Classic DTS

Deeper Roots / Intimacy / Passion
SCHOOL details
5 July 2020 - 18 Dec 2020
Upcoming: More dates coming soon
Training: $4,750 NZD
Outreach: $5,000 - $7,000 NZD
* Outreach costs vary depending on location & travel expense

The Heart of the School

The Classic DTS is an intergenerational school that focuses on discovering God’s true character and nature, knowing who He is to us personally, and learning to be intimate with Him. As we grow in intimacy our roots go down deeper and we cling to Jesus in all situations. As we cling to Jesus and grow closer to Him, we become passionate to share who God is to us with all nations.

On this school you can expect to have God meet you in a new and refreshing way. You will experience the God who has a burning desire to make Himself known to you, and then be trained and equipped in sharing the gospel to a variety of different cultures.


During the lecture phase, we will having speakers sharing on different topics such as:

– The Love of our Heavenly Father

– The Character and Nature of God

– Intimacy with Jesus

– The Lordship of Christ

– Relationships

– Holy Spirit

– Spiritual Warfare

Each week will consist of lectures, small groups, working in our community and time in prayer and worship. The heart of the school is to know God in a very real and intimate way and then to make Him known throughout the nations.


The Classic DTS is for all nations and all generations – we accept anyone from the age of 18 to 60+!


The purpose of outreach is to take the love of God to the nations. To take the revelation that we have received during lecture phase and become Jesus in skin to bring the light of Jesus to the world. This looks like going to those who have no hope and revealing to them the one who can give them hope. Going to the lost and helping them discover who they are as sons and daughters of God, and loving people into the kingdom.


Possible outreach locations are Bangladesh, Taiwan, Thailand, Cambodia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands. These are just some locations where our base has sent teams in the past but we are also open to God’s leading us to wherever He is wanting us to go.


The length of outreach is 12 weeks. One week will be completed in New Zealand during lecture phase called church serve week and the other 11 weeks will be served during outreach.

Weekend and School Activities

There will be four inclusive weekend trips to different places around the South Island. These are a few of the possibilities: taking an overnight trip to the West Coast and going to Castle Hill, which you might recognize from movies like Narnia and Lord of the Rings. Sitting in the relaxing hot pools at Hanmer Springs, going on a hike/tramp, and visiting Akaroa, a small French town.

On the other weekends, there will be optional trips which would cost extra money to cover the cost of the use of vans and petrol. These trips could be to different hiking locations around Oxford and Canterbury Plains, or into Christchurch to do some sightseeing in town. Budget around $100 for optional trips.

We do weekly outreach which consists of either going into Christchurch and serving with a ministry or local church, or doing street evangelism. Some weeks we might stay in Oxford and love our community around us as well. During lecture phase you will also go on church serve week with your outreach team to serve and to bond as a team.

School Leaders & Staff

Alec •

Hello! My name is Alec and I hail from the beautiful Boring, Oregon (yes, that is the town I am from). I am a lover of hot drinks, reading, working outdoors, and all things Jesus. Over the years I have come to absolutely love the Bible and talking about it, so if you ever want to talk about anything theological, come and talk to me! Alongside of school staffing, I do whatever needs to be done around base. That usually falls under the umbrella of maintenance and groundskeeping. I love taking care of the land God gave us here in Oxford, and I am excited that you get to experience His beautifully creation as well.
I did my DTS here in Oxford in 2016. During my DTS, God completely changed my life and led me into a deeper relationship with Him. Through some closed and opened doors, God gave me the opportunity to return to YWAM Oxford in August of 2017. Since I have returned to Oxford, God has continued to take me deeper in my relationship with Him. One of the main reasons I returned to staff at YWAM Oxford is to help raise a generation of followers of Jesus who love and serve The Lord fearlessly. I am excited to see all that God is going to do in your life, and I look forward to meeting you all soon!

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