What is School Of Worship – YWAM Gold Coast?

YWAM Gold Coast offers a 3 month School of Worship (SOW) COURSE where you get the opportunity to gain effective training in worship ministry, respond to world-class teaching and explore how bringing worship to the world can transform nations.

You will spend twelve weeks digging deep into worship, growing in your biblical understanding, equipping your skills, and challenging your heart in worship.  You will also have the opportunity to develop your song writing skills and potentially professionally record your own songs. In addition, you will get opportunities to practice YOUR GIFTS and skills throughout this course.

*Applicants need to have completed a  Discipleship Training School (or DTS equivalent) prior to acceptance into this course.

*All applicants would gain full experience and involvement in the 12 week lecture phase, but please note that YWAM Gold Coast does not offer the outreach phase for this course.

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


All your meals during the school are included in your School fees including over the weekends. If you have any special dietary requirements please contact the registrar to make sure we can cater for your needs.


We are fortunate to be able to draw on a wealth of guest speakers in our schools, both from within and outside of YWAM.


Worship is the fuel of missions and we love to worship God deeply and passionately both corporately and as individuals. Feel free to use your gifting in this area and the opportunity to potential be a part of the worship team.


Alongside amazing teaching, you will be allocated your own personal one on one mentor during your SOW to help you process what you are learning and apply it to your life. This is combined with weekly small groups and living in community.

Serving Opportunities

One element of YWAM Gold Coast is taking responsibility for the properties God has given us. We are all allocated different areas of responsibility as opportunities to serve. This includes cleaning the houses, kitchen duties and work around the base. If you have a specialised skill set or interest (like accountancy) make sure you let us know.


We have wi-fi internet connection at the YWAM Centre available for students and staff so you can stay in touch with friends and family.

Track Record

YWAM Gold Coast has existed in this location since 1998 and has been running quality assured schools and training for over 10 years.


All of the houses have access to laundry facilities with no charge to use the washing machines. There is a small charge to use the dryer due to electricity costs.


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. The YWAM centre is in Ashmore, a 10 minute drive from Surfers Paradise which is the focus for most of our local evangelism.


We are a 30 minute drive from ‘Coolangatta’ Gold Coast Airport and 60 minutes from Brisbane Airport. We can organize collection from the airport. Please contact the registrar in advance.

Experiencing Australia

You will have ample opportunity to explore Australia while you are here. Students have taken advantage of cheap flights to Sydney and other destinations during the school. There will be free time at weekends to go to wildlife parks and the beach. There will also be a camping trip and the opportunity to go ‘walk about’ in the Australian Outback visiting aboriginal communities. And yes, you will probably get to see some kangaroos!


As one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations the Gold Coast boasts a wide selection of attractions other than its beaches. Theme parks like Dream world and Movie World, Sea World and Wet N Wild water parks. Due to the climate there are tropical rain forests within driving distance with hiking tracks. You can explore some of Australia’s weird and wonderful wildlife at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.

Creepy Crawlies

Whilst Australia does boast some of the most poisonous spiders and snakes in the world, we rarely ever get to see them in built up areas – so don’t worry.


Be prepared for extreme heat and wear lots of protection. It can also get pretty cold too so you will need a mixture of clothes.


Unless you hold an Australian passport or have residency you will need to apply for a visa. We will talk you through that process after you have successfully completed your application form and been accepted.

Non-English speakers

We do accept students who do not speak English as their first language. You will have to demonstrate your English proficiency so that we are confident you will be able to understand the teaching you will be receiving in the school. You need to prove one of the following:
a) you have had 3 years of study conducted predominantly in English
b) you have had 3 years of studying English as a foreign language with a pass rate of at least 80%
c) independent testing with a minimum level at or equivalent to : TOEFL: 5.5 or IELTS: 4.5



The base is next to a shopping centre with a supermarket, barbers, bakery, post office, fast food restaurants and a bus stop connecting you to Australia Fair, one of the Gold Coast’s premier shopping malls.

Skate Park

Behind the base is a BMX/skate park for those of you that are so inclined.


We have some of the world’s best waves and our very own surfboards including beginner boards. So once you’ve crammed your head with learning, let off steam and try a new sport – or just pose for the camera and look cool.


We are a short drive from the local University beach volleyball and basketball courts. We also have access to soccer pitches behind the YWAM Centre and the neighbourhood is safe for jogging. We have our own portable beach volleyball sets which we use for evangelism and social activities.


We get a lot of sun so there is a real outdoor lifestyle here. You will need to be careful about harmful rays and purchase strong ‘Australian’ brand sunscreen.


YWAM is a inter-denominational organisation but we do strongly encourage church attendance and you will have the opportunity to find a church that suits you.


Unit CCM/CTA 342/343.101 – Engage in Worship, Intercession & Spiritual Warfare
-This unit develops the trainee’s personal approach, values and participation in worship, intercession & spiritual warfare as well as for using worship as a tool in evangelism.

Unit CCM/CTA 342/343.102 – Contribute to Worship Team Dynamics
-This unit develops the trainee’s ability to work as part of a team in worship ministry.

Unit CCM/CTA 342/343.103 – Incorporate Worship into Lifestyle
-This unit develops the trainee’s ability to apply the principles of worship to lifestyle.

Unit CCM/CTA 342/343.104 – Lead Worship, Intercession & Spiritual Warfare for a Small Group
-This unit covers the requirements for leading worship in a small group setting.

Unit CCM/CTA 342/343.105 – Participate in Spiritual Mapping
-This unit covers requirements for spiritual mapping, developing strategies and application of these strategies in a team, field-based context.

What are the dates?

April 6th, 2020 – June 26th, 2020

What does it cost?

Lecture Phase is $4400 AUD

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