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Discipleship Training School

What is a DTS?

Its about growing in your knowledge of the experience of God, its about daily putting into practice what you know. Everyday for the length of the school at YWAM Canberra you are given opportunity to experience and apply the principles learnt in class and through other exciting learning activities.


For 12 weeks you are based in Canberra Australia then for the remainder of the school you are “on outreach”.


Have you ever wondered what to do with your life? Thought about how incredible your life is (or isn’t?) and how important your faith can be in shaping not only your whole future, but also others’? Would you love to get answers to some hard questions and find direction for your life? Are you looking for peace, good relationships, how to please God and how to make your life matter? Would you like a cross-cultural adventure, desire the opportunity to travel and maybe even learn another language?


Our YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) is a great place to grow for any age group, the heart of the DTS is “to know God and make Him known.” The emphasis is about both knowledge gained and principles applied.


Together with your team (our DTS usually have about 5-20 participants), you will make a huge impact on the communities you’ll visit on your DTS outreach.


Come and stay with us while you look to grow and sharpen your perception of God and His purposes for your life, a DTS is a must do!

Next DTS begins 11th February 2019


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  • It’s a 5 – 6 month intensive Discipleship Training School with a focus on encountering God, experiencing His love and reaching out to others. To know God and make Him known is the very core value of our DTS


  • DTS is time out from the regular craziness of life to seek God, to dig deep foundations for your future and to get equipped for ministry wherever He places you.


  • DTS is the springboard into specialised training wherever God is calling you, whether you are a mechanic or a student, a policeman or yet to be employed DTS is the doorway to the future. Working in existing YWAM ministries or the platform to birth a new ministry DTS is ideally suited to help launch your mission career.


  • Go deeper and further in your relationship with God; find your niche in the Great Commission; become a world changer no matter how old or young you are!
  • Whatever your age, educational and cultural background or life experience there is a safe place here for you to learn and grow in God.


  • The environment at YWAM Canberra is international.


  • DTS is an opportunity to give God six months to help you refocus, refresh, and renew.


  • You’re never too young or too old to become involved in the purposes of God!

Every DTS runs between 22 and 24 weeks made up of the following:


12 weeks of lectures – numerous guest speakers from around the world, small group discussions, personal one on one time, ministry to each other, worship, intercession and having fun while living and working together.It’s a “”live – learn” philosophy – learning within the context of a cross cultural community, not just a classroom.


10-12 weeks of outreach – serving, sharing faith and encouraging local believers in an Aussie and/or international location, usually somewhere in South East Asia. This is where you get a chance to take the gospel to the nations and see God’s power and love transform people and communities.It’s the opportunity to get practical with everything you’ve been learning in the ‘classroom’


Some of the areas covered during the lecture phase (by local and visiting YWAM leaders and teachers)

Hearing God

Foundations in the word of God

The character and nature of God

Lifestyle of worship and prayer

Biblical world view

Spiritual warfare

Jesus as Lord

Flowing in the gifts of the Holy Spirit

Identity and calling

Forgiveness and repentance

Loving relationships

Sharing your faith / world missions

Certificate III in Discipleship (52282)

At the completion of all units of the course you will obtain a Certificate III in Discipleship. The DTS is designed to lay foundations of knowing God and making Him known by training participants in the foundational teachings of Youth With A Mission and by providing opportunities for hands on application of that training. The DTS opens the door for ongoing involvement with Youth With a Mission, and provides foundational training that will assist you in further missions involvement, or for personal application in any sphere of society.


Unit IDS701/2.101 Encountering God

The purpose of this unit is to strengthen the participant’s relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by imparting a life-changing understanding of the nature, character, and ways of God, by encouraging a response to Him in worship, prayer and obedience, and by equipping participants to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values and behaviours.


Unit IDS701/2.102 Seeing Life from God’s Perspective

The purpose of this unit is to enable the participant to adopt and apply the Biblical view of human beings and their role as partners with God in all of creation, while affirming the value, uniqueness and significance to God of every individual as well as all peoples and nations.


Unit IDS701/2.103 Recognize Jesus as Lord

The purpose of this unit is to strengthen the participant’s commitment to follow Jesus as Lord and to apply that commitment to personal lifestyle.


Unit IDS701/2.104 Become more like Jesus

This unit provides the participant with the knowledge and skills to establish an ongoing development of their attitudes, values, and behaviour to reflect those of Jesus Christ.


Unit IDS701/2.105 Do the Works of Jesus

The purpose of this unit is to challenge the participants with the ‘Great Commission,’ to do the works of Jesus so as to defeat the enemy’s strategies, to strengthen their commitment to reach the lost, to equip them to share the Gospel, and to encourage them to clarify with God their personal life direction and purpose.


Unit IDS701/2.106 Orientate to YWAM

This unit will give the participant an overview of the purpose, structure, history and foundational values of Youth With A Mission internationally, nationally and locally. The unit will also introduce participants to the opportunities that are available for them for further study and ministry within YWAM after the completion of the training course.

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application.


There is also a component of written course work which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists and supervisor reports.


The DTS is holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.


*For recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook

2018 dates: 

  • 17 September 2018

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