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Discipleship Training School (DTS)

Experience authentic discipleship, get trained in missions, and boldly take the Gospel to all the nations.

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Bring the gospel to all nations

DTS Overview

5-6 Months of training to Encounter God, Find Your Purpose, and Reach the Unreached

Our Discipleship Training School is a 5-6 month intensive missions training that provides practical, personal, and powerful experience to help you reach the unreached. Join us in seeking God and fulfilling the purpose He has for your life.

Phases of Your DTS

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Phase One: Seek God


  • Develop a deeper relationship with God
  • Gain a better understanding of God’s story and your place in it
  • Build lifelong friendships with people from all around the globe


The first 3 months of your Discipleship Training School start with gaining foundational knowledge of the character and nature of God, who He is, and in light of that, who you really are. Your training will focus on how you can use your gifts to serve as a modern-day missionary. You will be taught by leaders dependent on the Spirit and who are missionaries actively living their calling.

You won’t be going through this alone – you will have a one-on-one mentor doing life with you. You will also be supported by zealous Christians, all worshiping, learning, and working together for the Glory of God.

Guiding Scriptures

Matthew 22:37-38 John 15:5 Ephesians 1:17-18 Hebrews 6:1 Colossians 2:6-7
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Phase Two: Get Sent


  • Share the Gospel in an unreached nation with people who have not heard (The 10/40 Window)
  • Experience diverse cultures through a biblical worldview
  • Encounter and develop a deeper understanding of God’s heart for the nations


Phase two of your Discipleship Training School will take you on an adventure – reaching the unreached in a foreign part of the world. This is not for the faint of heart. It will be difficult.

You’ll evangelize, pray, and worship in dark places. You will serve in ways you won’t expect. It may be uncomfortable, unscripted, and unknown, but after all, that’s why you’re here, right?

There are billions who have not yet heard the goodness of Jesus and thousands of languages without the Bible. Sharing the gospel is often uncomfortable, but for a lost and broken world, the gospel is the most comforting news of all.

Guiding Scriptures

Mt 28:18-20 Isaiah 6:8 Luke 10:1-3 John 20:21 Acts 1:8
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Phase Three: Debrief, Accountability, & Reentry


  • Reflect on what God did
  • Share stories of how God moved
  • Navigate your next steps in obedience to God


The final two weeks are focused on equipping you for what’s next after DTS. Whether you plan on continuing with YWAM, attending college, working a job, or moving overseas long-term, this phase will provide the tools you need to navigate your next steps.

You will have time to unpack what you learned and share stories of what God did through you and others during your time with us.

Guiding Scriptures

Psalm 1:1-6 Galatians 5:25 Philippians 4:8 1 Peter 3:15-16
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Pricing & Date

DTS Program Schedule & Costs

*Our Discipleship Training School runs every Spring and Fall semester*

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Next DTS

April 1, 2024

Submit your final application by March 10, 2024.

Upcoming Fall dates: Sept. 29, 2024

Phase One Cost:


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Tuition covers the following:

  • Lodging, food, and teachers
  • Books for required reading

Phase Two & Three Cost:


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Outreach costs:

  • Lodging, food, and airfare/travel

 Outreach locations: Central Asia and Southeast Asia

Note: The exact cost will be determined based on the outreach location

The Phase Two is 8 weeks long, followed by a 2-week debrief phase leading up to graduation.

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The Plan

Why Wait?

Applying for your DTS is simple:


Submit an Interest Form

3 simple questions that’s all you need to get started


Do Your Application

You’ll receive and complete your full and final application


Get Accepted

Once your application is reviewed and approved, the countdown begins

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Reserve Your Spot

Get equipped to live out your calling and make a difference in the world – enroll in DTS now to gain the training, experience, and guidance you need to live life on mission.

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Just knowing that I have accountibility strengthens me in my walk with the lord, and knowing that I am not doing any of this alone. I have people beside me who strengthens me in my walk with Christ, leading by example and pouring into me.

Kephas, 2021 DTS

It was incredible! I can easily step into the heart of worship, see others how God sees them like get His heart for them, and I am able to step out more in talking about my faith.

Emilie, 2022 DTS

I feel like I’ve just grown to know the Lord in a deeper way, I’ve struggled with a lack of hunger for his word in this past season, but the Lord has just shown me his mercy and compassion for the times I lost intentionality in our relationship. He’s shown me his faithfulness, consistency and goodness through this past season.

Aimee, 2022 DTS

About YWAM Lancaster

YWAM Lancaster is dedicated to fulfilling the Great Commission by empowering and equipping individuals burning with God’s love to share the gospel with people in hard to reach places. Our mission is to help you live your life boldly and be radically in love with Jesus.

There will be obstacles and uncertainties, but our purpose is to be a catalyst that sparks transformation and enables you to walk in your God given identity and calling. With a focus on biblical worldview, discipleship, and accountability, we aim to create a community of passionate Jesus followers led by the Holy Spirit to impact the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 6-month intensive missions training that provides practical, personal, and powerful experience to help you reach the unreached.

YWAM, or Youth With A Mission, is a global movement of Christians dedicated to sharing the gospel and serving communities in need. With a focus on training and discipleship, YWAM offers a range of programs and initiatives aimed at equipping individuals to make a positive impact in the world. Founded in 1960, YWAM has grown to become a diverse and dynamic organization with a presence in over 180 countries.

The cost of YWAM Lancaster’s Discipleship Training School is $3,995 for the lecture phase, which covers lodging, food, and teachers, as well as books for required reading. The cost for the outreach phase ranges between $4,000-$6,000 depending on the location, which covers lodging, food, outreach expenses, and travel to/from the outreach location. It’s important to note that the exact cost for the outreach phase will be determined based on the specific location chosen. The outreach phase is 8 weeks long and is followed by a 2-week debrief phase leading up to graduation.

At YWAM Lancaster, we believe that a biblical worldview is essential to understanding and sharing the Gospel. We also believe that true transformation happens through discipleship and accountability in a community of passionate Jesus followers. By following the leading of the Holy Spirit and walking in our God-given identity and calling, we can make a significant impact in the fulfilment of the great commission for Christ.

YWAM Lancaster is located at 1932 W Main Street in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, which is in Lancaster County. Lancaster County, PA, has a rich history of faith and a legacy of sending missionaries around the world.