Discipleship Training School

Your missions journey begins Here

2 Phases | 5 Months

Lecture phase

During the Lecture Phase of DTS, you 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, one-on-ones, 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!

Lecture Topics

Character & Nature of God
Hearing God’s Voice
Grace & Identity in Christ
Forgiveness, Repentance, & Freedom
Bible Overview
Lordship & Discipleship
Missions and the Great Commission

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.

Where Will You Go?

Outreach locations vary per school. Our staff have done outreaches in many nations, including Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Thailand, the Middle East, 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.

Debrief & Re-entry

After outreach, you will have time to debrief your experience, gain perspective, 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 home 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.

Future Opportunities

After DTS is finished, opportunities abound. 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.

Why Wait? Start your DTS journey today.

Upcoming Schools

Program Dates

Winter 2024 – Jan. 8 – May 24

Fall 2024 – Sept. 16 – Feb. 7



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. Cost covers tuition, housing, food, and airfare to & from outreach location.