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Youth With a Mission - Australia. YWAM Gold Coast
Join our vibrant family at YWAM Gold Coast. Be part of an EPIC Australian Adventure of Fun, Surf and Sun while personally experiencing the love and reality of God like never before!

YWAM Gold Coast is compelled to respond to the needs of the Gold Coast, Australia. YWAM is an international movement of Christians working to help make a difference in a needy world. Founded in 1960, it is now one of the largest interdenominational and international Christian ministries, with about 12,000 volunteer staff [and thousands more affiliated workers] based in over 800 locations in over 150 countries.
Youth With A Mission's activities span the globe and the dictionary. From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe everything from accountancy spreadsheets to zoom lenses finds its place in the work of taking the good news to the world by word and deed.

While many staff continue to work in remote places that are traditionally seen as "missionary fields," a large number are also focusing on the world's needy, vast urban centres. Although varying widely, all YWAM projects and events help form one of the three main strands which weave together throughout the mission:

(Convey) Training
(Care) Mercy Ministries
(Change) Evangelism
YWAM (Youth with a Mission) International has over 50 years experience in more than 150 countries worldwide. YWAM is a Christian charity that offers global opportunities for volunteers from diverse backgrounds to serve, care, and connect with individuals and communities.

YWAM is decentralised in structure and financially autonomous, which allows each centre to adapt and serve the specific needs of the community. YWAM Gold Coast has operated for over 13 years with an aim to build capacity in young people and develop the community through four focus areas: Training, Mercy ministries, Youth Teams, and Operations.



The DTS is a 6 month course designed to enable you to go deeper in your
relationship with God and begin to explore how God wants to use you.

Our motto is To know God and to make Him known. The DTS has two parts; a 3 month lecture phase packed with amazing teaching about hearing God, forgiveness, worship, one-on-one discipleship and community living.

You then pack your bags for the outreach phase where you will be given the opportunity to travel and experience a variety of different ministries and develop skills as you continue the process of figuring out what plans God has specifically for you to impact this world for Jesus.

We run three YWAM Discipleship Schools a year
in February, June and September


We rent a number of properties in the local area for student and staff accommodation. This is included in your school fees.


"We all rejoice in the way God has blessed this organization in reaching people all over the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Keep up the good work. You have my support and my prayers." Billy Graham

Living on the Gold Coast

YWAM Gold Coast enjoys a location of one of the top destinations on the planet. Every year millions of tourists from around the world come to enjoy the beaches and surf of Queensland Australia and YWAM uses this as an opportunity to tell the nations about Jesus.


Every DTS has a different schedule and is subject to change. This is a full time course and full attendance and participation of both lecture and outreach phase is required for completion.


At the completion of all units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship. The DTS is designed to lay foundations of knowing God and making Him known by training participants in the foundational teachings of Youth With A Mission and by providing opportunities for hands on application of that training. Read more


As a Centre we have a vision for the Asia-Pacific region and have sent teams to Papua New Guinea, India, Indonesia, Fiji, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal.
The YWAM GC Team.

Youth With A Mission is a non-profit, non-denominational organisation
whose primary focus is to know God and to make God known.


Profile: Darcy and Annette McCaslin met in YWAM Brisbane in 1995. They fell in love and after getting married in Norway in 1997 decided to join YWAM full time. In 1998 they moved to the Gold Coast to help pioneer the center there. In 2001, Darcy and Annette McCaslin took over as the base directors. The vision of YWAM Gold Coast is to be ambassadors, who out of a relationship with Jesus Christ model Him effecting change in our city and beyond, was then established. Darcy and Annette along with their three children (Clay, Alana, and Chanel) have been full-time volunteers in the Gold Coast community since 1998. With the volunteer staff from around the world that serve alongside them they continue to effect change in their city and beyond.
Darcy McCaslin


Dave & Cheri have been serving with YWAM Gold Coast since 2002. They both completed their DTS’s with YWAM and went on to further studies in the School of Evangelism (SOE). Dave & Cheri have led many of the training schools run through our centre. Dave graduated from the Leadership development course (LDC) with YWAM and finished a Biblical Core Course (BCC), both Cheri and Dave have a heart to see people radically touched by God and come into greater understanding of who their called to be.
Dave Bartsch
Base Leader


Nate and Alex have a passion to see people step into their callings. Having finished their DTS with YWAM GC and a School of Worship in Colorado, USA they are on a mission to see people impacted with the Gospel message. They are currently pioneering a School of Worship to begin running in February. They want to use music ministries to see the influence of music move people into action for Jesus.
Nathaneal Mavis
SOW Leader, Worship Director


Call Us
+61 7 5597 0169
Postal Address
YWAM Gold Coast PO Box 1560 Surfers Paradise QLD 4217 Australia
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