In 1985 Peter and Shirley Brownhill responded to the call of God on 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.
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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!
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.
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.
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 our decades of ministry and training, YWAM Perth is still very much a “pioneering” base! There is more God-breathed vision that has yet to be realised. And there is always room for new initiatives, new vision and further development. There is a place for you!