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Biblical Teaching and Preaching School

Communicate the Word to the nations.

Training Overview

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The BTPS school gives students training and practical experience in ministering the Word of God in a variety of contexts. Students who already have a thorough understanding of the Scriptures are equipped for a ministry of teaching and preaching in churches and on the mission field.

The Biblical Teaching and Preaching School empowers students to put their Biblical knowledge into practice through preaching and teaching messages grounded in the truth of the Scriptures to a variety of audiences. After the learning for three months in the classroom, students embark on a two-month outreach that gives them practical experience preaching in a cross-cultural environment. The school also focuses on heart preparation, integrity and partnership with the Holy Spirit to deliver a message grounded in an accurate interpretation of the Bible.

“For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel.”

Ezra 7:10


Purpose of BTPS

  • To help the student to understand both the privilege and responsibility of teaching or preaching the Word of God.
  • To train the student with the skills of sermon preparation in both exegetical and topical style sermons that are relevant and engaging to their audiences.
  • To allow the student to gain confidence  and expertise in the public communication of the Word of God in a safe environment.
  • To understand the dynamics of classroom type teaching, this will include lesson planning, student evaluation, teaching in cross-cultural situations, helps and hindrances of visual aids, effective storytelling and identifying and serving different learning styles.
  • By the end of the school the student should able to preach and teach effectively to a wide variety of audiences, with their content well-grounded in the Scriptures.
  • The BPTS fulfills the requirement for the Communications Core Course.

Lecture Phase

Prepare to be challenged in your thinking.

The lecture phase focuses on local church-type preaching ministry. This will include how to formulate a sermon that engages the congregation in both exegetical and topical forms, essential skills in sermon delivery, and hands-on experience in a safe environment.  Life skills for the continued development of the preacher/teacher are also explored. We also learn about classroom-type teaching as well as more specialized preaching subjects, including further developing skills in public communication, lesson planning and evaluation, teaching in cross-cultural situations, helps and hindrances of visual aids, effective storytelling, identifying and serving different learning styles, teaching non-literate people, preaching effectively from the different genre of scripture, how to teach through a book of the Bible, how to prepare topical teaching for a DTS-type setting, how to integrate the gifts of the Spirit into a preaching- or teaching-type situation. The dynamics of an effective home group Bible study will also be addressed, as well as basic skills in children’s and youth ministry communication, preaching to the unchurched and evangelistic preaching will explored and more. The focus will again be very practical with further opportunity for students to gain confidence in safe learning situations.

Outreach Phase

After receiving instruction, students set off on an outreach to put into practice all they have learned and preach the Word in the nations. Outreach offers a myriad of opportunities to partner with local churches, ministries and small groups and teach within those settings. We partner with local pastors so each student can join in the life of a church; to preach, teach and serve in other ministry opportunities that may arise to implement what has been learned and practiced in the classroom. A cross-cultural environment enriches the learning experience and the versatility of the student.


Beyond the Lectures

We believe in formal and informal learning. Stretch your understanding in the classroom. Live what you learn in the YWAM Lausanne community and beyond.



Want to know a not-so-secret secret? Switzerland is beautiful and super close to epic cities and nations. Grab some friends and train through Europe, Easyjet to Greece for an ice cream, ski on the Alps, tour a chocolate factory, explore a forest, visit a museum, or taste a delicious cheese fondue.



Be ready to show off your best beatbox or shred the air guitar with your friends for cafe night. Enjoy special games and meals for Swiss night and seasonal festivities such as Lunar New Year or Thanksgiving. As a community, we have the joy of gathering for times of worship, teaching and celebration.



You’ve studied, you’ve prayed, your heart is overflowing… now let it flow. The people of Lausanne need Jesus. As a community, we regularly go out into the city to worship, pray. Some conversations starters could be sharing some chocolat chaud, kicking a soccer ball with a Lausannoires and tourists, and engaging with the children's ministries.



Learn to love the nations. It starts by loving your roommates. Begin by sharing your favorite snack from home and learning the languages of friends from different nations. We are a beautifully diverse community from different cultures, churches, and generations seeking after Christ.

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