You've Been Accepted To Community Development School

Community Development School Acceptance Packet

Welcome to Montana and to the Lakeside campus of the University of the Nations! We are pleased that you have applied and have been accepted to participate in the Community Development School (CDS). By joining us for this next season, we really believe you will be forever changed by all that God does in your life.
CDS offers an extensive overview of Kingdom Development. Experienced missions educators teach from the perspective of their varied areas of expertise. They share principles, methods, insights, models, and foundational Biblical truths essential for the transformation of cultures. The classroom of students and staff from diverse backgrounds provides a rich cross-pollination learning and networking experience.
We are honored as staff and a base that you would consider attending our Community Development School at YWAM Montana | Lakeside. We know that you are making tremendous sacrifices to take this step of faith. We look forward to growing together in Christ as we pursue God’s calling on all of our lives. Each school is unique as the individuals who attend, so we look forward with anticipation to see how He will use your particular school to further His Kingdom in the Nations. We are deeply committed to you and to God’s plan for your life.

Arnold Rottier

Arnold Rottier
CDS Leader



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”.


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.


You will serve for 8-12 weeks as part of a team. As a team you will build on what you gained while serving in a community. Working in a community setting will challenge your growth in the many issues of the curriculum.


After completing CDS there are many opportunities of service within YWAM, as well as other agencies, at home or abroad. CDS graduates are working throughout the world and would be able to connect you with other opportunities as well. As a graduate you would be equipped to continue the life-long process of discipleship, both in your own life and in the lives of those you servce. With your resultant change of view and newly acquired development skills, you would be an asset to any team or community.

7:00 AM Breakfast (8 am weekends)
8:00 AM Worship or Intercession
9:00 AM Lecture
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Lecture
3:00 PM Work Duty
5:00 PM Dinner
7:00 PM Community Meeting
WEEKENDS: Free and church



This is a guideline of things you will need to have, and things you might like to have. Keep in mind that there is limited living and storage space, so bringing all your belongings is not a good idea and may be a difficult intrusion into the lives of your roommates. However, we don’t place a limit on what you can bring, so if you can fit it in your car or on the airplane, feel free to bring what you like.


Fall and spring are cool: 50-70ºF ( 10-20ºC) Winter is very cold: 20-50ºF (-10 to 10ºC)
Dress in Montana is casual. Bring suitable clothing for church, however, churches in our area are pretty informal. You will be here during the early spring, and it will be cool during the days and chilly to cold in the early mornings and evenings. We often get some snow in the spring.  You will want to have some sweaters and a jacket. The over-all climate is very dry. There is a ‘boutique’ on the campus, which has free clothes and other items that are available if you need them. Please do NOT bring: Spaghetti strap tops, low-cut tops or tops that reveal your mid-section/excessive skin, pants that reveal underclothing, mini-skirts, tight fitting clothes, or Speedos.


You’ll be living in the student dorm with 1-2 roommates. The rooms aren’t huge, but you’ll probably discover that you can make it feel comfortable. When you arrive, you can purchase supplies in town or bring the following with you:
• Twin sheets and bedding ( only provided for students outside N. America), or a sleeping bag
• A pillow
• Towels and washcloths
• Laundry soap & supplies
• Alarm Clock
• Personal toiletries
• Any personal items you’d like to make your living space more
comfortable, i.e. Photos, books, decorative items. FYI: Each
student has their own pin board on the wall.
As a school we’ll be providing most of the materials you’ll need. However, there are a few study items you’ll want to bring yourself:
• Bible
• Pens/pencils
• Notebook

Please Note: Families should bring toys/books/supplies for their children as none are provided.

Our campus is home to many people from different cultures around the globe. Out of respect for everyone, we want to make sure we dress appropriately cross-culturally while here in Montana. Please be mindful when packing and refrain from bringing low-cut tops, shirts revealing your mid-section, tight fitting clothing and short skirts.



Our desire is to create a home-like atmosphere for you here at YWAM Montana, Lakeside. This is not always easy in dorm life. One of the main things we have eliminated from the dorm are all the signs you usually see in community.  Here are some of the campus and dorm guidelines you should remember so that we can all live more comfortably together.


• Alcohol is not allowed on the campus at any time.
• Please use wisdom off campus as this is a very conservative Christian community and the residents will be observing what you do as a YWAMer.


