The 360 Experience exists to challenge students to Discover their identity, Pursue God, and Launch into their destiny.
The 360 Experience aims to bring personal discipleship to the next generation by modeling Christ-like character, building a Biblical worldview, and providing a global perspective — so students can be launched into their individual calling.
The 3 Training Phases of The 360 Experience
YWAM’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) was established in 1974. DTS seeks to bring students into an intimate relationship with God while helping them discover their purpose. Students will receive powerful teaching from motivating speakers and missionaries, meant to provoke, challenge, and encourage. Classroom time is a chance to build friendships and dig deeper into the questions we all have.
These courses begin directly following Phase 1. Courses run as week-long intensives and are taught by experienced pastors and speakers from each local church and specific curriculum. This phase focuses on practical ways to live the Christian life. It further explores areas of personal growth and development, Biblical worldview, and basic Christian apologetics.
The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience. The 360 Experience partners with YWAM Network for Strategic Initiatives in Colorado Springs, CO for our outreach trips. Outreaches will be to one or more of the YWAM-NSI’s Strategic Initiatives.
The 4 Focus Points of 360
Understanding Christianity and allowing a Biblical mindset to shape our lives.
Local Church Mindset
Understanding the role of the local church – the role it plays in the life of a Christian, the calling to be a mission’s culture church, the role it plays on a local level.
Understanding the role and relationship of the mission church and the local church in fulfilling the Great Commission.
Personal Discipleship & Individual Calling
Adjusting everyday life to look more like Jesus in practice and not just theory. Understanding individual gifts and callings and how that affects the students’ future.
The 360 Experience Disciplines
1. Be in the NOW! Be present int he moment you’re living in. Don’t focus on what’s coming up ahead or what’s behind you. Each phase of The 360 Experience is unique and serves a purpose, so make the most of each one.
2. Leave things better than you found them. Everything we do serves as a witness of Christ, since we are called to be His hands and feet. Anywhere we stay or serve, let’s be sure to show honor by giving our best and going above and beyond people’s expectations. Whoever we come in contact with should feel they have been blessed while we were with them.
3. Your word is all you have. Your word is directly linked to your character. Your ability to keep your word and be honest is a direct indication of the integrity of your character.
4. Back it up! With whatever you say, make sure you back it up with action. Be the kind of person who can be relied on to follow through with what he or she is going to do.
5. Finish the task of bringing the name of Jesus to every tribe and tongue. Jesus said that the gospel of the kingdom of God will be preached throughout the whole world, and then the end will come. This means we each hold the responsibility of advancing God’s kingdom, as well as the ability to hasten the coming of Jesus. Therefore, The 360 Experience focuses on going to the people that have never heard the name of Jesus.
6. Go the extra mile. (Matthew 5:41) If you are asked to do something or are serving people in any way, don’t be content with doing the bare minimum. Be a blessing in all that you do, seeking to go above and beyond what’s asked or expected of you.
7. Do all things with excellence. Whether it ban an assignment, your community responsibility, ministry, or serving one another, do it tot he best of your ability. Don’t do things simply to check them off a list, but give your all in all that you do!
8. Consistency is key to success. Lasting success doesn’t happen at once. It’s important to continually give your best, keep your word, and maintain Godly character. Being consistent in these will ensure that you have lasting success in whatever you do.
9. Clear, concise, consistent communication. When communicating, make sure you ask yourself what is the main idea you want to get across and what is important act the person you are communicating with understands. Always check in and confirm that everyone understands the expectations.
10. You can’t lead someone where you are unwilling to go yourself. Jesus said the student is not greater than the teacher. Those we are discipling should not expect to experience anything that we haven’t experienced, nor can we expect that of them. In the same way as Jesus demonstrated, we are to be models for those we lead.
11. God first, others second, and you last. The Bible talks a lot about loving God and loving others, and about God taking care of you. Focus on serving God and others, and trust that your needs will be taken care of by God.
12. Own it! God has given each of us responsibility over our talents, relationships, and ministry. We can choose what we do with what God has given us. Take ownership of what God has given; accept the responsibility and act accordingly. Whether it be in a positive or negative situation, owning it means you take responsibility for your part and take necessary action.
We have a vision to see 360 locations planted in churches all around the country. We desire to be a place where students from all over the world can discover who they are, pursue God, and launch into their destiny. In order to see that vision fulfilled we will continually expand locations, innovate new systems, and incorporate new discipleship strategies.