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Guide to Volunteer/Mission Builder Application

We sincerely appreciate your interest in working at Youth With a Mission Colorado Springs Strategic Frontiers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Personnel at (719) 226-3110, or email us at

Detach the Leadership Reference form and the Pastor or Employer Reference form and forward them to your selected references, after filling in the top section of each form. We cannot begin to process your Application until both forms are returned to Personnel (either mail or fax 719- 527-2680). It is your responsibility to follow up with your references to make sure they return the forms in a timely manner. Reference forms are confidential; therefore, please do not read them yourself. Please tell your references that we may call them to talk about the reference they submitted.

The volunteer application fee is $10 for a single or $20 for a couple. You can pay by check or credit card. You pay online at by choosing the “donation is designated for” field and choosing “volunteer application fee” from the drop down menu.

All staff applicants are asked to obtain a background check. When you submit this application you will receive an email with a web link where you will fill out your information and pay a fee. The background check summary will be sent to us. If you completed your DTS, CDTS, or a YWAM Secondary School here at SF within the last 12 months, this requirement is waived since a background check was done for those schools.

When the Application is completed, send it to YWAM COS-SF with the following:

  • Application Form
  • Background Check
  • Statement of Commitment – initialed, signed & dated.
  • Internet Acceptable Use Policy Internet User Agreement – signed & dated.

Once the Application and Reference Forms are received, they will be sent to Base leadership for a decision. Decisions may take 3 to 4 weeks.

When you are accepted as a Volunteer or Mission Builder you will be notified by Personnel. It will also tell you when you may arrive at the Base. Please do not come to the Base prior to this notification.


To Know God and To Make Him Known

A vision of waves

It began in 1960 with an ordinary young man and an extraordinary vision. Loren Cunningham described it as a waking dream. He saw a map of the world with waves crashing onto the continents, advancing inland until all the nations were covered. Loren says, “As I watched, the waves became young people of all races...talking to people on street corners and outside bars. Going from house to house. Helping the lonely and the hungry. Caring for people everywhere they went...” That God-given vision has become a reality. Loren started YWAM in 1960. Since then, thousands have been involved worldwide in fulfilling Christ’s commandment to, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)

Youth With A Mission is people

YWAMers are all ages -- young people, families, and retired persons. We come from many ethnic and educational backgrounds, from many denominations and countries. We love Jesus and thank God for allowing us to play a part in helping to fulfill the Great Commission. YWAM has over 15,000 staff and annually trains approximately 25,000 short-term workers to minister in over 1000 operating locations in 140 countries.

Three-fold thrust

There are three main ways we are involved in the goal of taking the Gospel to all the world: Evangelism - spreading God’s message, Training - preparing workers to reach others, and Mercy Ministries - showing God’s love through practical assistance. These three ministries are carried out in many different ways by the basic unit of YWAM -- teams, which can be small or large, mobile or localized, made up of short-term volunteers or long-term staff. Each of these teams is committed to a specific goal of evangelism, training or mercy ministry, working in cooperation with local churches and sister organizations.

Statement of purpose

Youth With A Mission is an international movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ personally to this generation, to mobilize as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s Kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole Gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world. We of YWAM believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative Word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, that man is created in God’s image, that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ, that although all men have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us, that God desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth, and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishing of Christ’s last commandment, “Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15)


Mission Statement

We are a YWAM community called to mobilize and multiply followers of Christ to bring the kingdom of God to the least-reached. We focus on strategic issues, seasons, places, peoples, and areas of influence in society. We disciple each other in healthy community, and live out the lordship of Christ locally and globally.

Vision Statement

Using everything we’ve got to get the gospel to the least reached.

Our Mottos

Another World is Possible

Live the Story

Commitment, Service Time and Expectations

As you apply to work at this Base, we are asking you to join the whole ministry of YWAM Colorado Springs Strategic Frontiers. Our philosophy regarding ministry is that all positions are valid and spiritual. Some people are gifted and talented in accounting and some in maintenance. One gift is no more spiritual than the other and both are needed in our ministry to accomplish our mission.

Volunteer: People may volunteer (through submission of this Application) for any length of time; however they may reside on Base for only three months (which may be extended three more months, but no longer than a total of six months).

As a Volunteer, the service work you do may depend on your specific experience or expertise, or it may depend on what area of service work we have the greatest need for you to work in.

Mission Builder: People may apply to be a Mission Builder (through a Mission Builders International Application). This application may be required for additional background.

As a Mission Builder, your work will depend on the specific work you are here to do. Our intent is to have a Mission Builder working here only for a specific project/job that requires specialized skills that are otherwise not available from our Base staff.

Volunteers and Mission Builders will be supervised by a Ministry Leader – the person in charge of the ministry or work you will be involved in, or who oversees the specific project you are here to work on.

As a Volunteer, you will be expected to participate in our corporate worship times – usually Monday and Wednesday mornings when we have schools in session, and on Wednesday mornings when schools are not in session. Mission Builders may not be required to depending on their assignment. In addition, Volunteers may be asked to help our staff in the non-specific- Ministry work we all do to keep the Base running and maintained, i.e., meal preparations, housekeeping, maintenance, etc.

Our “working hours” are from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM each day, Monday through Friday (or 37.5 hours per week); you will be expected to work these hours, unless your Ministry Leader assigns other working hours for you.

Volunteers will pay the same room rental fee as staff do: for a single room which you share with a roommate, your cost will be $200 per month; for a single room, either just for you or with your spouse, $400 per month; if you require more than one room, each additional room will cost $100 per month. Mission Builders will have their room and board paid by the ministry.

Volunteers will pay the same meal fees as staff do - $2.50 per meal.


