The Discipleship Training School (YWAM DTS) opens a door to a world of possibilities with YWAM and other organizations. Once you have completed a DTS, you have several options in front of you.
Your DTS lecture phase and outreach can give you the chance to get a good look into what life is like as a long-term missionary. After the DTS, you can apply to join as a YWAM staff for two years or longer. Many YWAM locations have training programs or mentorship programs for people wanting to join staff.
The DTS also provides many opportunities to pray for God’s direction and to listen to what He might be saying. You also will most likely have the chance to stretch yourself and try different kinds of ministry. Through all of this, you might sense God leading you into a particular kind of ministry, or to a specific place. You can search on ywam.org for YWAM opportunities in certain areas of passion, or YWAM staff positions in almost any part of the world. Once you find one, you can use the Get More Details form to ask how to apply.
If you want to explore YWAM more after your DTS but you’re not quite ready to apply for a two-year staff position, you can volunteer for a few months at one location, or several locations. YWAM’s Mission Builder ministry specializes in helping people volunteer in YWAM. They have volunteer options for DTS graduates. You can also search for volunteer opportunities on this website, and can learn more about each one by filling out the Get More Details form.
Once you complete a DTS, you can go on to all sorts of further YWAM training. You can study the Bible for nine months. You can learn how to reach unreached peoples. You can study how to use the performing arts to influence society. YWAM offers a great variety of training programs in almost every part of the world. You can take one or two courses or you can pursue a degree with YWAM’s University of the Nations. To discover courses available, use the Explore tool on this website: select areas you are passionate about, add regions of the world you are interested in, and then look for results in the Specialized Training section. You can also visit the University of the Nations website.
Many people sense God leading them to serve God somewhere outside of YWAM after their DTS. If you sense God leading you to serve Him in business, the Business as Mission website might help you. YWAM’s teaching on Spheres of Society might also be helpful. You can learn more about spheres on this page on the Call2All site. If you come across another organization to join while on your DTS, the DTS will give you a good foundation to work from. If you want to get further training, many DTS graduates have felt led to do exactly this and have gone on to get their bachelor, master’s or doctorate degrees.
As a DTS graduate, you are part of the YWAM family and you are welcome to join events for YWAM Alumni. You can also stay informed about YWAM news or you can participate in YWAM’s monthly prayer day by signing up for our updates using the “Sign up For Our Newsletter” button below, or by liking our YWAM Facebook page, following our Instagram account, our Twitter account, or our YouTube channel.