YWAM San Diego / Baja

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Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Contact information

Mailing address:
YWAM San Diego / Baja
PO Box 5417
Chula Vista, CA 91912

Website: ywamsandiegobaja.org

Phone: 619-420-1900

Email: info@ywamsdb.org

Organization details

EIN: 330604992

CEO/President: Sean Lambert


Board size: 0

Founder: Loren Cunningham

Year founded: 1994

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2020


At Youth With A Mission, we believe that God's Word has to be put into everyday practice. Through discipleship and evangelism, we seek to know God and to make Him known. Apart from Homes of Hope and Mission Adventures, YWAM San Diego/Baja has a variety of ministries in the communities around both our campuses. Each ministry has its own purpose and vision.

Crculo Andante is a ministry at both of our campuses that disciples children through education, developing them into lifelong learners and Christ-followers. We meet once a week with kids ages 3-13 and teach them to love God, love others, and love themselves. We discuss these core values, have a Bible teaching, and then teach lessons that help strengthen math and reading skills.

Hope Zone (formerly known as Zone Kids) was started in 2010 after doing prayer walks in Tijuana's Red Light District. During those prayer walks it became evident that there were children being prostituted, but also just living in an area where so much is constantly desensitized. By working with the children and reaching out to the families, our hope is that we can encourage these families to love what is good and true, and to come into a life giving relationship with Jesus.

Little Builders Preschool, Foundation School, and Early Education Center is located at the San Antonio Del Mar campus. We strive to meet the growing educational needs of our YWAM staff and students' children through hands-on activities.

Zona Narte is a ministry at our San Antonio Del Mar campus that focuses on Zona Norte, an area in the city of Tijuana. We minister to people who have been deported from the United States. These people have been taken from their homes and left at the border without any money or place to live. Many of them turn to drugs or alcohol and become addicted. Our goal is to develop relationships with them. These relationships open the door to sharing the gospel, which brings restoration, transformation, deliverance from their addictions, and hope for the future. We are faithful in going to Zona Norte every Monday evening.

Both of our campuses have ministries in the red light district. "Red light district" refers to an area of a city where prostitution is very common. The ministry at our San Antonio Del Mar campus focuses on praying weekly over the red light district of Tijuana. This ministry has experienced incredible favor. Relationships have been built with the women working on the streets as well as with the bouncers outside of strip clubs and bars.

Envia is a ministry that provides a 10-12 week course, similar to a DTS, for Mexicans in the local community. The course is a time of discipleship and training that helps students to know God more. The night classes are two hours long and students meet up three times per week.

Revolution is a youth ministry at our Ensenada campus that aims to bridge the gap between non-Christian youth and the Church. We strive to create a culture of acceptance for each individual, regardless of background, social status, or appearance. Through ongoing relationships with the youth of Ensenada, we share God's love and His acceptance of them, with the hope of leading them into an intimate relationship with Him.

Youth Street is a community development project aimed at reaching the youth of one of the poorest local communities. It was created to provide a safe place for these young people to hang out, feel valued, and discover their purpose.

In August of 2016, we began with our first Ilumina Conference where we had around 11 youth groups participating and 120 youth in attendance. We had sessions, workshops, and activities for the youth and were able to build relationship with many of them. After the conference, the youth returned to their churches, and a few weeks later we began to receive a lot of calls from the youth pastors asking what happened at the conference because so many of the youth returned with a contagious passion to serve and accomplish the purpose that God had for them. The pastors didn't know what to do with all the energy that they brought back after the conference. Some of the youth began to study the Bible more, organize missions trips, bring their families and friends to the church and many other things that showed their excitement for whatever God had for them.

Mission statement

Youth With A Mission is a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions, dedicated to serving Jesus throughout the world. Also known as YWAM (pronounced "WHY-wham"), we unite in a common purpose to know God and to make Him known.

Statement of faith

YWAM'S STATEMENT OF BELIEF: Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God's kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world. We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God's inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God's son; that people are created in God's image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God's glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God's initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit's power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ's last commandment, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation" (Mark 16:15).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Evangelism

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating532 of 89426 of 48
Fund acquisition rating242 of 89414 of 48
Resource allocation rating482 of 89422 of 48
Asset utilization rating768 of 89440 of 48

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,350,668$2,838,319$1,700,806$2,442,105$1,971,971
Short-term investments$802,497$1,007,742$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$7,016,328$6,213,084$4,958,753$4,773,742$3,677,314
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,913,331$12,752,737$10,924,354$10,637,695$10,550,225
Other long-term assets$1,118,827$1,127,946$1,518,847$904,679$381,896
Total long-term assets$15,032,158$13,880,683$12,443,201$11,542,374$10,932,121
Total assets$22,048,486$20,093,767$17,401,954$16,316,116$14,609,435
Payables and accrued expenses$311,168$228,751$196,668$172,743$118,195
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$311,168$228,751$196,668$172,743$118,195
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,763,186$2,388,403$1,282,002$2,078,727$1,639,812
Total long-term liabilities$2,877,624$2,559,889$1,526,927$2,078,727$2,093,573
Total liabilities$3,188,792$2,788,640$1,723,595$2,251,470$2,211,768
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$325,308$238,087$558,058$655,579$368,298
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$18,859,694$17,305,127$15,678,359$14,064,646$12,397,667
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$9,677,204$8,183,929$4,596,927$4,590,599$4,039,857
Program service revenue$7,438,597$6,159,728$6,592,553$5,562,553$4,961,189
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$36,970$23,643$105,476$3,156$2,370
Other revenue($3,862)$9,481$19,521$17,071($1,678)
Total other revenue$7,471,705$6,192,852$6,717,550$5,582,780$4,961,881
Total revenue$17,148,909$14,376,781$11,314,477$10,173,379$9,001,738
Program services$12,851,533$10,353,554$7,457,991$6,419,655$6,001,450
Management and general$2,529,770$2,196,676$1,984,078$1,656,870$1,913,994
Total expenses$15,578,083$12,712,781$9,700,764$8,285,086$8,133,346
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)$1,570,826$1,664,000$1,613,713$1,888,293$868,392
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,570,826$1,664,000$1,613,713$1,888,293$868,392


Ron BrewsterVice President$17,793
Sean LambertPresident$14,784
Janet LambertBoard Member$10,170

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2017

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 6/7/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


YWAM San Diego/Baja was started in October 1991 by Sean and Janet Lambert. Our vision in the beginning was to mobilize groups that wanted to come to Mexico and beyond to serve the needs of the poor, both practically and spiritually.

As this vision grew and expanded, transformational training courses were added. Today, we provide training at two campuses in ten different schools year-round, along with many seminars and conferences through the University of the Nations. Our vision is now: Go, Serve, Transform.

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