Heartbeat of Scotland DTS

Mobile Discipleship Training School

Catch God’s heart for Scotland on our new mobile DTS

The Heartbeat of Scotland DTS is for Scotland-loving, adventure-seeking, modern day Mungos, Mirrens and Ninians – Jesus-followers with a passion for the wanderers, the seekers, the stubborn and the broken. It’s a time to draw closer to God and explore your part in His purposes amidst heather covered hillsides and along jagged edged coastlines. It’s for meeting Scotland’s people and discovering the rich spiritual inheritance of this ancient nation.

From the cities to the highlands, journey with us closer to the heart of God to discover His reckless love for you and for Scotland.

This DTS was born in prayer and out of a desire for all of YWAM Scotland to work together and share our passion for Scotland with the trainees. We want you to meet the people we care about, who influence us, and who are making a difference here. The mobile DTS will begin with a prayer tour – orienting you to the land. Then we’ll spend about 2-3 weeks in different hubs across Scotland to give a home-base for learning and ministry. We’ll finish the DTS at our annual YWAM Scotland gathering so we can join together to celebrate your graduation and hear your testimonies of all that God has been doing in and through you.

The Heartbeat DTS is a 6 month full-time course, with two key parts that go right to the heart of who we are – knowing God and making Him known.

In the lecture weeks, you’ll explore the Bible and your relationship with God – knowing Him better.

In the outreach weeks, you’ll put love and knowledge into action by serving others and making Jesus known in a cross-cultural setting.

Successful completion of the DTS means you’ll have the foundation to serve as staff with YWAM or pursue further training.


6 April  – 25 September 2019

Lecture phase: £3250
includes food & accommodation

Outreach Phase: £700-900
plus any applicable flight costs

A visa is required for those who live outside of the EEA to join us. The visa laws regularly change in the UK so when coming for a DTS, it is very important to apply for a visa AFTER you’ve been accepted onto the course- we will help you navigate the process.

You should NOT book any kind of travel (air ticket, etc) until you have been successfully granted your visa. A visa can only be obtained outside of the United Kingdom and the status cannot be changed once you are within the UK.

More details can be found in the application info pack.


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The mobile DTS hubs: home-bases for learning and ministry:


Phase 1

The Lecture Phase

In the lecture phase, you’ll live in community and learn through teaching, personal study, practical training and from each other.

A foundational value is that we do first then teach so our speakers and teachers share what they’ve lived and learned firsthand.

In each hub, we’ll spend time focused on learning as well as application. You’ll hear from our staff, guest teachers and locals as we seek out fruit-bearers together and see God at work in Scotland firsthand.

The purpose of the DTS is to …


… people to worship, listen to and obey God, releasing them to serve through evangelism, intercession, acts of compassion and other expressions of God’s heart for the world, possibly even pioneering new ministries.


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


… 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.

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.

Live & Learn


We love meeting with God together! More than music, voices, instruments, art or dance. Jesus explained the Father is seeking those who will worship “in spirit and truth.”

Prayer & Intercession

Prayer fuels our ministries and brings life to our communities. Each DTS devotes a portion of their week to intercession, particularly for unreached people groups.

Small Groups

The small group is there to discuss and apply what has been taught in lectures. It aims to create an informal setting where you can talk openly and receive support and encouragement.

Practical Ministry

Everyone lends a hand to keep our DTSs and communities functioning. On the mobile DTS this could include food prep, helping with administration, keeping the vehicles running, sorting out logistics or serving the local community – wherever there is need and wherever your skills fit.


All along the way, we’ll look for opportunities to reach out – bringing hope to those in need.


Special meals, game nights, bonfires, sports – bring on the fun. Scotland’s beauty will be a key feature on the mobile DTS and as we explore and appreciate the bens (mountains), glens (valleys), burns (rivers) and lochs (lakes) we know it will be good for our bodies, souls and spirits.

Phase 2

The Outreach Phase

The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned during the lecture phase through a focused, cross-cultural mission experience.

Key elements of this time are to help you discover new cultures and seek God’s heart for the people you serve.

Outreaches may be a mixture of relief work, practical work, intercession, youth work and more – with evangelism at the core of the experience.

On the mobile DTS, the outreach phase will be interspersed with the lecture phase. In each hub, we’ll take time to apply what we’ve been learning through outreach in that location or nearby. There will also be opportunities for a longer outreach period later in the school – locations (which could be overseas) are usually decided together as a school after you arrive. Consideration is given to the talents, skills, relationships and callings of the group to a particular location as well as the opportunity for a cross-cultural experience.

“I believe [it] is the most important ministry/program we have in the whole of YWAM, because it is the doorway into the mission and the University of the Nations. It is the foundation for everything, where people are met with faith, where they come to understand the history and values of YWAM; where they are presented with mission opportunities… and it’s where their own vision may be fuelled.”

Darlene Cunningham

YWAM Co-founder

“During our DTS outreach this summer, we met Omar (name changed for security reasons), a Muslim born in North African country and an illegal immigrant. We met him early on during outreach and became friends with him. We took him out for dinner and we found out he had back problems which meant he couldn’t bow down to pray to Allah. One day when we were talking, I offered to pray for healing for his back, to which he replied ‘Why not?’, so I prayed. After praying for a while I asked how it felt. He said he still had pain. So I continued to pray for about 30 minutes, after which he was completely healed! A couple of days later we were praying and one of us asked if he wanted to pray with us. He did and I asked him if he wanted to give his life to Jesus. He said yes, and so we prayed together there and then! Omar has since gone back home and we are still in contact on facebook.”

Miguel from Guatemala

Seamill DTS 2013

DTS is the prerequisite for becoming YWAM staff and for YWAM’s second-level training. Our DTSs are registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations. You can explore the UofN here: