal (4-5 hours per week). Typical work duties include kitchen, maintenance, and hospitality/housekeeping. 
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The SBS starts off with a seminar on the inductive Bible study method. You'll then embark on a handful of assignments each week that enable you to discover the author's intended meaning and response. Practice makes perfect! The majority of your time in the SBS will be self-directed, independent study of all 66 books of the Bible.

How do I sign up for the SBS?

Start your journey towards Biblical scholarship by applying to the SBS. Here's how.

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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

You'll get ready for your YWAM secondary school by following our handy-dandy digital checklist. It will guide you through everything you need for a successful arrival (including fundraising tips!). Check out the page now for a heads up of what's required of you pending acceptance. 

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