The School of Ministry Development (SoMD) creates an environment for you to grow as an individual whilst being equipped for a future in different ministry settings. The course looks at pastoral, spiritual, logistical and visionary leadership, stretching you as you look to develop their ability to minister to others either within YWAM or in other settings.

The SoMD was such a beneficial time;
a time to evaluate my values and
step out in faith in what God has spoken to me.

– Seth, USA


  • Lectures, seminars, and discussion
  • Spiritual formation and personal development
  • Communication skills – from mic technique to exegesis and hermeneutics
  • Leadership: leading and being led
  • Working within teams
  • Authority and leadership
  • YWAM’s values and how they to apply them in both an individual and community context
  • Specialist areas tailored to the participants of each SoMD (youth work, the arts, cross-cultural skills and outreach planning)

Throughout the course there are opportunities to apply what is being learned by leading corporate activities at Holmsted Manor as well as preparing and presenting projects and assignments.

The SoMD, a 2nd level UofN course, is recommended for all those hoping to make a staff commitment to YWAM.

2019: Dates TBC

Registration fee: £25 (An admin fee which makes sure that we have everything needed in order to process your application)

Costs: Lecture phase: £1,900, plus transport/flights & visas to get here. (You will need to pay the first amount of £200 as a deposit, once you are accepted.) These costs differ for those who are making a long-term commitment to serve YWAM Holmsted Manor.  Outreach phase: To be decided (plus transport/flights & visas)