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.
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 received and 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.
The Fall DTS runs from September to February, with an outreach focus on Southeast Asia. YWAM San Francisco has committed to building relationships in Hanoi, Vietnam by sending an outreach team yearly to the city since 1996.
The Winter DTS runs from January to June, with an outreach focus on Italy and the Mediterranean. Since 2002, YWAM San Francisco has been committed to sending DTS teams to Rome, Italy. This consistency has allowed for long-term relationships with our contacts in the country and develop a passion and understanding for how God is moving in Italy.