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YWAM Lancaster


Discipleship Training School

Explore our FAQs to get all your questions answered. From college credits and outreach locations to daily schedules and housing options, our comprehensive guide has you covered. Make an informed decision about your spiritual journey with us.


Yes! The University of the Nations gives 12 credits for the lecture phase, and 1 credit for each week of outreach.

The University of the Nations is a degree-granting institution (Associate, Bachelor, Master). It is not recognized by the U.S. Commissioner of Education, however, various accredited institutions throughout the world accept U of N transfer students and credits.

Yes! Family in missions is one of YWAM’s values, and we believe God calls whole families, not just the parents. Keep in mind, we do require a nanny to come with you to take care of your children so you and your spouse can get the most out of your schooling.

Anyone can do a DTS! YWAM was created to equip and send young people into the nations, but as long as you are 17 years old or older with having completed high school (or have a GED), you can apply! There are some DTS’s that specifically focus on providing mission training for families or older students.

Phase 1: lecture

Some topics that will be covered are: Hearing the Voice of God, the Father Heart of God, the Nature and Character of God, Biblical Worldview, Relationships, Fear of the Lord, the Holy Spirit, Identity, Evangelism, and Prayer and Missions.

Our DTS focuses on regional revival and partnering with God to see Him pour out His Spirit over the region of Lancaster! We also want to give our students the opportunity to practice what they learn and have a high value for application throughout the whole school. Our goal is to raise up and prepare missionaries to send them wherever God is calling them!

Phase 2: Outreach

YES! And it must be valid for 6 months AFTER your DTS (graduation date).

Yes, in order to complete DTS, the outreach is necessary!

Here at YWAM Lancaster, we have a focus on reaching the unreached, so your outreach will be focused on that! You will know where you are going by the 3rd or 4th week of your school.

Ywam Lancaster Missionaries Handing Out Bibles

Student Life

Your exact school schedule will be given to you at registration, but some things that will be in your schedule are: corporate worship, quiet times, class, local ministry, work duties, one-on-ones, small groups, intercession, elective time, and free time.

You will have student roommates and live with staff, with separate houses for men and women. It will have a real family atmosphere, with a shared living room and kitchen and hangout space! This creates deeper and more organic discipleship.

Here are our tips for what to bring to a DTS! Check them out here: Packing List

Ywam Students Studying The Bible While Laying On The Lawn

YWAM Lancaster Campus


We have have corporate worship and prayer every morning! They are Monday-Friday starting at 8AM. Visit the Events page for more information and to stay up to date with all upcoming events!

We are located on 59 acres in Ephrata, PA and share the building with several local businesses. Our main meeting area currently is called The Hub, and it is directly in front of the YWAM Lancaster silo!

Yes, we would love to have you come for a tour! You can email us at to schedule a tour.

A Close Up Photo Of The Twin Pine Campus Building At Ywam Lancaster

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