What to Expect from a DTS

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a six-month training program that aims at helping students to know God more, which then prepares them to then go out on outreach and ‘make him known’. It’s a time to let God refine your character and to receive more of God’s heart for the nations. The DTS is divided into two distinct phases.

Lecture Phase

The Lecture Phase is a twelve week classroom segment consisting of teaching, discussions, workshops, small groups, one-on-one mentoring, personal study time, worship, intercession and prayer time. A tight-knit community of students and staff provides an environment where spiritual and biblical principles can be lived and worked out. Students benefit from the expertise of lecturers from New Zealand and overseas.

Outreach Phase

The Outreach Phase is an eight to twelve week outreach assignment. The school is broken up into small teams which travel throughout New Zealand and into overseas countries, putting into practice what was learned during Lecture Phase. Teams will serve with established missionaries, out in the community, with other YWAM bases and local churches through evangelism, discipleship, children’s ministry, intercession, practical service, teaching and in any other way God shows them to serve.  

Who should attend?

The DTS is for individuals of all age groups and the Crossroads DTS is especially tailored for ‘all ages’. Though theory is very important, it is truly about developing a Christian character. It is an examination into the heart of God, a journey of discovery where God’s ways become your own. The emphasis is not so much on knowledge gained rather than on the principles applied; not so much on a mind filled with facts, but a heart filled with faith. Knowing God personally and obeying him from love.

It is a special time in your life to seek and know the Lord on a personal level. We are committed to doing all we can to help you realize this goal. All of the staff are non-salaried missionaries, dedicated to the training and equipping of people who want their lives to count for eternity.

Course Content

The lecture curriculum includes a variety of topics such as:

  • The character and nature of God
  • Prayer, intercession and worship
  • Intimacy with God
  • Hearing the voice of God
  • Spiritual warfare
  • Character and nature of God
  • Father heart of God
  • Sonship
  • Relationships
  • World missions
  • Evangelism
  • Holy Spirit

What About After A DTS?

A DTS is just a beginning! It is an open door into further training within YWAM. The University of the Nations (UofN) offers training in the 7 spheres of society: Arts & Sports, Christian ministries, Communication, Counseling & Healthcare, Education, Humanities & International Studies, Science & Technology. It is as well a requirement for staffing a DTS. A large number of ministries exist within YWAM that you may be interested to join.

After a DTS, the options are diverse, amazing and numerous – in YWAM and beyond!  No matter what you’ll choose, we are excited to see where God will lead you!