We do this by holding to the following values:
On January 1, 1984, a small group of YWAMers relocated to the Midlands after putting £1 down as a promise to purchase the property and building. With a mandate to influence the centre of England and become a centre for further YWAM missions equipping, The King’s Lodge was established.
Our historic building has been used to influence the lives of young people since its founding in 1886. Today YWAM uses it as a means to transform lives through knowing God and impact nations through serving.
Robert S. Lea designed Lindley Lodge to feel like a home for the boys in his boarding school and educated many young men here. The boarding school was closed in 1938 and the building was briefly used to house the wild animals from a bankrupt circus – lions included!
During World War II (1939-45) the building was used by the Army’s Scottish Regiments, the Royal Marines and then the ATS. During the post-war years, the Lindley Lodge was left empty. During 1950-68 it was used by the National Coal Board as a social club and institute.
In 1968-82 the building was owned by the Lindley Educational Trust; clergy and industrialists used the building for
developing young people through education and character-building. During this time much prayer and intercession for young people went up from this property by those who ran the Trust.
Since becoming part of YWAM in 1984, the ministry of The King’s Lodge has influenced thousands of lives. Life-transforming DTS’s, studying the Bible inductively through the SBS and BCC, training in Primary Health Care through IPHC, and equipping workers with the next generations through PCYM – all to see transformation take place both in us and in the nations.
From the Heart of England to the Heart of the Nations – The King’s Lodge.
Nuneaton CV10 0TZ
The local town, Nuneaton, is very close to the geographical centre of England. Nearby are several historic towns and cities, with features that have been attracting people for centuries.
Warwick has one of the best-restored castles in England. Coventry is known as a reconciliation city, because of efforts of the church following the destruction of its cathedral in a bombing run during World War II, and the subsequent construction of a new cathedral adjacent to the ruins. Stratford-upon-Avon is a short drive away, and fans of William Shakespeare will delight over the history his hometown holds, as well as the theatre culture that is active in the town.
Local areas of interest:
London (100 miles)
The King's Lodge is part of the global missions organization Youth with a Mission.
YWAM (pronounced: why-wham) is a diverse, global, Christian, volunteer movement of people from many nations, backgrounds, ages and cultures; sharing their faith through meeting practical, spiritual and physical needs, offering training in more than 800 courses and seminars for service in all spheres of society. YWAM currently operates in over 1,200 locations and 180 countries, with over 18,000 staff.
When YWAM began in 1960, our main focus was giving young people opportunities to demonstrate the love of Jesus to the whole world, according to His command in Mark 16:15. Today we still focus on youth, but we have members (known as "YWAMers") of almost every age. Many of our short-term efforts have grown into long-term endeavours that have eternally impacted lives and nations.
YWAM has a decentralized structure that encourages new vision and the exploration of new ways to change lives through training, to convey the message of the gospel, and to care for those in need.
We are a mixture of people from all over the world, from more than 180 countries, in fact. In many of our locations, people from a wide variety of nations and cultures serve side by side. We come from numerous different Christian denominations and speak hundreds of languages. Nearly half of our staff come from "non-western" countries, such as Brazil, Korea, Indonesia, India and Nepal, to name just a few.
In addition to our full-time staff, many YWAM locations host short-term outreach teams made up of individuals, youth groups, families and churches who get to participate first-hand in "making God known" through both words and actions. We send out over 25,000 short-term missionaries each year.
England’s role in proclaiming the gospel and in the world missions movement has been profound. Tyndale and Wycliffe risked their lives by translating the Bible into English; William Carey launched the bold project to plant the gospel among Hindus in India; CT Studd and the Cambridge 7 chose preaching the good news in China over fame and fortune; John Wesley led great revivals; CS Lewis entertains yet challenges us with his writings…the rich heritage of those who led the way over the centuries spurs us on to lead another “Great Awakening” in England and the nations.
The gospel message reached England by the end of the 2nd century through the expansion of the Roman Empire. Declared illegal until AD312 when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian, Christianity became widespread in England during the 4th century.
A checkered history of invasion followed by spiritual revival spanned the first millennium. Church life became central to England in the Middle Ages. Monks and nuns gave food to the poor, ran the only hospitals, and provided hospitality for travellers. Sadly, it was also a time when the process and form of worship often overshadowed relationship with the God they wanted to serve.
Reformation of the English Church struck when King Henry VIII was not granted an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Ties between England and Rome were cut, and the 1534 Act of Supremacy made Henry the head of the Church of England.
Monasteries were dissolved and extreme hostility and bloodshed took place over the next centuries between those following the Church of Rome and this new Church of England. Politics, power and religion wrestled for centuries.
A series of laws persecuting non-conformists was put in place, many of which endured until the 19th century. Still, independent churches emerged in the 17th century. Evangelists and preachers such as George Whitefield and John Wesley rocked the complacency of 18th Century England with the “Great Awakening”. Christians, responding out of love for God, again became concerned for the poor and needy, and the ways people conducted their lives began to change. Both individuals and newly-formed societies began to transform their worlds through knowing and living what Jesus said.
In 1792 the modern missionary movement was launched from England by William Carey, followed by Hudson Taylor, David Livingstone, CT Studd and hundreds more who were determined to share the gospel in China, the African continent, and the Americas. They were pushing out to the ends of the earth.
English society changed through those who were transformed by the gospel. William Wilberforce challenged slavery in the House of Commons; William and Catherine Booth combatted poverty through “The Salvation Army”; the Cadbury brothers were pioneers in industrial relations and employee welfare at their chocolate factory in the midlands.
The history of Christianity in England tells many different stories, some which we want to repeat more than others! The Reformations and “Great Awakenings” which returned hearts to the simplicity, grace and beauty of a holy God always brought a change for good to those around them.
The England of today is vastly different than the ones Henry VIII or Whitefield knew. Fast-paced, highly-industrialized, well educated, multi-cultural, a world power, prosperous – yet her need for genuine truth and faith is stronger than ever.
and help shape the future of another great thrust in missions – both into England and to the ends of the earth! Be transformed in your walk with God – and learn to walk it out in this mission-sending nation which has also become a mission field.