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If you came to check out possible training schools, find new resources, meet others involved in arts ministries around the world, or to get inspired by what others are doing, we think you’ll find interesting opportunities.

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Dean's Corner January 2014

Welcome to 2014 and all the exciting new opportunities and challenges the Lord has in store for each of us. I carry a large administrative role as Dean of the College of Arts and Sports and it is a privilege to serve in this capacity.  I get to work with incredible people across the nations who are called and committed to follow the Lord in the fields they are passionate about.

Recently I was talking to my husband about our next move and where the Lord is calling us. As we spoke I became excited about the prospect of doing community events with local churches to reach out to those who don’t know Him.  We are considering possibilities like Christmas carols in the park, Easter events, festivals, movies under the stars, block parties, concerts for youth and ways to reach young mothers and their children. We’ve done these events across the nations, so how do we develop a prototype locally? I get so excited just at the thought of organizing events involving a wide range of Christians who have a passion to reach those who won’t dare enter a church building.

In 2003 I wanted to help train up a new generation of event managers internationally to impact their cultures and so we started Schools of Event Management (SEM). I love taking students to get involved in Olympic arts outreaches from Beijing to London or to help celebrate local New Year’s Eve or national holidays.I’m excited to see the passion, vision, flexibility and determination these students show in managing their events.

Event Management is a skill that can bridge the gap to the lost and it only takes people with a call and commitment. I’ve asked Luzanne, a top student in the first SEM and now an experienced SEM leader to share more with you. I know you’ll read her testimony with great interest.

Julie Spence.

Dean of the College of Arts & Sports, University of the Nations

Making history one event at a time

History is marked by significant events that have changed the course of time and have impacted society to where it is today. It has created movements that led people to respond to the truth, influenced thinking and propelled people into action.

YWAM’s School of Events Management (SEM) leader, Luzanne Esmeraldo, writes this:

“I knew I wanted to engage in Missions. Having done years of outreach and training in the UofN, I did my SEM in 2003 and this is where God gave me a vision to connect people through meaningful events of collaboration, inspiration and celebration.

Because of my passion to see the nations worship, I started the “One Voice” events connecting YWAM globally through worship, hearing God, and sharing with one another. After that I pioneered an annual outreach during the renowned Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland to have Christians shine His light through the arts and evangelism.

I have so many dreams and passions, and have now gained the necessary tools to collaborate with God as the Chief Orchestrator. The School of Events Management, a program I now lead, enables, equips and releases event leaders that will continue to impact society with His vision."

If you want to be part of missions through creating and leading of events, YWAM Lausanne in Switzerland is offering you a place to dream and the tools to create events that will lead others to Christ.

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Tools for event management


“The SEM was the ideal combination of artistic innovation and strategic business management. Most of all, it offered me the space to dream and the tools to experiment different ways to create, encounter and connect with the local community through events and celebration.

Currently you can find me in a neighborhood cafe in Montreal, where I moved my studio and now host several events to be closer and to get to know better the people I care about.”

Noemie Jean-Bourgeault, from Montreal, French-Canadian painter

SEM taught me that being a leader doesn't mean you are on your own. It’s always possible to have a team ready to support you and help you get your event off of the ground.

I also learned that flexibility and patience are two very valuable assets to have when doing event management; without which you can become frustrated and exhausted very quickly. A key to help with this is realizing that everyone has a different point of view towards an  event, and it can be very helpful to look up from your own every once in a while. I am very grateful that I was able to complete this school, and I use the elements that I learned during that time every day.

Rochelle Fisher – YWAM Kona