YWAm Chico

Discipleship Training Schools

What is a Discipleship Training School?

The Discipleship Training School, also known as a DTS or YWAM DTS, is a 22 week course that will immerse you into God’s passionate love for you, equip you to share the message of Jesus with others and propel you into a world that needs the hope of Jesus.
In Chico, California we offer four versions of the DTS: Classic (ages 18-30), Transformation (ages 18-30 with a Sports and Fitness focus), Crossroads (30 and older), and Marriage and Family (Married couples with or without children). 
After reading through this article, which presents the basic information about all of our DTS programs, click on the specific focus you are interested in for details unique to that school.  
All of our Discipleship Training Schools have two phases: lecture and outreach.
During the Discipleship Training School Lecture Phase you will:  
  • Receive 11 weeks of training at our campus in Chico, California.
  • Learn from a variety of teachers whose stories and insights bring not only head knowledge, but life transformation. Our teachers have all “lived” their message. Topics include: Knowing God and Hearing His Voice, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare, Identity in Christ, How to Share Your Faith, Missions, Seeing Life from God’s Perspective, Building Healthy Relationships, Healing for Life’s Hurts as well as other topics specific to the DTS focus (see our specific DTS pages).
  • Gain a firm Biblical foundation that you will apply to your own life and ministry wherever God takes you.  
  • Grow in your relationship with God as you spend time alone in daily devotions. 
  • Experience daily worship and prayer times as a school and with our community of full-time missionaries. 
  • Live in an environment where students, staff, teachers and families eat, study, work, and play in close proximity for maximized learning and mentoring opportunities. We sharpen each other, and learn to appreciate one another’s cultures and perspectives. Accommodation and dining for students, staff and volunteers is right on campus. 
  • Serve approximately 10 hours a week alongside other students/staff to help steward our campus well in practical areas.  
  • Reach out in our local community here in Chico, California weekly through times of service and evangelism to prepare for outreach. 
After 12 weeks of training at our campus in Chico, California, the DTS outreach phase will begin!  Your team will travel to another nation to put into practice the things you learned during the DTS Lecture Phase. This step into cross-cultural missions is a physically, spiritually and emotionally rewarding journey where you serve alongside local believers, existing ministries, and long-term missionaries. 
An especially important aspect to a YWAM DTS outreach is reaching those who do not know Christ. Your specific ministry activities will vary from country to country, but usually include:
  • Various forms of evangelism
  • Practical service projects
  • Preaching in churches
  • Running programs/sports camps for children
  • Sharing your testimony
  • Prayer walking
  • Teaching English
  • Ministering in prisons
  • And more!  
You will see and experience the world in a fresh new way as you step out of your comfort zone and engage with people from other cultures. The outreach phase of a DTS is a perfect first step into missions for those who feel called to missions short or long term.
Now that you have a good overview of our Discipleship Training Schools, choose one of the DTS options above to get specific details about that unique program.
We are excited to journey with you in your next step as you “Join the Adventure!”