WHAT IS A DTS?
YWAM Bristol’s Discipleship Training School (DTS) is an 8 month radical journey to become who you were born to be as you grow in your understanding of and relationship with God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Develop your understanding of God during lecture weeks on topics like Hearing God’s Voice, Who is Jesus? What is Missions? How to read the Bible? The Kingdom of Heaven, How to pray and so much more.
Be prepared to engage in outreach and evangelism in Bristol and to live in community together. Worship in Song and in Prayer. Have people speak words of encouragement & Direction into your life. Get God’s heart for the nations and go to different countries to spread the message of Jesus. Step out of your comfort zone as you realize his overwhelming love for you. Learn to Know God and Make Him Known.
"The DTS was a challenging and exciting adventure in pursuit of God. One of the greatest things I learnt was a deeper insight into what real love is. God revealed in ways that spoke directly to my heart."
The first part of the DTS is all about Knowing God. Living in the heart of Bristol, you will grow deep in your relationship with God by understanding his word and his character. In classroom and small group settings we will wrestle with foundational aspects of what it means to be a disciple. We will learn from each other through community living and from teachers who come for a week at a time. We will also grow and develop through local outreaches and ministries, partnering with local churches and diving into the Bristolian culture.
"The DTS was life changing! I learned that God is alive and active, that I can hear from God and He wants to talk to me. I am a child of God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made and now have a much closer relationship with him."
After the training phase your learning will continue in an international, cross-cultural outreach where you will have the opportunity to Make God Known. Experiencing new cultures across Europe you will embark on the adventure of learning from others as you step out in faith and take risks to serve with local believers reaching into their communities with the Love of Christ.
We do all this because Jesus has called us to make disciples of all people groups. In order to make this happen, we need to walk as disciples ourselves. We need to grow and become more like Jesus. Dying to our own desires, breaking free from sin and becoming the person that God has created us to be. It’s not easy, but it is the best thing you will ever do! Want to find out more? Get in touch.
The date for our next DTS is 17th April 2022. Our fees cover all your accommodation, three meals a day as well as all your teachers and resources for training and ministry. A couple of trips we make as a school are included so you get to enjoy our city and the surrounding areas. You need to get yourself to Bristol as well as your return journey home, including any visas or vaccinations recommended by your doctor. Before we issue your visa, we must have evidence that you have travel insurance including repatriation cover.
Your accommodation for the course will be community style living with other trainees and staff on the DTS within walking distance of the YWAM hub where the training will take place. 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 running the home, including keeping the home tidy and being part of dinner preparation and clean up.
We recommend that you aim to raise an extra £50 – £75 per month for your time on DTS, although this is not vital as your living costs are included in your DTS fees. This extra will enable you to explore Bristol, enjoy the vast choice of cafés in the city, catch a movie as well as enjoy blessing others.
When you apply, there is a £35 non-refundable application fee followed by a £250 deposit once your application has been successful. The rest of the school fees will be due on arrival with outreach fees due at the start of the DTS.
For those outside of the UK, we will also guide you through the visa process once you have been accepted.
If you have any questions, please feel free to message us through Facebook or email us at email@example.com. We’d love to talk to you.
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 these few months of your life, be ready to try new things, be prepared to be pushed, healed and loved by God in ways you’ve never thought about, and come ready to be used powerfully by Him.
We are deeply excited for this school as we know that God is going to impact lives and reveal destiny to us, but He will also impact the city we love, He will feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and place the lonely in families.
The YWAM Discipleship Training School 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 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?