YWAM Worcester CDS

About the CDS

CDS provides you with tools to evaluate yourself and to assess the community you will be in. Having a deeper understanding of community development from a Biblical based world view will help you understand the difference between development and relief. By discovering more about the “Kingdom of God” you will begin to understand that “development begins with me”.

This course is NOT a SAQA accredited qualification.

Community Development School YWAM Worcester


The curriculum is designed to help you develop a solid, basic working knowledge of development, scripture-based development values, fundamental skills, Godly character, and good relationships.

The twelve-week lecture phase includes:

  • Principles of Community Transformation
  • Role of the Local Church as Hope Centers in a Community
  • Biblical Worldview for Development
  • Cross-cultural Relationships and Skills
  • Team and group dynamics
  • Community assessment
  • Church planting and multiplication
  • Basics of Community infrastructure systems, such as sustainable agriculture, primary health care, business, appropriate technology, environmental stewardship, and micro-business enterprises.

What to expect from the CDS?


Gain an understanding for God’s heart for nations and how what we think, value and believe impacts societies.


Facilitate holistic growth towards God’s intentions in targeted communities and nations, resulting in a fuller expression of the kingdom of God.


Be effective multipliers of community development from a Biblical Christian perspective that leads to transformation.

School Dates

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CDS Fees

Our fees are based on the nationality of the applicant. This fee structure (want to know more about it?) allows students from less privileged backgrounds to join our training. The fees are in South African Rand and they include tuition, food, and housing.

Zone South Africa: R16,720
Zone 1 (African countries): R18,420
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R22,120
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R27,420

Prices might change without prior notice.

Application Process

Step 1: Fill in your Application Form
Step 2: We need 2 Reference forms. One from your Pastor and the other from your last YWAM leader.
Step 3: Registration fee (Payable if accepted into the program)

– Students from South Africa: R300
– Students from abroad: R500

Financial Policy of YWAM Worcester

What former students say

Learn more about the CDS

My experience with community development school helped me to have a holistic approach doing community development without creating co-dependence
- Celio Muhongo, Angola

Our Frequently Asked Questions

Does the CDS provide credit for other Universities?
Accreditation in South Africa

Youth With A Mission in South Africa offers courses and field assignments that are accredited with the University of the Nations international (UofN). The UofN is operating in over 100 nations worldwide and is a degree-granting institution (Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s degree) but is NOT CURRENTLY ACCREDITED BY ANY ACCREDITATION AGENCY OR ASSOCIATION RECOGNISED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY (SAQA).

Various accredited colleges and universities across the world accept UofN transfer students and credits, including some local partners. Please, contact us for more information.

Is this mission only for young people or only focuses on young people?
Youth With A Mission began as an organisation to help young people get involved in the global purposes of God and this will always be a primary focus for YWAM.

However, many people join YWAM as a second career or after retirement. Some of YWAM’s Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) specifically focus on providing mission training for families or older students.

What are the requirements to be accepted into the CDS?
We do not require college degrees, work experience, or a seminary background. You do need to be at least 18 years of age (or 17 years old & a high school graduate) and have successfully completed a DTS with its Field Assignment. Apart from the age requirement, we ask that you fill out a simple application form to be evaluated by the leaders of the school along with two references.
How can I pay for my CDS fees?
There are many options to pay for your school fees. You can make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), pay via PayPal, credit or debit cards in our office, as well as cash (less prefered). There are several ATMs spread around town and you can withdraw funds from them as needed.
Do CDS students attend church during the program?
We encourage all our students to commit to a local church during their time with us. You are free to choose which church you attend. Our staff are involved in many different churches in and around Worcester and they will help you know what’s available. Your parents or your home pastor may also have recommendations for you.
Can I receive further training with YWAM after my CDS?
Yes! We encourage students to consider following up their SCF with other second and third-level schools.
Additionally, YWAM’s University of the Nations offers several training programs at campuses around the world. The DTS is a prerequisite for any other UofN training. The goal of these courses is to further equip you to accomplish the mission God has given you; they can also lead to a degree from the UofN. We’ll share more with you about further training opportunities once you’ve arrived for your school, but you are also welcome to ask our registrar about them now.
Do I need any vaccinations?
We do not have any required vaccinations for new students, but it is a good idea to be up-to-date with all of your immunization boosters before you come. You can also consult your health care practitioner for any special recommendation. Worcester is a malaria-free zone.