Religion, Spiritual Development

Youth with a Mission of Montana A Corp.

  • Lakeside, MT
  • www.ywammontana.org

Mission Statement

Vision Statement: Doing whatever it takes to know God and make Him known, TOGETHER.

Mission Statement: Together we commit to the communication of the gospel by training, sending, supporting, and being missionaries.

YWAM Montana-Lakeside exists to know God and to make Him known! Just like Jesus called his disciples in Matthew 4:19 to “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men," we live to join in the family business of fishing with the Master Fisherman as our main focus! We are a multi-generational, interdenominational, and international community of about 160 missionary members, 70 children, and several hundred trainees each year.

At YWAM Montana-Lakeside, you become part of the family. Everyone carries the image of Christ and plays a vital role in fulfilling the Great Commission. We operate in teams and value servant-leadership through collaboration and mutual submission. On any given day you will find groups working together to see God's name made famous on the earth, using the gifts God has given them.

We recognize and love the fact that we are far better together than we are apart. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a generous people and not just with finances; as missionary members, we believe that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing, and we look for opportunities to give ourselves away. We highly value the authority of Scripture, and we are not afraid to ask the hard questions and be relentless after truth. We also value creativity and the many different gifts that God has given us. From the beginning of this ministry, God has beckoned creative people to this place; He has called us to bring His God life to hurting and desperate people. You will find artists in every area of this ministry reflecting beauty and proclaiming truth. Being a missionary member with YWAM Montana-Lakeside is about doing whatever it takes to know God and make Him known, TOGETHER.

Main Programs

  1. Discipleship Training School (DTS)
  2. School of Biblical Studies (SBS)
  3. Titus Project (Titus)
  4. Old Testament Hebrew (OTH)
  5. New Testament Greek (NTG)
  6. Architecture Internship
  7. Audio Production Course (APC)
  8. Directed Readings in Biblical Studies (DRB)
  9. School of Dance Studies (SDS)
  10. School of Worship Ministry (SOW)
  11. Old Testament Studies Seminar (OTS)
  12. New Testament Studies Seminar (NTS)
  13. Theology of Paul Seminar (TOP)
  14. Church History Seminar (CHS)
  15. DTS Equip (Equip)
  16. Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)
  17. 100 Fold Summer Studio
  18. Summer of Sports (SOS)
  19. Summer of Dance (SOD)
  20. Summer of Music (SOM)
  21. Crossroads Discipleship Training School ( CDTS )
  22. Outdoor Ministry Program
  23. The Well
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

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

ruling year

1982

CEO since 2010

Self-reported

Mr. R. Keith Buzzard Jr.

Executive Director since 2010

Self-reported

Mrs. Mariska Buzzard

Keywords

Self-reported

youth, missions, young people, outreach, mentoring, discipleship, christian, ethics, community, training, mobilizing, gospel, YWAM, arts, mobilization, coaching, leadership development, equipping

Notes from the Nonprofit

Our campus is home to a variety of schools and programs each with their own curriculum and focus. You can find a sample of teachings, articles, blog posts, and videos from staff and students representing a wide assortment of programs that we offer at YWAM Montana Lakeside at ywammontana.org.

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Also Known As

YWAM Montana

EIN

81-6037128

 Number

7024940843

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Christian (X20)

Vocational Technical (B30)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We recognize that we must be focused in order for our programs to be effective. We currently do that by training approximately 150 students each year with a focus on six target nations; Ukraine, Nepal, India, Thailand, Taiwan and Cambodia.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Discipleship Training School (DTS)

Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a two-part discipleship course which stands as an introduction to missions with YWAM. Students spend three months in the classroom exploring foundational discipleship topics, engaging in intercession and daily worship, and devoting time in our focus tracks to develop their skills and passions. The duration of DTS is spent in a community setting, cultivating an environment that values learning from and growing with one another. Two months of outreach then provide a glimpse of cross-cultural missions as teams serve alongside of existing ministries. Discipleship Training School is an incredible opportunity to focus on pursuing God and His heart for the nations; if you’re ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, come and join us!

