About YWAM 2018-06-28T17:58:45+00:00

About Youth With a Mission

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) encompasses thousands of people and hundreds of ministries in almost every country of the world. In every case, our passion is to know God and to make Him known.

We are a mixture of people from all over the world, from 149 countries in fact. In many of our locations, people from a wide variety of nations serve side by side. We come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages. Nearly half of our staff come from “non-western” countries, such as Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, India and Nepal.

In addition to our full-time staff, many YWAM locations host short-term outreach teams. These teams are made up of individuals, youth groups, families, and churches who get to participate first-hand in “making God known” through both words and actions. We send out over 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.

History and Vision

Mission Statement

YWAM Los Angeles’ mission is to train servant leaders to disciple the nations.


In a small office in Pasadena, California, which doubled as his bedroom, Loren Cunningham founded Youth With A Mission in 1960. God gave Loren a simple, yet focused strategy at first. Youth from local churches in various cities nationwide would be mobilized in citywide outreaches to reach the lost for Christ.  Over the next decade, YWAM launched Summer of Service programs that sent teams of young people on one week outreaches called “Domestic Crusades” to targeted cities. From these outreaches, the first Discipleship Training School (DTS) was born in 1976 and located in Sunland, California, led by John Dawson.

There are three strands of ministry weaving throughout all that YWAM does:

Statement of Faith

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.

We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has 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 towards us; that God desires all people 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 accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation” (Mark 16:15).

For more information about YWAM, please visit www.ywam.org.