About Us

We are an international community committed to knowing God and making Him known in every area of society with a strong focus on cities, youth and the unreached.

Our Story Our Mission Our Values

Our Story

Founded by Loren Cunningham in 1960, Youth With A Mission International is a movement of Christians from many nations and denominations committed to "Know God and Make Him Known."

YWAM International

Launched by Loren initially to give young people an opportunity to be involved in missions (an unusual idea at the time!), YWAM has since grown into a multi-generational ministry and training body with over 1,100 operating locations in 180 nations around the world.

Decentralised, but bound together by relationship, shared vision and values, our three primary modes of action are evangelism, discipleship and mercy ministry.
More about YWAM International

YWAM Perth

In 1985 Peter and Shirley Brownhill responded to the call of God upon their lives to pioneer a new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) centre in Perth, a city situated right on the Indian Ocean, on the west coast of Australia.

A team of 8 committed people crossed the continent from Goulburn, NSW in a 21 seater Toyota Coaster. This small group of eight came with a vision: YWAM Perth was to be a centre of training and ministry for the city of Perth and the nations beyond. In simple obedience, this small group began taking steps to see the gospel further transform Perth.
Find our history timeline on Facebook

Loren & Darlene Cunningham

Founders of YWAM

Pete & Shirley Brownhill

Founders of YWAM Perth

Our Mission

Youth With A Mission Perth is an international community committed to the Great Commission; seeking God for new ways to make Jesus Christ known through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. Our primary focus is on youth, cities and where the Gospel is needed. Our work includes local and international ministry and field-focused training.


In view of our mandate to know God and make Him known, we offer training in a broad range of fields. The aim of our training is always to go beyond simply the theoretical in order to practically equip people for their area of service. Our philosophy of training is “live-learn,” recognising that learning doesn’t just take place in classroom lectures, but also through serving, living in community, one-on-one discipleship, small group discussions and more. Furthermore, every training course leads directly into related ministry opportunities, both in the context of YWAM Perth and further afield. Missions training doesn’t just involve facts and figures but real lives, real needs and real communities. You don’t need to wait to make a difference!

View all our Training programs


Our ministries range from local and regionally-focused initiatives to international works and the “backbone” ministries that make it all possible. Ministries with a strong focus on Perth and Western Australia include reaching refugees and immigrants, serving families in crisis and engaging youth through high school seminars, camps and more. Internationally, we have initiatives in community development programs such as sustainable energy, projects providing health care and training where there is limited access to these, long-term church planting teams, and more. Besides our long-term staff opportunities, we also welcome short-term volunteers and give medical and other professionals opportunity for short missions trips.

About our DTS program


As a mission, we believe it is implicit in the gospel that everyone on earth has the basic right to hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ. We are committed to Christ's command to preach the gospel and make disciples. The Good News brings real transformation to lives, communities and nations. Therefore, our commitment to "make Him known" informs all that we do. We share the gospel in any way we can: publicly before crowds and one-on-one with individuals, near and far, in large cities and remote villages. We believe God can use all kinds of gifts and all kinds of strategies to bring hope to all kinds of people.

Being Community

Community has always been central to who we are and how we function. We’ve increased from a small team of 8 in 1985 into a vibrant and growing missions centre with hundreds of full-time staff volunteers. We are a multigenerational community of staff and students from many nations and church backgrounds, sharing life, not just service together. Together we eat meals, seek God, live in a variety of shared housing, and are constantly strengthened by the gifts and experiences of others. Simultaneously, we value the individual, seeking to empower, equip and show worth to each person, so no one gets lost in the crowd.

Despite YWAM Perth's nearly 30 years of ministry and training, we're still very much a "pioneering" base! We continue to be pioneering new initiatives as God leads. We value the youngest YWAMer hearing from God and obeying Him.

Our Values

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit's inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God's word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasised in YWAM:


We are called to praise and worship God alone.


We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.


We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.


We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God's heart, including standing against evil in every form.


We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

The Foundational Values of Youth With A Mission are the expression of our basic beliefs, coupled with specific directives given by God since YWAM's beginning in 1960. They are recorded here in order to pass on to successive generations that which God has emphasised to us. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our Mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM, our "DNA." They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

The 18 Foundational Values are:

1. Know God

YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others. Numbers 23:19-20; Deuteronomy 32:3-4

2. Make God Known

YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies thus obeying Jesus' command to make disciples of all nations.

3. Hear God’s Voice

YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings, as an integral part of our process for decision making.

4. Practice Worship and Intercessory Prayer

YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God's power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.

5. Be Visionary

YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

6. Champion Young People

YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value, trust, train, support, make space and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

7. Be Broad-Structured and Decentralized

YWAM is broad-structured and diverse, yet integrated. We are a global family of ministries held together by shared purpose, vision, values and relationship. We believe that structures should serve the people and the purposes of God. Every ministry at every level has the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders, with overall international accountability to the YWAM Global Leadership Team.

8. Be International and Interdenominational

YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the Mission.

9. Have a Biblical Worldview

YWAM is called to a Biblical worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

10. Function in Teams

YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our Mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God's will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

11. Exhibit Servant Leadership

YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

12. Do First, Then Teach

YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words . Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individuals gifts, abilities and expertise.

13. Be Relationship-Oriented

YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

14. Value the Individual

YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

15. Value Families

“YWAM affirms the importance of
families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We also embrace the
inclusion of single-parent families. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family
units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and
complementary ways. We uphold and celebrate the Biblical view that God’s intent for holy
matrimony is between one man and one woman.

16. Practice Dependence on God for Finances

YWAM is called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. For individuals and YWAM corporately this comes primarily through His people. As God and others have been generous towards us, so we desire to be generous. YWAMers give themselves, their time and talents to God through the mission with no expectations of remuneration.

17. Practice Hospitality

YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God's character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes, campuses and bases to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

18. Communicate With Integrity

YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.