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The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a life changing course for people over the age of 18 and above who want to deepen their relationship with God, while joining in the adventure of making God known across the world. The DTS gives people from any background the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and explore how their passions and gifts can be used to see people’s lives transformed by Jesus. It is a full time, 9 month residential course that is part training and part application. The 6 month training phase takes place in Bristol, England, with a a few weeks of UK outreach, and 2 months of outreach abroad.

At YWAM Bristol we are passionate about providing an environment for you to safely explore more of who Jesus is. YWAM Bristol has been here since June 2013, so we’re very much still pioneering. As a result we are running our DTS with a focus on pioneering because we want those who come to our DTS to become part of our tribe, and to join us in the journey of discovering how to reach our community with God’s love – and the world needs more pioneering missionaries!

Through our DTS we aim to provide excellent training and discipleship that will help you grow in your Christian walk as well as creating new ways to reach our neighbourhoods with the gospel. The question that YWAM Bristol will be exploring with this DTS is ‘how do we impact our city with God’s kingdom?’

Those who come on this journey with us will also have the opportunity to stay a little longer after the DTS for our summer internship. During the internship you will have more opportunities to develop your gifts in leadership and to continue to invest into what was started during the DTS.

Training Phase

Training Phase 

The training phase of DTS is focused on knowing God. Knowing Him through the Bible, spending time with Him in worship and intercession and through doing outreaches, such as evangelism and serving in the community. We will have a fortnightly schedule, the first week of which will be a week of lectures and teaching, the second a week of application and ministry. This is to allow time and space for the things you are learning in the lecture week to be rooted in your life as you apply it to ministry and an everyday context. Each week of lectures covers a different topic, taught by a different teacher. Our speakers come from different nations and backgrounds in order to give a breadth and depth to the school and to ensure we are well balanced in our understanding of who God is.
It is in this phase that we want to come to know that God loves us in such a way that it empowers us to love everyone we come across as He does.  As a community we desire to live and love as Jesus did, so we can impact our city with the gospel.

31625_IMG_4974During the training phase we will cover topics such as: 

• How to hear the voice of God
• Understanding and knowing God’s nature and character
• An overview of the story and truth of the Bible
• An introduction to the concepts and practice of evangelism
• An introduction to the concepts and practice of spiritual warfare
• Our identities in Jesus 

Click here to see an example of our DTS training phase schedule. 

Outreach Phase

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The outreach phase focuses on living and sharing all that God has taught us in the training phase. This part is a 2 week outreach in the UK, followed by a 2 month missions trip into a cross cultural environment, where we will make God known by sharing our faith and serving through mercy ministries. During the outreach, you will be able to put your skills and gifts into practice and will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone to try new things. We will partner with local churches and YWAM ministries to invest in their long term vision, which provides for follow up discipleship for any new relationships we make. We have yet to confirm locations for this DTS Outreach but it will be a location that we believe God is calling us to and where we have contacts on the ground.

On a typical DTS outreach some of the things you might do are: teaching/preaching, leading kids & youth camps, medical outreaches, creative evangelism, practical projects such as painting or cleaning, as well as using skills such as sports and art to share our faith.

Dates & Costs

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heartcogTraining Phase: £4,400*

aircraft-icon-icon-a5-crash-30Outreach phase: £1500£2000* (plus international flights).

*These fees will cover all of your accommodation and food as well as all of your resources for training and any trips we make as a school. You will need to get yourself to Bristol as well as your return journey home from Bristol at the end of the course.

Your accommodation for the course will be community style living with other trainees on the DTS, within walking distance of the YWAM base. This is an intentional part of the live-learn environment that is vital to the DTS. Living in community means that you will be expected to be part of the running of the home, including keeping the home tidy and being part of dinner preparation and clean up.

Remember that we have had to limit the number of trainees on our school to 10, so please do get in touch as soon as you can.

If you would like to apply to join us on our DTS, or if you have any questions please email us on info@ywambristol.org, we would be really happy to help answer any questions you may have. When you apply there is a £35 application fee and a £500 deposit for those accepted, to secure your place on the school. The rest of the fees will be due on arrival, but don’t worry, we are on hand to help you raise the finances and you will be amazed at how God provides!

For those outside of the UK we will also be able to guide you through the visa process as YWAM England is authorised by the UK government to issue visas for our training programs and full-time volunteer roles.

Choosing Your DTS

YWAM Bristol’s DTS is not for the faint hearted. You will grow, you will have an adventure with God the like of which you’ve never had before, and it will be tough, it will stretch you and challenge you. This is not just a course about developing our understanding and our knowledge, this school is also about developing your character to enable you to live like Jesus. DTS doesn’t just stand for Discipleship Training School, it also stands for Die To Self. Jesus calls us to take up our crosses daily, He invites us to let go of our dreams, our desires and our perceived rights, so that we can pick up something of far greater worth. He invites us to truly live a life that reflects Him in every way. As we pursue Jesus with our whole hearts and as we give our lives to Him we will quickly hear ourselves say ‘there is nothing more important to me than Jesus and what He wants to do on this earth!’.  And this is what we are inviting you to. Come and give Jesus 9 months of your life, be ready to try new things, be prepared to be pushed by God in ways you’ve never thought about, and come ready to be used powerfully by Him.

We can only take 10 trainees on our school, space is limited, so book soon. We are deeply excited as we know that God is going to impact lives during this DTS and to reveal their destiny, but He will also impact the city we love, He will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and put the lonely in families.

The YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS) offers a unique time in your life to focus on who God made you to be, and what He wants you to do. But YWAM offers a wide variety of options when it comes to choosing your DTS. How do you narrow down your choices?

Here are some questions to ask yourself, and to pray over and discuss with your parents, your pastor, and/or trusted counsellors:

What kind of cultural experience do you want?

Do you want to stay and train in your home nation or do you want to go for a totally cross-cultural experience?

Would you prefer to join a large, well-established YWAM location with a larger DTS or do you feel called to be part of a smaller pioneering focused team?

For more thoughts on these questions have a look at www.ywam.org/training/how-do-i-chose-a- dts. If you would like help finding a DTS that is right for you in YWAM England email us on info@ywambristol.org. We’d love to help you any way we can.