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Christianity

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Program 2

School of Biblical Studies (SBS)

As followers of Jesus, we believe in the importance of knowing and understanding the Word of God on a deeper level, and that every individual have that opportunity to learn how to study, discover, and apply the truths of God’s Word to their own lives. The School of Biblical Studies (SBS) is a nine-month course in which students study all 66 books of the Bible. An inductive approach is taught, in which students observe what the text says and then let it shape their beliefs. During the school, students will be working, studying, and living in a close knit community of fellow students who are on the journey through the Bible together. They are given hands-on instruction in the principles of observation, interpretation, and application. They will survey each book and discover the big picture, while also digging into the details paragraph by paragraph. Emphasis is placed on understanding the cultural and historic background of each author and original reader of a book. The student will be interpreting Scripture with the mindset of the original reader, then they will take the timeless truths and apply them personally. Students will have opportunities to live out what they are learning; this is not a school of simply head knowledge, but also of practical application. SBS staff will meet weekly with the students to aid in their personal growth, understanding of Scripture, and application of the inductive method.

The SBS is offered in a series of three-month phases.

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Program 3

Titus Project (Titus)

Titus Project is a three month program designed to equip School of Biblical Studies graduates to become teachers and to send them to places in desperate need of Bible teaching. Our goal is to equip the church world wide with tools for studying the Bible for themselves. We target places with limited access to Bible teaching. Our goal is that our program participants will become life-long Bible teachers and continue to equip the church wherever they go, whether back home, or into long-term missions.

The first three weeks are spent in training here in Montana. The next two months are spent on outreach in small teams focused on Bible teaching. The final week is spent in debriefing.

We do not call our program participants “students”, but, rather, see them as co-teachers who work along side us. During the three week training phase, participants learn how to prepare, present and illustrate Bible teachings. Each participant will teach and be evaluated four times during their training and on outreach team-mates will evaluated each other for continued growth. We aim for each participant to teach between six and twelve hours each week. Many places in the world are hungry for Bible teaching and we desire to see School of Biblical Studies Graduates do their part to meet that need.

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Program 4

Old Testament Hebrew (OTH)

Why study Old Testament Hebrew? Martin Luther asked, “Do you inquire what use there is in learning the languages? Do you say, ‘We can read the Bible very well in German [Luther's own native language and the Bible he translated!].’” He answered, “In the former times the fathers were frequently mistaken, because they were ignorant of the languages and in our days there are some who…do not think the languages of any use; but although their doctrine is good, they have often erred in the real meaning of the sacred text; they are without arms against error, and I fear that their faith will not remain pure.” Have you ever been studying an Old Testament passage and consulted three or four English versions only to find that the word you were studying had three or four different English translations? Did you then wonder what the “correct” or “most accurate” translation should be? Did you end up frustrated? If so, then Old Testament Hebrew is a course you will want to take!

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Christianity

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Program 5

New Testament Greek (NTG)

This is a twelve week course which consists of learning New Testament Greek. The student will begin with vocabulary and then move on to grammar; after that the student will focus on translating various passages or books of the New Testament. This course will enrich your present and future studies of the Bible, providing a deeper understanding of the New Testament. It will especially benefit Bible teachers and those who are in need of more credits for a degree.

{This course is also offered via correspondence. Please contact registrar@ywammontana.org for more information.}

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Program 6

Architecture Internship

The Architecture Internship is designed for students and graduates of architecture programs to apply their passion and training to serve in missions. This internship provides a unique opportunity for these graduates to work in a non-profit setting while earning their professional license. Our intern architects gain invaluable experience by participating in the complete design process under the guidance of a fully licensed architectural firm.

The internship takes place at 100 Fold Studio, a non-profit architectural firm partnering in ministry with YWAM. Our firm is located on the YWAM campus and serves as the YWAM Montana Campus Architect. This affiliation provides the opportunity for interns to pair their work at 100 Fold Studio with the discipleship training and community available through YWAM.

