What is a Discipleship Training School ?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a full-time course of several months that will focus your life on 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 several 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.
The curriculum includes God's nature and character, God's designs for individuals, peoples and nations, life from God's perspective, redemption, sin and the cross, the church as God's family, our call and mission in the world, the YWAM world, and the opportunities for study at the "University of the Nations."
Your DTS consists of two parts:
Part 1: Get to know God
Practical spiritual teaching and opportunities to apply – 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 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 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.