About Us

Skjærgårdsheimen is a vibrant centre for missions situated on the idyllic island of Flekkerøy located about 13 km outside the city of Kristiansand. The place has had various owners since it was built in 1903, but was bought by YWAM Kristiansand in the Summer of 1994. Since then the whole centre has been renovated and has expanded its facilities as well as its ministries.

YWAM’s work in the southern part of Norway was started by Geir and Elin Fagerbakke in 1989. During those early years we were located at Klepp and Skottevig campsites. The Fagerbakkes lead the base until the spring of 2000, when the leadership position was handed over to Ståle and Marianne Braseth. Today the centre has more than 25 workers on base and 30+ long term missionaries out in the field. We also have many other people involved in different ways – all with one goal, to fulfil the Great Commission.

Since 1994 more than 1000 people have been students at the various schools that have been run at this centre. Every September we start our six month DTS (Discipleship Training School) and every year other University of the Nations (U of N) courses are being held.

The PCYM (Principles of Child and Youth Ministries), the SOIWSW (School of Intercession, Worship and Spiritual Warfare), the IECS (Introduction to Ethno-Linguistics and Cultural Studies) and the IBC (Introduction to Biblical Counselling) have been offered as some of our training programs as well as LTS (Leadership Training Seminar). Our current schools in addition to DTS are: BSN (Bible School for the Nations), SOFM (School of Frontier Mission) and WBH (Word by Heart).

The centre is filled with activity and life all year around and seminars and weekends for couples, family camps,  Mission Adventures and teams ministering among youth are also an important part of the big picture at the base.

To know God and to make Him known


As a part of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), we hold certain foundational values at our core. These shared beliefs and values are the guiding principles for both the past and future growth of our mission. Some are common to all Christians everywhere; others are distinctive to Youth With A Mission. The combination of these beliefs and values make up the unique family characteristics of YWAM — our DNA. They are values we hold in high regard which determine who we are, how we live and how we make decisions.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the authoritative Word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s Word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation, the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM:


We are called to praise and worship God alone.


We are called to lead holy and righteous lives that exemplify the nature and character of God.


We are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those who do not know Him.


We are called to engage in intercessory prayer for the people and causes on God’s heart, including standing against evil in every form.


We are called to commit to the Church in both its local nurturing expression and its mobile multiplying expression.

YWAM is committed to know God, His nature, His character and His ways. We seek to reflect who He is in every aspect of our lives and ministry. The automatic overflow of knowing and enjoying fellowship with God is a desire to share Him with others.

YWAM is called to make God known throughout the whole world, and into every arena of society through evangelism, training and mercy ministries. We believe that salvation of souls should result in transformation of societies, thus obeying Jesus’ command to make disciples of all nations.
YWAM is committed to creating with God through listening to Him, praying His prayers and obeying His commands in matters great and small. We are dependent upon hearing His voice as individuals, together in team contexts and in larger corporate gatherings as an integral part of our process for decision making.
YWAM is dedicated to worship Jesus and engage in intercessory prayer as integral aspects of daily life. We also recognize the intent of Satan to destroy the work of God and we call upon God’s power and the Holy Spirit to overcome his strategies in the lives of individuals and in the affairs of nations.
YWAM is called to be visionary, continually receiving, nurturing and releasing fresh vision from God. We support the pioneering of new ministries and methods, always willing to be radical in order to be relevant to every generation, people group, and sphere of society. We believe that the apostolic call of YWAM requires the integration of spiritual eldership, freedom in the Spirit and relationship, centered on the Word of God.
YWAM is called to champion youth. We believe God has gifted and called young people to spearhead vision and ministry. We are committed to value them, trust them, train them, support them, make space for them and release them. They are not only the Church of the future; they are the Church of today. We commit to follow where they lead, in the will of God.

YWAM is broad-structured and diverse, yet integrated. We are a global family of ministries held together by shared purpose, vision, values and relationship. We believe that structures should serve the people and the purposes of God. Every ministry at every level has the privilege and responsibility of accountability to a circle of elders.

YWAM is international and interdenominational in its global scope as well as its local constituency. We believe that ethnic, linguistic and denominational diversity, along with redeemed aspects of culture, are positive factors that contribute to the health and growth of the mission.

YWAM is called to a biblical Christian worldview. We believe that the Bible makes a clear division between good and evil; right and wrong. The practical dimensions of life are no less spiritual than the ministry expressions. Everything done in obedience to God is spiritual. We seek to honor God with all that we do, equipping and mobilizing men and women of God to take roles of service and influence in every arena of society.

YWAM is called to function in teams in all aspects of ministry and leadership. We believe that a combination of complementary gifts, callings, perspectives, ministries and generations working together in unity at all levels of our mission provides wisdom and safety. Seeking God’s will and making decisions in a team context allows accountability and contributes to greater relationship, motivation, responsibility and ownership of the vision.

YWAM is called to servant leadership as a lifestyle, rather than a leadership hierarchy. A servant leader is one who honors the gifts and callings of those under his/her care and guards their rights and privileges. Just as Jesus served His disciples, we stress the importance of those with leadership responsibilities serving those whom they lead.

YWAM is committed to doing first, then teaching. We believe that firsthand experience gives authority to our words. Godly character and a call from God are more important than an individual’s gifts, abilities and expertise.
YWAM is dedicated to being relationship-oriented in our living and working together. We desire to be united through lives of holiness, mutual support, transparency, humility, and open communication, rather than a dependence on structures or rules.

YWAM is called to value each individual. We believe in equal opportunity and justice for all. Created in the image of God, people of all nationalities, ages and functions have distinctive contributions and callings. We are committed to honoring God-given leadership and ministry gifts in both men and women.

YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways.





YWAM affirms the ministry of hospitality as an expression of God’s character and the value of people. We believe it is important to open our hearts, homes and campuses to serve and honor one another, our guests and the poor and needy, not as acts of social protocol, but as expressions of generosity.

YWAM affirms that everything exists because God communicates. Therefore, YWAM is committed to truthful, accurate, timely and relevant communication. We believe good communication is essential for strong relationships, healthy families and communities, and effective ministry.

YWAM’s Vision

Loren Cunningham was 20 years old when, during a time of prayer, he received a vision from the Lord. In this “mental movie” he saw a map of the world with waves crashing on to the shores. But, as he watched, the waves became young people and covered all the continents of the world. These young people were everywhere; out on the streets, proclaiming the good news of Jesus, bringing light in to the darkness, reaching out to the hopeless and giving them a living hope, everywhere, caring for people. The waves are still flooding the nations…

Gifts and Donations

If you would like to support our work financially, you can make a gift to the following Norwegian bank account:
3000 07 60672

Monthly Supporters

We are blessed to have a group of base partners who God has called to pray for and support our ministry practically and financially. If you are interested in joining this group, please get in touch to find out more. By investing NOK 300,- per month you can help to support the running of the base and the fulfilment of the vision God has given us. All our support partners receive regular updates about the ministry and are invited to a yearly weekend gathering where we celebrate and enjoy good food both for body, soul and spirit.

Our work is continually growing and we look forward to receiving new partners to join us. Get in touch to find out more about this partnership!

With warm regards in Jesus Christ!
Marianne & Ståle Braseth, base leaders