Ministry & Leadership Development

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

Serve, lead, and grow in your character development. Learn from experienced missionaries and teachers how to grow as the leader God made you to be.

Training Overview

Do you have a desire to grow in your leadership capacity? Do you want to step out in your gifting and skill? Are you longing to learn in a dynamic, diverse, and Spirit-filled missions training center? Take advantage of the opportunities available at YWAM Lausanne to continue to develop your leadership capacities. Join the YWAM staff team and serve with mature, experienced Christian leaders who desire to mentor teachable students. 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, in your daily living, in planning for the future, and in just about everything you do.

School Details

14 January 2020 - 31 March 2020


Lecture: 3,190 CHF (Covers tuition, housing, and meals)


Offered In: English


A successfully completed DTS

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Ministry and Leadership Development (MLD)

14 January 2020 - 31 March 2020

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 have the opportunity to serve at YWAM Lausanne as a staff member for a year.

Prerequisites: A successfully completed DTS

Languages: English
UofN Credits: 12
Lecture Cost: 3,190 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)

Purpose of MLD

  • Explore the calling of YWAMers to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision.
  • 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.

Lecture Phase

Learn about servant leadership and live it.

This course combines formal classroom teaching with non-formal learning. Students work in one or more areas around the base, which could include teams in the kitchen, housekeeping, hospitality, maintenance, childcare, communications, or administration. Along with the practical work experience, students live in community alongside others involved with the DTS and other schools, walking with them in their journeys to know God in deeper ways.

Staff/Student Role

Begin taking on staff responsibilities while building disciplines to cultivate a lifestyle of growth. You will have the opportunity to learn time management as you balance assignments and journals with base ministries and operations.

You will learn the theory and heart behind servant leadership, have the opportunity to practically apply it, and have time to process with your school about how you all are growing. This is a unique time to own your own application and receive feedback and empowerment to keep growing in healthy, sustainable habits.

A Year to Serve

After you graduate from MLD phase I and II, you get the opportunity to serve at the YWAM Lausanne base for one year. In that year, you may use your skills to serve in our discipleship programs – such as staffing a school. We also have openings to serve in practical ministries such as administration, hospitality, communications, maintenance, operations, community life and more. If you have a heart for evangelism, worship, performing arts, or for one of our other many ministries, you may get the opportunity to flourish in these areas.

If you have innovative ideas for expansion and growth, we are happy to hear, facilitate, and help these dreams grow where they can. You will meet with staff to pray and consider your strengths, the needs of the base, and find a fit for you to minister.

Course Content
  • Apprentice-style learning
  • Decision making
  • Time management
  • Taking initiative on new projects
  • Creatively implementing new programs and ministries
  • Leading with a biblical worldview
  • Practical application for biblical principles.

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.

Phase Two Development

Where your strengths meet the open doors of ministry.

The second half of your MLD leadership training, you will be released to dive into base ministries. Your placement will be determined through an evaluation of your strengths and passions as well as where there is need for service on the base. As you discover this new position, you will still have the opportunity to process with your MLD staff and classmates to encourage and champion each other. This phase acts as a smooth transition to practice and apply what you have been learning in your leadership training.


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