What is a YWAM DTS?

Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a five month program that inspires students to have radical faith as they encounter God and learn to make Him known. 

For the past 40+ years, YWAM DTSs has existed to help individuals develop a personal, intimate relationship with God, so they can make Him known in the nations. Students will learn to walk in their identity in Christ, as well as how to share the hope of Jesus with the lost.

Our Online Encounter DTS will give you a place to discover your God-given passions, as well as the part you were made to play in God’s divine purposes. This DTS will run alongside the On-Campus Encounter Discipleship Training School. Each lecture will be recorded and sent to you via an online platform. You will have weekly meetings with your school leader and fellow students online, as well as one-on-one discipleship times through video/audio calls. Your one on one or school leader will be readily available to talk with you online, answer any questions, and walk you through this exciting time! We ask that our online students join us in Redding for the final week of the lecture phase to prepare for the outreach with the on-campus students. From there, both online and on-campus students will head overseas together with their teams to spend 2 months sharing the Gospel with those who haven’t heard!  

*Those that are outside of the US, that are unable to enter the country due to visas will meet the teams directly onsite at the outreach location. 

Lecture Phase

Lecture Phase of the DTS is filled with new discoveries about yourself, God, and His world. Weekly teachings give you a biblical foundation to understand who God is, who we are in Christ, and what it means to be His disciples. Each week, a new eye-opening topic will be taught that you can explore in a safe and open community via an online platform. Times of personal devotion and the corporate pursuit of God will give you even more opportunity to encounter His presence, and learn the lessons He is longing to teach you. The DTS Lecture Phase is meant to provoke, challenge, and encourage you to grow in your faith and deepen your friendship with God. 

Outreach Phase

Outreach Phase of the DTS focuses on applying what you’ve learned during the Lecture Phase through a 2-month cross-cultural experience. This time will provide opportunities to boldly evangelize, encourage the local church and persecuted believers, and pray and worship over the nation. Share the testimonies of how Jesus has changed your life as you invite the lost into the same loving relationship with the Father. The mission is to take Christ’s message of hope around the world, bringing restoration and life to many.


A track is an additional focus within your Encounter DTS designed to connect you with people of similar passions and to inspire the call within.

Tracks are entirely optional. Regardless of track choice all students will remain together for regular DTS lectures. Tracks meet one night per week for special activities and teachings, and will take part in a “Track Week” planned by your track leader. If you decide to opt out of tracks you will have this night each week free and will serve as a mission builder during the Track Week.


More Information

Summer: June 28 – November 19Dates TBD


Lecture Phase: $1,995 with a $60 book fee

  • The $40 application fee is not included in this price.
  • A $500 deposit will need to be paid prior to the start of your school. This down payment will be taken off the above lecture phase costs once it is paid. Any remaining cost not paid prior to arrival will be due upon the start of your DTS.
  • All checks will incur a 5% processing fee.
  • All online payments incur a 5% processing fee.

Tracks are optional and cost an additional $100 if chosen. See Track Focuses and the seasons in which they run above.


Outreach Phase Cost:

There are many possible nations where we may send an outreach, and locations are prayerfully chosen for each school. Since so much can vary depending on location, final outreach costs will be announced within the Lecture Phase. Typically price ranges from about $2,500-$5,000, so please prepare for this.

These fees will cover your flights, housing, food, transportation, and other ministry expenses. We recommend students bring personal spending money for additional snacks, souvenirs, and down-time activities.

Quench your thirst for adventure as you travel to up to 4 different nations and experience unique cultures while bringing the gospel and the love of Christ to the lost. The final portion of your Lecture Phase will be spent in the nations for an extended outreach experience.

This outreach will be between $5,000 and $6,000:

Please note that $2,500 of this will be due in the second week of your Lecture Phase.

In YWAM we have a strong culture of depending upon the Lord for provision. We are convinced that if God gives the call, He will provide the means for us to move. We encourage you to pray about how to partner with others in raising support, knowing that it is ultimately up to the Lord to provide the way for the mission He is calling you to!

Check out our blog series on the “why” and “how” of fundraising HERE.

If you have any questions or concerns about support raising please feel free to contact us!



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