• In the dorms: if you are listening to music in the dorm rooms, please be sensitive to others with respect to volume and type of music   you listen to.
• In public areas: only Christian music may be played audibly in the kitchen, Lecture Hall, etc.
• If you brought any musical equipment of your own, you may use them in your dorm room, provided that you are considerate of the     volume.


• Please remember that as a secondary school the DTS students will be watching your lives. Please help the DTS staff by modeling Godly behavior.


• We want these facilities to last as long as possible and in as good a condition as possible. Please enjoy this place and treat it as your        home.
• Use stickpins or sticky tack to put things on the walls.
• The campus has an ‘open door’ policy when someone of the opposite sex is in your room.
• Since this is a co-ed dorm, please wear appropriate attire in the hallways. (Robes or shirts and shorts, no towels!)  Remember that      we come from different cultures and different backgrounds.
• The campus policy is no ‘R’ movies in the dorms. Movies played in the lounge must be G, PG, or PG-13. Please be sensitive to the    content as well as the rating.
• Please fill out a maintenance request if you see something that needs repair. Anyone, staff or student, can fill these out. Don’t assume that someone else has already put in the request.
• We expect each person to keep their own living area clean and neat on a daily basis.
• Firearms are not allowed on campus.



Course Tuition: $3,195

Seminar Tuition: $1,195


A deposit of $250 is required upon acceptance to secure your place in the School or the Seminar. This deposit needs to be paid by March 26, 2017.   Once paid, the balance of your school fee will be $2,945 for the school and $945 for the Seminar. The deposit is refundable until 2 weeks prior to the start of the school. Many of your school expenses are incurred before the beginning of each school. Therefore you must have the tuition by the starting date of the school.

All payments must be made in US currency.  All personal expenses incurred during your involvement with Youth With A Mission are your responsibility, so some allowance for extra expenses should be made in your planning. We are asking that you trust the Lord to provide your needs before the beginning of the school.

Any student who will not be able to pay full tuition and fees upon arrival must call the school leader as soon as possible to discuss their financial situation. If you have been promised support (monthly or otherwise) from a church, friend or family member that will be applied to your tuition at a date later than the first day of classes, a letter of commitment must be given to the course leader, who should be made aware of this arrangement prior to the start of the program. We are responsible to do the possible and God commits to help us with the seemingly impossible. As you prepare to come here, we trust you will see His confirmation and blessing upon your obedience. The U. S. Government requires that International students complete a Certification of Finances to show financial responsibility before visa application can be made.  Please note important visa information which accompanies your Acceptance Email.


(Payable to YWAM) TO:
Registrar Dept.
501 Blacktail Rd.
Lakeside, MT 59922


Please contact Accounting or
your school leader:
Accounting: 1(406) 844-2223
[email protected]



In addition to tuition and fees, you should plan on being able to cover these additional expenses:


We will pick you up for free from our local airport (Glacier International – FCA), Kalispell town, or Whitefish train station.
If you fly into Missoula you’ll need to get to Lakeside on your own and cover those expenses.


Any personal items or extra snacks will be your own responsibility. We have a snack bar on campus that lures most latte


Our campus is equipped with a small laundry facility at the cost of .75¢ per washing machine and .50¢ per dryer. You will also need
money for laundry soap and supplies. Please bring a laundry bag with you.


During the first week of the school you are required to pay a deposit to receive a room key and mail key. This is not optional.
You should bring $20 cash with you to cover this expense. You should bring $20 cash with you to cover this expense. You will get  your deposit back at the end of the lecture phase, when you return both keys.


During the first week of the school you are required to pay a housing deposit. This is not optional. You should bring $50 check or cash (separate from the $20 key deposit) with you to cover this expense. You will get your deposit back at the end of the school only after passing inspection to ensure the room is in its original condition and there are no broken or misused items that the deposit would be held to cover as your responsibility.



Target Nations

As a base we have 6 target nations that we have partnered with to see the growth of Gods kingdom, these countries are: Ukraine, India, Cambodia, Nepal, Taiwan, and Thailand. We have committed to come alongside them to help them fulfill the goals and visions they have for their countries. We do this by sending outreach teams, resources and staff teams.

Learn More About Our Target Nations

The Surge

YWAM  Lakeside is blessed with many different programs and resources at our disposal, because of this we have felt the Lord leading us to create what we call ” The Surge”. The purpose of the Surge is to give a big push to each of our target nation partners to meet their God-Given goals.

