Welcome to the College of Arts & Sports

Welcome. We hope you find helpful information and make new friends here.  Our desire is to provide a platform with which to connect Christian artists.

If you came to check out possible training schools, find new resources, meet others involved in arts ministries around the world, or to get inspired by what others are doing, we think you’ll find interesting opportunities.

Please contact us with ideas – ideas for new resources we should make people aware of, or ministry opportunities available, or just with comments or questions.

We hope you visit often and come back soon.

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Dean's Corner October Update

Nearly 1000 YWAMers globally recently met in Tijuana, Mexico to wait on the Lord and learn more about the University of The Nations.

One of the most challenging messages came from Bruce Wilkinson, author of “The Prayer of Jabez”. He spoke from Luke 19 about the Parable of the Minas (Talents) and the one who multiplied 10 fold being rewarded accordingly. The one who feared and did nothing with his talents, lost everything. We are commanded to multiply!

Do we have a God-size goal? What do we need to change in order to multiply our ministry?

The College of Arts and Sports has a wide variety of courses from visual arts to free sports and many are signing up. We don’t just teach skills but how to multiply in the nations to see souls saved. Our schools have eternal impact but it’s up to us to invest our time wisely and be good and faithful servants.

Check out www.ywamcas.org for courses available to help you reach your potential.

Each quarter we highlight one area of CAS and this month we are looking at music with Karen Lafferty the founder of Musicians For Missions International.

The College of Arts & Sports Fans the Flame of Christian Musicians

It’s probably hard for this current generation of Christian musicians to believe that there was a time when worship bands and contemporary Christian music didn’t exist. As a musical “Baby-boomer” raised in the 50s & 60s in the church, I DO remember those times.

The best songs we could find to sing at youth group came from folk artists like Peter, Paul & Mary and Bob Dylan. We, like young people today, had a passion for justice issues. For us it was fighting for Civil Rights. When the Billy Graham movie The Restless One came out in 1965 with Christian pop songs like He’s Everything to Me by Ralph Carmichael, it was REVOLUTIONARY! It helped start the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) Movement that has been key in reaching and expressing the hearts and passions of generations to come.

CCM was a major catalyst for revival among the masses of youth in the 60s and 70s who were seeking for love and truth. Many “hippies” found their answer in the person of Jesus Christ; they became “Jesus Freaks” who were on fire to share their faith and wrote music about God. Some of these young passionate Christian musicians joined Youth With A Mission and using their music was a natural way to reach their generation.

The College of Arts & Sports (CAS) is continuing to come along side today’s musicians by providing training that helps them grow deeper with Christ, be more skilled in their music, learn how to manage their music ministries and become passionate worshipers. Today’s “musicianaries”, as were their forerunners, are serious about changing their world through promoting justice and proclaiming God’s love through music.

CAS provides excellent training but we also work together with individuals and bases who seek to launch full-time worship and arts ministries. YWAM is often a good fit for musicians and artists who are called to be career missionaries. Being part of the “YWAM Tribe” provides a world-wide network of ministry partners while having a home where they can be nurtured by seasoned believers.

I have been on staff with YWAM for over three decades. Although I still minister widely as a musician, my passion now is to fan the flame of the next generation of worshiping artists. I’m grateful for the platform given through the University of the Nations College of Arts and Sports to pass the baton to the next generation.

Karen Lafferty - Musicians for Missions International