Discipleship Training School (DTS)

Get ready for a five month life changing adventure!

What is a DTS?

A discipleship training school, DTS, is an intense, full-time program consisting of two parts – lecture phase and outreach phase. The DTS was prayerfully designed to be a place of getting to know God and making Him known. It is a time for you to deepen your intimacy with God, take radical steps of faith and be further equipped to use your gifts and passions for building God´s kingdom.

Let God take you on a journey that will leave you and this world changed forever!

Dates

11 September 2018 – 2 March 2019

Cost

21500 SEK for the lecture phase and 10000-15000 SEK for the outreach.

The purpose of the DTS is to:

To GATHER and CHALLENGE people to worship, listen to and obey God, releasing them (in the context of the DTS) to serve through evangelism, intercession, acts of compassion and other expressions of God’s heart for the world, possibly even pioneering new ministries.

To INSPIRE and CULTIVATE growth in one’s relationship with God resulting in Christ like character, which is based on a solid Biblical foundation, the work of the Holy Spirit and the personal application of Biblical truth, especially concerning God’s Character, the Cross and empowering Grace.

To SHARPEN one’s ability to relate to, learn from and work with people, including those of different cultures, personalities and perspectives.

To further EQUIP each one to serve God’s purposes either in or outside of YWAM Family of Ministries, strengthening a commitment to reach the lost, especially the unreached, to care for the poor, and to influence all areas of society.

To IMPART the vision and foundational values of Youth With A Mission International as well as that of the host operating location and to provide information regarding a variety of opportunities for service.

KNOW GOD

Phase 1 – The lecture phase

The DTS starts with 12 weeks of getting to know God and it is an amazing opportunity for you to go even deeper with Him than you ever thought possible. From life-changing and eye-opening teachings to intimate times of worship, the DTS offers an environment that facilitates for you to grow in character, gifts and calling. In the lecture phase, you and your classmates will get daily lectures taught by experienced local and international missionaries and leaders. Examples of topics that will be covered in the DTS is: Nature and character of God, hearing God´s voice, the lordship of Jesus, the Father heart of God, inner healing, missions, evangelism, worship and team building. By living in our mission community, the DTS is also a time to make friends for life and dedicated school staff are eager to come alongside you to encourage, challenge and lead by example.

Learning beyond the classroom

As YWAM we believe in both formal and informal teaching and we want to create an environment there you can learn and grow also outside the times of lectures in the classroom. That is why we live in a community and do life together. Here is some other essential parts of your DTS lecture phase:

Worship

As YWAM-Linköping we love to praise God together and our community worship times are precious times for us getting to experience the presence of God.

Prayer

As Christians, prayer is our powerful weapon that connects us with the heart of God and it is such a privilege for us to be able to intercede for different situations, people groups and individuals. As YWAM-Linköping we also love our creative prayer times when you can find yourself dressed in a colourful, Indian sari or drinking Iranian chai, while praying for the nations.

One-on-one

To regularly meet with your assigned DTS staff member gives you a valuable opportunity to further process what God is doing in your life, pray together and get input and encouragement from someone who really wants to see you grow with God and reach your full potential.

Work duties

By working together in taking care of our home we learn new skills and get to know each other better. This could include serving in the kitchen, cleaning or maintenance. It is a joy to serve God and each other in this very practical way!

Evangelism

The people of Linköping needs Jesus! As a community we regularly go out into the streets of Linköping to share our faith with the people God leads us to. During our times of evangelism seeds have been sown, healings have taken place and people have accepted Jesus. It is amazing to be used by God in the missions field at our doorstep!

Assignments

In the DTS you will get to read some amazingly inspiring books, as well as writing a weekly journal. This will help you to process what you are learning and strengthen your faith.

Big, international family

Many people have said that coming here is to come into a family, and that´s exactly what it is! We strongly value family feeling and we are so glad to welcome also you into our big, loving and multicultural family.

Other fun activities!

Birthday parties, love feasts, holidays – As a family we love to hang out and have fun together and we always find a reason to celebrate! Activities like snow ball wars, ice skating, game nights, movies and lots of the delicious Swedish fika are all part of your DTS experience.

Make Him known

Phase 2 – The outreach phase

During the first part of the school you have been equipped to answer the call to make disciples of all nations and now it is time for the two month of outreach where you will get the chance to practice what you have learnt and let God use you to transform people’s lives. We will all ask God where we are to go and once the outreach locations have been decided and the teams have been formed there will be a time of preparation before we leave. Some examples of countries we have been to are: Israel, Turkey, Colombia, Argentina, France, Namibia, Greece, Finland and Nepal. As YWAM-Linköping we have a big heart for Europe, South America and the Middle East. Once you reach your destination you will need to be prepared for everything from preaching in crowded churches and distribute Bibles to lead kids meetings and wash dirty feet. The focus of the outreach is to reach people with the message of Jesus and we aim to demonstrate the love of God through our lives and through the gifts that He has given us. No matter where in the world you end up, you will never be the same!

Testimonies from past students

During the DTS God gave us a clearer vision as a family.

Viklund Family DTS#10

The DTS gave me a deeper and more living relationship with God.

Sara Salo, Finland DTS#10

During my DTS, God gave me a heart for the Roma people.

Louise Olson, Sverige DTS#10

Beautiful community, beautiful house and AWESOME food!

Sharon Oehme, Switzerland DTS#10

I loved to be part of the worship at the base, also the creativity in prayer and worship amazed me.

Noah Mehnert, Germany DTS#10

During my DTS, I got to understand that God really loves me.

Josefine Moregård, Sverige DTS#10

Already from the beginning I felt so at home and that everyone was my family.

Elizabeth Rueda, Colombia DTS#10

A world of opportunities after DTS

DTS is just the Beginning

The final week of the DTS will be spent back at the base in Linköping with debriefing, evaluating and getting ready for everything that God has for you next. A DTS is just the beginning - once you have graduated from the DTS you have a world of possibilities in front of you! For example you have the opportunity for further training and ministry both within YWAM-Linköping and YWAM-internationally.

Any questions? Feel free to contact us!

Södra Stånggatan 2, 582 73 Linköping, Sweden
+4613141407, +46707100400