University Discipleship Course

Leaders’ Guide

We provide Student Leaders a Step-by-Step Online Guide to starting this Discipleship and Outreach Program for University Groups.

It’s best if you have YWAM experience, especially the Discipleship Training School. However, any two students can register to lead the University Discipleship Course. If you want this intensive and life changing discipleship on your campus, we can help you connect with a YWAMer in your region to make it happen.

Why Using Your Major is So Important

Trent Shepard

How to Start.

The UDC is a life-changing on-campus program that combines YWAM's teachings on intimate friendship with God with Christ's Mission to every nation and vocation. It's designed to be student-led. You and your student fellowship will focus on a love for God’s Word; revelation of God’s calling and purpose; a biblical worldview; the character of God; intercession for the nations; hearing God’s voice; spiritual warfare; the justice of God; and your role in Christ’s Church and His Mission.


#1. Pray

Ask God what breaks His heart on your campus. Meet with one or more believers to share your vision for the University Discipleship Course (UDC). If two or more agree in prayer, then you can take the next step together in faith. Remember, we are here to help.

#2. Team

Our online UDC leaders’ guide includes basic instructions and resources to help you get started. It includes a flexible curriculum and job descriptions for a student-led team. After you have decided to run the UDC, call a meeting and invite volunteers to take leadership responsibilities, such as Emcee, Prayer, Worship, Hospitality, Social Media, Photography, Tech, Bookkeeping, Local and International Outreach.

#3. Meeting Space and Schedule

The curriculum is flexible, so you may plan on a minimum of 7, or up to 12 weekly meetings. Meeting times may be from 6:30 to 9:30 PM.

It’s best if you are a registered student organization, so you can reserve meeting space on campus. If you’re not part of a student organization, consider starting one. Plan ahead. You’ll need a Christian faculty advisor and a few other students.

#4. Speakers

Speakers bring core lessons and application. They can be local pastors, marketplace ministers, and christian faculty members. The list of topics is provided in the . One of YWAM’s Foundational Values is “First Do, Then Teach.”Not all speakers will be familiar with YWAM’s original Discipleship Training School, however they should be encouraged to teach from experience. We can help you choose speakers.


#5. Lead Course and Prepare for Outreach

The UDC weekly gatherings are intended to ignite passion for Christ through intimate times of worship and intercession; through inspirational teachings and testimonies about the Character of God and His Ways; and through love in action during the outreaches.

What You Will Learn.

You will develop a deeper understanding of your identity in Christ and his purpose for your life, relationships, and career. You will gain an understanding of God’s nature and character from a Biblical worldview. And you will explore Christ’s Call to be his witnesses in every nation and through every vocation.

Local and International Outreach.

Your group can do a local outreach, such as a neighborhood bible distribution, and/or an international outreach. We can help. Reach out if you have questions.

Register to Get Started.

If you are a YWAMer or a friend of YWAM with a desire to make disciples on campus, you can register now and we will help you get started. When you register you will be enrolled in the online UDC Leaders' Guide. We can meet with you and a few others as you pray and plan. We can pray with you, and help you line up speakers and outreach plans. If you pay the $35 registration fee, you and your team will get access to the YWAM Student Centre App to manage your outreach.

Before you register below, let’s clarify roles. When you register you are committing to be the UDC Coordinator, or find one. Ideally, the Coordinator is a YWAMer or former YWAMer, but you can be the Coordinator even if you are not a YWAMer. All Coordinators need a good reference from a YWAM staff person. When filling out the registration, you will need a YWAM staff person to serve as a personal reference.s.

You may audit the course and create your internship experience if you choose. Although the course is designed for our approved internships, anyone can enroll and anyone can learn how to make a difference.

Download the course syllabus outlining the phases, assignments, and curriculum in more detail.

Register to begin online UDC Leaders’ Guide.

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