Discipleship Training School


The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is the foundational course of YWAM. The basic motto of YWAM is “To know God and to make Him known”, thus the purpose of the DTS is “to know God”. YWAM offers a variety of subsequent courses in which they teach methods and strategies “to make Him known”.

In the DTS, we focus primarily on getting to know God in a personal way in order to understand His ways and His will for our lives. We believe that God wants us to know and understand Him. Jeremiah 9:24 says, “but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me,…declares the Lord.”

Through getting to know God better, the student is preparing himself/herself for the work to which the Lord has called them. Because of this we consider that the DTS is a school that prepares students for work in missions.


The DTS is an intensive course that lasts 24 weeks; twelve weeks of classes and twelve weeks of practice in the mission field. The twelve weeks of classes are taken at the Tarahumara Christian Center. Guest teachers as well as staff members with much experience in missions and who are knowledgeable in God’s word teach the classes. (Currently our DTS is taught in Spanish only.)

Besides Bible teaching over different themes, the classroom phase includes daily times of worship, intercession, discussion and fellowship as well as times of outreach and work projects. Time is dedicated to personal discipleship focused on the formation of character based on the example of Jesus Christ.

During the twelve weeks of practice, the students are sent in groups of two or more to different places in the Sierra Tarahumara to put into practice that which they have learned in the classes and to experience life in the mission field.

For more detailed information about the DTS, as well as dates and cost, please contact us .

Our next DTS starts on January 2019.