Misappropriated Standing

As an American in his mid-20’s, I grew up in the midst of what we can now see as the swelling of great social polarization in my country. I remember as clear as day the moment Barack Obama was elected president. My father turned to me and said “The future of this country is ruined; you […]

How to walk hand in hand when you don’t see eye to eye

Last year I wrote in my blog peaceroads.com about Faith and politics at the dinner table. When recently asked by the ELLC conveners to write for this month’s Media Wise topic, I scrolled through my posts and realised that in February 2020 I had already written some of the things I would still say today. […]

YWAM 3.0 – “A fresh model of YWAM Community”

For many years, I have been a “normal” YWAM staff. I lived on a normal campus and worked in normal campus structures. Normal YWAM life: In the morning, you go to the meeting rooms or office, and depending on your ministry, you work – sometimes more or sometimes less- hours on the campus. For outreaches, […]

Fostering Community in Leadership Teams

“Team-work makes the dream work” is a well-known expression. For us in YWAM it is much more than that, teams define who we are. Our values state that we are to operate in teams and if we drift away from that we are moving away from the movement we are a part of.  However, for […]

Investing in Others Through Mentoring

A life of pioneering My name is Heddy de Visser Beckmann. I have been in YWAM 47 years and have pioneered many different ministries like King’s Kids, a ministry among the prostitutes in Brussels, outreach in our Muslim neighbourhood, a free pregnancy centre in Brussels, and YWAM Kerygma ministry in Belgium. I was part of the […]

Coaching Skills Transformed a Ministry (Mine!)

Intentionally living out a few basic coaching principles changed the way I do just about everything…the way I preach, train, converse and even relate to others. What are these transforming principles? You can skip to the end of this article to find out, but I think you will appreciate a little of the back-story… At […]

Is There a Lack of Visionary Leaders Today? (And if so, Why?)

YWAM is a movement founded on a vision, from God, to Loren Cunningham.  One of our foundational values is to be Be Visionary (no.5).  So when posed with this question, surely most people would say no, in YWAM there is no lack, in fact, perhaps the assumption is that we maybe have too many visionaries? […]

What Does It Take to Be an Entrepreneur?

To see or not to see, that is the question! Hamlet’s soliloquy really addresses a deeper and more existential perspective; to be or not to be. Living or dying. But for an entrepreneur the question about seeing is almost equally important. If you cannot see, chances are that your efforts are fruitless and dying. And […]

Models of Debriefing for Individuals and Couples

It has been more than 10 years since my husband and I went through our most difficult season in missions so far. We found ourselves part of a conflict that we thought had been resolved and became the target of painful accusations. Months went by without resolution or even progress. During this time, the two […]