Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Family and All Generation DTS?

The Family and All Generations DTS builds on the premise that by living as a community we can all learn from one another other, regardless of family standing or age. Singles, couples, single parents and families - all are welcome. The students can range in age from 18 all the way up and the children you bring will be an important part of the community.

We understand that families, single parents and more life experienced people have special needs regarding daily schedule and speed. That’s why we offer this course that is designed to give you the space and environment you need.

Please note that the Family and All Generations DTS is open for every potential student, not only for families. We love to have a mix of all generations together!

Last update on 09/04/2015 by Uli.

What's accommodation going to look like?

DTS participants will live in single-sex apartments at the YWAM base or very close to it. This encourages cohesion and gives the opportunity to practise the art of living with others. The participants usually share rooms.
Families and couples will of course have separate accommodation. Because the accommodation for families is limited, we ask families to apply early (only when applicable).

Last update on 01/21/2015 by Uli.

What is the daily programme like?

During the teaching weeks there is a weekly plan which is followed. Mornings are given over to teaching and the guest speakers. After eating together, the students are involved in practical duties around the base. In the late afternoon there are often activities or special meetings such as small groups. Most evenings are free for your own study, your journal or other tasks. There will be teaching on at least one evening during the week and sometimes there are base meetings (worship, community evening) to attend, which of course DTS students also participate in.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

What’s the story with relationships?

The DTS is an intense time which will challenge you spiritually and emotionally. You will definitely have plenty of personal challenges to keep you occupied. If you are not already in a relationship, you will do yourself and the others a big favour if you delay taking any steps towards a romantic attachment until after the school is over.
If you are already in a stable relationship, we expect that you will conduct yourself in a responsible way in accord with Biblical moral standards, and that you will be prepared to share honestly about your relationship with your assigned staff person during the DTS. We would like to help you build a good relationship that will last a lifetime.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

Am I allowed to smoke? What’s the story with alcohol?

You will understand that smoking is forbidden on the YWAM property. We have a lot of children coming onto the property and we want to be a good example for them and for any other visitors. We have the view that it is difficult to reconcile a long-term habit of smoking with a Christian lifestyle. If you smoke, that is no reason why you can’t attend the DTS. However, we would expect you to do your best to give smoking up. While on outreach, smoking is completely forbidden, because in many parts of the world to be a smoker is unthinkable for a Christian and smoking would put the whole outreach team in a bad light.

Even if you handle alcohol in a responsible manner, it is generally not permitted to drink on the YWAM property and in the accommodation.

Every kind of illegal drug is strictly forbidden.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

I am a relatively new Christian and don’t know my way around the Bible very well. Is this a problem?

No! We are pleased that you are interested in doing a DTS. There is nothing better for beginners in the faith than a Discipleship Training School because in this school you will learn many foundations of the faith. You will also learn how to read the Bible. You don’t have to be a super Christian. All you need to bring is the willingness to learn and to let God work in your life.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

Will I have access to the internet?

On the base we have a wireless network which you will be able to access. Whether or not you will have access in your apartment depends on where you will live.
We expect that you will use the internet responsibly. Should certain immoral content be a temptation for you, please speak to us honestly about this.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

What’s the story with meals?

Participants in the DTS will eat the midday meal together at the base on weekdays during the teaching phase. Breakfast and the evening meal, along with the midday meal on weekends, will be prepared and eaten in your apartment.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

How can I do my washing?

Each person is responsible for washing his own clothes. We have washing machines and dryers at the base which you can pay to use.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

Where will the outreach be held?

Normally the outreach destination is not yet decided at the beginning of the school but the decision is made as a result of prayer by the DTS staff and students.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

Would I be sent into areas in crisis?

Normally DTS teams are not sent into regions which are considered to be dangerous or for which travel warnings exist.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

I can’t speak German. Is this a problem?

YWAM is an international movement and the DTS is a popular opportunity to gather experience another land. Therefore there is likely to be people in the school who speak no English as well as those who speak no German. Some of the guest speakers will be English speakers. The teaching and all activities will be translated, including the outreach. Most of our staff speak English – so don’t worry.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

What can I do after the DTS?

Great question! After completing a DTS the world is literally your oyster. Did you know that there are YWAM bases in over 140 countries? After the DTS you can attend further courses which interest you and which will help prepare you for your calling. The University of the Nations offers a great variety of programmes and study paths. Communication, Bible studies, counselling or youth work are only a few of the possibilities. Take a look for yourself at: www.uofn.edu.

Of course, further studies are not the only thing you can do after a DTS. On the base we are always looking for young people who want to invest their time for God over a shorter or longer period of time.

The DTS is a great time to consider your future together with God, so relax. You don’t have to know at the beginning of the school what you will do when it is finished.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

Can I just do the theory phase and not do the outreach?

Sorry, no. Both teaching and outreach phases are needed to complete the school successfully.

Last update on 11/16/2012 by Uli.

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