Be Equipped for ministry 


The Ministry Development School (MDS) (Cert IV in Christian Missions) is a two year staff internship program where participants are mentored, trained and released into their God given destiny and calling, equipping them in ministry and workplace skills.


The MDS includes a range of lecture topics including strategic Bible study, Biblical world view, the example of Jesus in personal lifestyle and ministry, Biblical financial management, presenting yourself and your ministry to others, evangelism and missions, effective prayer and worship in ministry, plus more. 


MDS participants will engage in the life and activities of a vibrant Christian Missions community, working alongside supportive, skilled and experienced leaders whilst growing in personal knowledge, skills and character spearheading them into their missions career.

STudy details

  • Two year full-time staff internship.

  • Incorporates all aspects of living and working in a Christian missions community (lectures, worship, intercession, ministry and more).

  • Opportunity to grow in knowledge, grow in skills and grow in Christ-like character.

  • Designed to mentor and equip the participant with skills to open the door into their destiny and calling.



  • Pre-requisite is the successful completion of a Discipleship Training School at any YWAM location.

  • Successful completion of the MDS opens the opportunity to participate in a Diploma in Christian Missions Leadership (overseas students can obtain a student visa to follow a five year pathway of study in Australia through DTS, MDS & CML).

Course Fees

  • $50.00 Registration Fee.

  • AU$2,100.00 tuition only.  This does not include staff fees, overseas outreaches, visa expenses, health insurance or personal and travel expenses. (This school fee can be paid on a monthly basis alongside staff fees.)

Inquire or apply now

Click on the first button to inquire/ask any questions about the MDS or click the second button to APPLY! 



MDS has given me the space to further grow in my relationship with God and extend my abilities and skills for my ministry.



MDS breaks down the big picture of missions to achievable goals. These goals help me realise that I need to have Jesus as my ultimate example. And to keep trusting God in the process. 



MDS has truly helped me a lot, not only int he Mission Field but most importantly in the community. 

Course Accreditation Within Australia

YWAM Training Canberra is a registered training organisation within Australia. Therefore the DTS and the MDS courses offered by us are recognised by Australian education authorities under the Australian Qualifications Framework. The DTS is a Certificate III level course and the MDS is a Certificate IV level course.


YWAM Training Canberra is affiliated with YWAM's international network of tertiary level education/training known in most countries as the University of the Nations (U of N). Though recognised by many Bible Colleges and ministries, the University of the Nations is not, however, registered or accredited as a university in Australia. Training completed at YWAM Canberra provides credit toward degrees with the University  of the Nations. See the University of the Nations website ( for more information.

The various bodies that provide the framework for education in Australia establish standards which seek to ensure that students are effectively equipped and appropriately cared for. YWAM Training Canberra is registered with the Australian Skills Quality Authority to deliver accredited courses to Australian and overseas students and, as such, operates in accordance with those high standards for provision of training and assessment.