Learn More About The Surge

Policies And Guidelines

Music & Entertainment 

When listening to music in the dorm, please be sensitive to others with volume and type of music you are listening to, if you would like to listen to music loudly we suggest using headphones. Also please be sensitive to the music you play in public areas including the lecture hall, student center and cafeteria.

If you have instruments or music equipment of your own, please feel free to bring it. Please note that although there are many instruments on our campus, most are personally owned and therefore we cannot guarantee that instruments will be available for your use.

TVs and Movies 

If you are planning on watching TV or Movies on your laptop or tablet we ask that you be mindful of the subject matter and language in the programs you are watching. If there is a lot of inappropriate language please use headphones.

Montana Fire Code 

Due to our strict Insurance Policy, absolutely NO candles are allowed in the dorm.


Smoking is not allowed at any time during your school or program.  Though it may be legal in your state, smoking or having marijuana is not allowed during your time here at YWAM Montana (this includes your outreach and debriefing week).  Illegal drugs are also prohibited during your stay here in Montana.  


When you are hiking or go on walks, please go in pairs or a group and let people know where you are going. (We do have some unfriendly wildlife in this area.) If you like to walk alone please don’t go to far off in the woods, and please tell someone what you are doing.


Students are not permitted to have firearms on campus.

Policies for Children 

• The facilities shop, auto shop, creek, hospitality rooms and houses are off limits unless accompanied by a parent or supervising adult. • All bicycles/scooters are to be kept in designated areas. Don’t leave bikes and other toys in front of dorms or on the sidewalks. • Please don’t allow children to ride their bikes up and down the main entrance that leads into the campus. • Sling shots, BB guns, and similar instruments are not allowed on campus property. • Please make sure your children have the proper shoes to play in the gym. • Children under ten yrs old must be accompanied by a parent in the dining hall. They are not to go through the food serving line by themselves.



You are welcome to invite guests to come and visit you during your school, although we do ask that you run it by your school leader.

If you need housing for your guest it is your responsibility to contact the Hospitality Department to book a room. There is a suggested donation of $15-$25 per night which includes food in the cafeteria. To contact the Hospitality Department please call: 1(406)844-2653 or email [email protected]

For guests not staying overnight, a donation for meals is recommended: $1 for breakfast and $2 for lunch and dinner. They can pay in the meal line.

Campus Services

At YWAM Montana,we feel extremely blessed to be able to offer some wonderful campus services:

 Student Center

Our Student Center is a great place to hang out with friends, play pool and sit around the fire place. We also have vending machines!

Prayer Room

Our small prayer room is open 24 hours a day for those who enjoy a quiet place to spend with the Lord.


Our Library has many books available for check-out, as well as reference-only items. the Library also provides computers for students to use.

Snack Bar 

From awesome Lattes to tasty muffins, our snack bar offers great food and fellowship, it is centrally located on campus and open 6 days a week!


Each quarter (except summer) our small gym is host to a number of sports leagues you can participate in. Usually we offer volleyball, basketball and soccer.

Weight Room

Our weight room is outfitted with weight lifting equipment, a treadmill, a bike and much more. It is open throughout the day for those looking to get in or stay in great shape.


We have a coin operated laundry facility for your use. The washing machines (soap included) are .75 and dryers are .50 per load.

Getting Here

Lakeside isn’t what we’d call a thriving metropolis, you might find it difficult to find on your average map. Our community is situated 13 miles south of Kalispell in Northwest Montana, on the west shore of Flathead Lake.

When you come into lakeside on U.S. HWY 93 follow the signs for Blacktail Ski Mountain (follow the road around to the left at the grocery store) 1 mile and you will see us on the right.

When looking for an airport to fly into, we ask that you fly into Glacier Park International (FCA) which is located in Kalispell Mt. (please note, we will not be able to pick you up from any other airport other than FCA, if you intend to fly into Missoula you will need to find a ride to the base.)

Amtrak has a station in Whitefish (WFH) that we would be happy to pick you up from. Greyhound also has a route through Kalispell where we can pick you up as well.

