Compassion DTS (Urban Focus)

Starts Every: July

Jesus looked at the crowds and had compassion for them (Matthew 15:32). More than half of the world's population currently lives in cities, many gathered looking for a better life. Millions live in slums and informal settlements. This represents great need and complexity - many who need to experience the life and hope of Jesus, physically and spiritually. As we encounter God together on the Compassion DTS Urban Focus, we gain His heart as we begin to address these needs. 

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The Compassion DTS Urban Focus starts out with 12 weeks of pursuing God together, tackling topics like hearing God’s voice, prayer, God’s fatherheart and taking the gospel public. Our integrated approach to discipleship means learning and growth happen in the classroom, in the streets, in small group discussion, through hands-on serving and more. And it’s all in the context of our international missions community, people from all over the world, committed to God and His purposes. 

With DTS, following Jesus is never just theory. God wants to bring His hope and healing to a hurting world - and He wants to do it through us! With this as our heartbeat, in the second half of the Compassion DTS Urban Focus we take what we’ve learned to serve those in need. We go to slums, informal settlements, to the homeless, the marginalised. Urban poverty often means lack of access to shelter, clean water, sanitation, education and nutrition. Partnering with local efforts, we’ll look for opportunities to meet needs and share hope. 

We’ll wrap up with a week back in Perth, reflecting on all God has done and preparing for what He has next.


July 7th - December 20th, 2024


Lecture Phase Tuition Fee: AUD $2,290
Lecture Phase Non-Tuition Fee: AUD $1,320
(Non-tuition fee includes registration, accommodation, administration, and resources)
Outreach Fee: AUD $4,000 - 6,000
(depending on location)

This course is Austudy approved, and government financial aid may be available. See our FAQ page for more information.

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10802NAT Certificate III in Discipleship




Hearing God's Voice

Nature and Character of God

Repentance and Forgiveness

Worship and Intercession


Making Jesus Lord

Bible and Translation

Fear of the Lord


Understanding our Spiritual Reality

Father Heart of God

Evangelism and This Generation


While we were in a community on the edge of a major city in India, the DTS team that I was with was able to provide training in water filtration. Before going on outreach we were shown how to make Biosand water filters that used materials available to the local community. They are really easy to make and not overly technical. One of the other great things is that while we were helping with making them, we got to share the Gospel openly in a place that rarely, if ever, had heard it before. During our time out in the community, we got to go to other places around and teach the water filter in five or six locations. Six months later I was able to hear a report back from the local contact that we worked with. He said that families were coming together to get the necessary supplies to make filters, and the people we helped trained were now making them for the community - already making more than 100. He also said that he had been able to share it with local government and that they got behind the easy and simple way to provide clean water to their people and they wanted to build 1,000 more by the end of that year. It was great to see the practical and spiritual working together.
Chris, USA
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