The Living Word

This is a different kind of Bible school. We start at the beginning of a book and go through it for as far as we get in twelve weeks. However, we have never finished a book in the four times we have done the school. That’s because the purpose of our study is not to complete a task, but to relate with the author.

We will be providing this training alongside YWAM Redding, for students this means they benefit from the strengths and giftings from each ministry. Some time will be spent studying and discussing the scripture and being involved with the community at both the campuses.

Let us occupy ourselves entirely in knowing God. The more we know Him, the more we will desire to know Him. As love increases with knowledge, the more we know God, the more we will truly love Him. We will learn to love Him equally in times of distress or in times of great joy.” 

Brother Lawrence

Come and dive into the Word with Jim


Jim StierJim Stier, who leads the school, prepares questions beforehand to help the students slow down and really look at what is written. They will read the questions and meditate on the implications. Then they put the questions aside and ask the Lord what He wants to teach them, writing down the results. After they have spent about four hours on the text and questions we have class.

In Hebrews 4:12 we read that the word of God is living and active. In John 1: 1-14, Jesus is the Logos, the Word, and this identity creates all things. In 2 Corinthians 3: 2,3 we are described as a “letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God …” Three verses later the Bible says, “For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life . “In Hebrews 1: 3 we read that He is” upholding all things by the word of his power. “

The word of God, then, is much more than the scriptures. They came into being millions of years after the Logos, Jesus, created everything that exists (John 1). The word of God is Jesus, vivifying the scriptures by the Spirit and making them live for us. The word is relational, personal, alive and dynamic.


I want to know more

Form School of Worship

“While it is good that we seek to know the Holy One,
it is probably not so good to presume
that we ever complete the task.” 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Classes based on Participation

Class lasts three hours, but it’s not a lecturing format. The teacher is a catalyst for discussion who stimulates responses and encourages the students to understand what God is saying to each of them. By the end of class, we will have spent seven hours on a few verses of the Bible and many of the students have actively participated in the interaction.

Learn from the Holy Spirit

In this process, our objective is to let the Holy Spirit be the main teacher. We want the Word of God live in the student, not just be a subject of study. Our desire is that the Spirit be the center of everything, because the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. I think you would agree that we want life to come from our interaction with scripture.

Be Transformed

As far as I know, every student has been powerfully changed by listening so closely to the Lord in the context of the Word. They learn a dynamic, relational way of relating to the Word. It is meant to become a way of life that brings life.

The results have been very, very encouraging.

Our Location

Our Campus

We have 500 acres of rugged, adventurous beauty at our Richardson Springs campus. From hiking to swimming to soccer or basketball, there are lots of fun activities to do with friends. Maybe you just want to have a cafe latte and spend some time with God beside the fireplace. There are many places to go and things to do here.


Though a city of more than 100,000, Chico retains a small town feel. It has a thriving downtown, several good farmers markets and a university. Chico is a bike town and is criss-crossed throughout with great trails. Bidwell park in the center of town is one of the largest municipal parks in the USA.

Sand & Snow

California’s geography makes various activities easily accessible. In a very short time, you can drive east to Lassen NP or Lake Tahoe to sled, ski or snowboard. Or you could drive west to the Pacific coast for a day at the beach. Nearby are also Lake Oroville and the Sacramento River.


Though we LOVE our rural location, and the small-town feel of Chico, we are a short drive from places like San Francisco, Sacramento, and Redding.

A portion of this training will take place in Redding, Ca.

Redding Location

What you should know

Because it takes time to process applications, we ask that you apply as early as possible – particularly if you are a foreign student needing to apply for a visa as this can take several months.

Requirements: Applicants must be at least 17 years old and have completed a DTS.
Students will receive Certification of Completion upon graduation from the course, Graduates will also receive 12 units of credit from the University of the Nations.

This school will be hosted by two different campuses: YWAM Chico and YWAM Redding. Students will spend several weeks at each campus.

Student housing on the Chico campus is in the Lodge, dormitory style housing on our campus. You’ll have at least one roommate. Most rooms have attached bathrooms. Living, kitchen and dining spaces are shared. All meals during the school are served in our hotel dining room.

From a resort hotel built in 1923 to a comprehensive campus that covers nearly 500 acres and includes more than 80 buildings, YWAM Chico is a pedestrian-friendly campus nestled in a beautiful canyon, with many open spaces and a park-like environment that enhances the natural beauty of the canyon ridges, woods and creeks. Our campus provides something for everyone. From miles of hiking trails to tennis and volleyball courts to our Olympic-sized swimming pool, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our expansive grounds provide ample space for spending time alone with God, or hanging out with people, or just getting away from it all. The hotel lobby has sitting areas, WiFi, a bookstore and a snack bar. You can visit our prayer room and soak in God’s presence, or jam in worship in Ebenezer Hall. Get a Photo Tour of our campus.

A typical weekly schedule includes corporate worship and intercession with staff and other students, time for Bible study, personal devotional time and group discussion. We also have time set aside daily for serving together in practical areas on campus.

Some weekends have scheduled activities. Most Sundays are open for you to find a local church to join with in worship and fellowship.

Notification of acceptance is given upon receiving all your required forms. Once accepted, you will receive a list of what to bring, visa information and other specifics. Since there is limited space and staff, it is not always possible to accommodate everyone who applies. Whenever possible, applicants are referred to other training centers or given the option of waiting for an opening in the following school.
What you bring may vary, depending on different factors, such as season, outreach destination, etc. Every student should have a valid passport, and foreign students should have any necessary visas. If you play a musical instrument, you may want to bring that. You will have shared living areas, and especially on outreach, may have limited living and traveling space, so it is always a good idea to pack lightly. Once accepted to the course, you will receive a more detailed list of what to (and what not to) bring.


September 18- December 15, 2017

Classes will take place in Chico Sept 18- Oct 27; and in Redding from Oct 28- Dec 15


Registration Fees : $50 single $80 per couple (The registration fee must be sent in with the application)

Lecture Fees: $2250

Jim Stier
Jim StierThe Living Word Teacher
Jim Stier is the founder of YWAM Brazil.

The Living Word school made me stop carelessly studying the scriptures so that I could legitimately relate to the Person of the Word, Jesus.

Simone Melo, Brazil