We know that there can be a lot of questions when you are looking into applying for Discipleship Training School (DTS)! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. Don't see your questions answered? Feel free to reach out to us!
What does "DTS" stand for? "DTS" stands for Discipleship Training School.
How long is DTS? DTS is six months long and is split into two distinct phases, called lectures and outreach. During lecture phase, you will live with the other students and staff on our campus and participate in daily lectures, small group, local ministry, evangelism, chores around the campus, worship and intercession, one on one mentoring from the staff and more. The lecture phase is 12 weeks.
What do you learn during lecture phase? Local, national and international speakers come to teach on weekly topics. Topics include evangelism, missions, Biblical worldview, God's heart as a Father, making Jesus "Lord" of your life, God's character and nature, the Holy Spirit, and more. DTS is a live-learn environment, so you not only learn through class times, but through weekly workbook and journal questions, one on one mentoring and by living in community. To see more about the purpose of DTS and the full curriculum, please visit the International DTS Centre.
What is outreach phase? Outreach phase is where you get to put into practice what you have learned during your lecture phase! You and a team from your school travel to a cross-cultural local to evangelize, preach the Gospel, share testimonies, and serve the local church.
How long is outreach? Outreach is 10 weeks overseas and 2 weeks back at our campus, doing debrief and re-entry.
How much does DTS cost? The tuition fee for lecture phase is $3,500 USD, which includes meals and housing and transportation for school outings. There may be an additional fee for your school, depending on which quarter or track you are a part of. The full tuition fee (including additional fees per quarter) is due upon arrival to your school. The outreach fee is between $2,500 to $4,500 USD, which includes flights, visas, insurance, meals, accommodation, team transportation. The exact price cannot be determined before the location is known. A $2,000 USD deposit toward your outreach fee is due 2 weeks after the start of your school. The remainder of your outreach fee is due 6 weeks after the start of your school. Please contact us for more info about payments or refunds.
How can I pay for my DTS? Many people fundraise for part or all of their DTS fees. Some ideas for fundraising for your DTS include talking to your church's missions team about support, sending out support requests, hosting a fundraiser, like a dinner or a movie night, selling a hand made product, or picking up a side job. If you have questions about fundraising, please feel free to ask us!
Can I keep my job and work during my DTS? No, DTS is a full time, live-learn course for six months. It is six months set aside to grow with God, understand His heart for the lost, serve others and share the Gospel.
Why should I do a DTS? DTS challenges your personal relationship with God, it inspires a deep love for the lost and to see the Great Commission accomplished, and it strengthens your ability to relate to and love people in a Christ-like way. It also gives you a chance to discover your purpose in God's kingdom and be a part of making Him known in the nations. You are not just getting head knowledge, you are being challenged to apply what you learning in hands on ways through community, ministry and evangelism.
I'm not a US Citizen and I want to do a DTS at YWAM Metro Detroit! Start by filling out the full DTS application, including Part 3 if English is not your first language. Non US Citizens will need to apply for a visa for their stay in the United States for the duration of DTS. Upon your acceptance to the program, we will send you the information necessary to apply for the appropriate visa. Please understand that the visa process takes time. We recommend that you allow 6 months from your acceptance to the program to the start of your DTS to allow time for your visa application and appointment at the US Embassy in your home nation.
Is DTS accredited? DTS is accredited with YWAM's University of the Nations, and acts as a prerequisite for other University of the Nations training courses. Some colleges accept YWAM's University of the Nations credit. Please visit Accreditation with the UofN for more info.
What is the University of the Nations (UofN)? Founded upon biblical principles, YWAM's the University of the Nations (UofN) fulfills its commitment to Christ and His Great Commission by equipping men and women with spiritual, cultural, intellectual, and professional training, and inspiring them to continually grow in their personal relationship with God while also seeking to make Him known among all peoples in all nations. Viewing the world as both its classroom and venue for ministry, the University of the Nations is committed to teaching and developing Christian men and women called to “make disciples of all nations.” (Matthew 28:19-20). Special priority for service is given to nations, cities, and people groups which have had the least access to the message of the Gospel. An integrated approach to ministry, including evangelism, training, and the meeting of physical needs, is presented biblically and worked out practically. The University seeks to broaden the scope of evangelistic endeavors by equipping students to serve in all spheres of society, in all nations, in response to Jesus’ declaration that we are the salt and light of the world. Learning to think biblically and discern spiritually, applying scriptural truth to every area of life, prepares students for going to the nations where they are called to serve... Read more about UofN at UofN.edu
What other schools does YWAM offer? Many other courses are offered through YWAM's University of the Nations (UofN), These courses cover fields such as healthcare and counseling, sports and fitness, humanities and justice, worldview, the Bible, Christian ministry, and science and technology. You can earn associates, bachelors and masters degrees through UofN in these fields. Or you can choose a course simply to further your education with a focus on missions and reaching the lost. To see degree tracks, talk to an admissions counselor, or browse offered courses, please visit UofN.edu.
What is YWAM's purpose and beliefs? Youth With A Mission (YWAM) is a global movement of Christians from many denominations dedicated to presenting Jesus personally to this generation, to mobilizing as many as possible to help in this task, and to the training and equipping of believers for their part in fulfilling the Great Commission. As citizens of God’s kingdom, we are called to love, worship, and obey our Lord, to love and serve His Body, the Church, and to present the whole gospel for the whole person throughout the whole world. We of Youth With A Mission believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and authoritative word, revealing that Jesus Christ is God’s son; that people are created in God’s image; that He created us to have eternal life through Jesus Christ; that although all people have sinned and come short of God’s glory, God has made salvation possible through the death on the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ; that repentance, faith, love and obedience are fitting responses to God’s initiative of grace towards us; that God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth; and that the Holy Spirit’s power is demonstrated in and through us for the accomplishment of Christ’s last commandment, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone” (Mark 16:15 NLT). Youth With A Mission (YWAM) affirms the Bible as the inspired and authoritative word of God and, with the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, the absolute reference point for every aspect of life and ministry. Based upon God’s word, who He is, and His initiative of salvation through the atoning work of Jesus (His death, burial, and resurrection), the following responses are strongly emphasized in YWAM: worship, holiness, witness, prayer, fellowship and service. YWAM's Foundational Values are listed here. See YWAM.org for more info on YWAM's purpose and beliefs.
What are the living arrangements for DTS? We currently house our staff and students in houses in a neighborhood in Detroit. There are separate rooms for guys and girls, with staff members living in student accommodations. While breakfast is at the houses, lunch and dinner, as well as class and worship are held at a local church, just around the corner from our properties.
What is the average age of DTS students? What is the average age of those on your staff? Most DTS students are between the ages of 18-25, but anyone of any age is welcome to apply! If you are specifically looking for a DTS geared for families or the older generation, please search, "Cross Roads DTS" or "family DTS" at YWAM,org. The average age of our staff is 21-25. We believe that maturity is not measured simply by age, but by character and one's relationship with God. Two of our YWAM Foundational Values are, "Champion young people" and "Do first, then teach". We believe young people are capable and a valuable part of God's Kingdom. They are worthy of our time, to impart spiritual wisdom to them, as well as teach practical skills.