Who can come to a DTS?

YWAM’s Discipleship Training School is a program designed for those 18 years and older (or who have completed High School) who want to grow in understanding who God is and what it means to live with Him. The DTS takes place in a community setting, inviting people to leave behind work, school studies and other responsibilities for the six months of the program.


Where will I live?

Our campus is an old hotel and can accommodate up to 70 students. Generally rooms can sleep 4 people and each room has its own en suite bathroom/shower. All DTS lectures happen on Base. Meal preparation, cleaning and other chores will be shared among the students.


What will I do every day?

The first 12 weeks of the DTS is the lecture phase. Monday through Friday’s schedule will include lectures, small group discussion, worship and prayer, Bible study, and interactive processing and application times. A different guest speaker will present material each week based on their life and ministry experience. Book reports and other assignments, journaling, community outreach, meal preparation and practical work are also a part of the weekly schedule. Weekends are generally free with the exception of meal preparation duties, homework, church attendance and occasional ministry events or social activities.


What topics will I study?

Topics of the DTS include: Hearing God’s Voice and Intercession; The Nature and Character of God;
Father Heart of God; How to share your faith with others; Identity in Christ;
Relationships; World Missions; Cross Cultural Communication; Spiritual Warfare;
Ministry of the Holy Spirit; The Bible


What will the field assignment be like?

The DTS Field Assignment is a highlight for many DTS students. The location of the field assignment will be determined shortly after the beginning of the DTS and creatively revealed in class. While in Muizenberg you will have the opportunity to learn about the country and culture where your field assignment will take place. The DTS staff will guide you in understanding the values, strengths and needs of the nation where you will be serving. A primary focus of the field assignment is sharing your faith with those who don’t know Jesus. In addition there will be opportunity to meet practical needs and partner with local believers.


What immunizations will I need?

If immunizations are needed before going on outreach, the school staff will arrange this with all the other students who need immunizations at a local travel clinic.


What does the DTS lecture fees cover?

The lecture fees cover housing, food, tuition and local transportation for the three months.

What does the DTS outreach fees cover?

This covers airfare, housing, food and ground transportation.

Personal expenses, medical and travel insurance during the lecture phase and transportation to and from Muizenberg are your responsibility. You will be covered by travel insurance during your time on outreach after the purchase of your flight ticket that will be arranged by the outreach leader.


What if I don’t have all the money I need?

For over 40 years God has been calling individuals and families to attend the DTS and has provided in a variety of ways. Many times God confirms his direction to attend DTS through provision of the needed funds. Friends who have done a DTS, youth leaders and pastors are often willing to talk and pray with you as you raise the money for the school. Working, selling some belongings, hosting fundraising events and asking for sponsors are some of the ways God may provide for you.


How will I know if I’m accepted?

Once your completed application form (including all three references and the doctor’s evaluation) has been received, the school leaders will prayerfully review and make a decision about acceptance. You will be contacted by email about the decision. You will also receive information about what to bring, the visa process for foreign students who will need a visa.

When do I pay the Registration Fee?

The Registration fee will be added to your school fees and is payable on Registration Day which is the first Monday of the school.


What happens after I graduate from DTS?

Once you graduate from the DTS many doors in YWAM are open to you. In over 1,000 locations worldwide YWAMers are using their talents and gifts to serve Christ and fulfill the Great Commission. Many DTS graduates pursue further education and training through YWAM’s University of the Nations (www.uofn.edu), others join the staff team at the location where they did DTS and some serve at another YWAM location around the world. We would ask you to prayerfully consider continued service with YWAM Muizenberg after completing your DTS. There are a number of ways to be involved.


Other questions

If you have any other questions about our training, ministry, campus, or are considering visiting us, or just want to learn more about who we are and what we do, please send us an e-mail. We’d love to hear from you and we’ll get back to you right away!