What is the Family Ministry School?

The Family Ministry School (FMS) is a three month school focused on providing a deeper understanding of the Biblical foundations of marriage and family. You will receive high quality teaching from international speakers and tools that will help you minister to families.

The FMS is run by Family Ministries Norway (Family Focus) and provides a family-friendly framework for the school. Children of students will be integrated as an important part of our community.

The FMS is a registered U of N Course. Course code: FAM/CNH 231 under the College of Counseling and Healthcare. Completion of a discipleship training school is required for getting credits, but some exceptions can be made if you’d like to attend without credits.

By serving on teams that hold seminars regarding marriage, relationships, and parenting, you will be able to apply what you’ve learned during lecture phase. You will also have opportunities to help plan and conduct family camps in some locations. You will participate in a limited amount of supervised family counseling opportunities. Families will have an opportunity to minister together during the field assignment.

*Running parallel to the FMS, will also be a Foundations Program for kids ages 4-15. This is a kids’ version of DTS.


School Dates and Application

Dates: TBA

No Application Deadline

*Please note: there must be one application turned in for EACH adult and not one per family. For example: if a married couple is applying, each spouse must fill out their own application.

Cost for Adults

Cost: 28,500 NOK per adult
(includes study materials, food and lodging)
If you are from a B or C category nation, you can inquire about a potential discount.

When you have received a letter of acceptance for the FMS, we ask that you pay 1.500 NOK pr. family, to secure your place at Grimerud. This amount is subtracted from your total price and is not refundable.

Price for outreach depends on the destination and length of outreach.

Cost for Children

Children 8-14 years: 14.500 NOK Children 2-7 years: 9.000 NOK Children 0-1 years: 3.000 NOK (includes food and lodging)

*All prices are pr. person

Price for outreach depends on the destination and length of outreach

Visa: It’s very important to contact us to get more info if you are from a country outside of Europe (Schengen-zone) as you might need a visa. 

Core Themes

The Biblical model of family

God’s design for marriage

Godly parenting

Christian family counseling principles

The role of the family in ministry

Student Testimonies

Weekly Activities

Each week, in addition to inspiring lectures, will contain various activities outside the classroom. 

Build community, get closer to God, and grow from this great learning experience.

Prayer and Intercession

Pray as a community and intercede on behalf of others. Break down barriers and set people free.


Spend time in worship and rest in the presence of God. Transform your heat and the atmosphere through worship.

One-on-One Mentoring

Receive one-on-one mentoring from one of the school staff to guide you on your journey with God.


Build friendships in small groups where you can share in a closed space. You can process the week and check up on how you're all doing.

Family time
and Family

Have family time and family gatherings. This time will be used differently from time to time.

Help on

Help out on base and give back to the community. Do cleaning, repairs, kitchen duties, farm work, or other assignments.

& Projects

Spend time completing your assignments, journaling, reading, or completing any additional work.

Free Time

Enjoy your free time! Get to know your classmates, explore the area, or invest in hobbies. Do things that give you life.

What is the Foundations Program?

Foundations Program Leader Nina Frøen


The Foundations Program is a DTS for kids with a focus on building their identity in God and grow in their relationship to him. Our experience is that when a whole family is setting aside these months together, it is amazing what God is doing in both the children and parents life. This program runs parallel to our Family DTS and our Family Ministry School (FMS) during our March quarter.


Foundation Group is for kids between 4-15 yr old. They will be divided into two groups. Preschool age, and school age groups. The purpose of the Foundation Group is to guide young people in the area of building relationship with God and others. During the week we will have worship, different topic of teaching such as, Hearing Gods voice, Father heart of God, Mission, Forgiveness, Identity etc. We will also do art, PE, play time. Some of the program will also be together as a whole family. Note: For students in school age this is not a homeschooling program. It will be the parents responsibility to follow up on their children’s regular schoolwork, which you will have planned time for in the afternoon. But the students will have 45 min everyday to do homework in the classroom.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to the questions we receive the most.
If we missed anything, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to help.

If you are from a non-schengen zone country we recommend you apply as soon as possible but at least 4 months prior to intended date of arrival.

YWAM Grimerud is well equipped to serve families attending schools here. We have a building that houses most student families in either a one or two-bedroom unit. Most of these units have private bathrooms with a shower stall. Units are assigned based on size of family and availability. Each floor has a shared kitchen and living room. Internet access is available throughout most of the base.  

High chairs are provided in the community-dining hall. Baby cribs with bedding may be provided pending availability. The preschool (barnehage) playground is available for public use after school hours and on weekends. The Bird and Baby Cafe has some toys for small children to play with when parents visit.

We suggest bringing your own car seats and strollers for those that need them. There are a limited amount of booster and car seats that can be loaned but this is pending availability.  

Students attending schools at YWAM Grimerud are served breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the community dining hall. Generally a cold breakfast of cold cut meats, cheeses, bread and a variety of spreads is served at 07:00 daily, or according to the specific school schedule. During this time students also prepare a “packed lunch” of sandwiches, some fruits or vegetable slices to be eaten for lunch at 12:00. A warm dinner is served daily at 16:30 (4pm). Baby food, purees, formula must be supplied by parents/students.

We provide dietary options for both gluten free and lactose free. We are not able to provide for vegetarians or vegans at this stage.

This is a VERY general approximate daily schedule:


07:00 Breakfast in community dining hall + preparation for lunch

08:00 Worship, intercession (mondays and Thursdays)

09:00 Morning lecture

10:30 Break

10:50 Resume morning lecture

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Afternoon lecture/activities

15:00 work duties, one-on-ones

16:30 Dinner

Helping on base is a standard part of all YWAM schools, where students help in various areas/ministries around base and provide practical service. Typically this is in the afternoon 2-3 times a week for a couple hours. Work duty could be anything from working with hospitality making beds, cooking food for the main dining hall, or working with the practical team on the farm and much more.

We have hospitals, doctors offices and health stations within 10-20 minutes from the Grimerud farm. As a Norwegian-visa holder, the Norwegian National Health Insurance will cover you during your time in Norway. You will be responsible for small deductible then after that all health expenses are covered.

* If you have a serious health condition please let us know about when you apply.

Please contact your school leader for details regarding your specific school as this all depends on how many families have applied and the age ranges of the children coming. In the past, and this is only an EXAMPLE, of what we have done:

  • Children 0-2 years old: we really encourage bonding through consistent physical presence of parents during this season of the child’s life. Children this age have been welcomed into the classroom to be with parents. Some “low noise toys may be provided for these children in the classroom. Parents are primarily responsible for children at this age.
  • Children 3-5 years old: a crèche type childcare may be provided for kids in this age range. Focus of this group is on play and beginning routines preparing children for school.
    • Barnehage is a Norwegian kindergarten. The Grimerud kindergarten is located on the Grimerud farm, centrally located beside the main building. This kindergarten is an accredited montessori school. The kindergarten has a very spacious outdoor play area and the kids takes trips each week around the farm and to the nearby forest and to the gymnasium located also located on campus.
  • School age kids, 6-18 years old: We have had a highly qualified staff who are trained in childhood development to run our Foundations program. In this program, the children have their own mini-DTS/FMS and receive basic teaching about God and how we live with Him. Please click on the link provided to learn more about the Foundation Program.

You, of course, are welcome to bring your own car but YWAM Grimerud also has five cars available for Grimerud staff/students to check out for personal or YWAM use. You must sign them out through the office and this is only pending availability. Four of the vehicles are manual transmission (must be comfortable using a manual clutch) and one is automatic.

Here is the main address for Grimerud:

Grimerudvegen 77

2312, Ottestad, Norway

For Norway there are two associated plug types, types C and F. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and plug type F is the plug which has two round pins with two earth clips on the side. Norway operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.


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