The SOMD (School Of Ministry Development) places a strong emphasis on strengthening the individual for the long haul.  We invite you to come and make the SOMD part of your journey as you go deeper in your relationship with God.

This seminar is a 5 week, condensed and high-impact version of the popular School of Ministry Development (SOMD). The theme is Building a Strong Foundation for a Lifetime of Ministryand the topics are presented in a way where we will discover Gods plan for leaders and what it means to start well, stay well and finish well. Preparing for a lifetime of service in the Kingdom of God is like training for a marathon. Marathon runners prepare differently than those who only run a short distance. We have the great privilege of having the founding team of the original SOMD facilitate this seminar and they have invited some wonderful  resource teachers and coaches. Please join us for this life-changing opportunity.   

Possible topics include:

·         A Time of Crisis or Opportunity

·         Few Leaders Finish Well

·         The Goal

·         Knowing Where You are Going-Constructing your Personal Timeline

·         The Early Formation of a Leader

·         Integrity- The Foundation of Character

·         Discovering and Developing your Giftedness incl. Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

·         Working in Teams (using MBTI results)

·         The Power of Mentoring

·         The Issue of Destiny

·         Spiritual Authority

·         Spheres and Domains-Understanding your Calling   

·         Business as Mission- The Power of Entrepreneurship

This is a YWAM Secondary Course, which means the pre-requisite for this course is a Discipleship Training School (DTS) with YWAM. If you haven’t completed DTS and would like to learn more, click here.

Contact us:  Phone: +1 (808) 757 – 9150

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  • Starts April 9, 2018
  • Ends May 11, 2018


The course will take place at our YWAM Ships base here in Hawaii, in the heart of downtown Kailua-Kona. (one mile down the road from the University Of The Nations Campus)

How Much?

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Werner Pfau was born in 1963 and grew up in the Black Forest, Germany. After high school, he graduated from trade school as an electrician journeyman and also served in the German army as a tank driver. After the army, he continued in his profession until 1988 until he joined Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in 1988 after giving his life to Jesus Christ. In 1993 he married Julie while both were serving in YWAM. In 1997 he graduated with a M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary with a focus on Leadership. They helped pioneer and lead the first School of Ministry Development in YWAM in 1998. After seminary they also started a small local furniture business which grew to several locations in parts of CA and TX and a massive online sales department using Yahoo stores and eBay.

During that time, Werner also completed the Myers Briggs Qualifying Training program and was part of the faculty of three separate Leadership Training schools overseas with YWAM. These schools featured students from over 60 different countries and were held in multiple languages. This experience, along with his proficiency in several languages, enhanced his cross-cultural work and ministry platform.   Werner and Julie closed their companies down in 2007 and re-joined their YWAM tribe where they have serving full time since then. Werner served in various roles such as school leader, training director, base leader and President of the Board for the past 11 years. In 2013 they went to Israel for the first time and have since been involved with Israel Food Outreach, ministering to Holocaust survivors. They are passionate about reconciliation, leadership development and Business as Mission and live with their three daughters at the YWAM campus in Los Angeles, CA.


Conrad & Bonnie Kusel have been in full-time ministry for the past 19 years at YWAM Los Angeles, leading DTS for 10 of those years. One of the things they are passionate about is to help young leaders, especially those leading and staffing DTSs, to be well trained, well supported, and to have a healthy and consistent pastoral covering. Conrad speaks regularly in the DTS, mostly on the Father Heart of God, Relationships, Loving Confrontation and Conflict Resolution, and Re-Entry.

They have been married for 24 years, and have 3 sons, Tim (22), Christopher (20), and Gabriel (17).

Dr. Paul G. Leavenworth founded the Convergence Group in 2009 to help facilitate leadership growth and effectiveness for high capacity, highly motivated leaders who want to finish well and leave a lasting legacy. Dr. Paul, as his students like to call him, has served in leadership capacities in non-profit and for profit organizations for over forty years.

He has a B.S. in Liberal Studies (Oregon State University); a M.A. in Theology (Fuller Theological Seminary); and an Ed.D. in Counseling (the College of William and Mary in Virginia). He is also a certified Life Coach with CoachNet and Leader Break/thru. He currently serves as an adjunct Instructor in Philosophy and Religion at DMACC (undergraduate) and in Organization Leadership at Grand View University (graduate). He has self-published several books and discovery learning workbooks on spiritual formation, discipleship and leadership development.

He currently lives in West Des Moines, IA with his wife Leslie, an artist and nurse, and they have three adult children.