Guidelines For Contributions

The following information will help you and YWAM to follow IRS guidelines and restrictions:

YWAM is authorized to issue tax-deductible receipts for donations payable to “YWAM” or “Youth With A Mission” for the benefit of its ministries or the staff working in support of those ministries. By IRS regulations, YWAM is not allowed to issue tax-deductible receipts for funds given to benefit specific individuals not recognized as staff. This affects STUDENTS attending YWAM’s schools or events. Special note on taxes: We are not allowed as a 501(c)(3) Religious Non Profit to give tax write-offs for the tuition of programs. Our CPA, as well as the IRS regulations, are clear that we cannot give tax receipts for tuition/program related services. We are not accredited so we are not qualified for the Federal financial aid program under title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and we are not certified by the Department of Education. Therefore we are not allowed to send out 1098-T forms.


If you are giving funds to support a student attending one of YWAM’s schools or events, you may want to consider contributing to their local church who may be able to receive the money as a tax-deductible given toward the spiritual/educational development of one of its members. If you choose to make a donation towards a student’s tuition directly to YWAM, you will not be able to receive a tax-deductible receipt. To make a payment towards a student’s tuition, you should make the check out to YWAM. You can also make the check out to the individual, as long as the entire monetary amount is intended for tuition. The student will simply endorse this check, making it payable to YWAM, applying it toward the balance they owe. Please keep in mind that neither of these methods are tax-deductible.


Due to the banking system in the United States, all foreign bank drafts must be from a bank affiliated with another bank in the U.S. In addition, all bank drafts must have a routing code (routing numbers) on the bottom of the check. Any draft of check without a routing code will NOT be accepted as payment for any school, for any reason. GIVING TO YWAM All funds for the operation of YWAM ministries are tax-deductible. Your gift will be acknowledged with a tax-deductible receipt from our general offices. If you wish, you may specify an area of ministry where you would like your gift applied. Please state that on a separate piece of paper accompanying your gift.

Raising Financial Support

One area that students find difficult to approach is raising the financial support needed for a school. Below are some suggestions you might find helpful.


(Phil. 4:19, Matt. 6:8, 7:8) We must remember that God is committed to and responsible for providing for our needs. He loves us and desires to give us good things. As we are obedient to His leading, we must trust Him to make the way for us. It is easy for us to look to others instead of God, putting pressures on those who are not responsible. We must keep in mind that God is our provider, and we need to trust Him to provide in unexpected ways.


(Heb. 2:2) Before you can effectively share with others, you must know what God is calling you to do. Pray over and define the vision and direction for your ministry, the circumstances that have led up to your call to DTS and how you feel this program will affect what you hope to do short and long term. It will also be helpful for you to understand the vision of our campus and why God is calling you to be a part of YWAM Montana Lakeside. As you become aware of what God has called you to, there will be a confidence and excitement in what you share. People want to support those who will be fruitful and make a difference.


People are not likely to support you unless they are aware you have a need. Personal contact, whenever possible, is the most effective means of communication. One thing to remember is that the more personal you can be the better. Relationship is the key. As you share your vision and needs with others, commit yourself to seeing their need met as well. Look for ways to serve and bless them. Your motivation must not be, “What can I get?” but, “What can I give?” Begin by calling and setting up appointments with those you feel are interested in what you are preparing to do. Ask God to show you those He would have you contact. Be sure to have some information regarding Youth With A Mission on hand to share with them. As you share, remember that God is your provider. Do not make people feel responsible for your needs. Most likely, they already feel weighed down by their own needs and responsibilities. Giving should be a blessing for them, not a burden.


In obeying God, we must be willing to make sacrifices ourselves. Sometimes God wants to see “just how willing” we are to obey Him. Many YWAMers have earned money for their tuition and expenses by selling their cars, furniture, stereos, etc. The rich young ruler was willing to serve God in a deeper way until Jesus asked him to sell his possessions. We must be willing to ask God if there are any possessions He would have us sell, and we must be willing to obey.


Your School Leaders

Arnold Rottier

Arnold has been with YWAM since 1986 and has served in Uganda, Hawaii, Indonesia, Switzerland, South Africa and Montana. He grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada; the oldest of five children in a Dutch immigrant family. He did his DTS in 1986 in Heidebeek, Holland, with an outreach in Uganda followed by a School of Mercy, Relief and Development in Vancouver, Canada, with a field assignment in Mexico. Educationally, he holds a B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. Arnold has worked primarily in the area of Community Development training with YWAM’s Community Development School (CDS) formerly known as the Foundations in Community Development (FCD) School. His heart vision is to see people equipped for long-term ministry within communities. Arnold enjoys his family, reading, the outdoors and gardening.