Discipleship Training School

Grow in intimacy with God. Discover more of your purpose in Him. Put your faith into action.

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What is a DTS?

A Discipleship Training School is six months of personally experiencing God and living the adventure of taking His message to the nations. Apply the truth of God to life and be further equipped to fulfil your purpose. It's an intense, full-time program consisting of two parts - lecture phase and outreach phase.

DTS's begin every 3 months:

Know God

Phase 1.
The lecture phase

Start out with 12 weeks of focused, intensive discipleship in our missions community. You and your classmates will explore a range of topics, guided by experienced local and international missions practitioners. Every week will address areas related to following Jesus in life and character, personal relationship with God and missions.

The purpose of the DTS is to ...


Encounter God

Encounter God like never before. This is your time to personally get to know Him more and how He does things.


Hearing God's Voice
Nature and Character of God


Gain Perspective

See all of life from God’s perspective. As you get to know God, you find out how He feels about the world you live in.


Authority and Submission
Fear of the Lord


Grow in Holiness

Experience freedom and security through the cross of Jesus Christ.


Repentance & Forgiveness
Making Jesus Lord


Experience Belonging

Explore God's ways in relationships and further find your place in His family


Father Heart of God


Discover Purpose

Discover more of your calling and start living the life that God created you for.




Build a Foundation

Your prayer and worship is fueled as you encounter God in new ways.


Living in Spiritual Authority
Intercession and Worship


Activities outside the classroom

As YWAM, our approach to training is holistic - “live-learn” - recognising that learning and growth don’t just take place through lectures in a classroom, but also through serving, living in community, one-on-one discipleship, small group discussions and more.

Other essential elements of your DTS lecture phase experience include:

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We love meeting with God together! You’ll have regular times of worship with your DTS, as well as with the larger YWAM Perth community.

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Prayer & Intercesssion

Connect with God’s heart and intentions for situations, nations, people groups and more as you and your DTS regularly pray and seek Him together.

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One-on-one Discipleship

Regular times to meet with a DTS staff member, giving you opportunity to further process what God is doing, receive prayer and more.

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Work Duties

Everyone, staff and student, lends a hand to keep our community functioning. This could include serving in the kitchen, helping with administration, working on property upkeep, wherever there is need and wherever your skills fit.

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International community

YWAM Perth is a multicultural, multigenerational gathering of individuals and families from many church backgrounds, committed to Christ, to the Great Commission and to each other.

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Small Groups

You’ll have set-aside times to meet with a smaller group from your DTS to discuss, process, encourage each other and have fun.

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Assignments & Projects

Book reports, a group research project and weekly journals give you more opportunity to process and apply what you are learning.

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As a community, we regularly set aside time to reach out to the city of Perth - the missions field at our doorstep - bringing hope to those in need.

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Fun & Adventure

Events like open mic nights, trivia challenges, camping trips, BBQ’s, sport and games are all part of your DTS experience. Whether it’s exploring Perth’s cafe culture or catching a wave at one of Perth's beaches, we love having fun together!

Make Him Known

Phase 2.
The outreach phase

You don’t need to wait to make a difference! Go public with the gospel - share truth and meet needs.

Following three months of lecture phase, your DTS will head off on a three month cross-cultural outreach.

Outreach teams go and serve the lost wherever they are, and share the hope of Christ in many ways: evangelism, discipleship, sports, drama, youth ministry, teaching, music, practical service, prayer, media, healthcare – we do it all.

We demonstrate the love of God to people through our lives and through the gifts that He’s given us.

Teams regularly partner with local churches and YWAM ministries to strengthen their ministry and provide for follow up discipleship. Your final week will be spent back in Perth, de-briefing and being equipped to continue with everything that God has done in your life over the six months.

Cross-Cultural Missions
Remote Villages & Megacities
Teaching & Preaching
Acts of Mercy
Travel & Adventure
Work in a Team

Outreach Compilation

DTS is Just the Beginning

Your final week will be spent back in Perth, de-briefing and getting ready for all God has for you next. Once you've finished DTS, you’ve got an open door into further training and ministry within YWAM both in Perth and internationally. The opportunities - in YWAM and beyond - are endless. You’ll be amazed at where God can take you! (And we’d love to help you get there)

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