University of the Nations Kona

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Youth With A Mission ("YWAM") is a Christian missionary movement founded in 1960 by Loren Cunningham with the purpose to fulfill the Great Commission. The University of the Nations, Kona (UofNK) was co-founded by Loren Cunningham and Dr. Howard Malmstadt, as a missionary training organization in 1978 and teaches Biblical principles to further the Great Commission through the vision and ministry of YWAM.

UofNK is an independent campus and separate legal entity that follows the ethos and ministry of YWAM. UofNK follows the YWAM structure and values with an independently established Board of Trustees, Elders, various Campus Leadership Teams (Core Team, Circle Leaderships Team, Working Group Team) and the leadership of Circles, Ministries and Schools.

The University of the Nations is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.

Contact information

Mailing address:
University of the Nations Kona
75-5851 Kuakini Highway
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


Phone: 808-326-4487


Organization details

EIN: 990240539

CEO/President: Loren Cunningham


Board size: 0

Founder: Loren and Darlene Cunningham

Year founded: 1985

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1996


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 in its nurturing local expression and apostolic mobile expression, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world.

Youth With A Mission (YWAM) seeks to know God and to make Him known in the nations. At the University of the Nations ("UofN"), students have joined us from 214 nations and dependent countries as we train in multiple locations and in 97 language. All of this to see the Kingdom of God in the nations.

Mission statement

Founded on biblical principles, the University of the Nations (U of N) fulfills its commitment to Christ and His Great Commission by equipping men and women with spiritual, cultural, intellectual and professional training, and inspiring them to both continually grow in their personal relationship with God while also seeking to make Him known among all peoples in all nations.

Statement of faith

We, UofNK, agree with the YWAM Statement of Faith. We 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: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating58 of 8442 of 106
Fund acquisition rating5 of 8444 of 106
Resource allocation rating193 of 84415 of 106
Asset utilization rating244 of 84424 of 106

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$108,593$193,944$435,062$678,946$415,717
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,817,830$5,355,493$3,462,530$3,039,832$2,735,954
Long-term investments$0$0$0$136,944$116,371
Fixed assets$30,857,269$30,488,942$28,585,422$23,343,165$22,782,724
Other long-term assets$6,896,087$6,873,202$8,619,909$12,863,211$11,168,340
Total long-term assets$37,753,356$37,362,144$37,205,331$36,343,320$34,067,435
Total assets$41,571,186$42,717,637$40,667,861$39,383,152$36,803,389
Payables and accrued expenses$1,427,830$1,269,807$1,776,451$1,371,883$506,533
Other current liabilities$1,583,800$1,010,963$829,168$405,993$718,591
Total current liabilities$3,011,630$2,280,770$2,605,619$1,777,876$1,225,124
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$36,712$94,587$95,264
Total long-term liabilities$4,584,407$5,791,080$6,288,351$6,535,609$6,715,470
Total liabilities$7,596,037$8,071,850$8,893,970$8,313,485$7,940,594
Net assets20192018201620152014
Temporarily restricted$897,337$901,793$714,133$949,766$850,541
Permanently restricted$1,770,000$1,770,000$1,641,203$1,558,222$1,755,851
Net assets$33,975,149$34,645,787$31,773,891$31,069,667$28,862,795
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$10,488,955$11,133,379$9,668,560$11,034,592$10,662,724
Program service revenue$14,889,953$14,421,347$11,161,561$12,504,267$12,817,957
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$51,819($1,313)($13,600)$2,785$7,668
Other revenue$150,289$197,936$97,267$0$0
Total other revenue$15,092,061$14,617,970$11,245,228$12,507,052$12,825,625
Total revenue$25,581,016$25,751,349$20,913,788$23,541,644$23,488,349
Program services$23,694,585$21,705,075$18,313,549$19,384,366$18,493,281
Management and general$2,241,016$1,875,924$1,872,211$1,729,552$1,324,354
Total expenses$26,251,654$23,818,780$20,209,564$21,334,772$19,921,650
Change in net assets20192018201620152014
Surplus (deficit)($670,638)$1,932,569$704,224$2,206,872$3,566,699
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($670,638)$1,932,569$704,224$2,206,872$3,566,699


Paul ChildersTrustee$66,954
Chong Ho WonTrustee$60,157
Julie AnjoSecretary$58,004
Loren CunninghamPresident$34,550
Martin RedigerTreasurer/Ch$9,689
Woo Wan KangTrustee$7,596

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/26/2021. To update the information below, please email:


This volcanic rock in the middle of the Pacific... the most remote island chain on earth... doesn't sound like a choice location for one of the world's largest mission training centers. But God's ways are above our ways, His thoughts above our thoughts.

In 1973, during an all-night prayer meeting near Honolulu on the island of Oahu, God spoke to Loren Cunningham and other YWAM leaders, staff and students about YWAM starting a work on the "Big Island" of Hawaii. To one, He gave the letter "K", to another, the word "Kona". Others saw visions of very specific places where YWAM was to locate.

This amazing time of "hearing God's voice" (the story of our mission!) led Loren and others to embark on a faith adventure that involved incredible miracles - including the provision of the Pacific Empress Hotel and land where YWAM-Kona's University of the Nations now stands...

We later discovered that God had called us to the very same bay where the first Christian missionaries landed in Hawaii, establishing the first Christian church, and where revival broke out that transformed the whole of Hawaiian society. We are reclaiming this spiritual inheritance and working and praying for revival in THIS generation!

God has transformed the lives of over 50,000 people who have served and trained here during the past 30+ years... and the best thing is, we are bursting at the seams, with more and more people coming with a passion to know God and make Him known.

Hawai'i is often called the "Crossroads of the Pacific." This island chain forms a spiritual and social bridge between the Americas, Oceania and Asia. So whether you come to the Hawai'ian Islands as a YWAMer, a tourist, a business person or retiree, there's a good opportunity to experience diverse, multi-cultural, multi-generational community living. For learning missions work, this is a great place to start.

Beyond that, the geographic location of Hawai'i plays a strategic role in missions. God called UofN Kona to be a "lighthouse" to 26 Pacific island nations of our liquid continent, many of which feel very isolated. In contrast, Hawaii faces the Asian rim nations - some of the most populous nations in greatest need of receiving Good News!

Youth With A Mission here in Kona opens up doors of opportunities as new ministries are constantly growing and developing. Averaging 1,200 students per year, there is a constant flow of new missionaries through the University of the Nations Kona campus.

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