Discipleship Training School (DTS)
What is a Discipleship Training School?
A Discipleship Training School (DTS) aims at preparing messengers of the gospel, helping students to know God in depth. The goal is to develop Christian character and establish Biblical relationships while developing a daily walk with God. This intensive Christian training course begins with a 12 week classroom phase followed by a typically 12 week outreach.
During the first 12 weeks, you will be plugged into a schedule that will provide you with time alone with God, small group interaction, classroom teachings, study time, weekly outreaches, fellowship and ministry with local churches and of course, free time to let it all soak in.
Following the twelve weeks lecture phase of DTS, you will complete your DTS requirements by putting what you have learned into practice on the mission field.
The DTS is designed to encourage students to grow in personal character, to cultivate a living relationship with God, and to identify their unique individual gifts and callings in God. Cross-cultural exposure is eminent throughout this course, preparing the students to reach current and future generations and answer the call to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations” Matthew 28:19. Not everyone completing a DTS necessarily joins YWAM. Many participate in a DTS to take time out to concentrate on God and consider whether He might be calling them to Christian ministry. For those who choose to go on into a career with YWAM, successful completion of the DTS qualifies them to apply for hundreds of staff opportunities. Graduating from the DTS also qualifies students to go on to YWAM’s other training programs, such as those offered by YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN).
What is the Purpose and Outcomes of DTS?
To GATHER and CHALLENGE people to worship, listen to and obey God, releasing them (in the context of the DTS) to serve through evangelism, intercession, acts of compassion and other expressions of God’s heart for the world, possibly even pioneering new ministries.
To INSPIRE and CULTIVATE growth in one’s relationship with God resulting in Christ like character, which is based on a solid Biblical foundation, the work of the Holy Spirit and the personal application of Biblical truth, especially concerning God’s Character, the Cross and empowering Grace.
To SHARPEN one’s ability to relate to, learn from and work with people, including those of different cultures, personalities and perspectives.
To further EQUIP each one to serve God’s purposes either in or outside of YWAM Family of Ministries, strengthening a commitment to reach the lost, especially the unreached, to care for the poor, and to influence all areas of society.
To IMPART the vision and foundational values of Youth With A Mission International as well as that of the host operating location and to provide information regarding a variety of opportunities for service.
UPCOMING : TRANSFORMATION DTS – SEPTEMBER 2016.