YWAm Chico

Discipleship Training Schools

What is a Discipleship Training School?

The Discipleship Training School (YWAM DTS) will immerse you in God’s passionate love for you, equip you to share the message of Jesus with others and propel you into a world in need of the life and hope that Jesus gives. The Discipleship Training School has 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 11 weeks at our campus in Chico, California 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.