Our schedule consists of classes and activities Monday through Friday, with opportunities on the weekends for recreation and attending one of our local churches. Students will join with other schools and meetings on campus for prayer and worship throughout the week, and all students at YWAM Montana-Lakeside participate in various work duties that support the campus and positively add to the learning environment.
This school teaches Cross-Cultural Communication skills with a special focus on the language required when leading or working for ministries in the world of Christian missions. Accordingly, the schedule is designed to cover a majority of all communication skills required in daily life inside our community as well as overseas outreaches. Most classes include thought-provoking stories and stand-on-your-feet activities, designed to keep you actively learning throughout this school. Small groups are often used to encourage discussions among learners from different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Below, are the many areas our students are able to improve their Communication and Culture skills during this school.
Language skills are an important part of being able to communicate cross-culturally, and we will explore language specific to each of the weekly topics and real-life stories from ministries around the world. During this course, instruction will be given in English, however this school is open to speakers and students of all languages, and every student will be given support according to their specific language learning needs.
Every week we will investigate the role that culture plays in our conversations and daily interactions. We will do this through videos, discussions, and one-on-one interviews designed to give us empathy and awareness for others. We will uncover key strategies and attitudes as we seek to become better communicators. We will gain empathy through learning about those whose cultures are different than our own, and we will increase our self-awareness as we reflect on our own cultures and the potentially negative effects they may have on our intercultural experiences.
In addition to understanding the cultures of our world, we will also take a look at a wide array of ministries that exist right here on our campus, as well as other ministries from across the continents. We will see, hear, and experience the product of good communication and cultural knowledge through Q&A sessions with leaders of those ministries. As part of our language practice, we will also read short, meaningful, real-life stories from many ministries and cultures around the world.
LOCAL TRAVEL & EXPLORATION
We will have many chances to get out and discover the beauty of Montana, and to explore its rich history and dramatic landscapes. These outings will help us to have a deeper understanding of American culture, as we hike through forests, visit museums, tour towns and cities, and enjoy connecting with other like-minded people in our valley.
WORK DUTIES & CONVERSATION
As a school, we will join together with other students on the campus to help care for the facilities with which we've been blessed. These work duties often include housekeeping, meal prep, meal clean-up, or another area of service. These times also provide students with many opportunities to practice and discuss the topics studied in class with people from different cultural backgrounds.
PRAYER & WORSHIP
At YWAM Montana, along with YWAM International, we value worship and intercessory prayer. We also think it's a great way to start your day. We will have several opportunities each week to partake in these activities, as well as to explore the language used in various poetic and artistic forms of spiritual expression.
We will unpack a short story from the Bible every week, and discover what it teaches us about God, about ourselves, and about that week’s topic. And we will learn simple techniques for communicating the message of the Bible to our culture—and to mankind—which so often struggles under the trappings of guilt, shame, and fear. (This is a great course for anyone who wishes to take part in a School of Biblical Studies in a foreign language or foreign country.)
Together, we will relax and unwind, and enjoy an inspiring movie each week in order to highlight the different topics of the course. These amazing films and documentaries will help us to register with the human experience at the heart of each of these stories, and to realize how we too can bring hope and restoration to the world. We believe there are many more things that God has in store for you during the School of Communication and Culture...This is simply the start.