Discipleship Training School (DTS)

August 31, 2015 – February 1, 2016

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!

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.


August 31, 2015 – February 1, 2016

If you’re looking for even more practical ministry training you can follow-up your DTS with a TESOL course here at YWAM Lebanon.

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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