YWAM Worcester x Bible Core Course

About the xBCC

The xBCC is a second-level course registered with the University of the Nations College of Christian Ministries.

This 12-week intensive course equips students with tools to study the Bible inductively following the steps of prayer, observation, interpretation, application, and proclamation. Leaving behind preconceived ideas, students approach Scripture as detectives – observing evidence that allows Scripture to speak to them, rather than imposing their ideas on the text.

In studying the Bible inductively, we recognize that Scripture was originally written to a particular audience – and that audience wasn’t us! The Bible was written for us, but not to us. As we understand more about the culture and history of the people to whom Scripture was originally addressed, and what the text would have meant to them, we can more faithfully apply Biblically sound interpretations to our own lives, today.

During the course of the xBCC, students will read through the entire Bible and study a selection of books, covering different biblical genres, from both the Old Testament and the New Testament.

This course is NOT a SAQA accredited qualification.

YWAM Worcester Bible Core Course

The “X” Factor

The “x factor” of the school seeks to incorporate a creative aspect, catering to different learning styles and encouraging students to express what they have learnt in a creative, sensorial way.
We invite you to come and join us in Xploring, Xperiencing and Xpressing the Word of God!

Well, when you do a xBCC you get to read through the whole Bible and do an in-depth study of a selection of books. Plus xBCC pays great attention to giving the students a clear understanding of the culture and history of the Bible. Whether it is dramatizing the word, that gives the students a chance to dress and play the role of Biblical characters or illustrating Jewish or Roman historical society, xBCC gets the students involved!

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Topics of the XBCC

All topics connect head understanding with heart and action application

Inductive Bible Study Method

Effective application and proclamation of biblical principles

Leading small groups and Bible studies

Preaching and teaching

Old Testament Overview

New Testament Overview

Cultural and Historical background of the Bible

Read through the whole Bible

School Dates

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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: R17,500
Zone 1 (African countries): R19,400
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R23,800
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R30,100

Prices might change without prior notice.

What our former students say

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xBCC for me was a paradigm shift in my life with the Word. Never before have I had the tools, the knowledge nor the concept of how to approach the Bible in the way that I learned during xBCC, and it truly equipped me for studying the Scriptures like never before. If you are hungry for knowledge, revelation and deeper understanding of the Bible, I would highly recommend investing 3 months staying in an environment like xBCC to get to know the Word Himself – Jesus.
- Leif Kåre Lysåker from Norway, former student
During my xBCC, I developed such a passion for God’s Word by putting myself in the shoes of those in the Bible. In a short three months, I was able to explore so many simple and easy, but powerful, ways to read and study the Bible and each time I noticed that God’s plan has always been to personally speak to me. I learned of God’s character in every single verse I read and now I know that I will never be able to get enough of Him.
- Franli van Tiddens from South Africa, former student
The xBCC taught me that the Bible has the power to change a life. I never before knew the amount and depth of truth that exists between its pages. The xBCC equipped me to meet with the Living God, Jesus, through the thorough study of and meditation on His Word.
- Kristen Abrahams from South Africa, former student
I never thought that three months of studying the Bible would change my entire view of the book and, most importantly, its Author. The xBCC experience was the most eye-opening, brain-wrecking, mind-blowing one I’ve had so far. Besides equipping me with amazing tools that I will continue using when reading and studying the Bible in the future, this journey made a way for me to see my Father in ways I hadn’t before – e.g. how His love for His people is portrayed throughout the whole Bible – and this is something I’ll forever treasure.
- Giovanna Stival from Brazil, former student
The xBCC was a transforming school. Not only did the Bible come alive for me but my faith grew such deep roots. The faithfulness of God and the steadfastness of His character wove its way around my heart and secured my once wavering identity in His trustworthy love.
- Nicole Bartell from USA, former student
Doing xBCC was the best decision ever! I never understood most parts of the Old Testament but when we started studying some of the books I saw God’s character perfectly portrayed. Before, the God of the Old Testament and the one of the New Testament seemed like two different Gods. But now I understand Him as the same loving God of the New Testament. Understanding the Word has given me deeper insight into His heart and plans. My passion for the Word has been fired up as I continue to use the Inductive Method, which I learnt on xBCC, to study more books of the Bible. It is hard for me not to share what I’ve learnt every chance I get.
- Lucy Maeko from South Africa, former student
I used to be afraid of the Bible, but through the xBCC, I’m not any more! The xBCC was transformational, for it brought a new dimension to my relationship with the Bible and the God of the Bible. I now feel more equipped to study His Word and share His truth!
- Wei-Jan from Malaysia
The xBCC is an amazing school, and it was really helpful for me. Now I have even more tools to study the Bible, to preach, to teach, and to go deeper in my relationship with God, the author of the Scripture. The xBCC gave me, not only tools to study, but it gave me a greater love for the Word of God.
- Robson from Brazil
At xBCC, I learnt how to read and interpret the Bible inductively, not just for academic purposes, but in order to solidify my foundational belief, as well as nourish my spiritual life. In learning more about God and His will, I discovered gifts and abilities I have to worship God and serve His people. It was a season of growth, refilling and rebirthing of my spiritual life and God met my expectations through the xBCC. Hallelujah.
- Emma from Uganda
The xBCC truly exceeded my expectations by not only equipping me with tools on how to better study the Word of God for myself, but also on how to confidently and creatively share what I learned with others. Every single element of the xBCC offered immense value and growth to my spiritual life.
- Anesca from South Africa
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Our Frequently Asked Questions

Does the XBCC 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 xBCC?
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 xBCC 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 XBCC 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 XBCC?
Yes! Here at YWAM Worcester we encourage students to consider following up their XBCC with other second and third-level schools.
Additionally, YWAM’s University of the Nations offers several of 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.