The Invitation | Join us in urban missions in Sydney, Australia
Are you considering getting involved in urban missions? Discover opportunity at YWAM Sydney Newtown: Urban Village DTS, Leadership Communal, Staff, Partners + Advocates, Parents Circle, Sydney Locals + YWAM Alumni, and For the Love of Sydney Movement. There's room for everyone.
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Invitation

Join us

“To participate in mission is to participate in the movement of God’s love toward people, since God is a fountain of sending love.”

—David J Bosch

There are several streams of opportunity for involvement at YWAM Sydney Newtown. Each stream is varied, but we’re all moving in the same direction: Kingdom Building.

Sydney Locals

Our For the Love of Sydney community is made up of Sydneysiders and YWAM alumni* who have a heart for missional living and a love for our city. Our vocations are wide and varied, but our mission is the same: to see God’s Kingdom come in our city.

 

We gather virtually through prayer and encouragement and we also break bread around the dinner table and communion table and other gatherings as much as we’re able. We believe transformation comes through genuine relationship paving the way for the Spirit of God to move among and through us.

 

Sign up here to be notified of upcoming For the Love of Sydney gatherings, YWAM alumni gatherings, or to get the conversation started. (Or better yet, join us here.)

 

*We’re using the word ‘alumni’ here to help identify YWAMers who don’t serve as current operational staff at a local YWAM centre. But the truth is, we consider you just as much a YWAMer as we are. How about we drop the word ‘alumni’ and just call each other YWAMers? Yup, that sounds pretty good!

Urban Village DTS

Discipleship Training Schools

 

The Urban Village DTS encompasses the core teachings of YWAM discipleship training schools (DTS) while also incorporating hands-on ministry in an inner city context. We practice what it means to live in community, serve our city, and explore our personal passions within our corporate call to pull down heaven around us.

 

When you become a student at YWAM Sydney Newtown, you become more than just a student in the classic sense; you become a learner of the city, a learner of everyday theology, and a learner of your place in the world. Because our emphasis is on discipleship within the context of “real life” you will be given the freedom to explore your relationship with God and how you fit into the world in a safe, creative, and inspiring environment full of opportunity and intentional living.

 

What makes the Urban Village DTS unique?

 

Your DTS is a fully certified YWAM DTS (including a cross-cultural missions component, often in both urban and village contexts) while expanding your experience to include practical ministry training, an exploration of your personal gifts and calling, and personal mentoring and feedback.

 

In addition to the classic DTS teaching modules such as the Character of God, Identity in Christ, Hearing God’s Voice, Relationships, the Lordship of Christ, and Missions we also study other topics such as:

 

  • Spiritual Practices & Formative Prayer
  • Leadership & Influence
  • The Theology of Justice
  • Gender, Race, & Reconciliation
  • Overview of World Religions
  • Financial Stewardship & Generosity
  • Telling the Story: Communications & the Gospel
  • How Beauty (and Creativity) will Change the World

 

DTS course dates

 

Our 2018 course dates are yet to be confirmed. Please email us to register your interest or find out more. If we don’t have a DTS intake that suits you, we’re more than happy to assist you in connecting with another regional YWAM centre such as Island Breeze Sydney, 318 Korean Ministries, YWAM Wollongong, or YWAM Newcastle.

Urban Village Leadership Communal

Urban Village Leadership Communal

 

Our Leadership Communal is an 18-month track that encompasses the 6-month YWAM DTS (as described above) with an additional one year (volunteer) internship. Why do we call it a “Communal”? Because we think community, not just the classroom, offers the best type of learning environment: collaborative, supportive, missional, and fun. Leadership can’t be learned in isolation; it must be learned in the give and take of authentic relationships as we work out our faith together.

 

What does the Communal look like?

 

During your time with us you will receive on-the-job training, mentoring, regular input, and experience in ministry development and leadership within our pioneering team. The Leadership Communal is for those who want to further develop your leadership skills for life or go deeper in exploring urban missions. While most of your time is spent alongside our full-time staff developing ministry within the community, there will also be further study, teaching sessions, and group projects related to areas such as:

 

  • Leadership Styles
  • Leading in Team & Group Dynamics
  • The Dark Side of Leadership
  • Jesus-Looking Discipleship
  • Missional Communities
  • Faith & Culture
  • The Theology of Work & Rest
  • Spiritual Mapping
  • Sydney People Groups Project
  • Digital Impact for Life & Missions

 

Please get in touch if you’re interested in participating in our Leadership Communal. (Note: DTS graduates that have done their DTS elsewhere can still participate in our Leadership Communal. Email us to begin the conversation.)

