EST. 1985

The purpose of apprenticing with the Lakeside Carpentry Crew is to learn trade skills and gain artistic industrial arts design experience while serving the Kingdom of God in a community setting with YWAM Lakeside. Our two-year apprenticeship program seeks not only to provide you with training in various trades, but also to provide an environment that stimulates spiritual growth.

Each apprentice will be trained in the four “blocks” of learning we have formed to facilitate and measure growth.  These blocks are:


Each of these blocks are comprised of four focus areas. We spend time both in the field and in a classroom setting on each focus. Professionals in each focus area volunteer their time to train and teach our crew members, which provides valuable experience in a wide range of trades and tasks.  The apprentices will also receive quality biblical training and discipleship from our staff.

In addition to your Apprenticeship Program workbook you will also be required to go on a Skills Training Outreach. Skills Training Outreach is our way of getting into a project/owner/contractor setting. This provides valuable teaching time and focus off of our campus to work hard and hone construction skills while developing team work. Churches, nonprofit ministries, other YWAM bases, and camps provide our crew with travel expenses, and room and board, in exchange for the labor of a professionally skilled crew. It benefits both sides by building relationships, moving forward on projects, giving on-site experience to the newer crew members, and saving money over costly construction crews. Apprentices will also be required to volunteer with a professional tradesman, learn building code, participate on outreaches to benefit the less fortunate, as well as planning, managing and directing crews for a second year project.

Why Lakeside, Montana? We are in the early stages of redeveloping our campus from the Air Force base it was and turning it into a place that reflects the world class training provided here. We have been blessed over the years to have professional tradesmen join our staff as well as serve in advisory rolls.  Having professional tradesmen on our staff presents the unique opportunity of both long term projects, where we can accomplish our site development goals, while also providing training in the industrial arts which can be a great tool for increasing our effectiveness in global missions.

What we’re about:

Developing adults with self-awareness, strong biblical character, creativity in life and work, a servants heart, and a vocational foundation for a lifetime of learning.


1. Developing “grown ups”
-Encouraging young people in a wisdom driven life
-Being available and intentional in order to help young people mature

2. Learning Environment
-Providing opportunity and space to practice new skills and learn by doing; not driven by productivity or profitability

3. Character:
-willingness to learn

4. Example driven lifestyle
-Living a lifestyle that is aware of the example we’re setting:
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything  set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show  integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” (Titus 2:6-8)
“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an  example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12)

5. Creativity as a part of our trade

6. Self-Awareness

Application process:

1. Email the apprenticeship staff at to request the initial questionnaire
2. Once the staff receives your answers, they will communicate with you about whether it seems like a possible fit
3. Set up a 1-2 week visit to see what the program is like and work with the apprenticeship staff
4. Fill out both the application to come on staff at YWAM Lakeside, Montana and the application for the carpentry apprenticeship


Books – $250
Calculator – $70
Tools – $280
Total up front = $600 (Must pay up front fee one month before arrival)

Admin costs – $10 per month
Dues – $40 per month
Staff fees – $225 per month
Total per month cost = $275 per month

*Must raise a minimum of $550 per month in support in order to begin the Apprenticeship.



Weekly Hours

Onsite training

Apprentices will work on projects on campus, providing an opportunity to put into practice all construction skills being learned.



Using the skills learned during onsite training to serve somewhere in the Flathead Valley.


Spiritual Formation

Time for apprentices to intentionally learn about and grow in their walk with Christ.

Life Skills

Classroom time devoted to learning practical life skills, covering a variety of topics from financial stewardship to conflict resolution (see Life Skills block).

Construction Skills

Learning construction skills in a classroom setting.