Our internship is the first step to a full time position with 100 Fold Studio and YWAM. The process consists of an internship; followed by a Discipleship Training School (DTS). Candidates may then apply for a full time position with a 2 year commitment. If you have already completed a DTS, you may forgo the internship and DTS and immediately apply for a 2 year staff commitment.

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Program 7

Audio Production Course (APC)

The Audio Production Course takes place in a working studio (Studio 501) and is designed to give the student hands-on experience in producing and engineering music. It is a highly specialized program focused on all technical aspects of sound production. This is a 12 week course that covers 3 main focus areas: Pro Tools 101, Audio Production & Spiritual Development.

The first area of focus is Pro Tools, which is one of the best sounding, most widely-used audio production software in the industry; it enables you to record, compose, edit, and mix with great speed and ease.

The second area of focus is Audio Production; in this part of the school students can expect to learn all about hardware equipment used in a recording school as well as in live shows. They will learn terminology which is vital for communication when working with producers, musicians, and other engineers. By the end of the school students will have a solid foundation for working in a recording studio.

The third focus is spiritual development; throughout the course students will grow in a number of ways on a spiritual level with teachings such as: Walking in your Calling, Conflict Resolution, Personality Testing, Difficult Questions of Christianity, and Missions in the Entertainment Industry. The primary purpose of Studio 501 is to facilitate those with a desire to serve God in this field by imparting not only technical skills but also social and spiritual knowledge to work with others in the entertainment industry at a professional level.

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Program 8

Directed Readings in Biblical Studies (DRB)

This course is a directed program designed to expose the student to a breadth of historical Biblical interpretation, Church History and Biblical Worldview philosophy. During the course, the student will read a large volume of reference literature from a pre-selected list determined by the course advisor. Application of the material provides the student with resources for preaching, teaching or personal Bible study.

{This course is also offered via correspondence. Please contact registrar@ywammontana.org for more information.}

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Program 9

School of Dance Studies (SDS)

The course provides students with intense holistic training and study in order to best utilize the gift God has given them. During the school students will be pushed to their limits physically, mentally, and spiritually. Emphasis is placed on excellence along with strong spiritual foundations.

The school begins with a six-month lecture phase designed to prepare students for both the required two-month outreach within the program and the dance world outside of our school. During this challenging process we’ve found that God intensely works through all parts of the school—even the academically-focused pieces. Consequently, we make sure to take the time for both group and individual reflection during which we examine what we’re learning spiritually, academically, physically, and emotionally. Students are given practical ministry and performance opportunities in the local community during lecture phase. Our outreach phase broadens these opportunities as both staff and students join together on a performing arts focused outreach in another country.

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Program 10

School of Worship Ministry (SOW)

The School of Worship Ministry takes students deeper into a life of integrity, passion, and worship. We strive to open up their eyes to the awesome opportunity we have as believers to worship our Savior “in spirit and truth.” We see in John 4:23 that this is the type of worshiper the Father seeks, but what does it mean? How do we walk this out in our own lives? School of Worship Ministry endeavors to help reveal the answers to these questions. However, it is up to the students to live it out in their lives. We want to raise up worship leaders who have the heart and mind of a disciple, have a passionate love for God, and live a life of obedience. We give them tools to develop both the physical and the spiritual aspects of worship leading.

School of Worship Ministry (SOW) is a five month course that includes a three month lecture phase and a two month outreach. It is a second level school, so it is required to complete a DTS prior to this school.
We explore a wide variety of topics regarding worship, our call as disciples, leadership, team dynamics, heart issues, and personal discovery. We seek to build a biblical foundation for worship in the lives of our students, wanting them to fully understand the history behind it and how that applies to us today.
The school facilitates team worship leading, musical skill-development workshops, individual song-writing, reading and discussing 2-3 books related to worship, weekly journals, small groups, intercession, and studying Psalms.

