Discipleship Training School

A step into the missions world

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Discipleship Training School

A step into the missions world
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What is a DTS?

A Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a five or six month course designed for you to discover more about your identity, purpose, and the passions that God has given you. You also have the opportunity to apply what you learn onto the mission field, as well as in your day-to-day life. Just as Jesus invited the disciples to leave their everyday life to follow him, we are asking you to answer the call and choose to do the same! (Matthew 4:18-22)

A DTS is truly about developing your faith and going further and deeper than you have ever gone before. The ultimate goal of a DTS is for you to know God more personally, and obey Him from a place of love. It is an exploration into the heart of God, and a journey of discovery where God’s ways become your own. The emphasis is not so much on a mind filled with facts, but a heart filled with faith. Knowledge is gained, but emphasis is placed on applying the principles learned. A DTS is also a great time for people at a crossroads in life to stop and find refreshment, and be revitalized for the journey ahead with God.

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The DTS Breakdown

Lecture Phase

Learn more about God

 

This is a twelve week classroom-styled learning module consisting of:

  • Teachings
  • Small Groups
  • One-on-One Mentoring
  • Personal Study Time
  • Worship and Intercession

Speakers come from New Zealand and across the world to share teaching on a range of topics ranging from:

  • Intimacy with God
  • Hearing the voice of God
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Relationships
  • Evangelism and many more!

Outreach Phase

Traveling to make God known

 

This is an eight to twelve week missions opportunity for students to share with others what they have received in the Lecture Phase. Students go to New Zealand and/or a variety of nations to explore:

  • Cultural Orientation
  • Relationship based evangelism
  • Working with Christian ministries, churches, schools, prisons, children’s ministries, long-term missionary posts... and so much more!
  • Travel
  • Teaching
  • Living alongside locals
 

Choose your theme

We offer a number of different themes and focuses, and we run each of our schools on a yearly basis. Find a school and a date that suits you, and come join us!

SEND DTS

A JUMP INTO THE MISSIONS FIELD

When? April

  • Missions: As followers of Christ we are all called to go to all people from every place. We have a call. Who will go? (Romans 10:14-15)
  • Community: We desire to live as a community, sharing our burdens and our joys, learning and growing together. We follow the example of the Acts 2 church in living wholeheartedly for Jesus and encouraging and building one another up. (Acts 2:42-47)
  • Prayer: Communication with Jesus is key to everything we do. We aim to develop a life of prayer for unreached people, our cities, our neighbours, and ourselves. (Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6)
  • Biblical Truth: Gain a deeper understanding and love of the Word of God to establish biblical truth in our hearts and grow in our identity as followers of Christ. We want to be people who hear the word of God and respond. (James 2:17-18, Romans 2:13)
  • Worship: We believe Jesus is worthy. Worthy of every tribe and tongue to worship him, that starts with us. (Revelation 7:9-10, Psalm 100)

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Couples DTS

Discovering God's heart for couples

When? TBD

  • Relationship: Building (or rebuilding) the foundation of your own and taking that restorative relational heart to the Nations
  • Purpose: Developing the passion of a sense of vision for future ministry and family as a couple
  • Mission: To develop your call as a couple, understand opportunities and to respond
  • Service: Learn how to serve and champion those around you while developing your giftings and talents
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Classic DTS

All nations and all generations

When? July

  • Intimacy - You will have the opportunity to grow in the intimacy of your relationship with God. 
  • Roots - As you grow in intimacy, the roots of your faith will strengthen and go deeper into the soil of trust in Jesus. 
  • Passion - As we know God more intimately and fall more in love with Him, our hearts will come alive to share Him with others. 
  • All Nations All Generations - God’s heart is for people from every tongue and tribe to be actively part of His plan for redemption and restoration. No matter where you are from or how old you are, God wants to invite you to be a part of His plan for redemption.
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Backpackers DTS

Hitting the trails and reaching the travelers of New Zealand

When? October 2022

  • Identity - We desire people to know who they truly are, and how deeply they are loved by God.
  • Adventure - We invite you to embark on an epic adventure of going deep with God through traveling and exploring nature.
  • Relationship - We value everyone's story. Through daily life and adventure-seeking, we aim to build relationships with the traveling communities in New Zealand and beyond. 
  • Truth - We believe the word of God is true. Hearing from God is an essential part of living in relationship with Him and other people. We seek what God says through the Bible, and listening to His voice. 
  • Evangelism - Through seeking God, discovering the truth of who God is, and building relationships, we desire to share the love of Christ with all nations and people.
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Climbers DTS

