OUR DTS HAS DIFFERENT OUTREACH TEAMS THAT WILL TRAVEL AT THE SAME TIME BUT TO DIFFERENT PLACES AND WITH SPECIAL FOCUSES. THROUGH THE DIFFERENT TRACKS THE UPCOMING SCHOOL WILL TRAVEL TO ALL CONTINENTS.
PLEASE READ ABOUT EACH TRACK AND PRAY ABOUT WHICH SEEMS RIGHT FOR YOU!
Lecture phase: January - March
Outreach phase: March - June
Price group A: 25 000 NOK
Price group B: 22 500 NOK
Price group C: 20 000 NOK
Individual prices for each track
B: Europeans, North Americans, Oceanians
C: Asians, South Americans, Africans
* Price includes all costs for teachings, meals, accommodation and travel expenses during the school (22 weeks). Not included are expenses for the travel to and from the DTS and potential expenses for visas, vaccinations and items for private use (e.g. toiletries).
WHAT IS DTS?
YWAM Discipleship Training School (YWAM-DTS) is a 6 to 9 month school designed to train young people to follow Christ and to equip them for the future. It is the entry course for all YWAM schools and courses and is the beginning of a sea of mission opportunities offered worldwide. All Discipleship Training Schools vary around the world, but all have these things in common: you will learn from teachers about how to know God and make Him known (this is called lecture phase) and you will have the opportunity to take what you learned and apply it in your life and the nations (this is called outreach).
WHAT IS A BACKPACK DTS?
YWAM Rogaland’s unique school will take you on a life-changing adventure with God that you cannot even begin to imagine. In six intense months, you will learn about God and yourself, experience other cultures and learn what it means to truly be like and follow Jesus.
We believe that God created and loves all nations and wants us to reach out to them, so our school focuses on multiple countries for outreach, not just one or two! We do this by enabling you to come to one school but apply for a specific outreach track that will take you where God wants you to go and help us spread the gospel EVERYWHERE.
The backpacking focus takes place on outreach in various forms (depending on your outreach). While in Norway living will be simple, and “koselig" (cozy) as we say here - but still on a base with standard housing. Once on outreach, the backpacking begins- ranging from “Urban backpacking” to full on rugged, minimalistic backpacking. Whatever it is, we can promise you’ll be stretched and challenged, and through it the nations will be reached!
We hope that this broad exposure to the world will foster a desire and love for the nations in your heart.
Our DTS begins with lecture phase at our training center at Sola, near Stavanger in the south of Norway. We will have 10 weeks of Bible based teaching to help you grow in Christ and become grounded in the foundations of our faith. Each week will cover a specific topic such as, the the Bible, Prayer, Mission, Father-heart of God, Relationships, Evangelism, the Holy Spirit, etc. Each subject will be taught by wonderful teachers from Norway and around the world. Our teachers vary from year to year, but each one will invest in you and inspire you through their lifestyle, faith and wisdom.
Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all that God has created!” and that’s just what we do. After ten weeks of equipping have passed in Sola, Norway, we as a school will divide into teams and the backpacking begins- spreading across the world for 3 months, putting all of our training into practice. We are not people who simply hear; we are people who hear the Word and then do what it says! (James 1:22)
Specific countries that we travel to change from year to year (and will very much depend on the outreach track you apply for), but some of our outreach destinations from the past include U.S., Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Tanzania, New Zealand, India, Kenya, South Korea and Thailand. You will also get the chance to reach out to people in Norway during the school.
Outreach activities will vary and have previously consisted of evangelism, working in slums and refugee camps, orphanages and children’s ministries, church planting as well as practical work. Wherever we go, and whatever we do, we know that God is leading us and we’re ready to “Go!” and do all that He asks.
IS BACKPACK DTS FOR YOU?
This is not a school for the light hearted! This isn’t called a Backpack DTS for nothing. While living in Norway can be rather comfortable for many nationalities - outreach is unpredictable and we can guarantee that you will be greatly challenged. You will live out of a backpack for the entire outreach and travel often with your team - where living conditions are usually very simple and you will often meet people in heartbreaking situations. Traveling is fun but it’s important to remember that cultures are different and can be shocking; you will be put in situations that test and stretch you! At the same time you will have the privilege of giving hope and sharing God’s love to those who need it.
”Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)
*This DTS is a University of the Nations registered course. The UofN is part of Youth with a Mission. A successfully completed DTS is a prerequisite to all other UofN training schools, degree programs and to work long term with YWAM.