Training for life
Discipleship Training School
frequently asked questions
September DTS: September 2017 – February 2018
Our Discipleship Training School is five months long. The first thirteen weeks of lecture phase are spent in the beautiful Central Coast of California, with the next nine weeks spent overseas on outreach.
Tell Me More About The Surf And Photography Tracks
This year’s DTS is geared toward surfers and photographers. When you apply, you will sign up for one of these two tracks. We ask that surfers provide their own 4/3mm wetsuit (boards will be loaned to you from our base) and photographers bring a camera that shoots in manual. You do not need to be experienced in your track before you arrive, our only goal is that our students arrive with a desire to learn about their track and have the equipment needed to do so.
Individuals: $6400 + the cost of outreach airfare
Married Couples: All married couples and families need to talk first with the school leader before applying. Because of our housing set up, special arrangements may need to be made for housing that will affect the tuition costs. If we are able to house married couples, the tuition will be $12800.
Lecture phase includes tuition costs, meals, housing at the YWAM base while you are in the Central Coast.
Outreach Fees: Are included in the above $6400 except for the airfare to the outreach location. All in-coutry costs, visas, and needed country-specific vaccines are included in these fees. Please plan for an additional $1000 – $2000 for outreach airfare depending on where the outreach is, and the cost of airfare at the time.
Registration Fee: Please include this amount with your completed application forms. This fee is non-refundable and is required to review your application.
Because our housing and childcare facilities are limited, the school director must approve all applicants with children.
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During the nine-week outreach phase, each member of the YWAM team has the opportunity to minister in a variety of ways, including street evangelism, mercy ministries, serving the poor, church ministry, working in orphanages, performing dramas, intercession, and many others.
Our outreaches vary from school to school, so if you have questions about destination, please call us. In the past, we have sent DTS teams to Greece, Italy, China, Tanzania, Zambia, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Israel, Kenya, Rwanda, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, India, Myanmar, Nicaragua, and Nigeria.
When's The Money Due
The cost of the lecture phase is due upon arrival unless special arrangements are made by the school leader. The finances for outreach are due incrementally throughout the school.
Where Will You Be Living
The DTS students will be living in the heart of the central coast. Ideally situated for a variety of ministry opportunities from the artistic community of Cambria to the surfer community of Morro Bay to the college town of San Luis Obispo. Exact housing information will be made known closer to the date of the school as it varies from DTS to DTS.
Does This Count As College Credit
The Discipleship Training program in YWAM Pismo Beach and Central Coast is a certified course with the University of the Nations in Kona, Hawaii. Credits from the U of N are transferable to a number of Christian colleges within the United States. Students will receive 12 credit hours for the DTS lecture phase and 8 credit hours for the DTS outreach phase. To find out more about the U of N, please call them at: 808-326-4400 or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In order to apply for a DTS you must be at least 18 years old or a high school/secondary school graduate.
School of Ministry Development (SOMD)
Spring SOMD: April 2017 – June 2017
SOMD is a great next step for anyone wanting to strengthen and build upon what they learned from their Discipleship Training School. This three month course is designed to sharpen your leadership skills and equip you with the necessary tools for impactful and lasting ministry.
As you discover more about God’s call on your life and how you fit into His kingdom, we want to take it a step further and help propel and guide you into that calling. Throughout the three months we will focus on growth in character, practical skills, and servant leadership. If you’re looking to be challenged, equipped, coached, and stretched then this is the school for you.
The course will include lectures, seminars, communication skills, hermeneutics and homiletics, team projects, and small groups.
Some of our lecture topics include:
- Personal Growth and Development
- Strengths Finders
- Project Planning and Implementation
- Spiritual Authority and Leadership
- Caring for Community
- Pioneering Ministry
- The Cost of Discipleship
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SOMD was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Incredibly challenging, usually exhausting, but I couldn’t think of a better way to spend three months. This is much more than a leadership school. While I developed in my leadership skills, I also learned so much about interpreting the Bible and what it means to completely surrender to God. My leaders put their heart and soul into my school, and it completely showed. I’m grateful to this day that I made the decision to pack up my car and leave my life for three months to follow God’s plan for my life.
SOMD was truly life-changing I would recommend it to anyone going into a business or ministry of any kind. This school prepared me to pursue being a missionary. Awesome lectures and great leadership. The staff takes extra time to direct the school in whichever way the students will grow and learn best according to their goals. Overall very personal and stretching!
The SOMD in Pismo Beach is not for the faint of heart, but those looking to step into something greater then themselves. My experience with SOMD was stretching, yet exhilarating all in one. If you’re looking for a school that’s going to push your comfort zone and give you the tools to step into the calling God has for your life then you might want to check it out.