YWAM stands for “Youth With A Mission” and was started by an American, Loren Cunningham in 1960 out of Lausanne, Switzerland. It is a missions movement of young people to know God and make God known. We focus on both short term schools to disciple people and reach the nations, and long term projects to serve our communities with the love of Jesus.
YWAM is not affiliated with any one denomination. Instead, it’s made up of Christians from many denominations, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. We do believe in the authority of the Bible, practicing hearing God’s voice, and being obedient to God.
To join YWAM as staff anywhere in the world, you need to have your own financial support. Many YWAM locations help people put together a prayer and financial support team (e.g., friends, home groups, churches, relatives, etc.) before they join as staff, though this isn’t offered at every location.
In order to work long-term with YWAM, you have to successfully complete a DTS. Once you’ve got that under your belt, we recommend the School of Missions, which prepares you to succeed long-term on the mission field. Our experienced staff will walk with you throughout your time with us and make sure you get equipped and planted in the nations where God is leading you.
If you have a passport from a country within the Schengen Zone- no, you will not need a visa.
If you have a passport from outside the Schengen Zone, then yes you will need a visa. It takes 5,400 NOK to apply ($620 USD), takes on average three months to process, and the individual will need to go in person to an embassy to turn in all the paperwork. Because of the investment and effort required for a visa, we recommend either making a longer commitment, or we can connect you to another base where you can use your skills. If you still want to go through the process and come, you are welcome to!
Nope! YWAM has no headquarters; it is decentralized (which means that each base or location has its own leadership). These campuses are accountable to an overseeing group of elders. Each base is part of the larger YWAM family, committed to the same values and principles. For more information about YWAM’s structure please go to our international website at www.ywam.org.
YWAM Grimerud is the national office for all of YWAM Norway, so there are a lot of people and connections here!
YWAM offers programs for all ages! While much of YWAM’s outreach and training focus on young people, many second-career missionaries join YWAM as well. You can find people from age 8 to 80 in YWAM and in our training schools! YWAM Grimerud is very family friendly, we believe in empowering the whole family into missions which means we have many families who live here on base and work with us.
Everyone in YWAM must have first successfully completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS). Once you have completed the DTS, you can apply to join our staff team.
A mission builder is someone who volunteers their time and uses their skills to partner with one of our ministries short term. You can be a part of a dynamic community and help make a difference in Norway! We ask for a minimum commitment of three weeks, with a maximum commitment of three months. A completed DTS is not required. Mission builders cover their own expenses of housing and board.
You don’t need to be the perfect Christian to do a DTS. All we ask is that you have a desire to grow in your faith and an openness to learn. If you are open to learning more about Jesus and pursuing truth,we welcome you here. Other than that, you just need to be at least 18 years old (or have your GED, high-school diploma or secondary school completion).
Every DTS has the same core curriculum, no matter where or when you do your school. The only thing that changes is who is teaching it. We fly in missionaries and people from all over the world with real life experience who are actually living what they preach. Teaching topics include:
You can call our office at (+47) 62 57 43 00 between 9 am – 4:15 pm CET or email us at email@example.com. We love hearing from you and will gladly answer any of your questions!
We carefully and prayerfully consider every application to see if this is the best time and place for each applicant, and we reserve the right to deny applicants when we’re uncertain it’s the right fit.
Some more obvious reasons applications get denied are if you are currently using, or have recently come off illegal drugs. This might not be the best place for you. We are not equipped to help you through that type of situation as well as some other ministries might be. Additionally, if your grasp of the English language is not fluent enough for you to speak, read, and write it easily, then participating in a school here will be challenging.
No YWAM does not offer any scholarships or have a fund in which we can allocate funds for needy students. In order to create equal opportunity, tuition can be different depending on what country you are from. However we cannot offer financial assistance other than helping you walk through the fundraising process. We have seen God work in crazy financial miracles and are confident that as you walk in obedience, God will help provide!
After you pay the registration fee of 3,000 NOK, we ask that you pay your remaining Lecture Phase fees (36,000) before you arrive. You can pay in two installments (18,000 and 18,000) and will receive a invoice in your email with the details and due dates for the payment.
Outreach fees are due before outreach begins. You will not be able to go on outreach until the lecture phase is paid for.
You can pay online through paypal, or you can do a wire transfer. While you are on base you will be able to use cash or card to pay Grimerud.
Applicants with a citizenship or passport from a country in the Schengen Zone do not need a visa to come.
