ABOUT US

YWAM Wylie is a branch of a larger, international organization called, Youth with a Mission. Youth with a Mission is dedicated to the mobilization of young people in spreading the gospel to every corner of the earth. Here at YWAM Wylie we offer a wide variety of opportunities to get involved in missions: from attending one of our 5 month Discipleship Training Schools, to joining our staff team, and everything in between.

YOUTH WITH A MISSION

When YWAM began in 1960, the main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15. Today, we still focus on youth, but we have members of almost every age and many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavors that have impacted lives and nations.

YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, conveying the message of the gospel and caring for those in need. There are currently campuses operating in more than 1000 locations in over 180 countries, with a staff of over 18,000.

OUR MISSION

In 2010, the Lord gave Bruce and Patty a vision of pioneering a new YWAM ministry in Wylie Texas, just north of the Dallas Metroplex. God had sowed in their hearts a desire to see people trained and sent across the world to share Christ’s love with the lost and broken nations. In the Fall of 2012, YWAM Wylie launched their very first Discipleship Training School. Our local outreach continues to grow as we reach out to families and at risk youth of our local community. We also continue to develop our overseas work with at risk children in Southeast Asia, Central Africa, and the Middle East.

The heart of YWAM Wylie is to know God and to make Him known, beginning in Wylie and fanning out to the ends of the earth, taking to heart the Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus says to his disciples, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations”. Our mission is to ENCOUNTER Jesus, EQUIP Disciples and Leaders, and REACH Peoples, Communities, and Nations.

Our LOCATION

WYLIE, TEXAS

Wylie is a place where urban life meets small town living. Located just over twenty miles northeast of Dallas, the “City Between the Lakes” has a quaint feel, while still providing easy access to big city life.


The city of Wylie was founded in 1887, shaped by two railroads running through town. In the late 1970s Wylie started to receive some of the Dallas-Fort Worth growth, and over the last decade, it was the third fastest growing city in Texas. It now has a population of more than 40,000 people.


There are many churches in Wylie, and there seems to be an excitement and interest toward missions. There is a growing unity amongst the local churches, and we as YWAM are actively pursuing relationship with many churches in this area. Our goal is to reach out locally in order to reach out globally.

Downtown Wylie from an arial view

OUR PROPERTY

Our campus is located just south of downtown Wylie and is within walking distance of many shops, restaurants, and parks. We have 5 buildings that make up our property and are where most of our activities take place. Our main building, the Global Missions Center, serves as a central area and meeting place where the meals, worship, and classes take place. Our other brick building serves as our dorm for both staff and students as well as a hospitality wing for our guest speakers or visitors. We have three houses on campus as well, one serving as additional dorm space, another as a cafe/hangout area where most social activities take place, and the last is being used as our communications office. In addition, we have two fields on campus where we play different sports like volleyball, ultimate frisbee, and soccer.

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Our VALUES

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, 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.
  • FELLOWSHIP – WE ARE CALLED TO COMMIT TO THE CHURCH IN BOTH ITS LOCAL NURTURING EXPRESSION AND ITS MOBILE MULTIPLYING EXPRESSION.

Our values are the expression of our basic beliefs coupled with specific directives given by God since our beginning in 1960. These 18 values are the guiding principles for both the past and future of our mission. Some are common to Christians everywhere, while others are distinctive to YWAM. We hold these values in high regard to 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 as revealed in the Bible, the inspired and authoritative Word of God. 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 decisionmaking.
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, trust, train, support, make space 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 foundational covenants, purpose, vision, values and relationships. 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 recognized spiritual 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 – the textbook for all of life – 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 also embrace the inclusion of single-parent families. 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. We uphold and celebrate the Biblical view that God’s intent for holy matrimony is between one man and one woman.
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, campuses and bases 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.
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