Discipleship Training School (DTS)

Crossroads: February 29 – July 25, 2016
August 29, 2016 – January 30, 2017

Boy PrayingWhat is your mission? Have you found your God-given destiny? Discovered the unique person God has created you to be – and begun to let Him use you to change lives? Don’t get caught making major life decisions without the assurance that you know the Father and are doing His business!

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you five months to step away from your everyday life and become equipped to serve Him. Five months can change your life!


DTS Focus Tracks:

We believe that God has placed skills and passions in your life for a purpose. You will be choosing a focus track during your lecture phase and learn how to use those skills and passions for the purpose of making God known in the world.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) –

This track will give you foundational TESOL training and practice. You will cover basics of English grammar and teaching methodology, as well as gain tools for creating your own lessons. On outreach, you will then use these skills to teach English in other countries, giving you opportunities for relationship building and evangelism. After graduation, students may choose to complete a full TESOL certificate course.


This track gives you hands-on training and practice in auto mechanics, through a partnership with Christian Missionary Technical Support (CMTS). You will cover basic automotive mechanic skills, which you will use on an automotive focused outreach.


This track gives you urban focus training and practice, gaining tools for sharing the Gospel and for community development–youth work, the poor and homeless, justice issues, business, and immigrants. The opportunities are endless. Many of the world’s most populated cities are also in the unreached ’10-40’ window. You will minister in local urban areas, including Philadelphia, and have an urban focused outreach.

Crossroads DTS:

February 29 – July 25, 2016

Are you over 30 and feeling like you’re at a crossroads?

Are you looking for:

  • a deeper walk with God?
  • a new direction for your life?
  • a new vision of who you are in Christ?
  • a taste of cross-cultural ministry?

The Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) is designed for people standing at a crossroads in their lives. It is for people who long to know God’s heart, to hear his voice in increasing measure, and to walk in increasing spiritual authority. The Crossroads DTS is formatted to meet the needs of adults ages 30 and over – singles, couples, and families with children.

What will I learn on DTS?

Girl ReadingThe first 12 weeks of DTS (called the “Lecture Phase”) are designed for you to have time alone with God, interact with a small group and participate in dynamic lectures given by international speakers who have served all over the world. Each DTS is unique but all include these topics:

  • The Character and Nature of God
  • Inductive Bible Study
  • Intercession, Worship, and Spiritual Warfare
  • Christian Character
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Evangelism and Missions
  • The ‘Divine Plumbline’
  • …plus a whole lot more!

Where will I go?

Arms LinkedThe “Outreach Phase” is an important part of DTS. Students are given an opportunity to put into practice the things they learned in the Lecture Phase – in another country! Students get to be the hands and feet of Christ working together to serve others in a different culture. Some of the things you may find yourself doing are:

  • “Street” Evangelism (including mime, dramas, dances, songs etc.)
  • Teaching English
  • Teaching Bible
  • Conducting a Bible Camp
  • Painting and practical work
  • Visiting orphans
  • …or any other number of projects to help local people, believers and long-term missionaries.

The location for the next Outreach hasn’t been decided yet. Past outreaches have included trips to the Ukraine, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Malaysia, and Cambodia.

What is life like at YWAM?

We live together, eat together, work together, share our lives, living spaces, and work duties for the benefit of the community. This helps us keep costs down and allows each individual to grow in very practical ways as he or she walk out what it means to love and lay down their live for others.

Single students share a room with several other people and have dorm-style bathrooms; married students have a room of their own in a shared suite. Meals are prepared in the base kitchen and eaten together with all the staff and students (including those of other schools). The base lounge is the usual hangout spot during free times but sometimes people just get together for a spontaneous jam session or time of worship in the auditorium. Housekeeping is accomplished through daily “work duties” because everybody knows that a good missionary isn’t afraid of a little work – and there’s something about cleaning toilets…

We recognize that relationships – with God and people – are very important and this YWAM tradition of “community living” plays an important part in bringing the base together.

So, how much does this 5-month course cost?

The total cost of DTS is $6000 USD plus the airfare from Lebanon, PA to the outreach location. Breaking that down, Lecture Phase costs $3000 plus a $500 conference fee which is refundable if the DTS does not attend a conference. Outreach Phase costs $2500 plus airfare. Included in these costs are housing and meals. A $75 non-refundable deposit, $100 for a couple, is due with your application.

Additional costs include your transportation to and from the school, extra immunizations, visa and/or passport costs, books, laundry, personal items, spending money and tithes/offerings.


A note about credits: The DTS (lecture and outreach) is the entry-level course for the University of the Nations (UofN) and is a prerequisite for taking most other courses from the UofN, or for joining a YWAM base as staff. Approximately 20 undergraduate credits are granted from the UofN to each student who successfully completes the DTS lecture phase and outreach. For more information about the UofN visit: http://www.UofN.edu

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