YWAM Worcester Foundations for Family Studies

About the FFS

The FOUNDATIONS FOR FAMILY STUDIES introduces students to the study of family life dynamics through the foundational Biblical concepts, where all members of a family are taken into consideration.

The FFS is a dynamic three months second level school with the University of the Nations (UofN), which introduces students to the Biblical foundations of marriage and family life. Both, spiritual and practical training in ministering to individuals and families are taught through a theoretical framework and worldview, enabling students to serve others with more confidence.

Lectures offer the students an opportunity to immediately apply principles learned to their personal lives and in the lives of their families; as well as to the lives of others.

The students will have a chance to develop teamwork skills, also experiencing the running of a full scheduled Marriage & Singles seminar. Following the lecture phase, we have an 8-12 week field assignment is an integral part of this course and students are expected to complete this practical application outreach.

This course is NOT a SAQA accredited qualification.

SCF YWAM Worcester
Creative group sessions

Expected Topics of the SCF

Biblical Worldview of Family

Model of the Trinity
Family of Origin/Nuclear Family
Core elements of a Biblical Family – Love, Trust, Respect, Understanding
Conditional/Unconditional Love
• Covenant

Family of Origin

Introduction to Bowens 9 core elements of Family of Origin: Nuclear Family Emotional System; Functioning in the Family – Over/Under; Personal differences; Differentiation of Self – Closeness/Distance; Family Rules; Family Triangles; Family Secrets; Family Roles; Sibling Position.
Genograms: Introduction of Genogram and its elements; Contrast dysfunctional/Healthy Family System; Dysfunctional family; Healthy Family

The Marriage Relationship

Biblical components for a Healthy Marriage: Understanding of Covenant, Biblical Headship, Commitment, Authority/Submission, Communication, Conflict Resolution, Sexuality vs Intimacy, praying together.
Basic Marriage Tools: Skills for Communication, Conflict Resolution, Finances.
Basic Pre-marriage Tools: Skills for Pre-marriage coaching/mentoring.

Marriage Seminar

Equipping students with a Basic Marriage Seminar package.


Equipping students with a Basic Parenting Seminar.

People Helping Skills

Basic skills in Active Listening


Child Development: The unborn child, Early childhood, Adolescence/Teenagers.
Biblical Concepts for Parenting: Unconditional Love, Self Esteem, Fatherhood/Motherhood, Discipline; Nurturing; Dealing with Anger in Parent/Child Relationship; Dealing with Grief & Loss in the Family.

Family in Ministry

Principles of Team Ministry: Serving together in Family Camps/Seminars/Outreaches; The Home as a Training center for Ministry; Families in Ministry; Family Evangelism; Ministering Cross-Culturally.

Family Life

House of Oneness – Foundations for Christian Home- agape love, trust, respect, understanding & 6 elements for a strong family.
Family and God’s Word
Family Prayer & Worship
Family Time & Celebration
Importance of Extended Family
Family Evangelizing

School Dates

Dates for the school will come soon


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.

South Africa: R18,090
Other African countries: R19,890
Latin America and Asia: R23,890
North America, Europe, and Oceania: R29,690

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 our former students say

Learn more about the SCF

When faced with challenges, I always look back to this school. It changed everything.
- Dora, West Africa

Our Frequently Asked Questions

Does the SCF 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 SCF?
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 SCF 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 SCF 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 SCF?
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.