Who We Are

From Northland to the Nations

Our Mission

YWAM Zion exists to see young people marked by intimacy with Christ, championed in their unique giftings, and commissioned into the world. Intimacy, Identity, Impact!

We are a vibrant, multicultural group of young people that honor and serve the Lord’s story in New Zealand and abroad.

Guided by a set of shared values, we live and learn in community on our campus in Northland.

Each member of our team is a volunteer and is therefore supported by a community that champions their call to Youth With A Mission.


Designed with the next generation in mind, our 5 and half-month training schools see young people equipped, discipled, and sent to the nations with the good news of Christ.


We believe that all are called to live missionally, whether in our home nations or cross-culturally. This means we provide opportunities for our community, students and staff alike, to engage both locally and abroad as those who are sent into all the world.

In Northland

We are intentional about our involvement with our local community. Some of the ways we do this are by:

  • Regularly attending and serving in our local churches.
  • Hosting wider community nights on campus.
  • Understanding our local history and engaging in God’s redemptive plans for the region.
The Nations

As a multicultural community, we seek to understand and celebrate how the Lord reveals himself to and through every tribe and tongue. We desire to be informed missionaries who are sensitive to God’s heart for our partnering locations. All of our DTS teams partner with either local people of faith in their home nations, or long-term missionaries who know their contexts well.

Our Location: Whangārei Training Centre


Whangārei city is the regional capital and most northern city of New Zealand.

Described as “the city of 100 beaches”, Whangārei feels more like a small town

and is also surrounded by natural bush for the explorer.


The Lord began speaking to the team at Zion years ago about a move north with a focus

on youth and partnership with local ministries. After seeking the Lord for his timing,

Whangārei is now the new home to our missions community.


Through training, evangelism, and practical service projects,

our mission in the city is to be visible and accessible to our wider community.

Centred around worship, prayer, and the Word, we are committed

to loving our neighbours in Northland and the Nations.


Join us in Whangarei

Our Beliefs

We affirm the Bible as the inspired and authoritative Word of God and the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s Word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:


We are called to praise and worship God alone.

Accompanying verses: Exo 20:2-3; Deu 6:4-5; 2Ki 17:35-39; 1Ch 16:28-30; Neh 8:2-10; Mar 12:29-30; Rom 15:5-13; Jud 24-25; Rev 5:6-14; Rev 19:5-8


We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.

Accompanying verses: Lev 19:1-2; Psa 51:7-11; Jer 18:1-11; Eze 20:10-12; Zec 13:9; Luk 1:68 75; Eph 4:21-32; Tit 2:11-14; 1Pe 2:9,21-25; 1Jo 3:1-3


We are called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.

Accompanying verses: Psa 78:1-7; Isa 40:3-11; Mic 4:1-2; Hab 2:14; Luk 24:44-48; Act 2:32-26; Act 10:39-43; 1Co 9:19-23; 2Co 2:12-17; 1Pe 3:15-18


We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.

Accompanying verses: Gen 18:20-33; Exo 32:1-16; Jdg 3:9,15; 1Ki 8:22-61; Eze 22:30-31; Eze 33:1-11; Mat 6:5-15; Mat 9:36-38; Eph 3:14 21; 2Th 3:1-5


We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

Accompanying verses: 2Ch 29:20-30; Psa 22:25-28; Psa 122:1-4; Joe 2:15 17; Mat 18:19-20; Act 2:44-47; Act 4:32-35; 1Co 14:26-40; Eph 2:11-18; Heb 10:23-25


We are called to contribute toward God’s Kingdom purposes in every sphere of life.

Accompanying verses: Deu 15:7-11; Deu 24:17-22; Psa 112:4-9; Pro 11:10-11; Zec 7:8-10; Mat 5:14-16; 2Th 3:13; Tit 3:4-8; Heb 13:15-16; Jam 2:14-26

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