Youth With A Mission is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilize as many youth as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As Christians in God's Kingdom, we are called to love, worship and obey our Lord, to love the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole man throughout the whole world. We believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's Son, that man is created in God's image, that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ, that although all men have sinned and come short of God's glory God made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of grace toward us, that God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, and that the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ's last commandment, "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15)
The following Christian Magna Carta expresses what we believe is an individual's basic rights implicit in the Gospel.
Because God so loved the world that He gave His own Son, everyone on earth has the right for an opportunity to: hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, have the Bible available in his own language, have a Christian fellowship nearby; to be able to meet, have biblical teaching, prayer and worship with others in the Body of Christ, have Christian education available, have the basic necessities of life; food, water, clothing, shelter and health care, and lead a productive life of fulfillment spiritually, mentally, socially, emotionally and physically.
Youth With A Mission affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit's inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God's word, who He is and initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly represented in YWAM:
WORSHIP We are called to praise and worship God alone
HOLINESS We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the character and nature of God
WITNESS We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him
PRAYER We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God's heart, including standing against evil in every form
FELLOWSHIP We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression
A UNIVERSITY LIKE NO OTHER
The University of the Nations was born out of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). Founded upon biblical principles, the University of the Nations (UofN) fulfills its commitment to Christ and His Great Commission by equipping men and women with spiritual, cultural, intellectual, and professional training, and inspiring them to continually grow in their personal relationship with God while also seeking to make Him known among all peoples in all nations. Viewing the world as both its classroom and venue for ministry, the University of the Nations is committed to teaching and developing Christian men and women called to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Special priority for service is given to nations, cities, and people groups which have had the least access to the message of the Gospel. An integrated approach to ministry, including evangelism, training, and the meeting of physical needs, is presented biblically and worked out practically.
The University seeks to broaden the scope of evangelistic endeavors by equipping students to serve in all spheres of society, in all nations, in response to Jesus’ declaration that we are the salt and light of the world. Learning to think biblically and discern spiritually, applying scriptural truth to every area of life, prepares students for going to the nations where they are called to serve.
The UofN approach to education is based on 2 Peter 1:5-8, which urges development of godly qualities, adding to faith: moral excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love. This character development is an integral part of the curriculum and is imparted through lectures, learning assignments, interpersonal relationships, and daily life, throughout the entire University of the Nations experience.
While committed to educational excellence, the UofN achieves its goals through an emphasis on knowing and loving God and seeking His revelation and guidance. Students in every course participate in regular times of intercession and worship. God’s ways are lived out in student and staff relationships through forgiveness, openness, repentance, honouring the gifts and abilities of each person, unity, teamwork, hospitality, servant leadership and loving one another as commanded by Jesus.
Each course in every College/Faculty of the UofN is a “multiplier for missions,” serving to increase the workers, resources, and ministries for the mission field. International in scope, the courses provide cross-cultural training related to the specific educational content, and are designed to be applicable in real-life situations. Field assignments with cross-cultural experiences for every student are a fundamental feature of the University training programmes.
The UofN offers Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in Arts and Science. Although a student may study in the UofN without pursuing a degree, many students find a degree programme beneficial in preparing for their life goals. Courses can be taken one module at a time leading to a degree offered at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s or Master’s level. We encourage students to intersperse their studies with practical experience on the field, so that their learning and their service build upon one another. For this reason, there is no time limit for completing a UofN degree.
Students can choose to study within college faculties of Arts & Sports, Christian Ministries, Communication, Counseling & Healthcare, Education, Humanities & International Studies, Science & Technology, and International Centers.
YWAM Charlotte is an official missionary training facility of YWAM International and a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.