What is the School of Ministry Development?

The SOMD is a 12 week school designed to sharpen leadership skills and develop effective personal ministry. Spiritual leadership and life-long ministry both require that we take on the nature of Jesus and learn from Him, a humble servant. We simply must set our sights high and look into the radical leadership of Jesus. Students will dive into areas such as Personal Growth and Character Development, Understanding Ministry, Spiritual Leadership, Pioneering, Project Planning and Implementation, Worldview, Faith and Finances, and more. Each topic will have an emphasis on the scriptures as a point of reference for everything we do.

What is a YWAM Secondary School?

If you have completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS) and want to continue to be trained, secondary schools are an awesome way to go deeper into more specialized topics. There are numerous opportunities and different types of secondary schools in YWAM globally. Here at YWAM LA, we offer several secondary schools that build upon the foundation laid during your DTS, to equip you for effective ministry and missions.

What is the School of Ministry Development? (SOMD)

The SOMD is a 12 week school designed to sharpen leadership skills and develop effective personal ministry. Spiritual leadership and life-long ministry both require that we take on the nature of Jesus and learn from Him, a humble servant.  We simply must set our sights high and look into the radical leadership of Jesus.  Students will dive into areas such as Personal Growth and Character Development, Understanding Ministry, Spiritual Leadership, Pioneering, Project Planning and Implementation, Worldview, Faith and Finances and more.  Each topic will have an emphasis on the scriptures as a point of reference for everything we do.  The city of Los Angeles provides the perfect environment for a cross-cultural adventure.  Students will live in community on our YWAM LA campus as well as venturing out to reach deep into the heart of the city through ministry, outreach and various activities designed to immerse them into this vast array of urban lifestyle, culture and art.   The SOMD places a strong emphasis on strengthening the individual for the long haul of effective ministry. We invite you to come and make the SOMD part of your journey as you go deeper in your relationship with God.

What you will experience during the SOMD

Community

YWAM LA is an international and multicultural community of staff and students who worship, pray, serve and live life together. In this diversity, a unique classroom and living experience is created where God imparts His heart for the nations to each of us. In this dynamic living and learning environment, a love and appreciation for cultures, races, and peoples of the world will prepare you for a life of service to the nations. 

Teaching

The School of Ministry Development focuses on seeing growth in character, practical skills, and servant leadership. You will learn to identify and appreciate the contributions of your unique personality and natural abilities by using the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator and the Strengthsfinder 2.0.  You will also learn to identify and articulate your own core values.

Students will receive practical guidelines for long term success in ministry by looking at their own personal foundations, habits and character, and will design and have the opportunity to implement a plan for starting a new ministry.

Local Ministry

God has placed our campus at the front door of one of the most diverse and international cities in the world, Los Angeles. Every nation of the world is represented in this urban metropolis. During the SOMD, you will be given opportunities to reach into the heart of the city with the love of Christ.  Ministry will range from serving the homeless on Skid Row to evangelism on university campuses. God will use you to make a kingdom impact in this city where the need for Jesus is so great. 

More Information:

Discipleship Training School (DSP 211, 212)
Tuition is required to be paid in full on or before arrival day of the school.
SOMD is a 3 month course followed by an optional outreach. Outreach opportunities will be discussed shortly after the beginning of the course.
After the completion of this school as well as any other of the Secondary courses offered here at YWAM LA, you will be eligible to apply for other secondary schools at any YWAM base (such as the School of Biblical Studies), as well as apply for a staff position at YWAM Los Angeles, or anywhere in YWAM international.
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Meet the Leader

Lisa Jones

Greetings friends! I did my DTS in Kona, Hawaii and my outreach to Thailand! God sent me directly to L.A. for a SOMD and I have been on staff and carried a leadership role from that point on.  My first assignment here at YWAM Los Angeles was to plan a massive event for our 25th anniversary.  I had absolutely no experience in event planning.  Welcome to YWAM! I have been on this campus and in leadership for 15 years. I earned my Bachelors Degree at Vanguard University in Psychology and completed a masters level curriculum with DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative. My passion has been working with the broken and lost in an large urban context. Cities bring me to life! The first 9 years of ministry were spent pioneering several ministries here in Los Angeles such as working in Juvenile Hall, within the Public School System, and in partnership with Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) Jeopardy Program. In more recent years, my focus has shifted to leadership development. Leadership and mentoring are easily my favorite topics, other than the Bible, of course! I have a heart to walk alongside young leaders, serving and empowering them for life and ministry.

the staff

Anna Soderlund

Merietta, Georgia

Her Story

Anna did the Justice DTS in the fall of 2014, and did her outreach to Mexico City and Costa Rica. Ann also did the Chronological Bible Core Course. She is passionate about sports, Bible, baking, art, family and making people feel at home. She like to listen to old jazz, exercising, and drawing.

Fozzy Furler

Indianlon, Iowa

His Story

Fozzy (or Foster, if he’s in trouble with his mom…) did the Transformation DTS at YWAM LA in fall 2015, went on outreach to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and returned to LA for the School of Ministry Development. His hobbies include hiking, camping, and watching Hot Rod.

David Walton

Fort Worth, Texas

His Story

David did the Calling All Skaters DTS in the fall of 2015, and went on outreach to China. David also did the School Of Ministry Development. David is passionate about community, and guys becoming men of God. David likes skateboarding, watching the office and drawing.

Amelie Lonegren

Borlenge, Sweden

Her Story

Amelie did her Transformation DTS in the fall of 2010, and did her outreach in South Africa. Amelie also did the School Of Ministry Development. Amelie is passionate about people realizing that they are loved. Amelie likes laughing, walking, music and youtube.

Donald William Gilmour

Louisville, Kentucky

His Story

Donald did the Calling All Skaters DTS in the fall of 2015, and went on outreach to China. Donald also did the School Of Ministry Development. Donald is passionate about Discipleship and seeing people find freedom in Christ. Donald likes skateboarding and music.