Marriage/ Family Focused

Discipleship Training School

“Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Lord Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.” Isaiah 8:18

The Marriage and Family DTS Mission

Our goal in the Family Discipleship Training School is to strengthen marriages in the Body of Christ so that their marriages and families will bring glory to God in all that they do.  Then  future generations will be raised to know the Lord. In a Family DTS we only take students who are currently married (whether they have kids or not).  We deliver all the course content of a YWAM DTS, but focus on marriage and family in a way no other DTS can (or should) do.

This course is about reaching the nations through strengthening the family unit and championing the youth within our families. Once the complete family has received missions training, they are able to effectively go out into the nations, locally or internationally, to make God known and bring glory to Him through their marriage and family unit.

Our vision is for the Family DTS to not only change the parents’ lives, leaving the kids wondering “what in the world has happened to my parents”, but to have the children also experience some of the same things personally. Family DTS & Foundation School is a transformation of the heart school, not focused on worldly aspirations, success, or academics, but on intimate relationship with God and each other. We believe in the importance of giving children the same truths that their parents are receiving. We desire Family DTS & Foundation School to provide the perfect atmosphere for marriages and families who want to discover God’s purpose for their family.


“God did “surgery” in my heart while at Family DTS using the various subject classes, teachers, one-on-one mentors and the missionaries on base who welcomed us with open arms and treated us like family! That was just the beginning of my healing from my painful past, fears, rejections, and unforgiveness. I learned how God was working in my life through all the pain.

The rest of my life change at Family DTS happened on the streets of Chico, California, and also the streets on our Island outreach to Samoa. God tugged at my heart as I learned how to approach, connect, and love the homeless people living on the streets, and in the hospitals, schools, and orphanages.
I began to see these hungry, hurting people as God originally created and designed them to be with a beautiful purpose and a plan for each of their lives. As I learned to listen to God’s voice and obey Him (by stepping out in faith to talk and pray for strangers) not only were they blessed, but my life was beginning to have a new excitement and purpose, too.
So much so, that after returning to our home we have been ministering life to the homeless, broken people in our “Hope Mission” here in our city. Before Family DTS I would have never felt comfortable doing such a thing. Praise the Lord! “

-Dede, Family DTS student 2019


“One of the most impactful experiences on our Family DTS outreach was when we stayed with Aso and Sanita on the delightful island of Savai’i. To get there we crossed the ocean by a two-hour ferry. 

We actually lived WITH this beautiful Samoan family in their house, amidst their village. Talk about inviting the stranger into your home, and being hospitable. 
We slept in the same room, ate together, had devotions together, went to church together, played card games together, and our children played together.  The host family even took our oldest son spear-fishing, and their gramma came on Sunday to cook us a special Sabbath meal. 
Face to face, heart to heart. 
Only Jesus can create harmony with such an opportunity.  I praise God for this blessing.  We learned so much from each other’s families, but we both were being “blessed to be a blessing” as God describes in Genesis 12. 
I am forever changed and will never be the same, because of Lord’s love infusing this time.”

-Barrett, Family DTS student

 Fall Quarter: Sept. 11, 2022 – Feb. 11, 2023

Outreach location: TBD

Lecture fees $3,495, deposit of $550 during the enrollment process, the remaining $2,945 is due upon arrival.

Outreach fees (adults and children) $3,200-$3,500

Children’s fees* during lecture phase:
Ages 0-2 : $150
Ages 3-4 : $525
Ages 5-8 : $900
Ages 9-13 : $1,150
Ages 14-18 : $1,350 (Includes school materials, room & board)
*Child fees are based on the age of the child on the last day of the outreach phase.

Fees cover food, transportation, housing, and school expenses.

Additional costs may include extra immunizations, visa, and/or passport costs.

Costs subject to change.

Foundation school is a heart transformation school for children aged 5-17 years old. Our topics are coordinated with the Family DTS, but our school is open to children from families in other schools at YWAM Chico. The heartbeat behind Foundation school is that “it starts in your heart.” Our desire is to walk alongside the kids as they build their own foundation in the love of Christ, helping them tune in to His voice, and share His love with those around them. Colossians 2:7

A Word from the Family DTS Leaders

Our heart for you is that this would be a time of growth in seeing yourself as the precious treasure you are in Christ and that you would build your identity in your personal relationship with God through His Word, through encounters with His heart, and through dreams, prophetic words, and God-centered relationships.

We believe that by making loving God’s people a priority, whether across the nation or in your own back yard, it will transform not only their lives, but yours as well.

Our conviction is that God is asking each one of us to hold our hands and our hearts wide open to what He is going to do and we can’t wait to see the fruit of our united “yes” to Him.

– Peter and Shelly Christianson

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