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.
What DTS participants say after the school is over.
The DTS was a good environment for me to become more independent and more secure in my personality before beginning my studies at University. – Elisabeth
I notice every day at work how much I have changed in my relationship to God. I go with Jesus from house to house delivering mail, in constant conversation with Him. I tell him what I don’t like and no longer get so annoyed about these things; I tell him all the good things I experience and see. I notice change in the small things too, for instance my attitude to my job has totally changed. At the beginning of September on my last day of work I said, “I never want to go back there!” Now I generally enjoy the job and much of the pressure that I experienced before is gone. The DTS definitely changed me in positive ways! - Jan
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. So, what are you waiting for? Send in your application! - Toby
Why does the DTS mean so much to me? Mainly because I was able to come into a new level of independence; to try new things, to carry responsibility, to learn to live with conflict and find ways of bringing resolution, time management, …. all without neglecting everyday things. I spread my wings, looked to the left where I received an encouraging nod, started to run … and it worked, my faith was not in vain. Beforehand I couldn’t imagine doing children’s programmes, but on our outreach that was a part of daily life.
And God? He was there. Of course my picture of God was challenged during the teaching phase (and with it my view of man and of myself), but the greatest gift that He gave me during this time was the strength to try again – in spite of everything, to have a go.
And Hainichen? The staff were an encouragement to me. Their life stories, their transparency, their family life, and their revolutionary suggestions like: “We’re going to Romania on outreach.”
And what else? Did I promise that it would be easy, that every day would be total enjoyment? No? Pugh … But if it hadn’t been for the painful things, my character wouldn’t have been changed during this time. That’s why it is not called a “Bible School”, because knowledge of the Bible is not the central point. The point is your heart.
To sum up: WOW!! - Benjamin
Development of personality, experiencing community living and having the courage to take new paths are only some of the points that marked my time in the Discipleship Training School. This was a decisive year for me, to find myself and to be prepared for my life journey in a safe environment. In the new environment I was challenged as I discovered and developed aspects of my personality that I was previously unaware of. Above all, I became very conscious of how great a treasure we have in God and how creatively He enriches our lives and goes His way with us. - Elisabeth