Develop rhythms of grace that lead to transformed, whole and Jesus-centered lives.

YWAM-DTS (Discipleship Training School) equips students to be fully alive followers of Jesus who see and respond to the world around them.

A typical day during DTS includes lectures, Bible study, worship, prayer and engagement in local ministry. Students are challenged to see the world through God’s eyes and respond in a way that ushers in the Kingdom here and now.

Millions of unreached people — people who haven’t heard the Gospel — from across the globe have made the San Francisco Bay Area home. Our strategic location in the heart of San Francisco puts students in place to share Jesus with the nations. In addition to local outreach, schools engage in international outreach in partnership with long-term missionaries in Italy or Southeast Asia.


Upcoming Schools

Fall School

Calling All Skaters DTS
September 18, 2017 – March 15, 2018
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Winter School

City DTS
January 15 – June 22, 2018
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Each week a new teacher will visit the school to teach and share from their heart. Topics typically include hearing God’s voice, the character of God, shaping a biblical worldview, reaching the nations, and many others, including worship, prayer, spiritual warfare, evangelism, the Holy Spirit, etc.

In addition, much of the learning will happen outside of the classroom. Each week includes spending time in small group, praying, serving, and eating together, and reaching out to the city during ministry times. You will be living in dorm-style community housing, typically with 4 or 5 other students of your gender. Many weekends will have time available for you to experience and get to know the city with your fellow students.


After this intensive time of training, you will be sent across the world to put into practice all that you have learned. The heart of DTS outreach is to use and implement the skills and gifts that you have been cultivating during the training phase. Specific outreach activities will be unique to the location and the team you are a part of, but all outreaches will seek to serve the long term contacts we have been establishing.

In the past outreach teams have gone to serve and minister in Greece, Italy, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and India. YWAM San Francisco has long standing commitments to send outreach teams to both Vietnam and Italy. We as a staff are consistently praying and earnestly seeking God regarding the outreach portions of our Winter DTS's. So whether you are working with the poor and marginalized in the cities of Vietnam, or teaching English and playing sports with refugee kids in Italy and Greece; you will walk away with a deeper understanding of world cultures and the people God loves so much.