Ministry & Leadership Development

Leadership training to prepare growing leaders to develop their God-given vision.

Grow and be inspired by daily input from experienced missionaries, as well as output through practical serving and leading.

Training Overview

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Are you wanting to see your capabilities as a leader, step out of your comfort zone and learn to depend on God in new ways? Do you feel like you have a dream or vision, but don’t have a bridge to get to the next step? This course is designed for you! You will be implemented into our dynamic, diverse and Spirit-filled missions training center to serve practically. The Ministry and Leadership Development school provides tools to empower students to lead in their unique God-given way. You will also be challenged to seek God in your decision making, daily living, and planning for the future.

This is a 6 month school. It starts off with a 5 week intensive module to gain broad tools that will equip you to serve the following 5 months of full-time ministry involvement. You will join in to serve in a specific ministry according to your passion, gifting and the need of the overall ministry!

School Details

28 September 2021 - 29 March 2022


Lecture: 4,790 CHF (Covers tuition, housing, and meals)


Offered In: English


Successfully Completed a DTS

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Ministry and Leadership Development (MLD)

28 September 2021 - 29 March 2022

The Ministry and Leadership Development school provides the leadership training you need to further the call of God on your life. You will be challenged to seek God in your decision making, your daily living, planning for the future, and just about everything you do. Graduates of this school will have the opportunity to complete a six month ministry internship at YWAM Lausanne following their school.

Prerequisites: Successfully Completed a DTS

Languages: English
UofN Credits: 12
Lecture Cost: 4,790 CHF
(Covers tuition, housing, and meals)

“So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ…”
Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

Lecture Module

5-week intensive to learn about servant leadership and live it.

The ultimate goal of MLD lectures is for students to catch the heart behind the Biblical model of servant leadership. Lectures are designed to instill an understanding of leadership character. This will be a guide for you as you begin to grow in your leadership capacity.

As our speakers pour into you, you will be equipped with the practical skills that you will need as an effective leader and discipler. Our speakers come from a range of nations, ministries and backgrounds, each one bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise which will enrich your personal leadership development and vision.

  • Create a foundation of biblical leadership
  • Gain insight into discipling others
  • Discover and develop strengths and talents
  • Be inspired and equipped to raise financial support
  • Learn principles to effective public speaking
  • Experience the process of leading an event
  • Receive the tools it takes to practically lead a team 


19 weeks to put what you have learned into practice.

After you’ve been equipped through the 5 week lecture intensive module, you will be plugged into a certain area of the campus where you can practically apply what you have learned! Where you will be placed will be determined by your passions, giftings, and areas where help is needed. This is a unique and safe time to really use the tools and experience what it means to walk in servant leadership. There also will be ongoing input as you output with one lecture each week according to the given topic. In this 5 month time, you will be able to learn by doing and grow in your leadership and capacity to serve!


Field Assignment

Where your strengths meet the open doors of ministry.

If you are still looking for more opportunities to serve and further be involved in a leadership role, we offer a 6 month field assignment term. You will be given a placement in one of the ministries here at YWAM Lausanne to further develop your skills and step out more in your giftings. This is a time where your strengths meet the open doors of ministry. You will still complete assignments and your class will have times of processing as well as championing one another. During the time of your field assignment, you will have the opportunity to experience a different area of ministry than your time in your Ministry Involvement, or continue to establish yourself in the ministry you were previously assigned. Good things take time, and investing time into a certain ministry allows you to really develop and strengthen your skills.

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Purpose of MLD

  • Be empowered with tools and strategies to discover and develop personal strengths, gifts, and calling in ministry.
  • Grow in personal character as a follower of Jesus and understand how to walk with others in their growth.
  • Develop spiritual disciplines such as prayer, fasting, meditation, bible memorization, and more.
  • Discover and apply biblical keys to leadership such as servant leadership, spiritual authority, team leadership, submission, decision making, spiritual leadership, and learning in leadership.
  • Explore the calling of YWAMers to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision.

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.

1 On 1 Discipleship

1 On 1 Discipleship

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.


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