Experiencing the Word – Combined DTS & SBS

ETW Experiencing the word

The first three months of DTS will take place at YWAM Muizenberg on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa. Sharing life together in community, staff and students alike will submerge themselves into an intentional season of shared learning via lectures, regular rhythms of prayer and worship, manual labor and active service to the community around us. With the Mother City as our backdrop we will engage in a live/learn pursuit of a life shaped by the mercy of God. Our prayer is that this lecture phase will birth a love for Jesus, a lifestyle of active reconciliation and a vision for lifelong learning, in all who participate. Lecture topics include: The Father/Mother Heart of God, World View, Reconciliation & Peacemaking, Holy Spirit, Missions, The Kingdom of God and more

Experiencing the Word – 18 Month Combined Discipleship Training School & School of Biblical Studies

24 September 2018– 1 March 2019 / Muizenberg, South Africa

Jesus, the Word made flesh, invites us to enter into fellowship with the Father, the Son, & the Holy Spirit, and with His body, to enjoy Him and participate with Him in the expansion of His Kingdom in this world. The heartbeat of this extended DTS/SBS journey is that each person would come to experience the life of Christ and his empowering presence made available to us every moment of every day and have the opportunity to see this become an integral part of the rest of our lives. We want to grow in living & loving like Jesus, the Word made flesh.

The heartbeat of this 18 month extended Experiencing The Word combined DTS/SBS journey is that each person would come to experience the life of Christ and his empowering presence made available to us every moment of every day and have the opportunity to see this become an integral part of the rest of our lives. This will be our second time running it, the first one has been so transformational that we knew we had to run it again.

We are excited to bring together into one program both the Discipleship Training School and the School of Biblical Studies. We want to create a sense of continuity between these two schools, bringing them together in a way that they flow naturally together. From the discipleship experience of a DTS with weekly topics, on to DTS outreach, and then returning for a continuation of that same experience while studying through each book of the Bible, journeying with the same students and staff each step of the way, finishing with a second outreach at the end. In order to facilitate the processing and the pace desired, we have extended the SBS an additional month to 10 months. This combined experience, with both DTS & SBS outreaches, will create an opportunity to see not only incredible growth and impact, but to set in place lifelong rhythms of knowing God & making Him known.

The program will begin with the Classic September DTS and outreach (more info here). Whichever students are interested, can then choose to continue on for the remainder of the SBS & SBS outreach (for more information about SBS click here). For those interested in this program, they would need to apply for a special extended visa in their home country before coming. Please be aware that this can take some time as it requires a background check and often an in-person visit to the nearest South African embassy.

Outreach locations have not been finalized, but will include working among the Syrian refugees, as well as locations in Africa, & Asia.


Come join us at YWAM Muizenberg, in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Only a few minutes walk from Muizenberg beach and a surfer’s paradise. We are also near the local township communities. We regularly engage with God’s heart for this incredible community and the surrounding communities.

Continuing in a posture of learning and a vision of “the Beloved Community”, the final three months of DTS will consist of splitting into smaller focused outreach teams. Carrying the two handed gospel which seeks to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people, we will continue our communal discipleship journey while serving communities. The hope for these outreaches is to be students of the people, places and the stories we come into contact with while discovering and sharing the heart of Jesus and supporting various ministries and Kingdom movements along the way.

In this debrief week all the students and staff meet up again in Muizenberg.  You will reflect on what you’ve experienced during outreach and DTS and will be equipped with useful tools and tips to handle day to day life back home again.

If you have any question about a life together DTS , check the frequently asked question page below. Or sent us a Question and if you don’t know what to pack, check our packing list in the link below aswell.

Meet The School Leaders!

Rachel Froneman, Hans Oines, & James Lunn

James Lunn did his DTS in Perth, Australia in January of 1998. He has been with YWAM for over twenty years. Hans Oines did his DTS in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1998. He did his second DTS with his wife, Susan, in 2007. These two have worked closely together for the last nine years and have led many schools including SBS’s and DTS’s. Both have spent much of that time focusing on biblical training, teaching, and discipleship. Rachel Froneman did her DTS in Kona, Hawaii in April 2012. She has been with YWAM for six years and has been working with James and Hans for two years. Their desire is to disciple people to live and love more like Jesus.


*While the DTS lecture phase & outreach have been set, the SBS portion is still being finalized and is subject to slight adjustments.

DTS Portion:
Lecture Phase: Sep 24th, 2018 – Dec 7th, 2018
Outreach Phase: Dec 7th, 2018- Feb 15th, 2019
Debrief weeks: Feb 18th, 2019 – March 1st, 2019

During the 4 weeks between end of DTS & beginning of SBS there will be a local outreach and leadership track that will be offered for those who remain in Muizenberg.

SBS Portion:
* This consists of 3 standard 3 month quarters as well as an additional 10th month at the end and a final 2 week debriefing time at the end of the outreach.
Lecture Phase: April 2019
Outreach Phase: February to March 2020
Final Debriefing: March 2020

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Tuition Cost
YWAM Muizenberg has a category system which aims to enable all students, regardless of social or economic background, to attend our training programmes. The fees below are according to category. You can find out more about our fees, which category you fall in to and financial policies here.

*Because of the length of this course, it is our recommendations that all participants look at raising committed monthly support rather than just a lump sum at the beginning.  It is only possible to give a very broad estimate at this point, but the all inclusive price for the 18 months including all accommodation and food, both outreaches, lecture phases, and costs of staying between quarters, etc will likely be between 110,000 rand to 160,000 rand depending on which category you fall in to and where you go for outreach. Divide that by 18 and it would be recommended that you trust God to raise about 8,500 rand a month if you are coming from outside of Africa or about 7,200 rand a month for those from South Africa. Note: for those coming internationally, the rand can fluctuate quite a bit, at the moment 8,500 rand would be about 700 US dollars a month, at this time last year, it would have been about 600 US dollars.

Qurarterly Lecture Fees:

*Lecture Fees:
Cat A: R22,500
Cat B: R16,500
Cat C: R14,500
*There will be a slight increase in these fees that will be posted soon.

Registration Fees:
Cat A: R500
Cat B: R300
Cat C: R250

Outreach Fees
Approximately R35,000 depending on location.


Come and join us on this epic journey as we go deeper with God and experiencing the word!

Note: This school is the entry level course for anything you want to do in YWAM, whether that is becoming a full-time staff member or continuing on in your education through the University of the Nations.