As YWAM has grown over the years, it has developed as a family of ministries. Although we have global networks of leaders and elders, we do not have a headquarters. Our decentralized structure gives room for leaders to emerge from many different cultures.
Each YWAM location is responsible for initiating its own ministries, organizing its own training programs, and doing its own fundraising. All YWAM locations are expected to uphold the vision, purpose, beliefs and values of YWAM.
A YWAM eldership group called the Founders’ Circle serves as a guardian of YWAM’s vision, purpose, beliefs and values. YWAM also has a leadership structure for the University of the Nations and leadership teams for global ministries such as Frontier Mission, and King’s Kids.