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School of Ministry Development

The School of Ministry and Leadership Development (SOMD) will equip you with a biblical foundation for effective personal ministry and identity-based leadership in just 12 weeks.

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Looking for a YWAM Leadership School? The School of Ministry Development (SOMD) is a great option. 

Have you ever wondered if it’s possible to lead authentically in a culture steeped in fear and insecurities? The School of Ministry and Leadership Development (SOMD) serves as a tool for equipping the individual with a biblical foundation for effective personal ministry and identity-based leadership.  Students will grow in their ability to identify, assess and articulate personal core values.  The SOMD has a strong emphasis on strengthening the character of the individual, developing leadership skills and helping you gain confidence as a leader.  We place an emphasis on cultivating spiritual disciplines as a lifestyle developing a strong biblical foundation for ministry and understanding your gifting and calling.  

Through a combination of diverse speakers covering a wide range of topics, weekly assignments, projects, and Bible reading we provide a comprehensive approach to developing the individual for a life-time of ministry and leadership.  This school seeks to increase your influence in societal spheres by taking the focus off trying to just think like a leader and places the focus on how to live like a leader.

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Program Details


January 2021 - March 2021


12 week lecture phase only; this school does not have an additional outreach phase


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

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Completion of a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS).

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Payment Plan

$500 Deposit Due within 1 month of the school start date. Week 5 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 school really challenges you to figure out who you are and lead from there. Everyday you’re faced with a new situations where you’re encouraged to step out in faith. This has challenged my unbelief but has now instilled a new willingness to go where God is asking me to go.
Ashley Schaal

Ashley Schaal
SOMD 2019

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

Every weekday morning you'll have the opportunity to hear lectures from Leadership experts who will guide you through topics like: Spiritual Leadership, Communication, Pioneering Ministries, Reaching Cities, Spiritual Worldview, Christ in Culture, Developing your Vision, Personality, Strength and Team Dynamics, Resolving Conflict, and more!

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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 a weekly time 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 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!

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One on One Mentorship

Your staff are here to facilitate a safe environment for you to engage with the Word of God and his calling on your life. You'll have a one-on-one each week with a staff member to process all you're learning. 

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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 (5-6 hours per week). Typical work duty assignments include kitchen, hospitality, student communications, and maintenance/grounds.

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The SOMD assignments are designed to help you apply the principles you're learning on leadership. Throughout the course you will complete readings, individual papers, and group assignments. 

How do I sign up for the SOMD?

Start your journey towards leadership development by applying to the SOMD. 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

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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