School of Ministry Development

SOMD Start Date: April 2nd, 2024

What Is An SOMD?

You’ve experienced God in a radical way during DTS, and now you want to help make the same thing happen for others. SOMD will further equip you to make a difference in the world, whether on a university campus, in the workplace, or a remote third-world village. To be effective in ministry, you need to understand how God designed you, others, and your God-given gifts and strengths. SOMD is designed to equip you to do all these things and prepare you for ministry.

Equipping Disciples & Leaders

3 Months in Texas, USA

SOMD Lecture Phase is set up similar to DTS, with three months of living in a live/learn community. SOMD is designed to individualize the skills and purpose you’ve discovered in DTS and teach you how to apply them to your call of God. SOMD will also help equip you with tools to pioneer your own ministry to further God’s kingdom in the world.

Lecture Weekly Life

Community Responsibility
Worship & Intercession
Individual Devotion
Local Outreach


Class time is an opportunity to learn from gifted speakers on topics like Leadership, Community Development, Living the Life of a Disciple, and more!

Live/Learn Community

Our hope at YWAM Wylie is that in our live/learn community setting, you not only gain knowledge but also discover how to apply it and reflect the image of Christ.

Community Responsibility

Students will be assigned tasks around the base as a way to get plugged in and do their part in our community; whether that be on grounds, in the kitchen, or with housekeeping.

Local Impact

We are very involved in our local community. We spend time each week pouring into those around us through building projects, tutoring local youth, and evangelism.


You will meet with a staff member for one-on-one discipleship throughout Lecture Phase. In small groups, you have the opportunity to share and grow with your classmates and group leaders.​


Students will read the entirety of the Old Testament in addition to reading several other books, diving deeper into God’s Word throughout the lecture phase.

Reaching People, Communities, and Nations

Live Your Purpose

You Pray. You Hear. You Plan. You Go. YWAM staff will guide and assist you as you put together your outreach, whether to an existing ministry we’ve worked with or something completely new.

*Outreach is not required for completion of SOMD, but highly encouraged!

Outreach Weekly Life

Team Time
Worship and Intercession
More Info

Requirements: In order to apply for and attend a School of Ministry Development, successful completion of a Discipleship Training School is required. 

Costs: SOMD Lecture fees are $3,550. Outreach will be anywhere from $3,000 to $4,000, depending on location. Those interested in the SOMD internship outreach on campus will pay $300 each month for living costs.

HousingStudents will live in dormitory-style housing during Lecture Phase. There are anywhere from 5 to 10 students living in a room at a time.

School SizeOn average, schools have between 10-20 students. 

We believe in families as a whole, pursuing missions together. We have housing and child care available for families. If you are interested in family missions, contact us for more information. 

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