The Summer of Music (SOM)s a ministry outreach training program, geared towards the musician’s relationship with God and using music in ministry. The YWAM Montana Lakeside Summer of Music trains musicians technically as well as spiritually and then releases them to use their gifts in a foreign nation on outreach. The heart of the SOM is to know God and make Him known. Topics during the lecture phase include ‘Foundations of the Christian Faith’, ‘The Character and Nature of God’, ‘Worship and Intercession’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Evangelism’, ‘Creativity’ and many more. During the lecture phase students rehearse together in bands preparing to use music as the main tool of ministry during the outreach portion of the program.
The lecture phase is followed by an overseas outreach where you will get to use your gifts on the mission field. The outreach time will take the students cross-culturally, enabling them to utilize their gifts and skills in sharing the Gospel. Ministry includes a variety of settings, from churches, camps, and schools to bars, clubs and street corners, from using music in performance to serving others in practical ways. Each outreach concludes with a debriefing time designed to help students process through their entire experience.
The Summer of Music’s goal is to see young people discipled and sent out to evangelize in the nations of the world. Music can be used to bring together people from every background and nationality. The Summer of Music seeks to use music as a door into the lives of people who may have never heard the good news of Jesus. In the SOM you will be equipped to evangelize and disciple the nations while using the talent and passion that God has given you for music. By learning how to share biblical principles through music and improving your technical skills, you will find that you are able to meet people right where they are. Music can provide an open door to the hearts of people who might otherwise be closed off to hearing the Good news of Christ.