If you do not have a citizenship from a country within the Schengen Zone you will need a visa to participate in the school or come as a mission builder.
Each student lives in community in our dorms, they are separated by gender. You will eat 4 meals a day because norwegians eat like hobbits: breakfast, lunch, dinner and supper. All meals are served in our dining hall.
Yes, you are required to live on campus for the duration of your campus phase. If you have friends and family living nearby, you are more than welcome to visit them! Some exceptions might be made for families doing schools based on the family’s needs. But let the staff know before you are leaving.
Yep! The University of the Nations gives 12 credits for the Lecture Phase and 1 credit for each week of outreach. There are over 300 campuses (bases) located throughout the United States and around the world, and YWAM Grimerud is a part of them! U of N credits are also accepted at select universities around the world as well. You can find more information about the University of the Nations here.
You bet! YWAM is made up of families. It is very important for husbands and wives to take the school together. The DTS deals with heart changes, so it’s best for the marriage that spouses work through things together. Contact our communications team for information on what will best suit your family. Some of our DTS’s will have the Foundations School, which is a program designed for your children while you are in classes. We also have a Montessori preschool located on base, as well as Christian Private School (in Norwegian) started by YWAMer’s.
You must complete the outreach in order to either earn credits for the DTS or move forward in YWAM. Secondary schools vary from school to school, but for the most part, it is best to go on outreach with your school. We have open weeks during the teaching which you would be welcome to attend! It is not possible to attend such a short time because the experience as a whole is transformative. It’s not just teaching, it’s living in community and walking through nitty gritty discipleship together and acting out our faith. The whole process has been intentional from the beginning to the end, it would be hard to come in and out of that. You could consider Mission Building if you wanted to come on a shorter term and be a part of the ministry.
Generally, we will need two character references, ideally one from a spiritual mentor and another from someone who knows you well (cannot be a family member) and a completed application. Once we have those three things, we will get back to you with a decision. To secure your position on the DTS, you will pay a registration fee of 3,000 NOK, and this is subtracted from your school fees.
Typically we process DTS applications within 2-5 business days as long as you’ve filled out all the needed fields in the application, we have all your references, and there aren’t any other extenuating circumstances! Secondary schools may take as long as 7-10 business days assuming you’ve provided all the needed information.
If you have been accepted then we should have reached out to you with next steps! The next step you can take is to pay your registration fee to secure your place in the DTS. You can also go here to see our registration checklist with everything you will need to do before you arrive here. You will receive an informational pack from your school leaders in your email before you arrive, and a welcome packet with additional things to know about the base when you arrive.
APPLY. If you feel like you have a desire to do a DTS and God is leading you, than fear is the only thing stopping you from going on this incredible adventure. Money should not be the thing holding you back. Take one step of obedience and see where it takes you. Every person, whether they are a staff or student, has raised the money to do a DTS. Many people use both savings and gifts from others to pay for their school. We have some great ideas and resources to help you Biblically fundraise and invite your community to invest and come alongside you in this journey of finances. It’s not always easy, but it’s amazingly worth it to trust God.
Once accepted and submitting your registration fee, you will be given all the paperwork to apply for a visa necessary to participate in our DTS. This is not a guarantee that you will be granted the visa (some countries’ citizens have a more difficult time obtaining Norwegian visas than others). Because some countries have such a difficult time getting visas, we kindly cannot accept them but recommend they take another DTS closer to home.
It will cost 5,400 NOK to apply ($620 USD), takes on average three months to process, and the individual will need to go in person to an embassy to turn in all the paperwork.
We will give you more information and everything you need after you have been accepted and have submitted your registration fee.
It is imperative that you make us aware of any medical conditions, food allergies, etc., you might have so that we can do our best to work with you. If you have a condition that precludes you from traveling or needs an adjusted schedule, we would try to work out an in-country outreach so you can still finish your DTS or other secondary school. We can accommodate most food allergies in our kitchen including gluten free, lactose free, vegetarian, and certain spice free. Let us know your specific needs and we will try and help to the best of our ability.
No. Everyone in YWAM is financially supported by family, friends, and churches – no one works outside of the ministry. As a student, you have a full-time schedule. Of course, there are free weekends and evening times, but we want these training schools to be a time set apart for growth and refreshing for you. Adding an outside job into the mix would make that a lot harder and take away from having that special space set apart for God.
The University of the Nations is a degree-granting institution (Associate, Bachelor, Master). While it isn’t accredited by an accrediting agency or association, various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits.