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.
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.
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.
Meet the School Leaders
Benjamin & Jessica Brower
Ben & Jess Brower are from the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the United States. They have been married for 16 years and have two wonderful rambunctious little boys. Jessica is educated as a pediatric critical care nurse and Ben in the area of community development and sustainable building. Their heart is to see unity and restoration in marriages and families. Family being the base of all societal structures, they seek to strengthen them, give them tools, and lift them up so that they may influence their societies for the kingdom of God.
Karen & Ole Andersen
Karen & Ole from Denmark have been married for 35 years and have two adult children. Karen and Ole are both educated as nurses but have been working with YWAM Family Ministries since 2006. They have staffed and led 7 Discipleship Training Schools, participated in Family Ministry School in 2009, co-lead FMS in Norway (2014) and lead FMS in 2018. They have a passion to see families strengthened, equipped, mobilized, and engaged in a world that now more than ever needs examples of Godly family life.
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.
What is the Foundations Program?
School Leader Nina Frøen
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 gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian for those served in the main dining hall. If you have dietary needs other than those mentioned please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate.
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
10:50 Resume morning lecture
13:00 Afternoon lecture/activities
15:00 work duties, one-on-ones
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:
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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