We are a warm community at the gateway of the Arctic North, the land of Northern Lights, midnight sun and endless wilderness. Rovaniemi is the capital of Finnish Lapland, a university city and a point of contact for international visitors and a traditional, laid back Northern way of life. When the Lord calls, the world is open to us whether it’s the northern wilderness or mega cities across continents. We reach people all over the world from Northern Russia to Brazil and Asia. We train and send teams to love on people from different backgrounds with the love of God.

Our vision is to build God’s Kingdom in all spheres of society together with the local churches. We strongly believe that believers should have influence as examples in all professions. God has given us all unique gifts that we are to use to advance His Kingdom. We want to equip young people to go into all the world and share the love of Christ with their full potential. Our desire is to see young people from all nations finding their gifts and calling to serve the Lord.

We are a part of the YWAM global family of ministries.

YWAM Lapland’s Events and Courses


GO DTS 2021

We are united and on the GO. The theory phase of the GO DTS  will be held between two YWAM locations, Vantaa in the South and Rovaniemi in the Arctic Circle. To enrich the learning process and teachings of the DTS we will have two added tracks.

Frontier missions: We will experience the heart of God for the unreached people and get hands-on tools for prayer and discipleship.

Media: We will gain biblical and practical knowledge of how to use media to bring awareness about missions and the needs of the world

Lecture phase dates: 19th Jul – 8th Oct 2021

Outreach dates: 9th Oct – 18th Dec 2021

The Purpose of DTS in your life

– is to let you grow in your relationship with God and help you live out His word

– is to make you understand your calling clearer and discover your gifts

– is to give you a chance to go into missions and learn to share with others about your Christian faith

School Fees

– Lecture phase 2500€ (euros). It includes lodgings, food, teaching, teaching material and possible trips / outreaches during lecture phase. It does NOT include your passport, visas, traveller’s insurance, personal expenses nor your travels to and from the DTS.

– If you get accepted to the school, you are to pay 200€ (euros) registration fee in advance to insure your enrolment in the DTS. However, it will not be refunded in case you cancel your participation. The registration fee is included in the total lecture phase fee.

– Outreach phase costs 2200€ – 2500€ (euros) depending on the location.

International students! Depending on your origin country you might need a visa for your time in Finland. Please contact your travel agent and our staff so we can help you with your visa process. This is important especially for those students coming from outside the Schengen area.

-We reserve all the rights for changes.

How to apply

You can start the application process by filling in and sending us an application form. There are brief questions concerning your life and Christian faith so that we can get to know you in the best possible way. As a part of the application, we would like to receive recommendations from 3 people who know you well (one of them should be your pastor or spiritual leader). Please ask them to fill in the recommendation forms. After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email with a link to a recommendation form.

Please be honest in your answers to these questions and do your best to give a truthful picture of yourself and your life. As we go through your application, your motivation for the DTS is a key factor. Please spend enough time prayerfully filling in the application and trust in God’s guidance. Give your references time, space and an opportunity to be completely honest. All applications will be processed confidentially.

After receiving your application and all 3 recommendations, we will go through them prayerfully and then be in contact with you.

Apply Now

Should you have any questions regarding the application process or the DTS, don’t hesitate to ask! Email us at lapland@ywam.fi Be blessed!

Meet our Staff

Pekka Puurunen
Pekka PuurunenNational Eldership
The Lamula Family
The Lamula FamilyAlice - Base Leadership & Sami - Base Staff
Andrei Valui
Andrei ValuiBase Staff

YWAM Lapland

Life after DTS?

After completing DTS in any YWAM Location, you can consider staying on staff. Is God calling you to Lapland? There is a committed YWAM Team in Rovaniemi. We organise DTS’s, camps, outreaches and cooperate with local churches. You might carry a ministry or a YWAM School that our city needs! Please contact us and fill out a Staff Application Form.

If have not done a DTS with YWAM but would still like to volunteer for some time, you are welcome! Please email us!

YWAM Lapland began in Rovaniemi in 1992. First, it was mainly King’s Kids Ministry. There were young YWAMer parents who wanted to disciple their children and bring the Gospel to their city. There were many kids and adults involved in the King’s Kids Ministry. They were serving both the local community and reaching out all the way to Northern Russia and Romania with skit-dramas, music and dance. YWAM Lapland has been organising various conferences and seminars, like Prayer Conferences, Arctic Explosion, Impact Tour and Highway Conferences. Many people were reached and touched by these events.

In 2006 we organised our first Cross Borders Discipleship Training School (DTS). We wanted to educate young people with the Word of God and send them to serve Him in all spheres of society and some even overseas as missionaries. As part of training, we took teams on outreaches to the Americas, Romania, Iceland and Russia. Nowadays, we have sent teams all over the world in places like Africa and Asia. We prayerfully seek the Lord’s guidance and He sends us to places where we are needed the most.

Since 2011 have a YWAM base at Suokorte street. Besides an annual DTS, we run a Bible Core Course, which is a 3-month Inductive Bible Study Method course.

We cooperate with local churches in organising seminars, for example. We want to challenge, influence and provide for local people to be salt and light in their communities.

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YWAM Lapland
Pappilantie 73 B
96300 Rovaniemi

email: lapland(at)ywam.fi

Would you like to know more? Email: lapland@ywam.fi