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What is Discipleship Training School (DTS)? - YWAM Idaho

What is Discipleship Training School (DTS)?

Do you want to deepen your relationship with God? Are you hungry to learn what your purpose is and what your calling is as a follower of Jesus? YWAM’s entry-level training program, which is called DTS (Discipleship Training School), is 5-6 month program dedicated to knowing God and learning how to make Him known. DTS is a time set aside to learn how to develop a lifetime of obedience and devotion.

The DTS emphasizes heart transformation and character development, not just the accumulation of knowledge.  It is an intense missions training program that focuses on developing a commitment and love for Jesus and compassion for the world.  DTS is a journey to discover the heart of God and learn His nature, character and ways.

Lecture Phase

The DTS majors on the two elements of YWAM’s motto: “To Know God and to Make Him Known”.  During the first three months called the “Lecture Phase”, you will be discipled with other students who are also passionately seeking God’s heart.  Our teachers come from dynamic, national and international ministries to share biblical truths that will help you to know God at a deeper level.

Weekly you will experience time alone with God, powerful intercession and worship times, classroom instruction, small group interaction, one-on-one discipleship, cultural training, outreach to nearby communities, fellowship with speakers, staff and other students, and free time to rest, play, and process all that God is doing in your life!

Outreach Phase

After the Lecture Phase you will enter the second half of the DTS called the “Outreach Phase”.  The Outreach Phase provides an opportunity for you to apply what you learned in the classroom through an intensive, hands-on, cross-cultural mission experience.

On your outreach you will be exposed to a wide variety of mission work. You will minister to orphans and widows, build friendships with university students while teaching English, teach communities about hygiene and disease prevention, disciple new believers, pray for the sick and needy, and share the Gospel in public and private settings.  You will work shoulder to shoulder with long term workers who have left everything to obey God’s call.

Please keep in mind that the successful completion of DTS is the required first step to become a full time worker with YWAM or to attend any of YWAM’s other courses. YWAM Idaho’s Discipleship Training Schools are registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations.  

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Fall DTS

Beginning in September, our Fall DTS consists of two tracks, the India Reach DTS and the Spirit & Truth DTS.  The lecture phase is held at our beautiful camp in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho.


Backpackers DTS

If you love backpacking, if you love Jesus, if you love adventure, then the Backpackers DTS is for you!  During the lecture phase, every other week we are on the trail or rafting down one of Idaho’s whitewater rivers.


Worship Justly DTS

The Worship Justly DTS is located at our new location, Boise, Idaho.  During the lecture phase you will immersed in a ministry to refugees and those living on the street.


One of the main questions we get is this:

What does the process look like for me to do a DTS?

OK.  Here you go.  The first step is to really seek the Lord.  If He leads you to do a DTS with us, AWESOME!  The next step would be to fill out our application HERE.  Once we get your completed application and three references, our staff will spend some serious time praying for you.  Then, as we officially accept you we send you a welcome packet with all the info you need to prepare for your DTS.  This includes more info about YWAM as well as fundraising ideas.  Your DTS staff will continue to pray for you and will be available anytime questions come up.  And then the best part happens…we get to meet you!  What a blessing that is to our team to meet the people we have spent so much time praying for!

We hope this helps!  Please feel free to contact us any time you have questions about any of our schools!

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