Climbers DTS

A Discipleship Training School
SCHOOL details
23 September 2018 - 1 Mar 2019
Upcoming: 22 Sept 2019 - 28 Feb 2020
Training: $4,200 NZD
Outreach: $5000-$7000 NZD
* Early Bird Special! $3,950.00 - see details below
** mandatory transport/activity fee of $650 not included

Heart of the School

The Climbers DTS is about climbers reaching out to climbers.  Climbing of any sort is often described as a passion more than a simple sport, hobby or diversion. As followers of Jesus, we believe that oftentimes the things we are passionate about are placed in our hearts by our Creator in order to bring Him glory. The Climbers DTS is all about taking our passion for climbing and dedicating it back to God. We do this by setting aside six months of our lives to be discipled and set free by God from the things that slow us down so that we can then make Him known in power and love. It’s about carrying through the idea of intentional community and sacrificial service into the rest of our lives.  Our attitude needs to be one of willingness to either forgo our climbing goals or overcome our “fear of heights” to reach out to climbers where they are!

This school exists to glorify God by making His name known to a ‘people group’ that doesn’t get much attention – climbers! We want people to leave here with an understanding that missions can be a lifestyle.  Ministering to climbers doesn’t have to stop once you finish the school.  It’s something you can do whenever you go outside and harness up or climb in the gym.  Maintaining a stance of readiness and openness to love others when we’re pursuing our passions helps remind us that those passions don’t exist only to gratify us or give us pleasure only, but can be given back to God for His glory.

Who is it for?

This DTS is for anyone who has an interest in climbing and is from age 18 (or has finished High school) up to any age in theory.  Most students are younger than 30, however the young at heart are free to apply. Any level of climbing is acceptable so please don’t think you need to be an expert.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: We offer a $250.00 NZD discount for students who pay their deposit at least 3 months before the school start date. Apply early and save!

What can people expect in the lecture phase?

Lecture phase is an amazing time of bonding together as a family in a safe environment.  Schools vary in size, but there are always chances to go deep with people and develop lifelong friendships.  It’s a time of transformation, healing and seeing God’s redemption play out for many as we focus in on the first half of YWAM’s motto of “Know God and make Him known”. He makes Himself known to us as we learn more about who He is.  He meets us, touches us and we change and grow as a result.

During lecture phase our day starts early, with devotional time.  We then meet for worship, prayer, Bible study, etc.  Lectures then last until lunch time, with a short break for a deeply important Kiwi cultural tradition- morning tea!  Afternoons vary from small groups to journaling times, to outreach preparation or free time.  Evenings sometimes mean lectures, outreach team meetings, worship nights or free time.  It’s a full schedule, but with a relaxed pace, with plenty of transition time between scheduled things.  We always try to strike the balance of providing an engaging, quality program while at the same time giving different personalities the space and time they need to process all the new things they’re experiencing.

Climbers DTS in Queenstown/Wanaka

Our aim is that part of the Climbers DTS Lecture Phase will take place in Wanaka/Queenstown. This is not only a very popular tourist spot but has some excellent climbing opportunities. We will have our church serve week here and may have the opportunity to share lectures with the YWAM base in Queenstown for a period of weeks. Our aim is to provide students with the opportunity to be around authentic climbing communities and reach out to them with the love of God.

Lecture Phase dates: 23 September – 7 December 2018

Outreach

What is the purpose or goal of this?

This is our chance to walk out the last part of YWAM’s motto, “Know God and make Him known”.  As a school we believe we are called to reach out to climbers, and so we go where they are, love them, serve them and let them know why we’re doing it. Climbers come in all shapes, sizes and personalities, but we’re all part of the same tribe, and once you speak the language, you’re part of the tribe. We believe that common ground is something we can build on which can result in transformational relationships and transformed lives. The outreach lasts for 12 weeks (including church serve week), longer than is required for a DTS.  This is because we have found that there is no greater atmosphere for growth than on outreach, and we’ve also found that most of this growth happens in the final weeks.

Possible Locations?

Possible outreach locations include anywhere people go to climb the time of year the outreach is running!  New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Laos and India are all options, though we are not limited to just those.

Price range for Outreach budget:

$5000-$7000 NZD

Length of Outreach

We will spend a total of 11 and a half weeks doing outreach. “Church serve week” counts as a week of outreach and will be completed in New Zealand during the lecture phase, and the other 10.5 weeks will be served during outreach.

Outreach Phase dates: 8 December 2018 – 20 February 2019, followed by debrief week and graduation. (Graduation is on 1 March 2019)

Weekend and School Activities

There will be four weekend trips included in lecture phase to different places around the South Island. These might be climbing or recreational trips.

The Climbing School is different in that at least 2 weeks of the school will be spent in Wanaka/ Queenstown. The hope with this is to be much closer to some truly amazing climbing while also reaching out to the local and international climbing community in those places. It also includes our church serve week which helps outreach teams learn to serve and bond as a team. This travel component is also why the activity/vehicle fee is slightly higher for the Climbing DTS.

On some weekends there may be optional trips which would cost extra to cover the cost of the vans. These trips could be to beaches like Taylor’s Mistake or Sumner, to different hiking locations around Oxford and Canterbury Plains, or into Christchurch to do some sightseeing in town. Budget NZ$10-20 for each optional trip you think you might want to go on.

We do weekly outreach which consists of either going into Christchurch to serve with a ministry or local church, or doing street evangelism. Some weeks we might stay in Oxford to reach out to our community as well.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a mandatory $650 NZD transport and activity fee that is NOT included in your standard DTS costs. This must be paid in order to participate in the above activities.

School Leaders & Staff

Joshua • 39

Howdy folks, Joshua here. To start at the beginning, I did my DTS at Holmsted Manor in England way back in 1997 (before we had all these fancy themes). I knew before I left that I wanted to come back into YWAM and be involved in other ways, but it took just under 9 years to make that a reality. During the in-between time I got a degree in Economics, traveled a lot and started climbing as much as I could. So that’s when I first came to YWAM Oxford to staff a couple Backpacker DTS’s, and I loved it! This place became my home.

After my time in Oxford, the Lord then led me to Lausanne, Switzerland to do the Bible Core Course and then to stay on as base staff in communications, transportation and food services. I then did some amazing training in Tacoma, Washington before moving down to Brazil to help take care of a house full of children with HIV for two years. Quite an adventure, ask me about it some time.

It was just after my time in Brazil that God started to put the long- deferred Climbers DTS back on my heart. The idea had been talked about for years, but didn’t come together until 2012. I love leading this school, as it pairs my passion for climbing and my passion for discipleship, and it’s something God prepared me for for years. I’m so thankful to Him for what He’s done and what He’s doing.

Tori • 21

Hi friends! My name is Tori, I am 21 years old and I am from Michigan in the United States. I am part of the climbers DTS staff team for the 2017-2018 season. I am married to Cameron Mueller, who is also a staff member for the climbers school. I knew YWAM existed for a while before I did my DTS - which was in Townsville, Australia - in October of 2015. I love climbing, traveling and being in ministry; and that is mostly why I am here in Oxford.

I enjoy helping out around the base in any way that I am needed, and often find myself helping with hospitality or organizing things :)  Spending time in God's beautiful creation is a must here in New Zealand, and I take the opportunities whenever I can.

Cameron • 21

Hey everyone, my name is Cameron.

I am a 21 year old married man since May 20th of 2017, to my high school sweetheart Tori. We did our DTS together in Townsville Australia in Oct 2015. Both Tori and were drawn to YWAM Oxford because of their climbing DTS, which we are now apart of as staff since July of 2017. So far I love being in this beautiful country, it even accommodates the things I love to do, like climbing and hiking. Needless to say I am looking forward to the rest of the time that God has for me in New Zealand. And I am also excited to invest in the climbing community in and around New Zealand.

Josiah • 19

Hello there! My name is Josiah and I hail from beautiful Central Oregon.

I am the sixth of nine kids, yes the weather is nice up there. As long as I can remember the church was in my life, but around 8th grade I decided to make my faith my own.

I started climbing around sixteen, and through that passion God led me to the climbers DTS in 2016-2017, were God revealed to me what it meant to be a son.

Things you will find me doing: sitting in a coffee shop, hiking, climbing, playing a board game, playing guitar, or goofing around with my friends.

Luke • 20

Hey there! I'm Luke, I'm pumped to be here doing the climbers dts!

I live in Colorado Springs, Colorado when I'm not in New Zealand. I love doing anything outside whether that's in the mountains or doing some sort of sport, I also love music and making things with my hands.

For as long as I can remember I've been going to church but I never really wanted to pursue God until I went to Guatemala when I was 15. From there I went back two or times. For me I felt something was missing, there had to be more to Christianity. I decided to do a DTS in 2015 and from then on my life has completely shifted. I learned I could actually do relationship with God our Father. It affected me so much I wanted to come back and do more with YWAM.

I'm psyched for this season and what God is gonna do!

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