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.
-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.
-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
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