Our Vision.

There are more believers alive today than in all of human history combined.  Jesus is Winning!

We are a Christian movement dedicated to Know God and to Make Him Known.  Today our mission base is multiplying YWAM locations throughout the east coast of the US (Virginia Beach) and in South America.  We are assisting in the launch of training bases in Michigan, Georgia, South Carolina & Virginia.  Internationally we are doing the same in Brazil, Nicaragua & areas in the Middle East.  Send us a text if you are ready to Lose Your Fear and Find Your Call.

“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”God is calling up a new wave of radical missionaries to share the truth of Christ in the Nations.   We are preparing to be a sending/training agency for this new movement.”  Matthew 9:36-38

Our Mission & Beliefs

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).

Through worship, pursuit of holiness, prayer, fellowship & witness our mission base is dedicated to KNOW & GO!   In the compelling words of our founder, Loren Cunningham

“I’ve always believed that Jesus through normal people could transform the world.  I was compelled that every human would hear the good news of Jesus Christ.  I had to see that happen.  I couldn’t settle for less.  I never believed that a person was limited because of their age, race or upbringing.  I believe that people could live for Jesus without man-made limits, orders or boundaries.  The world is waiting for us to risk everything in faith.  We have to step out of the box to impact the world.  No matter who you are, where you are, or what you do, Jesus is the answer.  He lives in you and the world needs Him.  Obedience is dangerous, it changes everything, but it’s simple too.  Just do the thing God whispers to you.  Take the first step.  THE TIME IS NOW!   Move beyond fear, and give your life to know Him and make Him know”

Our Foundational Values.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) 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 His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following responses are strongly emphasized 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 nature and character 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.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM’s beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasized to us.

These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission.

The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM—our “DNA.” They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

 

1. Know God


YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.

2. Make God known


YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.

3. Hear God’s voice

YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our process for decision making.

4. Practice worship and intercessory prayer

YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God’s power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.

5. Be visionary


YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

6. Champion young people


YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

7. Be broad-structured and decentralized


YWAM is broad-structured and diverse, yet integrated. We are a global family of ministries held together by shared purpose, vision, values and relationship. We believe that structures should serve the people and the purposes of God. Every ministry at every level has the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders.

8. Be international and interdenominational


YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the mission.

9. Have a biblical Christian worldview


YWAM is called to a biblical Christian worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

10. Function in teams

YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

11. Exhibit servant leadership

YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

12. Do first, then teach

YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.

13. Be relationship-oriented


YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

14. Value the individual


YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

15. Value families

YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways.

16. Practice dependence on God

YWAM is called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. For individuals and YWAM corporately this comes primarily through His people. As God has been generous toward us, so we desire to be generous. YWAMers give themselves, their time and talents to God through the mission with no expectation of remuneration.

17. Practice hospitality

YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

18. Communicate with integrity

YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.

 
 
 
 

Our City.

RVA, River City

Richmond, Virginia is arguably the most historic city in the United States.  Originally settled in 1609, and incorporated in 1742, Richmond later became the capital of Virgina and  the capital of the Confederate States during the American Civil War.   Richmond played a central role in the formation of our nation.

Just minutes from our mission base is Pocahantas’ home, the State Capital & Saint John’s Church, where in 1775, Patrick Henry gave the famous “Give me liberty or Give me death” speak which ignited the American Revolution.

Today Richmond is the capital of Virginia.  It’s an “Artsy College Town” with awesome museums, twelve Universities, incredible architecture, a highly regarded “foodie” culture region, beautiful Class 4 Rapids,  100s of miles of bike trails and more history than you can imagine.   With over one million residents everyone can be at home.   Richmonders call this place  a “big town” or a “small city.”  Come visit us, you promise won’t be disappointed.

Our staff, volunteers and students reach into the city of Richmond through our six community ministries:  Character Club, Richmond Ropes Challenge Course, English Conversation Classes, NIKO Wilderness Challenge, Summer Teams, and the Potter’s Pantry.

Our beliefs.

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).

Our Spiritual Disciplines.

Spiritual disciplines are things we do that lead us toward the face of God each and every day. Whether you are a staff, student, intern or volunteer; each YWAMer commits to seek God with all of heart, soul, mind and strength and to love their neighbor as themselves (Luke 10:27). Each year our community sets practical spiritual disciplines goals.  These goals include outreach, intercession, worship, Bible Study, hospitality, service, physical stewardship, financial stewardship, accountability and transparency.

Driving Directions

Turn by Turn Directions to Fulton Hill Campus & Richmond Ropes

I-64 East Driving toward Richmond from Charlottesville
From I-64 Heading East (or from the West End), get on I-95 South and exit on Franklin St. (Exit 74B). At the second traffic light turn Left onto Main Street. Go through 4 traffic lights. The road has a sharp right turn just past Poe’s Pub. Get in the Left lane turn left at the traffic light onto Williamsburg Avenue. Cross railroad tracks. Follow Williamsburg Avenue to the Fulton Hill neighborhood. The road takes a sharp Left and turns from a 4-lane road to a 2- lane road and changes name to Williamsburg Road. Go past the fire station on the Left. Turn Left onto Waverly Avenue. Turn Right into the last driveway to get to the Studio.

I-64 West Driving Toward Richmond from Williamsburg
From I-64 Heading West, exit onto Laburnum, going South. Make a right onto Williamsburg Rd. At the 3rd light, begin counting streets on the right. Make a right onto Waverly Ave. (the 4th Right). Turn Right into the last driveway to get to the Studio.

I-95 North Driving toward Richmond from Petersburg
From I-95 Heading North take the E. Broad St. Exit 74C. At the light make a Left on Broad St. Follow Broad St. until you see Chimborazo Park on your right. At the end of the park, the road curves down to the right, then to the left as you go down a hill. This road changes into Government Rd. Stay on Government Rd. until you go over some railroad tracks and pass a wooded area on your right. You will then come to a Chinese Restaurant on your right. Turn Right onto Carlisle Avenue. Stay on Carlisle for 3 blocks until you come to a ‘T’ intersection. Turn Right on to Waverly Ave. Take Waverly down to the dead end. The Campus is on your right.

I-95 South Driving Toward Richmond from Washington D.C.
From I-95 heading South take the Franklin Street Exit, 74B. At the second traffic light turn Left onto Main Street. Go through 4 traffic lights. The road has a sharp right turn just past Poe’s Pub. Get in the Left lane turn left at the traffic light onto Williamsburg Avenue. Cross railroad tracks. Follow Williamsburg Avenue to the Fulton Hill neighborhood. The road takes a sharp Left and turns from a 4-lane road to a 2- lane road and changes name to Williamsburg Road. Go past the fire station on the Left. Turn Left onto Waverly Avenue. Turn Right into the last driveway to get to the Studio.