DTS stands for Discipleship Training School. It is what you might call YWAM’s ‘foundational ministry’ – everyone in YWAM has to do a DTS somewhere at some time before they can join staff in any YWAM ministry. There is always a ‘lecture phase’ to begin with (the ‘Know God’ part) and an ‘outreach phase’ to finish off (the ‘Make Him known’ part).
Each DTS is designed to do five things:
1. To GATHER and CHALLENGE people to worship, listen to and obey God, releasing them (in the context of the DTS) to serve through evangelism, intercession, acts of compassion and other expressions of God’s heart for the world, possibly even pioneering new ministries.
2. To INSPIRE and CULTIVATE growth in one’s relationship with God resulting in Christ like character, which is based on a solid Biblical foundation, the work of the Holy Spirit and the personal application of Biblical truth, especially concerning God’s Character, the Cross and empowering Grace.
3. To SHARPEN one’s ability to relate to, learn from and work with people, including those of different cultures, personalities and perspectives.
4. To further EQUIP each one to serve God’s purposes either in or outside of YWAM Family of Ministries, strengthening a commitment to reach the lost, especially the unreached, to care for the poor, and to influence all areas of society.
5. To IMPART the vision and foundational values of Youth With A Mission International as well as that of the host operating location and to provide information regarding a variety of opportunities for service.
So long as they do those things, each DTS can be very different. Some are only five months long, some are ten months; some are in one language, some have translation into three; some have a special focus—such as photography, sports, justice and many more.
Our Revival & Reformation DTS is in English, lasting nine months, with a focus on worship & prayer and wholistic urban ministry in Cambridge and to the ends of the earth.