What is DTS?

DTS is an intensive course which begins with 12 weeks of lecture time
followed by 8-10 weeks of practical outreach. 

The Lecture Phase is designed to help you grow in
your personal character and in your relationship with God.

The Outreach is characterized by cross-culture experience 
and spreading the gospel, which will extend your view of our world. 
You have the opportunity to use and intensify what you learned 
during Lecture Phase.

Our DTS students come from all over the world.
Therefore everything is translated into German and English.

Life Changing

DTS will definitely change your life. No doubt!

Because of its unique design DTS is very different from most of the other short-term mission outreaches or bible schools. 

"a milestone in my life" 

The Discipleship Training School will help you to get to know God personally. It has a strong focus on personal application. Many graduates say that it was a milestone in their life.

Why DTS?

There are different reasons to do a DTS. Some of the following may apply to you:

  • Growth in your relationship to God
  • Identification and growth in your unique gifts
  • Discovering how YOU can make a difference
  • Getting a biblical foundation for your life
  • Becoming active in church, missions, etc.
  • Getting to know the values of Youth With A Mission

Lecture Phase

Lecture Phase consists of 12 weeks. Every week a speaker will talk about one topic.
There are also weekly ministries and a mini-outreach for one week in a German city.

Following topics will be covered:

  • Character of God
  • Hearing God's Voice
  • Worship
  • Father Heart of God
  • Holy Spirit
  • Relationships
  • Evangelism
  • Identity in Jesus
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • Missions and Calling
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Kingdom of God



The goal of Outreach is to spread the gospel by word and deed.

It is about 8-10 weeks in another country directly following Lecture Phase.
We always work closely with local churches and organizations.

During this time you will experience God in a very deep and real way and you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned during lecture phase.

Outreach is designed to give you a variety of experiences in ministry, such as:

  • Street evangelism
  • Collecting trash
  • Building houses
  • House visits
  • Running seminars
  • Running church services
  • Preaching
  • Kid's programs

DTS and Me...

"Is DTS even the right thing for me? Am I ready?"
You do not have to be perfect... simply available to God!

No matter if you are single, married or a parent - you are welcomed to apply for DTS.

If you want to apply for a DTS you should be:

    • Between 16 - 35 
    • A believer in Christ
      If you are not sure what it means for you, please feel free to call us. We would love to talk with you about it!
    • Hungry
      You should be able to take responsibility for your personal spiritual growth. You should have a hunger for the Word of God and use your time seriously to become a servant in the Body of Christ.

    • Interested in missions 
      You should have a distinctive interest for missions and be available for world missions.
    • Stable
      You should be free of life controlling, emotional or mental problems. If you have been in psychiatric treatment, you should have an appropriate emotional stability for at least one year following that treatment.

      If you have been in rehabilitation or a juvenile detention center, you must be out for at least 6 months before you apply for a DTS.

      If you are married, your marriage should be stable and healthy. The goal of DTS is not to repair your marriage. Both partners should share a calling to DTS. As long as you can communicate well and can have an outward focus, DTS will bless your life.


The cost for DTS differs from base to base.
DTS Tuition at YWAM Hamburg:

Lecture Phase 1.900 €
Outreach ca. 1.800 € *
Application fee 25 €

Costs included are: housing, food, transportation and teaching materials
Costs not included are: visa, vaccinations, travel insurance, toiletries, laundry or recreational activities

* Outreach fees depend on the destination and airfare. The exact amount will be announced during Lecture Phase

DTS... Then What?

DTS is required for all branches of study at the University of the Nations (UofN) and also to join YWAM staff.

By graduating from DTS you can earn 20-24 credits. These credits may be applied to a University of the Nations degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities.

Some countries recognize the UofN as a university, so your degree would be officially acknowledged.