Full Time Staff

If you are interested in big facilities, slick programs, hundreds of staff, and a well-oiled machine, then we are not the base for you. We are a family-oriented, pioneering ministry in the inner city and all staff that comes to join us must be ready for that challenge and joy.

 

What does that mean?

 

It means that you bring your whole heart and roll your sleeves up along with us.  It means that your office space might be at our kitchen table one day and at a hipster cafe the next. You might head up our creative department while also being in charge of hospitality for our guests and making dinner on Tuesdays. You might be our worship leader and our bookkeeper and the guy who picks up mail from our PO Box on Fridays. Or you might be a blogger one day, visit elderly neighbours the next, and facilitate community youth nights on the weekend.

 

We’re all in this together so you’ll see each one of us taking on a variety of roles even as we pursue our primary gifts and passions. If you don’t like variety, serving one another, or working in a collaborative team, then we’re not the base for you.

 

Calling the visionaries

 

But if you see yourself as a visionary pioneer. . . then you may have found the right place. We’re looking for dreamers, creatives, adventurers, paradigm-shifters, innovators, builders, and those who are willing to push the boundaries on how things have always been done. Together we are creating something amazing in Sydney that will be a blessing to the ends of the earth and we’re looking for teammates who are willing to toss their ideas and talent into the mix and create right alongside us.

 

Do you feel unqualified?

 

That’s okay. We all do sometimes. The good news is we’re more interested in character, heart, vision, and grit than we are in your resume. We’re committed to training you and walking alongside you as you grow into areas you never thought possible.

 

Our full-time staff join because they want more than just a job description; they want a community to pursue Jesus and do life with. We are more than ministry roles and job titles, we are a family of believers who are united in our passion for Kingdom living. Hospitality, generosity, kindness, humility, and love—these are our “rules” and these are our “jobs.”

 

The work of our full-time staff is as wide and varied as the individuals God gathers, but we’re knit together under the banner of seeing our neighbors have the opportunity to meet a Jesus-looking God as they meet a Jesus-looking people.

 

Please note:

 

All staff—from the newest member to our founding directors—are volunteers, which means you must raise 100% of your own support and will not be compensated with a salary. In order to qualify for consideration as a staff member, you must first complete our Urban Village DTS or have completed a DTS at another accredited YWAM location. Email us about joining our operational staff.

Outreach Opportunities

We wholeheartedly believe that a healthy marriage between short-term and long-term missions makes for a stronger church and a better world. YWAM is in a unique position to facilitate both as we pair short-term teams with experienced, long terms workers in a variety of urban and village contexts at home and abroad. Email us to be notified of upcoming outreach opportunities and missions trips or tell us what’s on your heart so we can start the conversation. We have a wide network of ministries that we work alongside and love, so if we don’t have the right outreach fit for you or your church or school group, we’d love to help connect you with another ministry that does.

Partners and Advocates

Our partners and advocates play a number of roles to help us sustain and grow the ministry. Some are financial donors, some serve in practical ways (such as helping with building upkeep or renovations or providing meals or hospitality), and some help in advisory roles in their area of expertise. Others carry us in prayer or advocate for us on social media and among their peers and networks of influence. There are a thousand ways to get involved as a ministry partner or advocate. Let’s get together for a cuppa (even if it must be a virtual one) to get the conversation started.

Parents Circle

For parents of current staff and interns/students.

 

When a young person joins us to be trained or to serve as a full-time staff member, we recognize that often they are leaving behind parents who long to stay connected to the work and ministry of their ‘child’. We also recognize that as the parent “left behind” for the mission field, there can be a whole slew of questions and emotions that come along with sending your young person off around the world, even if it was with your blessing.

 

We’ve put together a private facebook group just for you. It’s a place where you can connect with YWAM Sydney Newtown leaders to ask any questions you’d like as well as network with other parents who are also learning what it means to release their young person to missions. It’s our joy and privilege to connect with you in this way. Please email us to be added to our Parents Circle on facebook.

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