Discipleship Training School

"Down To Earth"
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The DTS is usually 5 to 6 months long. It is modular, which means that every week is devoted to one or two topics which are studied in depth. It is also based on community life. Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff lead the school, but every week, visiting speakers are invited, often from various cultural horizons and denominations and with different ministries (YWAM or other). We believe in the importance of cultural diversity within the community that makes up a DTS, cultural « shocks » being very beneficial in this training approach!


Lecture phase

The first part of the school, called the lecture phase, lasts 12 weeks and runs as follows :

  • 3 to 5 hours of lectures a day.
  • Some time, at the beginning of the day, set aside for the personal quiet time,  Times for sharing in small groups.
  • Intercession times (3 hours minimum a week) and worship times throughout the week.
  • Workshops to prepare for evangelism (preaching, song, mime, dance, puppets, etc.).
  • Times of personal study: reading, a journal, research.
  • Practical tasks: cleaning/housework, taking part in some practical activities on the YWAM base where the training is running, etc.
  • Personal times (one-on-one) with a staff member or with the speaker of the week.

Practical phase

The outreach phase, lasting 12 weeks, takes place « on the field », this year in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. It consists of an apprenticeship with evangelism of various kinds, practical service alongside the local churches of the country (renovation of buildings, for example), activities of a humanitarian nature or development work ( street children , lepers in large cities, construction of latrines, distribution of grain, etc.). As in the theory phase, times for teaching, small groups for sharing, intercession and praise are organised throughout the stay on outreach. Living at the heart of a cross-cultural missionary community and being immersed in a life of prayer and of daily worship, based on a life of practical activities and sharing in small groups, all added to biblical teaching, makes for an excellent training experience.

 The main goal of a DTS


To equip

To equip the students so that they may grow in their relationship with God, providing them with a solid biblical foundation, whilst encouraging them to develop their character, to become more like Christ, as they personally and practically apply the truth.


To challenge

To challenge the students to commit themselves to mission and to world evangelism, communicating God’s burden for their generation, to unreached people groups, to large cities, in all spheres of society and for the church.


To give

To give the students an understanding of what  » Youth With A Mission  » is on the international level, its basic values, its calling and the opportunities to serve.


To prepare

To prepare the students for effective service in the church and in their local community.

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September 20 to December 21, 2019 (theorical phase)

December 29, 2019 to March 21, 2020 (outreach phase)



*Covers accommodation, food, plain ticket for outreach, etc for the 6 months


Bilingual: English / French



UofN* Crédits

24 Crédits

*University of the Nations

Days before the school








Contact us for more information, or receive the application form by post.

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FAQ | Questions fréquentes

Is the school only in French ?  No, this is a bilingual school, that is to say that everything happens in French and in English. The speakers, the students and the staff are international.

How long does the school last?  3 month of lecture phase (theory) and between 10 and 12 weeks of outreach phase (practical).

Can you just do the lecture phase?  No,  the outreach phase is just as important as the lecture phase. Without the outreach phase, it is impossible to get the credits for this school.

Do you get a diploma at the end of the school?  The University of Nations issues diplomas for those who pass their school. This diploma is the passport for all other training with Youth With A Mission.

How many hours of lectures are there?  16 hours a week, including translation.

What are the criteria for success?  This is not limited merely to intellectual success, but your heart attitude is also very important.

What might cause me to fail my school?  If you are not teachable and not prepared to accept God’s work in your life.

Are there books I have to read?  Yes, that is part of the academic assignments. There are between 3 and 5 set books, according to the school. A written report is requested.

What sort of academic work is required?  -A character study of a biblibal character.  -A weekly journal (report/diary of the week).  -Book reports.  -A study on the people you’ll meet on outreach phase: their culture, religions, etc.

Is there any practical work required?  Yes, be it during the lecture or the outreach phase, various practical tasks such as  preparing breakfast, washing up, gardening, cooking and other tasks are part of the program.

What qualifiacations are needed to do this school?  No qualifications are required. Anyone can do this school.

How much teaching is there?  About a week is given to each topic. Sometimes a speaker may teach for  two weeks covering 1 or 2 different topics. 

What are the destinations for the outreach phase?  These are not clearly defined for the next school but as an example, here are the destinations of the last outreaches :

Destinations 2007-2008 : China and Israël

Destinations 2008-2009 : Madagascar

Destinations 2009-2010 : Madagascar and Senegal/Gambia

Destinations 2010-2011 : Haïti and France/Ireland

Destinations 2011-2012 : Rwanda and France

Destinations 2012-2013 : Burkina Faso and Guadeloupe/Martinique

Destinations 2014-2016 : Martinique

Are the weekends free?  In either phase, the weekends are not necessarily all free, but especially during the outreach phase.

Can I bring my musical instrument?  Yes, a lot of worship times are organized and the participation of the students is very welcome.

Can I telephone from the centre/base?  A phone is at your disposal to call land lines for free in France and in numerus contry (list at the base).

Can I connect on internet?  Of course, wireless is available. And there is computers for those who are not equiped.

Can I receive visits during my stay at the centre/base?  Of course, subject to availability. Our capacity for lodging people is limited.

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