… 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.
Want to start your mission adventure?
The Discipleship Training School gives you opportunity to grow closer to God, discover your gifts and your part in God’s purposes for the world. It’s for those that long to follow Jesus and engage with the world around them in new ways and with a fresh perspective.
The DTS is full-time and lasts for 5-6 months. The two parts to a Discipleship Training School (DTS) go right to the heart of who we are – knowing God and making Him known.
In the lecture phase, you’ll explore the Bible and your relationship with God – knowing Him better.
In the outreach phase, you’ll put love and knowledge into action by serving others and making Jesus known in a cross-cultural setting.
After a DTS you’ll have the foundation to serve as staff with YWAM or pursue further training.
Currently we offer DTSs in these locations.Do check back or be in touch as new teams and DTS options develop.
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.
The purpose of the DTS is to …
… 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.
… 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.
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.
Everyone 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.
As a community, we regularly set aside time to reach out – the missions field at our doorstep – bringing hope to those in need.
Special meals, game nights, bonfire, sports – bring on the fun. Explore Scotlands beauty – you are never that far from a ben (mountain), glen (valley), burn (river) or loch (lake).
Make Him Known
The Outreach Phase
The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned during the lecture phase through an intense, cross-cultural mission experience.
You’ll 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.
When possible, we seek to send outreach teams to our eight adopted people groups (see below). Locations are decided per school and consideration is given to the talents, skills, relationships and callings of the group to a particular location.
Adopted People groups of YWAM Scotland
YWAM Scotland has adopted eight people groups living in North Africa, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. We aim to regularly pray for them, find ways to bless and encourage them as well as reaching out with various teams.
“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 CunninghamYWAM 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 GuatemalaSeamill DTS 2013