Minister to the hurting. Heal the broken. Restore the lost.
The YWAM Foundations for Counseling Ministry (FCM) will expose you to the Biblical processes of healing and restoration of the spirit and soul. This course is designed to be a time of deep personal growth and give foundational preparation for future ministry with people. Many have testified to life-changing experiences during this school as they met God in deeper ways.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.”
2 Corinthians 5:17-18
to be able to apply God’s truth at heart level in a way that enables change and transformation through:
Learn how to effectively help and empower.
The 12-week lecture phase of the YWAM Foundations for Counseling Ministry includes various methods of learning for your own development to equip you for future counseling ministry. This happens through formal lectures, discussions, workshops, small group interactions, personal study, and one to one feedback opportunities.
Living together in community with students and staff provides opportunity for application of what has been learned. Biblical counseling skills will be modeled by staff and visiting teachers.
Sometimes the greatest gift we can give someone is the opportunity to be heard.
In James 1:19, we are challenged to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Active listening is a powerful tool that can effectively diffuse anger and resolve conflicts. Come and learn how to listen in a way that empowers people to name their hurts, strengths, struggles, and processes.
Active listening creates an environment that allows people to process their full range of emotions, to feel heard, and to choose their own decisions for holistic transformation. This practical method can be applied in any context that involves any sort of connection with people.
God is wise and has created the world with certain structures that run smoothly when we are aligned with His purposes. We do not live up to these standards—so much so that sometimes we don’t even know what is right.
In His grace, He provides a point of reference for us to come back. Based on the teaching developed by Dr. Bruce Thompson, you will get the opportunity to learn the ways individuals, communities, and cultures deviate from God’s plan and then take active steps in returning to Him.
During this course, we cover…
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.
You are not alone. Process teachings and personal discoveries, laugh and cry, and share stories with some of your classmates in designated small group times.
You are on a unique journey, and we want to champion you. Meet one on one with a staff member to process the week, ask questions, receive prayer, and more.
We are called to pray without ceasing. Practice hearing what’s on God’s heart and standing in the gap for nations, communities, crises, people groups, and more as you regularly pray in intercession groups.
Apply your training where it’s needed most.
The outreach phase of the YWAM Foundations for Counseling Ministry will be five weeks in length. This is an important time for your knowledge, skills, and character growth to be put into practice in a cross-cultural ministry context. Opportunities will be given to teach and to counsel. The outreach will focus on groups and individuals where using your unique training in listening and discernment can bless and empower.
Additionally, you will understand how to live a renewed lifestyle and to learn to work in a team. With your outreach team, you will have time to practice intercession, spiritual warfare, and cross-cultural understanding.
Every school is unique. Check out when this school is offered and pick the right one for you.
We have many more schools to train and equip you for missions.