School of Ministry Development

This school is for those who are serious about pursuing a lifestyle of ministry. We consider it the second half of DTS: you’ll pick up right where you left off, continuing to let Jesus shape your heart while learning to minister like he did.


Practical Skills

Our goal is that you’ll leave SOMD with a toolbox full of tools to make you effective in ministry, no matter where God calls you.

  • Understand Jesus’ strategy to reach the world through discipleship
  • Develop your communication skills.
  • Learn how to build a financial support team.
  • Dream with God about your life’s calling and start fleshing out a strategy to reach your goals.
  • Learn to minister to people’s deepest needs.
  • Discover how God has uniquely shaped you in your giftings, personality, and passions.
  • Receive solid teaching that will help you stay strong in ministry for the long haul.
School of Ministry Development
YWAM Leadership


Glean valuable lessons as seasoned leaders impart to you in class. Then put those principles into practice as you take on leadership roles from day one of SOMD. From leading local ministry and small group to facilitating team projects or intercession times, in many ways we'll treat you like our YWAM staff, forcing you to stretch your potential as you take on greater responsibility.

Real Experience

You won’t just study principles of cross-cultural ministry – you’ll minister cross-culturally. You won’t just learn theories of godly leadership – you’ll lead teams and projects. You won’t just take notes on ways to minister to someone who’s hurting – you’ll see God move as you minister. And you’ll do all of this within our missionary community, encouraging one another towards the Lord and towards our goals.

Upcoming SOMD
Dates & Costs


Sep 22, 2024 – Mar 01, 2025

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Mar 30, 2025 – Aug 23, 2025

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The SOMD is open to anyone who has successfully completed a YWAM Discipleship Training School

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