As YWAM has grown over the years, it has developed as a family of ministries, rather than a highly structured, centralized agency. Although we have a global network of leaders, we do not have an international administrative headquarters. Our decentralized structure encourages multi-cultural leadership and the exploration of new ways to change lives.
Each YWAM location is responsible for initiating training programs, planning outreaches, recruiting staff, fundraising and defining their objectives and activities. All YWAM locations embrace the purpose of YWAM, to know God and to make Him known. They also are expected to uphold the values of YWAM and are held accountable to these principles and convictions.
YWAM does have a senior leadership group, called the Founders’ Circle, that meets once a year. YWAM also has a leadership structure for the University of the Nations and leadership teams for global ministries such as Frontier Mission, King’s Kids, and Ship Equipped Ministries.
To learn more about YWAM’s leadership principles, read the article from Loren Cunningham, YWAM’s founder, called “Spiritual Eldership.”
To ask for information on a part of the world or a certain area of ministry in YWAM, please visit our Global Contacts page.