Our main goals in this school are to:
* Train, Equip and Develop worship leaders and those involved in worship ministry to be the most effective they can be in their area of influence.
* Provide a place to go deeper with God; to ignite and fan into flame our Passion for Jesus.
* Help worship leaders to live a fully integrated life that reflects Jesus in every way. The person they are on stage needs to be consistent with the person they are in every day life.
* Create a culture of creativity where students feel free to express their love for God in many different ways. We want to help them discover their creative side and learn to use it for God’s glory.

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Christianity

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Program 11

Old Testament Studies Seminar (OTS)

Why attend the Old Testament Studies Seminar?

This course is designed to give the student who is familiar with the content of the books of the Old Testament the opportunity for advanced study of the Old Testament. This is not an Old Testament Survey. Rather, the course is an analytical study of the Old Testament and its themes and the theology that can be derived from these. The goal is to obtain a better understanding of the whole of the Old Testament, particularly of the God of the Old Testament and His working through history and the nation of Israel, in order to better understand the fulfillment of the Old Testament in Jesus Christ.

The Old Testament Studies Seminar is ideal for the SBS graduate who desires to go deeper into the theological issues raised by the Old Testament without having to go to seminary.

OLD TESTAMENT STUDIES SEMINAR
At the completion of this course the student should be able to: 1. Discuss in depth the major themes of the Old Testament 2. Outline and explain the canonical development of the Redemptive-Historical plan of God 3. Outline and explain the canonical development of the Kingdom of God 4. Outline and explain the significance of the Story of Israel 5. Interpret individual OT texts in light of the role they play in the development of an OT Theology

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Program 12

New Testament Studies Seminar (NTS)

The New Testament Studies Seminar is one of a four-part seminar series offered by SBS International (also available are: Old Testament Studies Seminar, Theology of Paul Seminar and Church History Seminar). This seminar is designed to give SBS graduates and SBS staff a greater depth of proficiency in the New Testament and the theological issues that it raises. It also provides the student with the opportunity to engage in the discipline of New Testament Theology in order to thoughtfully reflect on the central themes and critical questions of the New Testament.

The New Testament Studies Seminar will give an SBS graduate seminary-level instruction without having to leave the mission field. All seminars are accredited with the U of N and can be taken to obtain a Biblical Studies degree.

LECTURE PHASE
Course objectives: 1. To introduce the student to the distinctive theological perspectives and themes of Jesus and the New Testament authors, as well as significant modern scholarship in the field of New Testament Theology. 2. To strengthen the student in their ability to understand theological concepts and the implications for their faith, as well as organize their personal theology into a coherent system of belief. 3. To develop the student in their spiritual formation by encouraging them to respond to theological truth intellectually and by lifestyle changes, allow their thoughts, ideas and theological perspectives to be challenged through assignments and class dialogue, and strengthen personal faith by reflecting on new insights and theological concepts. 4. To help the student better formulate (a) New Testament theology in order that they may teach on the various topics and themes that contribute to New Testament theology.

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Program 13

Theology of Paul Seminar (TOP)

The subject of the theology of the apostle Paul is far too vast to examine exhaustively in one semester. Thus this course is designed to analyze and interpret the “building blocks,” i.e., the major themes and topics that form the foundation of the Apostle Paul’s theology. The goal of better understanding the theology of Paul is that the student will be better equipped to teach from the Pauline corpus so that the Body of Christ (a Pauline term!) might be built up. This seminar is intended for SBS graduates and staff, or anyone interested to teach from the letters of the apostle Paul.

LECTURE PHASE
Six weeks will be spent focusing on the writings and theology of the apostle Paul. At the completion of the course the student should be able to: 1. Identify and explain the major theological topics and themes found in Paul's writings 2. Understand and discuss Pauline theology 3. Better research, prepare and communicate teachings/lectures from Paul's writings.

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Program 14

Church History Seminar (CHS)

Winston Churchill said, “Those that fail to learn from history, are doomed to repeat it.” The saying applies to politics as well as to the Church. The writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is nothing new under the sun.”

No one book or course entitled “Church History” could adequately cover all the major people, eras or events of the Christian Story. With that in mind, The Church History Seminar is designed to give the student a broad picture of our Story in the hope that a greater love and appreciation for the Church be cultivated. It is also an intention of this course that the student obtain a better picture of what our Lord has been doing and continues to do through His Church through the ages in order that we might catch a better glimpse of our place in the Story.

LECTURE PHASE
Three weeks of lecture will cover important persons, events and decision from the first century to the present. Week one covers the Patristic Era, week two covers the Middle Ages and week three covers the Reformation to the present. At the completion of this course the student should be able to: 1. Outline and explain the major figures that influenced the various eras of Church history 2. Outline and explain the important theological decisions made by the Church 3. Outline and explain the strengths and weaknesses of the Church as she has tried to fulfill the Great Commission 4. Outline and explain how the Church in previous eras has impacted the present-day Church

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Program 15

DTS Equip (Equip)

Providing a resource-rich environment where DTS leaders and staff are equipped in character, skills and Spirit, so that both DTS students and programs worldwide may benefit and develop according to their individual and corporate callings.

We focus on the core of who we are as disciples first. Identity in Christ, what we believe, who we are as believers and as a mission. This is the core building block for any leader. Topics include…

WEEK 1: CORE IDENTITY – “ROOTS”
• Being a Disciple; Identity in Christ
• The Language of God
• The Bible and the Fundamentals of Christianity
• Foundations of YWAM and DTS

WEEK 2: CHARACTER
Focusing on how we think, act, reason, and walk as disciples, which determines who we are as leaders and disciplers. Topics include…
• DTS Curriculum
• Implicational thinking and belief systems
• Servant Leadership and Followership
• Spiritual Authority• Integrity, Character, Conduct and Calling

WEEK 3: INTERPERSONAL & RELATIONAL ISSUES
How do we relate to others? What has made me who I am today, and understanding others? Topics include…
• Communication and Conflict Resolution
• Discipling Difficult Students and Staff

WEEK 4: PRACTICAL SKILLS – “NUTS & BOLTS”
How to get it done. From the classroom to leading people. Topics include…
• Self-awareness
• Leadership styles
• Small groups, one on ones
• Running a classroom
• Mentoring dynamics and models

WEEK 5: OUTREACH UNDERWAY
Whatever we do as followers of Christ, it always comes down to this: outreach. This week we do it. Participants construct and accomplish local outreaches, as well as receive training and lectures.

Lectures include:
• What is outreach?
• What is evangelism?
• Preparing outreaches
• “Fruitful” Outreach Practices
• Cross-Cultural Communication
• Culture Shock

Outreach constitutes the majority of time spent.

WEEK 6: WRAPPING UP OUTREACH
This addresses more issues we need to embrace as leaders of others, especially related to missions, local churches, and working with teams. Topics include…
• Debriefing and Re-entry
• Crisis Management
• Working with the Local Church
• Evaluations

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Program 16

Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL)

Over half the population of the world lives under governments that restrict the entry of foreign religious workers. Although missionaries are not welcome, people with nation building skills, such as English teachers, are welcomed. TESOL is a course that will equip you with skills that can open many doors of opportunity in restricted access nations, and among our many multicultural neighbors.

THE NEED
There are two billion people all over the world right now learning the English language. It’s the most widely learned and sought after second language in the world. And that’s where you come in.

Because so many people want to learn English, most missionaries from North America find themselves teaching in classrooms at some point during their overseas ministry. A large number of YWAM’s ministries around the world use English classes as a tool for evangelization and building relationships in their communities. Many of YWAM Montana-Lakeside’s outreach teams spend at least part of their time teaching English to locals or university students, and most of those missionaries have never had any formal training as language teachers.

It’s because of this need for teachers that our TESOL program was created. This five week course is designed to quickly and effectively train any English speaker as a fully certified English teacher.. The certification given at Lakeside is also very unique to YWAM since our graduates are not only certified by YWAM’s University of the Nations but also receive a second TESOL certification through a recognized training institute in Australia. It’s this secular Certificate IV that unlocks many doors overseas, and many of our graduates have gone on to work in some of the hardest to reach nations on the planet.

