Discipleship Training School

Your missions journey begins Here

Are you longing for a deeper relationship with God? Are you willing to travel to the farthest reaches of the earth to communicate God’s love? DTS is a two-part, five month, discipleship course which serves as an introduction to missions.

Lecture phase

During the Lecture Phase of DTS, your will learn from speakers we trust on foundational topics such as The Nature and Character of God, Missions, Evangelism, and more. The goal of the lecture phase is to allow God to change your life based on what you are learning and not just have it be head knowledge. Lecture phase will be filled with worship, teachings, intercession, Bible study, outreach preparation, and time together just having fun! You will be surrounded by an amazing group of people seeking to know God and make Him known. It’s a great community to learn and grow in!

Outreach phase

The second phase of your DTS will be spent on a 2-month overseas outreach. This phase allows you to put into practice everything you just learned and to share the good news of Jesus Christ cross-culturally. Outreach will provide you with a window into cross-cultural missions as your team serves alongside local believers, existing ministries, and long-term missionaries. You will work and serve in a lot of different ways, but at the end of the day, the goal is to make God known. So, when you choose to do a DTS, you are joining the worldwide movement to make Jesus known in all nations of the world.

Debrief & Re-entry

After your outreach, you will have time to debrief your experience, gain perspective through from what you have learned, and chart a course toward where God is sending you next. We won’t beat around the bush. You may see and experience some difficult or heartbreaking things, and coming back to the Western world can be disorienting. We are here for you and are willing to walk with you. And anyone who wants or needs additional help in processing their experience will be connected with a trusted pastor or counselor (or both) to make sure you are on solid ground as you take your next steps.

After DTS is finished, we have a number of places for you to serve. We have staff openings on base, global partners in the nations, as well as connections to local ministries. Kuyper College also allows for you to transfer your DTS for credit into a number of their degree programs so that you can continue your theological education.

Health & Fitness

At YWAM West MI, we believe in developing our bodies as well as our hearts and minds. Whether you are an experienced athlete or you are just beginning, you will have the opportunity to grow and learn at a pace that is just right for you. We also do our best to provide healthy meals for our staff and students.

Winter DTS 2024

Program Dates

January 8 – May 24, 2024


Lecture Phase $4,000
Outreach Phase – $5,000
School tuition subject to change
We do our very best to keep prices low and unchanging, but all prices are approximate. Seasonal travel, outreach location, and other unforeseen factors can impact the final cost. Please feel free to contact us for more details.

Where will you go for outreach?

Outreach locations vary per school. Our staff have done outreaches in many nations, including Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, Vanuatu, and many more. We always ask the Lord to direct us and are willing to go wherever in the world He might send us.

Why Wait? Start your DTS journey today.