About DTS

About Discipleship Training Schools

(Information taken from U of N Kona website)


The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry-level course, and embodies YWAM’s mission to “know God and make Him known”. Our utmost desire is that DTS students will encounter Jesus personally, learn to hear the voice of the Lord, and respond in joyful obedience!

For many, this is a time of discovery as they receive a revelation of God’s love for them and how God uniquely wants to use them to accomplish His command to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19). DTS is a full-time, residential training course which consists of 11-12 weeks of classroom learning and an 8-12 week outreach.


The focus of the classroom learning is to “know God”. During this time, prominent speakers from around the world are brought in to teach on subjects such as:

  • Hearing God’s voice
  • The Father heart of God
  • Identity in Christ
  • The Cross
  • How to study and communicate God’s word effectively
  • The Nature and Character of God
  • Biblical worldview
  • Intercession and spiritual warfare
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Relationships
  • Cross-cultural ministry


During outreach, students are given the opportunity to “make God known” by sharing what they have learned and experienced in both word and action. Under the guidance of their staff, students engage in countless ministry activities such as evangelism, worship and intercession; serving the poor, orphans and widows; and supporting local churches. Since there is no nation, tribe or people that we will not visit, most outreaches involve serving in a cross-cultural context with a multi-cultural team.

The Discipleship Training School is a requirement for applying as YWAM staff, and serves as a prerequisite to all other training programs. The DTS is offered at YWAM locations all over the world. Some schools have a special focus on particular areas of ministry or nations. To see which DTS’ are running in Kona and to learn more about the unique vision of each DTS, please visit uofnkona.edu.

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