THE MOST INTENSIVE, THE MOST REWARDING
There is no doubt that TESOL is one of the most intensive schools in all of YWAM. It is also one of the most rewarding, as it will give you an international certification and the practical skills needed to become an English teacher in any country on the mission field—and all of this in only five action-packed weeks.

Highly concentrated in both learning and application, the program lasts from 8 am to 9:30 pm Monday through Friday, comprising more than 100 hours of lectures and small group presentations. Each morning will begin with worship and intercession, followed by lectures. Afternoons and evenings are spent in additional lecture, optional focus workshops, preparing lesson plans, and completing assignments.

Throughout the duration of the course, some evenings will be devoted to the Practicum—the section of the course that includes hands-on experience with over 20 hours of realistic on-the-job practice teaching with English-language learners from a variety of nations. In the Practicum, the TESOL student now becomes the teacher—applying all that he or she has learned during lectures.

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Program 17

100 Fold Summer Studio

The 100 Fold Summer Studio is an eight-week initiative equipping young professionals and students in service and design. Speakers from around the country will share their expertise on design, business, and world missions. Lectures, small groups, and one-on-one mentorship will focus on leadership and vocation. Students will also receive practical instruction on using digital media within a work environment. The Studio culminates with a small design/build project for the local community. The Summer Studio’s mission is to engage students in exploring the varied ways of using their talents to serve others within an architecture or design career. Its vision is to develop and champion leaders in service and design. For more information and to access the application please visit 100foldstudio.org/summerstudio

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Program 18

Summer of Sports (SOS)

Summer of Sports (SOS) is a nine week outreach program that uses various team sports as tools to share the gospel. Athletes are trained physically as well as spiritually, then released to use their skills in an outreach setting. The program includes four weeks of training followed by a four week overseas outreach and one week of debriefing. The Summer of Sports contributes to the overall goals and objectives of YWAM in the areas of evangelizing and discipling nations by providing training in a sphere of influence that is world wide. By learning how to share biblical principles through sports as well as focusing on improving the gift of athletics, students find that they are able to meet people where they are. By using their common interest in sports to build relationships with people, it creates a bond of trust, opening doors of the heart, allowing God to work through them in order to reach people that others are not able to reach.

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Program 19

Summer of Dance (SOD)

During this nine-week intensive outreach program, dancers are discipled spiritually as they are physically equipped through dance technique classes and rehearsals. They are then released to use their gifts in missions overseas. The first four weeks are spent training here in Lakeside, Montana. Here we prepare to go out and share who God is by using both words and dance. And we challenge students to hear God’s voice in the midst of their everyday lives. Our group then travels to another country for about four weeks to use their talents to minister to other people. Each outreach concludes with a week-long debriefing time designed to help students process through their entire experience.

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Program 20

Summer of Music (SOM)

The Summer of Music (SOM) is a nine week ministry training program, geared towards the musician’s relationship with God and using music in ministry. The program consists of a four week lecture phase, a four week cross-cultural outreach and one week of debriefing. The heart of the SOM is to know God and make Him known. Topics during the lecture phase include ‘Foundations of the Christian Faith’, ‘The Character and Nature of God’, ‘Worship and Intercession’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Evangelism’, ‘Creativity’ and many more. Also during the lecture phase students rehearse together in bands preparing to use music as the main tool of ministry during the outreach portion of the program. The four week outreach will take the students cross-culturally, enabling them to utilize their gifts and skills in sharing the Gospel. Ministry includes a variety of settings, from churches, camps, and schools to bars, clubs and street corners, from using music in performance to serving others in practical ways. We end with a week long debriefing to discuss and adjust from outreach.

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Program 21

Crossroads Discipleship Training School ( CDTS )

Is the Crossroads Discipleship Training School for me? CDTS is offered through Mission Builders International (MBI) at YWAM Montana, which is especially designed for adults ages 30 and older who are seeking spiritual renewal, vision, or new direction. This school provides a unique opportunity to know God more intimately, to increase in godly character, and to become involved in missions. We will spend twelve-weeks in a classroom-like setting and the program is typically run as a residential “live and learn” program. In a way, it can be described as a long retreat that you won’t want to end! Each week a different speaker addresses topics that are core to Christian beliefs designed to grow your faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. The CDTS has a 12-week lecture phase followed by an 8-week field assignment.