The only pets allowed to reside on Campus are fish. The only pets that may visit the Campus are Service Dogs, i.e., licensed dogs who are required by the owner, which must be on a leash, have a service dog vest, and be under the control of their owner.


Prior to accepting a Volunteer or Mission Builder we look at our housing situation. If you are accepted, we will make every effort to place you in Base housing that will be comfortable for you and that will best fit your needs. Base housing may not be immediately available. If accepted, you may be required to wait until housing becomes available or to live off Base. You may be responsible for your own furniture and other housing needs.


We use different keys for interior doors and for exterior doors.

Interior door keys: If you live on the Campus, you, your spouse and older children can all receive a key for your room door.

If you work in an office on the Campus, you will receive a key to the office door.

Exterior door keys: Only one key will be issued per person.

There is a $5 non-refundable key fee for each key issued. Keys belong to YWAM COS-SF and must be returned when you are moving off campus (room key) or leaving the ministry. Lost or unreturned keys will be subject to a replacement charge.

You, your spouse, and children age 12 and older living with you on the Campus, can each receive an exterior door key.

If you live off Campus, you and your spouse will each receive an exterior door key; your children will not receive an exterior door key.

Volunteer/Mission Builder Application

General Information

Emergency Information
Personal Information
Passport Information
Visa Information (Non-US Staff)
Family Information

If a question does not apply to you, just leave it blank.

Family Background
Church Background
Background Information
Education & Experience

Please check the areas in which you have expertise and/or experience

Housing and Transportation

If applying for campus housing, answer the following
If NOT applying for campus housing, answer the following

Consent for Treatment

If you are under 18 years of age, have a parent/guardian sign below.

I/we hereby agree to the performance of such treatment, anesthetics and operations as deemed necessary in the opinion of the attending physician on the below named person.

Liability Release

If you are under 18 years of age, have a parent/guardian sign below.

I/we hereby release University of the Nations and Youth With A Mission, its agents, employees and volunteer assistants from any liability whatsoever arising out of any injury, damage, or loss which might be sustained by said person during the course of involvement with Youth With A Mission.

Statement of Commitment

I have read, understand and initial that I agree to abide by

Internet Acceptable Use Agreement


The goal of this Agreement is to outline appropriate and inappropriate use of YWAM’s Internet resources, including the use of browsers, electronic mail and instant messaging, file uploads and downloads, and voice communications. Use of these services is subject to the following conditions.

Appropriate Use

Individuals at YWAM are encouraged to use the Internet to further the goals and objectives of YWAM COS-SF and your personal support. The types of activities that are encouraged include:

  1. Communication with fellow workers, business partners of YWAM and clients within the context of an individual’s assigned responsibilities;
  2. Acquiring or sharing information necessary or related to the performance of an individual’s assigned responsibilities and personal support raising;
  3. Participating in educational or professional development activities, including online hobbies and creative support raising activities;
  4. Personal use for non-working residential spouses provided use is in compliance with other stated guidelines.
Inappropriate Use

Individual Internet use will not interfere with other’s productive use of Internet resources. Users will not violate network policies of any network accessed through their account. Internet use at YWAM will comply with all Federal and Colorado laws, all YWAM policies, and all YWAM contracts. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. The Internet may not be used for illegal or unlawful purposes, including, but not limited to, copyright infringement, obscenity, libel, slander, fraud, defamation, plagiarism, harassment, intimidation, forgery, impersonation, illegal gambling, soliciting for illegal pyramid schemes, and computer tampering (e.g., spreading computer viruses).
  2. Individuals may not establish YWAM or personal computers as participants in any peer-topeer network, unless approved by YWAM COS-SF IT.
  3. In the interest of maintaining network performance, users should not send unreasonably large electronic mail attachments or video files not needed for business purposes.
  4. Likewise, in the interest of maintaining network performance, users should not view unreasonably large video files (>200mb) or streaming media during office hours unless approved by Leadership or YWAM COS-SF IT. (Examples: YouTube higher than 360p resolution, streaming radio for more than 20 minutes per day, Video Skype more than 20 minutes per day.
Failure to Comply

Violations of this Agreement will be treated like other allegations of wrongdoing at YWAM. Allegations of misconduct will be adjudicated according to established procedures. Sanctions for inappropriate use of the Internet may include, but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  1. Temporary or permanent revocation of access to some or all YWAM computing and networking resources and facilities;
  2. Disciplinary action according to applicable YWAM policies; and/or
  3. Legal action according to applicable laws and contractual agreements.
Monitoring and Filtering

YWAM may monitor any Internet activity occurring on YWAM’s equipment, or personal equipment or accounts. YWAM currently employs filtering software to limit access to sites on the Internet. If YWAM discovers activities that do not comply with applicable law or YWAM policy, records retrieved may be used to document the wrongful content in accordance with due process.


YWAM assumes no liability for any direct or indirect damages arising from the user’s connection to the Internet. YWAM is not responsible for the accuracy of information found on the Internet and only facilitates the accessing and dissemination of information through its systems. Users are solely responsible for any material that they access and disseminate through the Internet.

We encourage you to use your Internet responsibly. Should you have any questions regarding this Internet Acceptable Use Policy, please contact the IT Director at or at 719-226-3168.

Internet Acceptable Use Agreement

I hereby acknowledge that I have read and understand the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement of YWAM. I agree to abide by this Agreement. I understand that if I violate this Agreement, I may face legal or disciplinary action according to applicable law or YWAM policy.

I hereby agree to indemnify and hold YWAM and its officers, trustees, employees, and agents harmless for any loss, damage, expense or liability resulting from any claim, action or demand arising out of or related to the user’s use of YWAM owned computer resources and the network, including reasonable attorney fees. Such claims shall include, without limitation, those campusd on trademark or service mark infringement, trade name infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition, defamation, unlawful discrimination or harassment, and invasion of privacy.