Discipleship Training School

What is a DTS?

When: TBD

Cost: $8000

School Tuition Subject To Change

We do our very best to keep prices low, and un-changing, 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.

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? At YWAM West Michigan, we are all about doing whatever it takes to know God and to make Him known, together.

DTS is a two-part, five-month, discipleship course which serves as an introduction to global missions.


The first 3 months of your DTS, commonly called the “lecture phase”, will be spent at YWAM West Michigan learning from speakers we trust on foundational discipleship topics such as Nature and Character of God, Hearing God’s Voice, Relationships, and Missions. The goal of the lecture phase is to allow God to change your life based on what you’re learning and not have it just be head-knowledge. You will also spend time weekly engaging in worship, prayer, and developing a skill or passion (called electives) of your choice to see how it can be used in missions. You will be surrounded by people around the same age who are all running after the same thing – to know God and to make Him known. It’s a great community to learn and grow in!


The second phase of your DTS will be spent on a 2 month outreach. Your options for locations will be revealed during lecture phase. 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 glimpse of 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 world-wide movement to make Jesus known in all nations of the world.


We believe that God has placed skills and passions in your life for a purpose. During your lecture phase, you will spend 4-5 hours a week expanding your skill set in the elective of your choice. Learn how to use your passion for the purpose of making God known in the world. 

Check out the Electives section at the bottom of this page for more information about which ones are offered.

*Not every elective is offered during each DTS, so please email or call us if you’d like to find out which electives are offered during your DTS!


Health & Wellness

Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, and how we take care of our bodies directly affects our mind, body, and spirit. Discover how God created our bodies to function, and be transformed as you learn simple ways to steward the body God has given you.

Fire Spinning

Yes, we like to light things on fire and move them around our bodies at high velocity. You will learn to use fire as an art form. Nothing draws an audience for the gospel like fire spinning. Become a pyro for the Lord.

Biblical Theology

Do you want to go deeper in your study of God’s Word? Do you have questions about the Scriptures that have long gone unanswered? Have you ever found yourself thinking, “There has to be more than what I’ve been taught?” This is the place for you. Discover the ancient world of the Bible and come alive through the study of God’s Word.

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.

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