What is EKKO's Vision?

There is no separation between sacred and secular. God created the world and he said, "It Is Good." In fact, it was so good that when sin entered the earth He sacrificed His son to restore relationship with His creation. Now His sons and daughters are the ones that creation cries out to for restoration. Every follower of Jesus, by default, is now part of God’s trajectory of restoration. This mission requires active participants as we become the incarnation of love in a broken world. Being fully equipped by the Holy Spirit, we are united with one purpose expressed in infinitely diverse vocations: pastor, artist, poet, business, educator, mom, server, writer, etc...you name it, all work is done as worship to God!


    EKKO is designed to equip and deploy a new kind of missionary into every sphere of every nation. With this in mind, we've designed this school not just for the head and heart, but also for the hands. Our hope is to give you skills and experiences that can translate into real-world practices.

    The first phase will focus on bringing an understanding of how God is on mission around you. We'll go deep into God's word and establish a foundation of truth.

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    EKKO is a school in structure, yet functions organically as an ongoing conversation--a mixture of lecture, discussion, and plenty of hands-on involvement. The goal of EKKO is to combine learning and planning into one, recognizing that knowledge without action is fruitless. During the school we will not only dig into some fantastic resources, interact with brilliant practitioners, and learn from seasoned "doers," but also practice many missional activities we've developed over years of experience.

    In the second phase, we'll go deep into exploring the world around us through the lens of scripture to see how He's designed His world and how He's created it to function and thrive.


    In keeping with the natural trajectory of EKKO, your LAUNCH is about moving beyond the general school structure and into an open-format deployment. The third phase will focus on helping you learn how to live out God's word in God's world. We'll take the foundation of the WHY to living a lifestyle of missions and connect you with the vast network of YWAM and non-YWAM alumni who are already living it out and bringing the Kingdom of Heaven into the workplaces, schools, and homes they're called to.

    No matter where you will live, we'll continue the journey together as a school. We will keep in touch with coaching, discussions, and encouragement online.


Here are the imperative topics/conversations we will cover in EKKO. More important than content are the questions we'll be asking and answering during this course!

The Bible

Grasping the bible as a story will drive you into a deeper relationship with our Father and in turn, understanding the mind of Christ.

Biblical Worldview

How are we to see the world as restored people in relationship with God? What are His views on creation, humanity, and sin?

Character Of God

God has revealed himself to creation. Can we look at creation through the sciences and discover more of His character?

Creation and Evolution Conversation

Where did we come from? This is a deep question in the heart of every person that has created a conversation as old as creation itself.

Understanding The Times

How does our world currently decide what is truth? Is it a feeling or a scientific fact?What is the Christian response to that question?

Shaping Culture

In the words of Andy Crouch our role is not to condemn, critique, copy or consume culture...but to shape it. How do we do that?

Life of Jesus

Jesus the incarnation of God into creation. Our biggest thumbs up from God the father that He values all He created. Lets live like Jesus!

Comparative Religions

Where did the earth's cultures and religions come from? Is Christianity the same as them with slight variations or radically different?

Lifestyle Missions

Mission is less about a change of location and more about a change in the posture of your heart! How can we live on mission with Jesus?

Theology of Work

God created us in His image to cultivate and develop the earth. That means our work is His way of caring for His creation!

How God Designed Society

God's character can be seen in His design for society. Family, Economics, Government, Religion and more.

The Problem of Pain

Christianity creates a problem of pain. How could our good God allow pain and suffering? How do we answer that question to those around us?

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"All our work in the field, in the garden, in the city, in the home, in struggle, in government-to what does it all amount before God except child's play, by means of which God is pleased to give his gifts in the field, at home, and everywhere? These are the masks of our Lord God, behind which he wants to be hidden and to do all things."
– Martin Luther

What Can I Expect?

EKKO is a Staff Training Initiative.

EKKO will use a variety of unique learning settings to maximize "life retention" of the content shared. We'll have "Praxis," where you'll be advised by practitioners in your particular sphere of interest as well as learn more about God's character in that sphere with others. There will be times of "Teach Back", where you'll have a chance to verbalize your reading and explain what authors are saying but in your own words. There will be opportunities for learning for all learning styles during the 12 weeks!

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“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”
– Apostle Paul


If you want to join with other like-hearted movers and shakers in a lecture/conversation environment then come join us in Kona in January of 2018 for 11 amazing, informative, fun-filled weeks of becoming the best lifestyle missionary you can be!

Who's The Right Fit?

Anyone who has a desire to understand the answers to the biggest questions in life and be able to think like an agent of renewal, restoration and transformation in every area of society.

Who Can Apply?

EKKO is a YWAM Staff Training Program and it requires that you have completed a DTS lecture and outreach phase somewhere in the world.

  • Staff Training
  • UofN Degree Student

EKKO will run as a Staff Development School at the University of the Nations, Kona. The total cost for the 3-month school is $3,500 USD. Payment will be accepted either as a lump sum upon arrival or through a monthly payment of $1170. If you are not currently staff at the UofN Kona, you will need to apply as staff of The Tribe. Click/Tap "Apply Today!" for the application.


At this time, EKKO does not count toward a U of N Degree and will not give you UofN credits.