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Christianity

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Program 22

Outdoor Ministry Program

The Outdoor Ministry Internship is geared toward those who have experience with outdoor pursuits and don’t just want to do them “because it’s there”, but have a desire to use their experience, skills, knowledge, and passion to disciple and lead others closer to Jesus. Our goal for each intern is that upon graduation, they will have the ability to safely and confidently staff or pioneer an outdoor ministry. You might not know what this ministry looks like yet, or how to go about it, but you know that you need training to complete what God is calling you to accomplish for His Kingdom in the Outdoor Industry.

Here and in Montana and many other places in the world there are 4 seasons and each season brings with it a new challenge depending on what type of activity you are doing. Having 4 seasons also means we can teach a broader curriculum to provide you with more experience to add to your Resume. As you can see from the list, each skill will have its season to train in and spend time focusing on that skill. In the springtime you can climb a 10,000ft peak Alpine style, and only 3 months later you can climb the same peak with no snow where you might have to set up a hand line or a belay along a ridge.

To become proficient in your outdoor skills

You don’t become an outdoor guide overnight. Or even become one if you have taken a few classes on “Outdoor guiding”. You become an outdoor professional by spending large amounts of time and energy on different skill sets in the outdoors so you become a master at each one, to the point that it becomes second nature to you. Being here for eleven months will help you better understand/prepare yourself for guiding groups of people as you build your resume of experience.

To grow/mature in your personal life and leadership abilities
Being an outdoor guide doesn’t just mean you know all the cool facts that no one really cares about, but it is also knowing how to lead with confidence, dealing with and encouraging people, facilitating/debriefing small groups, teaching, organizing details, following your gut instincts, and having well rounded knowledge of why you believe what you do. This is why we spend so much time reading through different books, have one on ones, and attend lectures on different topics on top of our outdoor curriculum.

Working with SAR, EDTS, and leading staff/community trips.

You get almost a whole year working with other outdoor enthusiasts and free training when you volunteer with Search and Rescue (this also adds a very positive point on you resume). When working with EDTS and leading staff/community trips, it puts you into the leadership position so you gain the necessary experience and knowledge that it takes to organize the trips, activities, and advertising.

Outreach
Built into this time, there is also a 5 week outreach to one of our Target Nations (Ukraine, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Taiwan and an undisclosed location), where we will use our outdoor skills to further His Kingdom and be introduced to existing outdoor ministries.

Here is a partial list of the outdoor curriculum:

Rock climbing 1 and 2
Backpacking
Orienteering
Mountaineering
Winter camping/survival
Leave No Trace
High/Low Ropes
Wilderness First Responder certification
Avalanche 1 certification
Upon application, you will also be asked if you want to be involved with our local Flathead County Search and Rescue organization. If you are accepted with them, you will be given opportunities for more training and a chance to be involved with the community.

Because we are training not just to improve our skills, but to influence those around us, we will also be focusing on growing spiritually and in leadership. This will be done with reading, lectures, worship, one-on-ones, and intercession.

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Program 23

The Well

The Well is a hands on training and practicum program for worship leaders and musicians who would benefit from opportunities to lead in various settings, both in and outside of YWAM. This program is designed to challenge musicians by moving beyond simple worship sets towards a more integrated worship model that places a high emphasis on response to the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Each participant will have multiple opportunities to lead on our campus but also in various venues where we will travel to minister. We will be engaging in 24 hour worship times, church ministry, character development, and skill development while improving our own personal capacity to engage with God in a meaningful and deep worship culture. Participants will work alongside experienced leaders in order to glean from one another’s perspectives.

The 12 week program will be a mix of on-site training, mobile ministry, and on-site ministry. This gives us an opportunity to learn, apply what was learned, discuss and evaluate, learn some more, and then go and apply what was learned again! The course is very practical as it will provide tons of experience for every participant.

