Discipleship Training School (DTS)

What is DTS?

A Discipleship Training School (DTS), is a training program provided by Youth With A Mission (YWAM), which is one of the largest missions organizations in the world. The purpose of the YWAM DTS is to help you get to know God, and equip you to make him known.  DTS is the entryway into further involvement with YWAM, qualifying you for hundreds of volunteer staff opportunities.

The first part, a lecture phase, is 13 weeks in Vancouver, learning from amazing men and women of God as they share and teach from the Bible, as well as their own experiences, and invite you to experience God in practical and personal ways.

The second part, the outreach phase, is 8-12 weeks on a cross cultural field assignment. The field assignment provides an opportunity to take the gospel to the nations, living out and practically giving away what you have learned. You get to see the transforming power of God's love in the lives of many others around the world.

What to Expect

DTS is intense - living in community, discovering God in new ways, doing things you have never done before - even leaving the safety and comfort of home, all in order to come face to face with the needs of a desperate world.

Your worldview will be challenged as you become closer to God and dig deeper into the Bible, but you will get to experience this in the beautiful city of Vancouver. The mountains will remind you of God's glory and the expression of many nations will keep you excited about reaching the world.

You should expect that your life will change as you experience encounters with God that will affect the rest of your life. You can expect adventures that will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love with God and his people. You and your housemates/classmates will start out as strangers, but after all is said and done, you will wonder how you ever lived without your DTS family. You might even spend the rest of your life trying to love people the same way you experienced during your DTS.

Ready or not, come and join us in DTS!!

Choose Your Adventure

There are three tracks you can pick from to customize your DTS experience. This will impact things like local outreach, certain activities, and scheduling within the school.

Urban Track

Ever wonder how to integrate your walk with God into your everyday life? In this track, you'll get a better look at how your role in the day to day activities of your life can be a way to impact those around you. Learn More!

Conqueror Track

Love being outside? Discover your gifts and strengths through outdoor activities and teambuilding, seeking God through a connection with creation, physical adventures, and those around you.
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Early Childhood Education Track

Do you love kids? In this track you will not only gain training, but also get some hands on experience with early childhood education. See God's heart through the eyes of a child. Learn More!

School Dates

- Sept 26, 2017 to Feb 28, 2018 -
- April 3, 2018 to Aug 31, 2018 -


Classroom Phase
$4500CAD (~)

Field Assignment
up to $5000CAD (~)

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Focus of DTS

To know God and make Him known

Possible Outreach Locations

Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, Indonesia, and more!

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Betty Ann Cyr/ DTS Leader

A francophone hailing from the Maritimes of Canada, Betty Ann is lively and passionate. She's an incredible snowboarder, and an experienced leader, with a compassionate heart and spunky attitude.  #bettyannisnice

Flavia Ziller/ DTS Leader

Our Brazilian friend comes across as quiet when you first meet her, but don't be fooled; Flavia is a full of surprises. She loves the mountains, chihuahuas in sunglasses, and a good cup of coffee. Ask her about her time working at Disneyworld.

Urban Track

In this branch of the DTS, you'll be exposed to businesses, organizations, and individuals who have successfully integrated their walked with God into their occupation and the city they exist in. The purpose of this track is to open your eyes to how you can be a follower of Christ, and impact others, in all different areas of society. You'll discover how your career can be more than just a job, but also a platform to show others what it means to know and follow a relational God.

- Meet different businesses/organizations/individuals within the city
- Consider all the different spheres of society
- Build relationship with a local organization
- Impact the city with the Gospel

Conqueror Track

In this branch of the DTS,  you will get to explore how God speaks through the world around us. You'll go hiking, play sports, and go on all kinds of adventures.  Vancouver is located in the midst of incredible scenery, from mountains, to ocean, and everything inbetween. As you embark on this adventure, you'll uncover facinating discoveries about yourself, God, and those around you.

Due to some of the adventures and added trips/planning of this track, there is an additional cost of $350 CAD (~) to your lecture phase fees, and will only run if there is a minimum of 4 participants.

- Adventure - Hiking, sports, etc.
- Discover who God made you to be, your strengths, and your gifts
- Learn how to work in a team
- Use your abilities to spread the Gospel

Early Childhood Education Track

In this track, you will be connected to a preschool called "Pam's Little Promises", which is a ministry of YWAM Vancouver. You will receive introductory training in early childhood education, and be given the chance to work alongside someone that will inspire and equip you to impact children and their families with your testimony of Jesus.

- Connect with Pam's Little Promises
- Training on early childhood education
- Learn how to integrate the gospel and education
- Impact the lives of children and their families with the love of Jesus