The January Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a training course on discipleship to Jesus in the context of missions. The school is 23 weeks long, with the first half being lectures in Amsterdam and the second half being outreach to various nations.
We embark on this journey because Jesus has called us to make discipleships of all people groups. In order to do this, we need to walk as disciples ourselves. It is when we know who God is and who He has made us to be that we are driven by His love to go and share this Good News with others!
This year we have felt to have a special focus on the Bible and how God's heart, character, and nature are revealed both in Scripture and in Jesus' life. We want to be rooted in the Word of God!
We will also have a special focus on sharing the Gospel with those who have never heard it before. This means that we will have speakers come who are actively serving in the 10/40 Window, and we will focus our outreaches in this area, specifically reaching out to the Muslim world. We will have specific lecture and training on how to minister to Muslim people.
Our hope is to travel as a school to Israel at the end of lecture phase (depending on entry restrictions). We believe this is a land where our two focuses come together — we will understand and value Scripture more, and will come to know God's heart for the Middle East in a new way.
Be Prepared to:
- Engage in 12 full lecture weeks on topics such as Hearing God's voice, Jesus, Biblical Worldview, Missions, and more.
- Study and discuss the Bible and apply it to your life
- Spread the Gospel in Amsterdam in radical ways
- Worship together in song and prayer, and get chances to step out in leading these times
- Live and eat in community, and learn from people who have different backgrounds, cultures, and personalities
- Have people speak words of direction and encouragement into your life
- Travel to other countries to share the message of Jesus and serve others for 10 weeks
- Step out of your comfort zone in nations not your own
- Know God and make Him known
At least 18 years old or have completed high school.
4 Jan - 17 Jun
Outreach Start: 2 Apr
Outreach end: 11 Jun
Dutch translation for first four weeks of lecture.
Training Phase: €2.500
Tuition fees, food, and housing included
Flights for outreach are included
Outreach Phase: €2.500 to €3.000
We will be having extra training activities during the Lecture Phase in Amsterdam. These are activities that take place once a week. We will work together with other ministries that are already running on our base to facilitate these activities, so you will also have the chance to connect with and learn from people in our YWAM Amsterdam community who are ministering in the city.
Teaching and Preaching
Learn how to study the Bible and to share from God’s Word in a way that will equip you for outreach and the rest of your life! This elective will be run with help from staff on base who have studied the Bible extensively in our School of Biblical Studies and are practiced in training others.
Worship and Prayer
This elective will be run in partnership with our Worship and Prayer Team on base, and will include training in different aspects and expressions of worship and prayer. We'll run this elective in our YWAM Amsterdam house of prayer, called The Tabernacle, which is located in the Red Light District.
At the completion of the lecture phase, students have the opportunity to ‘make God known’ in the outreach phase. The Gospel comes alive as students step out in faith to preach the good news, baptise new believers and heal the sick (Mark 16:15-18).
Outreach is an exhilarating time of risk and adventure, as teams serve with local believers: transforming lives and impacting society with the love of Jesus Christ. You'll get opportunities to share the Gospel with people who have never heard it before, and to practically demonstrate God's love by serving.
As we have a special focus on reaching out to nations in the 10/40 Window, specifically the Muslim world, it is likely that we will be sending outreach teams to these nations. Every year we seek God's guidance for where we should send our teams, so they are different for each school!