Jim Stier Living Word School 2017-06-13T14:09:03+00:00

Jim Stier | The Living Word

 September 18 – December 8

This is a different kind of Bible school. We start at the beginning of a book and go through it for as far as we get in twelve weeks. However, we have never finished a book in the four times we have done the school. That’s because the purpose of our study is not to complete a task, but to relate with the author.

Our Philosophy

Jim Stier, who leads the school, prepares questions beforehand to help the students slow down and really look at what is written. They will read the questions and meditate on the implications. Then they put the questions aside and ask the Lord what He wants to teach them, writing down the results. After they have spent about four hours on the text and questions we have class.

In Hebrews 4:12 we read that the word of God is living and active. In John 1: 1-14, Jesus is the Logos, the Word, and this identity creates all things. In 2 Corinthians 3: 2,3 we are described as a “letter of Christ, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God …”

Three verses later the Bible says, “For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life . “In Hebrews 1: 3 we read that He is” upholding all things by the word of his power. “ The word of God, then, is much more than the scriptures. They came into being millions of years after the Logos, Jesus, created everything that exists (John 1). The word of God is Jesus, vivifying the scriptures by the Spirit and making them live for us. The word is relational, personal, alive and dynamic.

Classes based on Participation

Class lasts three hours, but it’s not a lecturing format. The teacher is a catalyst for discussion who stimulates responses and encourages the students to understand what God is saying to each of them. By the end of class, we will have spent seven hours on a few verses of the Bible and many of the students have actively participated in the interaction.

Learn from the Holy Spirit

In this process, our objective is to let the Holy Spirit be the main teacher. We want the Word of God live in the student, not just be a subject of study. Our desire is that the Spirit be the center of everything, because the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. I think you would agree that we want life to come from our interaction with scripture.

Be Transformed

As far as I know, every student has been powerfully changed by listening so closely to the Lord in the context of the Word. They learn a dynamic, relational way of relating to the Word. It is meant to become a way of life that brings life.

The results have been very, very encouraging.

The best of both bases

We will be providing this training alongside YWAM Chico, for students this means they benefit from the strengths and giftings from each ministry. Some time will be spent studying and discussing the scripture and being involved with the community at both the campuses.

Redding Campus

Redding Campus

Chico Campus

Richardson Springs

More Information

Registration Fees: $50 single $80 per couple (The registration fee must be sent in with the application)

Lecture Fees: $3000



For children under the age of 17 years of age

  • Their living expenses will be $300 per trimester

All children between the ages of 0-3 are free of charge as long as they are staying in the same room as their parent/guardian.

We do have childcare available!

  • $2000 per trimester for 2 children
  • $4000 per trimester for 3 or more children
  • If hiring a nanny, housing and food will be provided for them for $1350

*Child care will only be provided for during class times. The mother will then look after the kids from 3-5 for her community responsibility. The father will be working on base. 

During other community responsibilities (small groups, meetings etc.) childcare will also be provided.

In YWAM we have a strong culture of depending upon the Lord for provision. We are convinced that if God gives the call, He will provide the means for us to move. We encourage you to pray about how to partner with others in raising support, knowing that it is ultimately up to the Lord to provide the way for the mission He is calling you to!

Check out our blog series on the “why” and “how” of fundraising HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns about support raising please feel free to contact us!

Must be at least 17 and have completed a Discipleship Training School to enroll.
Haven’t done your DTS yet? Don’t worry, you can do that here too. Click for more info.

Applications will be processed through YWAM Chico, where the first half of the school will be spent. Please let them know of your travel and arrival details. The second half of the school will be spent in Redding. Travel from Chico to Redding will be arranged for you.

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