Climbers reaching out to climbers

When? October 2022

  • Freedom - We learn to be set free by God from the things that slow us down, so that we can then make Him known to others in power and love.
  • Passion - We want to take our passion for climbing and dedicate it back to God. We do this by setting aside time in our lives to be discipled by Him.
  • Sacrificial Service - We desire to carry the idea of intentional community and sacrificial service into the rest of our lives. Our attitude can be one of willingness to forgo our climbing goals, champion those behind us, or overcome our “fear of heights” to reach out to climbers where they are! 
  • Missional Climbing - We want people to leave DTS with an understanding that missions can be a lifestyle. Ministering to climbers doesn’t have to stop once you finish school. It’s something you can do whenever you go outside and harness up or climb in the gym.
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  • Send DTS

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    A JUMP INTO THE MISSIONS FIELD

    When? January

    Missions - As followers of Christ we are all called to go to all people from every place. We have a call. Who will go? (Romans 10:14-15)

    Community - We desire to live as a community, sharing our burdens and our joys, learning and growing together. We follow the example of the Acts 2 church in living wholeheartedly for Jesus and encouraging and building one another up. (Acts 2:42-47) 

    Prayer - Communication with Jesus is key to everything we do. We aim to develop a life of prayer for unreached people, our cities, our neighbours, and ourselves. (Ephesians 6:18, Philippians 4:6)

    Biblical Truth - Gain a deeper understanding and love of the Word of God to establish biblical truth in our hearts and grow in our identity as followers of Christ. We want to be people who hear the word of God and respond. (James 2:17-18, Romans 2:13)

    Worship -We believe Jesus is worthy. Worthy of every tribe and tongue to worship him, that starts with us. (Revelation 7:9-10, Psalm 100)

  • Couples DTS

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    DISCOVERING GOD'S HEART FOR COUPLES

    When? TBD

    Relationship - Building (or rebuilding) the foundation of your own and taking that restorative relational heart to the Nations

    Purpose - Developing the passion of a sense of vision for future ministry and family as a couple 

    Mission - To develop your call as a couple, understand opportunities and to respond

    Service - Learn how to serve and champion those around you while developing your giftings and talents

  • Backpackers DTS

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    HITTING THE TRAILS AND REACHING THE TRAVELERS OF NEW ZEALAND

    When? October

    Identity - We desire people to know who they truly are, and how deeply they are loved by God.

    Adventure - We invite you to embark on an epic adventure of going deep with God through traveling and exploring nature.

    Relationship - We value everyone's story. Through daily life and adventure-seeking, we aim to build relationships with the traveling communities in New Zealand and beyond. 

    Truth - We believe the word of God is true. Hearing from God is an essential part of living in relationship with Him and other people. We seek what God says through the Bible, and listening to His voice. 

    Evangelism - Through seeking God, discovering the truth of who God is, and building relationships, we desire to share the love of Christ with all nations and people.

  • Climbers DTS

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    CLIMBERS REACHING OUT TO CLIMBERS

    When? October

    Freedom - We learn to be set free by God from the things that slow us down, so that we can then make Him known to others in power and love.

    Passion - We want to take our passion for climbing and dedicate it back to God. We do this by setting aside time in our lives to be discipled by Him.

    Sacrificial Service - We desire to carry the idea of intentional community and sacrificial service into the rest of our lives. Our attitude can be one of willingness to forgo our climbing goals, champion those behind us, or overcome our “fear of heights” to reach out to climbers where they are! 

    Missional Climbing - We want people to leave DTS with an understanding that missions can be a lifestyle. Ministering to climbers doesn’t have to stop once you finish school. It’s something you can do whenever you go outside and harness up or climb in the gym.

 

DTS Details

 

 

Dates

Send DTS:

10 April - 14 September 2022

20 January - 30 June 2023

Backpackers & Climbers DTS:

18 September 2022 - 3 March 2023

Costs

The DTS costs are as follows:

Lecture: $4,750- $4,900 NZD

Outreach: $5,000 - $7,500 NZD

These costs include all accommodation, meals, school materials, and travel for the full 6 month program. This does not include your return flights from your home country to New Zealand.

Activities

There will be four inclusive weekend trips to different places around the South Island. These are a few of the possibilities:

- Going on a hike/tramp.

- Taking an overnight trip to the West Coast.

- Going to Castle Hill and Cave Streaming (which you might recognize from movies like Narnia and Lord of the Rings).

- Sitting in the hot pools at Hanmer Springs.

 

Student Testimonials

DTS at YWAM Oxford helped me reactivate my faith in God. Before, I pushed him away because I was so focused on myself and my studies. DTS helped me change these bad habits and taught me what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus. I applied all that I learned by serving others in need and outwardly expressing the love God has given me.
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James
DTS Graduate
From the moment I arrived on the YWAM Oxford base I felt so at home. The staff were so welcoming and genuine. The environment they have created here was such a blessing to my time in DTS.
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Emma
DTS Graduate
 

Check out this testimony video from one of our students!

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