Fire & Fragrance is a ministry of YWAM.
These are our core beliefs and foundational values.

Fire & fragrance community

We are a ministry of YWAM focused on training Gen Z. We want to develop young leaders that carry fire in their hearts for Jesus that becomes the fragrance of Christ to the lost.

We have the joy of sharing the YWAM name with thousands of YWAM ministries and training locations around the world.

We emphasize that the Great Commandment and Great Commission are tied together. As we grow in love for Jesus we encounter his heart for the lost and are compelled to go.

YWAM Values

4. Practice worship and intercessory prayer

YWAM is dedicated to worship God and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we rely upon God’s empowering presence, the Holy Spirit, to overcome Satan’s strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.

7. Be decentralized

YWAM is a Christ-centered, faith-based global volunteer movement, united by shared vision, core beliefs, foundational values and relationships. We do not have a centralized structure. Every YWAM ministry has the privilege and spiritual responsibility to develop and maintain healthy relationships with appropriate authorities and circles of elders.

2. Make God known

YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies thus obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.

10. Function in teams

YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our Mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

8. Be international and interdenominational

YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the Mission.

9. Have a biblical Christian worldview

YWAM is called to a biblical Christian worldview. We believe that the Bible—the textbook for all of life—makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

3. Hear God’s voice

YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger gatherings, as an integral part of our process for decision making.

17. Practice hospitality

YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes, YWAM locations and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

6. Champion young people

YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

1. know God

YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways as revealed in the Bible, the inspired and authoritative Word of God. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.

11. Exhibit servant leadership

YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

14. Value the individual

YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

5. Be visionary

YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.

16. Practice dependence on God

YWAM is called to practice a life of dependence upon God for financial provision. For individuals and for any YWAM team or community, this comes primarily through His people. As God has been generous toward us, so we desire to be generous, giving ourselves, our time and talents to God with no expectation of remuneration.

13. Be relationship-oriented

YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

12. Do first, then teach

YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.

18. Communicate with integrity

YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.

15. Value families

YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We also embrace the inclusion of single-parent families. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways. We uphold and celebrate the biblical view that God’s intent for holy matrimony is between one man and one woman.

Culture of revival


Love is outlandish, extravagant, long-suffering, and never ending. The love of Christ knows no limits. There is no heart too hard, no place too difficult, and no border too closed. Christ, in His love, is not intimidated by sin or brokenness and relentlessly works to seek and save the lost. He is active in the very core of His emotions and movement of love towards His creation. His love is active and willing to be constantly inconvenienced.


Faith is based on the nature and character of God. If He is good, He can be trusted above all else. The wrestle in the Christian life is often between knowing faith as a concept and living faith as a reality. Faith can’t be something we just put on when we need something impossible done. Faith isa way of seeing, a perspective on all of life, and a way of living no matter the circumstances.


All of life was meant to flow from abiding in His presence. Presence centered living is the privilege of every believer. The natural result of a life lived from the presence will be extravagance in every area of life.


The culture of celebration radically emulates the life of Jesus in the way He walked in joy, celebrated the value of every individual, and spoke words of life. With holding love is an epidemic in humanity. Jesus modeled a different way of life. He operated in a deep joy based in His Father’s love, spoke words of life, and operated in and taught unconditional love towards the lost and His disciples. Jesus lived a life of celebration: bringing the joy of Heaven to release life into the depravity of humanity.

Happy holiness

Holiness is found in delighting in God. Holy is what we are because of our position inChrist and holiness is the outflow of that identity through our decisions and choices.Holiness is not drudgery but rather it is delighting in God who is Holy. Many of us have spent our lives trying “not” to do certain things without having been told that there is actually a beautiful alternative to every struggle we have had in areas of purity and morality. His name is Jesus.


Jesus never uses the word leader to refer to the disciples or his future followers.However, the word servant is used multiple times to refer to Jesus’ own leadership and the culture that his followers are to walkout in how they would lead. To Jesus, servanthood is leadership and leaders who don’t serve are not kingdom leaders.