- Who we are
God already began speaking to us several years ago about this, through a Scripture in Revelation 3:1-3:
I know all the things you do, and that you have a reputation for being alive—but you are dead. 2 Wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for even what is left is almost dead. I find that your actions do not meet the requirements of my God. 3 Go back to what you heard and believed at first; hold to it firmly. Repent and turn to me again. If you don’t wake up, I will come to you suddenly, as unexpected as a thief.
So we’ve begun working on this issue. Realignment is already in process. We just finished our KKI Leadership meeting in Steenwijk, Netherlands, where we addressed this Mission Drift dimension and tried to identify what are the main drift factors in our midst. Our international leaders reacted very positively to this processing. The following chart shows us which factors are perceived as the most real and which don’t seem to be so dangerous. The highest bars represent what our leaders perceive as the most significant drift risk factors, and the lowest bars representing the least threatening risk factors:
From this chart, we can deduce that our international leaders perceive the loss of our Levitical anointing and the danger that our ministry doesn’t flow anymore from the presence of God as the two main threats. The main theme of our meeting was taken from Exodus 33:15: “Without your presence, we will not go any further.” The lack of parent involvement, the lack of linking between the generations and the lack of supporting community leading to isolation are also among the top five risk factors.
On the other hand, failure to address the spheres of society is not perceived as a threat, nor is the multiplication of KKI expressions. Distance from the rest of YWAM doesn’t seem to be perceived as a major problem either.
Our leaders also mentioned a few other drift risk factors:
At the point where we are, I think there are several ways to address potential mission drift. In the next few months, we can:
We intend to take several practical steps in the next few years to bring life and correct any drift tendency. Most of all, we need the grace of God and His Spirit of resurrection, and I believe we also need the prayers and support of the wider YWAM community as we obey the Lord and do our part to move in the right direction. In the next few months:
In an organization like YWAM, with over three decades of existence, he said we are clearly not just dealing with structure but with culture, i.e. a YWAM culture. Therefore we must see a change in our cultural ways of doing things in order to see structural change come.
He went on to say that there must be a core of influencers in the mission who will act as motivators for change. They must buy in first, and they must become a movement through which change comes. With a group the size and age of YWAM, everyone is totally immersed in “the culture”.
To have change, it must be deliberate, intentional, and radical or the natural “drift factor” will bring us back to where we are now, even though people embrace new concepts in their heads and hearts. The core group must be totally committed to this change and willing to slug it out and pay the price to see it come. There are, of course, some scriptural guidelines and boundaries that we must not cross.
I underline the aspect of a core group of influencers who will act as motivators for change in a deliberate, intentional and radical way.
If we do not come back to our roots, we will lose our anointing. And if we lose our anointing, we lose our purpose, our raison d’être. If we want to see a new season of multiplication, we need to realign with our original purpose and strengthen our fundamental values and principles. If we let the Lord search our hearts and ministries, He will show us whatever needs to be strengthened, changed or even cut off. And as we humbly and radically obey, make difficult decisions and receive His correction, I believe His favor and anointing will be renewed, and the best is yet to come.
 Darlene Cunningham, History of YWAM Governance, December 2011, working document given to the participants of the Executive Master in leadership of the University of the Nations, San Antonio del Mar, February 2015.