YWAM Values

We all live in community by our shared values as we advance God’s kingdom together.

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 on 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 tenets 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.


It all started with a vision – a vision of waves of young people who hit the shores of every country, every continent of the world with the message of Christ. YWAM’s waves hit the shores of the Philippines in the early 70’s. One crest of those present-day waves is the Mobile Discipleship Ministry. In 1993, Doug Sharpe and family, together with the Mobile Discipleship Team, set out to pioneer a training center in Talisay City, Cebu. From the very first day when they set foot on the property in Carmen Village, Talisay City, it has been an adventure of faith! 

The MDM Base was established on the foundations of worship, intercession and family which has created a lifestyle that continues to this very day. It is during these times of seeking the Lord’s face that the Lord reveals to us His heart and challenges us to cooperate with Him in His work. The expansion and growth of the base as well as all ministry opportunities have been birthed during these times of encounter.

Even before the Mobile Discipleship Team left Manila for Cebu, the Lord was at work to lead them into their inheritance. Upon finding the property in Carmen Village, the team entered into a rental contract with an option to purchase after three years. Nothing in the team’s bank account indicated that this could be a remote possibility but they had God’s prophetic promises. There were times when their faith wavered but a strong admonition from the Lord to “obey or miss His blessing” encouraged them to keep believing that what the Lord had promised would surely come to pass.

On July 3, 1996, exactly three years to the day when the team moved into the property on 3rd St., the leaders were able to sign a deed of sale and present the full amount of PhP2.4 million pesos to purchase the property. God’s grace and the generosity of so many people enabled the team to experience this great victory!

Every year since 1995, the Discipleship Training School (DTS) has been training and sending outreach teams all throughout the Philippines and beyond.

Our children’s ministry primarily to the poor children in the Talisay area has been greatly expanded through the present leadership of Joel and Lucille Hapa! Their leadership has brought so much continued blessing to the base as they carry the vision of a visionary family of worshiping warriors impacting the world with God’s love!

It is impossible for us to recount all the wonderful things God has done! 
Many faces, many lives, and many hearts touched by the gospel of Christ. Many changes, many challenges but one faithful God whose promises are true! As one surveys all that the Lord has done in the last 25 years, one can only stand in awe and give praise to God—truly our history, is His Story! Come and be a part of this amazing adventure of faith!

Meet the staff

We are so proud of our staff they worked so hard to serve God and the people. As we all know being a YWAM staff is a full-time thing so most of these people gave up their dreams to follow God’s will for them. So your prayers for them is highly appreciated since they provide for their own expenses to do mission. If you want to partner with them, know them personally, or bless them, feel free to contact us.