Shape your future – Make a difference

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new ways with a different perspective.

The course is a full-time program and lasts five or six months. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. In the lecture phase, you will learn more about God and His world. You’ll learn not only from lectures but also from community living and practical training. The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience.

DTS is a great way to prepare yourself for whatever you want to do with your life. It is also a prerequisite for all other courses in the University of the Nations, and also serves to orient and prepare all new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to evangelize and disciple current and future generations.

Your DTS consists of two parts:

Part 1: Get to know God

Twelve weeks of practical spiritual teaching – an intense time for you to wrestle with God and with yourself and to build deep friendships with your class mates.

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Part 2: Make Him known!

Now you will apply what you have learned: in another country you will go on outreach with your team to demonstrate God's love to the people there.

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What DTS participants say after the school is over:

These six months were a time of restoration for me. Without recognising it I had been under the influence of different bondages. I was bound by fear and I did not have trust in God. During DTS the Lord showed me at different stages that I had something like a big hole through which life was escaping. But He restored it and I can really see now a difference in my relationship with God, my wife, my children and towards others. There is life again!

The DTS was quite an intense time for me with many ups and downs. What I did not realise at first was that all this time God was working and changing things within me. But He did and I am grateful for it, because now I can understand better what it means to follow Jesus and who I am in Christ.

Before the DTS I had some faith but I did not really understand a lot of it. I trusted God for this or that, but I did not know exactly how, why or who He was. Now I feel very equipped to go into the world and be active for God and His Kingdom.

The DTS was certainly one of the most intensive times with God and others that I have ever experienced.  I came closer to the things that God has for me. To be a Christian is a journey that we embark on and we must decide over and over again if and how we want to continue.  For people like me who have just finished school, it is particularly important to set the course for the future.  Would I recommend the DTS?  Yes!!!  For everybody who calls themselves a Christian.  The DTS is a wonderful opportunity to grow in relationship to God and to others.

I have learned to accept myself more as a daughter of the King and that I am good the way I am. I also started to understand God's character better in my heart, not just in my head. I could experience the Holy Spirit a lot more and overcome my fear of approaching strangers. I got a heart for evangelism.

I had worked in the Church in full-time ministry before coming to DTS. Now, six months later, I realise that I had not been living full-time ministry – I was working for the Church and I worked ministry hours. Whatever I will do and wherever we will go from here - it will be different from what we had been doing before we came.

Before I came to do DTS I thought I was a great dad. I put my family in the first place. But God had to remind me painfully that this is not quite the right order. Now my priorities have changed and God is in the first place. Meanwhile I am a better father, because God is first and I understand now better the responsibility I have for my family and my children.

I came for the DTS because I did not want to live an average cookie-cutter Christian life. I learned that it is not so important what we do, but rather the heart behind it. That's why I am happy to go back to my normal life, but I will live it differently now.

Being part of the DTS was a real blessing for me. I was reminded that you are never too old to serve God, and that the opportunities to serve others are endless. I was reminded that rather than investing our resources on ourselves, we should be investing them into Kingdom work. When we give ourselves to serving others, our Father will provide all of our needs. DTS taught me the blessing of increased generosity, and I discovered that ministry to young children was something I enjoyed far more than I had imagined.

Before DTS I was marked by a fear of man and some statements that I had believed about myself like "I can't do this". I experienced a lot of healing in these areas during DTS. I think I will leave with more freedom then I ever had before.

The word "worldview" didn't mean much to me before DTS. Of course, I still had a worldview anyway and I always wanted to explain everything. During DTS my worldview has changed and I now don't have to explain everything any more, I can accept things, even though I don't always understand them.

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