Discipleship Training School (DTS)

What is DTS?

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a course provided by Youth With A Mission (YWAM), one of the largest missions organizations in the world.

The purpose of the DTS is to develop your relationship with God and to share his love with others. It typically features 3 months of lectures, and 2-3 months of outreach,

DTS is the entryway into further involvement with YWAM, qualifying you for hundreds of volunteer staff opportunities and serving as a pre-requisite to many other YWAM training programs.

Cost (per person)

Classroom Phase: $3,900 CDN
(This includes tuition, food, housing, books and transit passes for the 12-weeks of class, but does not include the non-refundable $40 registration fee.)

Field Assignment: $3,500 - $4,000 CDN
(This includes airfare, visas, food, housing, and local transportation for the 12-week international field assignment.)


What To Expect

The first part of the YWAM Vancouver DTS is a 12-week classroom phase. Qualified staff and teachers share from the Bible, their own experiences, and invite you to experience God in practical and personal ways. More than just information, the classroom phase of the DTS combines “hearing”, “seeing” and “doing” in order to maximize learning and to “connect the dots” between what you know and how you live.

Lectures, reading, small-group discussion, worship, prayer, creative-processing and application times, assignments, and one-on-one conversations with staff, keep classes interesting and accommodate a variety of learning styles.

A 12-week cross-cultural field assignment follows the classroom phase and 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!

DTS is an intense six months - 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.

Potential Topics for Lecture Phase:
Intimacy with God
Hearing the Voice of God
Identity in Christ
Salvation and the Cross
Cross-cultural Communication
The Character and Ways of God
The Father Heart of God
Sharing Your Faith
Biblical View of Justice
Spiritual Warfare


Our current DTS which began at the start of April is called the Rise DTS and has several things that make it distinct: first, is it's dedicated to the unreached, which means your outreach will be going to the Middle East, North Africa, or South Asia to places others haven't gone before. Secondly, it includes a 3 week tour across Canada to share what you have learned and seen on your DTS.

The Rise DTS is being run as a partnership between YWAM Vancouver and The Rise Campaign (hence the name "Rise DTS").

The Rise DTS dates:
Lecture: April 2 - June 26, 2015
Outreach/Mobilization: June 27 - September 30, 2015

October 2015

YWAM Vancouver’s DTS (Discipleship Training School-DTS) in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is a place to connect with God, other followers of Christ, and the world. Come, spend six months immersed in a life-changing community – learn, grow and give in ways that you may have only dreamed of before! Come and EXPERIENCE CHANGE THAT MATTERS!

Our Fall DTS Dates are:
Lecture: Oct 5, 2015 - Dec 23, 2015
Christmas Break: Dec 23 - 29, 2015
Outreach: Dec 29, 2015 - Feb 27, 2016

Meet The Leaders

Jen Dorrough - DTS Leader

Jen has spent the last decade discipling young people, pursuing human rights through justice initiatives, and passing on her excitement about reaching the forgotten people of the world. She has a calling to discipleship, missions, and to pass on her passion.


Heidi Jarva - DTS Co-Leader

HeidiI was born and raised in Finland, but Vancouver has been my home for the past 5 years. I love hiking, deep conversations, reading and making things with my hands.

"There has got to be more to life than this." That is where I found myself in the spring of 2009; unfulfilled and frustrated. I had let myself believe that all I wanted was a nice, comfortable life, with a simple easy job that I could handle all on my own. I had all of that, yet on the inside I felt empty. From that place of frustration and disappointment, I started searching and asking, "God, what is it that you have for me then? I thought I had it figured out." That is how my journey with YWAM began.

I did my DTS in Vancouver in 2009 and it changed my life in so many ways! I felt like I had found what I had been looking for all along. I decided to stay on staff with YWAM Vancouver and I have been involved in DTS's ever since. My hope is to get to be part of the process of you discovering who you were made to be and what plans and dreams God has for you.


Upcoming DTS Dates

Fall DTS:
Oct 5, 2015 - Feb 27th, 2016

Spring DTS:
April 2016

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