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School of Worship

Get equipped to boldly lead people into God’s presence, spontaneously sing the prophetic songs on His heart and ignite fires of revival wherever He has called you. 

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Looking for a YWAM school for worship leaders? The School of Worship (SOW) is a great option.

Imagine a community of young, passionate worship leaders pursuing Jesus with one mind and heart. 
As we cultivate a lifestyle of encountering God from a place of worship, the rest of our lives fall into place as an overflow of love. When we worship, not only are we transformed, but we release the transforming presence of God’s Kingdom where people are healed, delivered and saved. Let's spark the fires of revival and engage with God's presence to see his glory extended to our homes, our cities, and to the nations!
Not only do we want to see you grow in your passion for Jesus and deepen your understanding of who He is, we want to equip you with the practical skills needed to be an effective worship leader. There will be many opportunities to receive coaching to further your musical abilities, as well as one on one discipleship to further your relationship with God as a worship leader.
If you believe that God has called you to be a worship leader and don’t know where to start, or if you want to go deeper into the gifting that God has given you, apply today!
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The SOW aims to develop your knowledge, passion and skillset so that you can effectively follow your calling as a worship leader.


You will grow in your understanding of the Character and Nature of God, as well as what the Bible teaches about worship, intercession, and the prophetic.


You will join a community that will inspire you to cultivate a deeper intimate relationship with God and develop a deeper passion to see others experience the presence of God in a new way.


You will increase your musical skill and leadership through music theory workshops, collaborative songwriting, and prayer room worship sets.

Program Details


January - March 2021


12 week lecture phase

Outreach TBD


$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 history or understanding of music. 

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Payment Plan

$500 *refundable deposit due at least 1 month before the school start date. Week 5 at least 50% paid off. Week 10 100% of school paid off.
*See Refund Policy below 

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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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“Even though I had been a worship leader for a couple of years, the SOW was a life-changing season of growing in intimacy with God, and in my understanding of what worship truly is. Worship leading changed from being my “ministry” to a place of engaging with the heart of my loving Father.”


Jacob Van Schenck
DTS 2010, SOW 2016

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 will have to opportunity to receive teaching and impartation from experienced worship leaders. We will cover various topics such as Intimacy with God, Character of a Worshipper, the Work of Holy Spirit in Worship, Songwriting, Worship in Revival History, and much 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. We will also have times of worship as an SOW community with opportunities to put what you have learned in the classroom into practice.

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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 Coaching

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 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 SOW assignments are designed to invite you to a deeper revelation of God through His word as well as apply the concepts and principles from lecture in a practical way. Throughout the course we will study the Psalms, write songs, lead worship in various contexts, read from gifted authors and process in a weekly journal.  

How do I sign up for the SOW?

Start your worship leader journey by applying to the SOW 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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