On-base ministry will include facilitation of daily worship events, daily participation in worship times, and 24 hour “wells,” in order to cultivate a culture of worship here on campus.

Off-base ministry will consist of several 5-6 day trips to other cities in the Northwest where we will partner with a local church by leading worship for their weekend services, lead 12 or 24 hour Worship Well, and dialogue with others engaged in worship ministry.

On-base training will include: Personal discipleship, Ministry evaluation, Biblical perspective of Worship, Musicianship and skill development, Technical development, Music theory, Methods of Worship preparation, Necessity of Silence and solitude, Song-writing, History of Worship and Worship expressions throughout the world.

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Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

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Results

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1. Number of Missionary Members affiliated with YWAM Montana

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TOTALS BY YEAR
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Missionary Members serving at YWAM Montana Lakeside

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To do whatever it takes to know God and make Him known. Together.

    Together we commit to communicate the gospel by training, sending, supporting, and being missionaries.

    YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    We recognize that training is one of the primary vehicles through which those of us who call ourselves disciples not only become more intimately acquainted with the One we have come to love, but it is in this place that we begin to discover how our lives fit into the much grander narrative of God's redemptive story for all of creation.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a group of missionary members who support the vision of YWAM Montana to see the gospel go forward in our six target nations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We only do things that produce fruit that lasts. If a school or program is not producing such fruit then we will evaluate whether or not we are to continue doing the program or if should revamp it to make it more effective.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our goal is to follow the great commission in Mark 16:15; "He said to them, “Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone." Until the gospel message is heard by every tribe, tongue and nation, we have not accomplished our mission.
Service Areas

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International

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

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Funding Needs

We need $30k a year to cover training and travel expenses to send trained and experienced coaches to places like Cambodia to train and equip Cambodians to lead and manage humanitarian projects, churches and NGO's. These locations around the world don't have access to quality leadership development, but they learn quick and are eager to take on leadership.

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YOUTH WITH A MISSION OF MT INC
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Operations

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Youth with a Mission of Montana A Corp.

Leadership

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CEO

Mr. R. Keith Buzzard Jr.

Executive Director

Mrs. Mariska Buzzard

BIO

Keith Buzzard is from Polson, Montana, USA.
He has been on staff with YWAM, Montana since June, 1990. He has been to many countries but his favorite outreach location has been Taiwan, so far.
Keith has served in many areas on the campus including Facilities, Sports Dept leader, Performing Arts (traveled with Impact World Tour), Vice CEO and now CEO.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"YWAM Montana - Lakeside exists to know God and to make Him known!
Just like Jesus called his disciples in Matthew 4:19 to “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men," we live to join in the family business of commercial fishing with the Master Fisherman as our main focus! We are a multi-generational, interdenominational, and international community of about 170 missionary members, 70 children, and several hundred trainees each year.

At YWAM Montana - Lakeside, you also become part of the family. Everyone carries the image of Christ and plays a vital role in fulfilling the Great Commission. We operate in teams and value servant leadership through collaboration and mutual submission. On any given day you will find groups working together to see God's name made famous on the earth, using the gifts God has given them.

We recognize and love the fact that we are far better together than we are apart. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be a generous people and not just with finances; as staff, we believe that God has blessed us so that we can be a blessing, and we look for opportunities to give ourselves away. We highly value the authority of Scripture, and we are not afraid to ask the hard questions and be relentless after truth. We also value creativity and the many different gifts that God has given us. From the beginning of this ministry, God has beckoned creative people to this place; He has called us to bring His God life to hurting and desperate people. You will find artists in every area of this ministry reflecting beauty and proclaiming truth. Being a missionary member with YWAM Montana-Lakeside is about doing whatever it takes to know God and make Him known, TOGETHER."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Pete Larson

Former CEO of American Timber, Current board member of the Kalispell Regional Hospital along with serving on 15 sub-boards and/or committees.

Term: July 2014 -

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity