The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s entry-level training program. If you are interested in joining YWAM as a full-time worker, this is where you start. The DTS is also required to attend nearly all of YWAM’s other courses. (Not ready for a DTS? Try one of our seminars first.)

The DTS majors on the two elements of YWAM’s main motto: To Know God and to Make Him Known. It seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God, and it gives you an opportunity to discover your giftings, your passions, and your role in God’s global mission.

Offered all around the world and in many languages and cultural styles, the DTS is a full-time live-in program that lasts five or six months. In the initial three-month “classroom” phase, you’ll learn from gifted teachers and dedicated staff, as well as from community living and practical activities. The two- or three-month “outreach” phase lets you apply what you learned in the classroom through an intensive, hands-on, cross-cultural missions experience.

All of the Discipleship Training Schools featured in the table below have a strong Frontier Missions focus. The classroom phase includes topics like God’s heart for the unreached; the current state of advance of God’s Kingdom on earth; cross-cultural relationships; and practical preparation for full-time service. The outreach phase is usually spent immersed in an unreached people group, sharing the gospel and living out God’s love and truth for those who don’t yet know Him.

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CountryProgramStarting monthLanguagesLearn more...
CanadaEnds of the Earth Discipleship Training SchoolTBAEngYWAM Truro
CanadaDiscipleship Training SchoolJulEngYWAM Turner Valley
CanadaDiscipleship Training SchoolSep, AprEngYWAM Vancouver
USADiscipleship Training SchoolJan, SepEngYWAM Jacksonville
USADiscipleship Training SchoolApr, Jun, OctEngYWAM Orlando
USAWorship Justly Discipleship Training SchoolJanEngYWAM Idaho
USABackpackers Discipleship Training SchoolJunEngYWAM Idaho
USAIndia/Refugees Discipleship Training SchoolSepEngYWAM Idaho
USAAsia Frontiers Discipleship Training SchoolSepEngYWAM Discovery Bay
USAMissions Discipleship Training SchoolJan, Apr, SepEngYWAM Strategic Frontiers
USADiscipleship Training SchoolMayEngYWAM Cimarron
USADiscipleship Training SchoolJan, Apr, Jul, OctEngYWAM Redding
ThailandCreate International Discipleship Training SchoolJanEngCreate Thailand
TaiwanDiscipleship Training SchoolMar, SepMan, EngYWAM Taipei
SwedenFrontier Discipleship Training SchoolSepSwe, EngYWAM Restenas
SpainDiscipleship Training SchoolFebEngYWAM Torremolinos
South AfricaDiscipleship Training SchoolFebEngE-mail registrar
New ZealandAW80 Discipleship Training SchoolMarEngYWAM Oxford NZ
MadagascarDiscipleship Training SchoolJunMalagasy, FreE-mail registrar
IndiaDiscipleship Training SchoolNovEngE-mail registrar
IndiaDiscipleship Training SchoolJulE-mail registrar
IndiaMedia Discipleship Training SchoolJulEngCreate India
IndiaDiscipleship Training SchoolJunEngE-mail registrar
ColombiaDiscipleship Training SchoolFebSpaE-mail registrar
Costa RicaGroundbreakers Discipleship Training SchoolJan 2017SpaE-mail contact