YWAM Worcester DTS
Discipleship Training School

Classic DTS

The Classic DTS creates a space for those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with Jesus, to come together and serve Christ in community.  When you come, you will receive practical missions training so we can effectively share your faith wherever God calls you.

Our community values create a culture of daily reliance on the Holy Spirit, development of personal character, and an imparting of God’s love for the Nations.  You will learn why God made you so special and how to identify your unique individual gifts and callings in Him.

The DTS runs in two phases:

Lecture Phase

This phase consists of 12 weeks of learning who God is, has made us to be, and what He wants to do through us in the earth! Students will have the opportunity to hear from seasoned missionaries and international Christian leaders each week who are currently being used by God in the nations.

Outreach Phase

The outreach lasts 8 weeks and students and staff go on a mission trip to make Jesus known. Students will have the opportunity to take what they have learned and apply it in the mission field. Our teams will get to be a part of several cross-cultural experiences and ministries as well as opportunities to step out in faith for advancing the Kingdom of Heaven. Our outreach includes evangelism, serving individuals and communities, meeting physical needs and addressing social injustices, youth ministry, sports & music activities and intercession. Come join us as we work together to pursue the Lord and believe for transformation in the nations of the earth!

This course is NOT a South African, SAQA accredited qualification.


18 September 2020 – 20 February 2021


Our fees are based on the nationality of the applicant. This fee structure (want to know more about it?) allows students from less privileged backgrounds to join our training. The fees include tuition, food, and housing, but exclude outreach.

Lecture Phase (12 weeks long):
South Africans: R13,650
Zone 1 (African countries): R15,450
Zone 2 (Latin America and Asia): R18,700
Zone 3 (North America, Europe, and Oceania): R23,750

Outreach Phase (8 Weeks):
This cost will vary from R12,300 – R30,000 depending on the outreach location and includes airfare, accommodation, transport, and other ministry expenses.

What our former students say


DTS started a journey in me, to be intentional with people around me and explore the bottomless love of God. To know God more clears my identity and creates strong friendships.
- Kabelo Mokoena, Former DTS Student
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Our Frequently Asked Questions

The Nature and Character of God
Spiritual Warfare
Father Heart of God
The Divine Plumb line
Renewing the mind
Sharing the Gospel with the Lost
Worship and Intercessory prayer
Biblical World View
The Person and Work of Jesus
Sin, Repentance and Restitution
Identity in Christ
Person and work of the Holy Spirit
The Great Commission Mandate
Discipling Nations
Does the YWAM-DTS provide credit for other Universities?
The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is one of the YWAM courses registered with YWAM’s University of the Nations (UofN). The UofN offers credits for the DTS which can be applied to UofN degrees. Students receive 12 credits for the DTS lecture phase and 8-11 credits for the outreach phase.
Also, credits from UofN courses are transferable to a number of respected Christian colleges in the United States, and in South Africa, it's transferable to the South African Theological Seminary. Please, get in touch with the specific institution you are interested in continue with your studies to find out their policy.
Is this mission only for young people or only focuses on young people?
Youth With A Mission began as an organisation to help young people get involved in the global purposes of God and this will always be a primary focus for YWAM.

However, many people join YWAM as a second career or after retirement. Some of YWAM’s Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) specifically focus on providing mission training for families or older students.

Our Discipleship Training Schools are designed to provide an opportunity for anyone to get involved in world missions. We do not require college degrees, work experience, or a seminary background. You do need to be at least 18 years of age (or 17 years old & a high school graduate) to apply for a DTS. Apart from the age requirement, we only ask that you fill out a simple application to be evaluated by the leaders of the DTS.
If you’re passionate for God and are ready to be challenged by Him, then you are ready for a DTS!
The outreach locations depend on a number of factors within the school and are selected carefully through a process of prayer and strategic insight. Typically students will find out their outreach locations by the 2nd week of lecture. Students learn about their locations and will be given a time to pray about where to go on outreach, to connect with their churches, families, and supporters. Then the school leadership will meet and organize the teams. Your team will then meet weekly to pray together and prepare for outreach.
There are many options to pay for your school fees. You can make an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), pay via PayPal, major credit or debit cards, or cash. There are several ATMs spread around town and you can withdraw funds from them as needed.
Do DTS students attend church?
We require all of our students to commit to a local church during DTS. You’re free to choose which church you attend. Our staff are involved in several different churches around Worcester and they will help you know what’s available. Your parents or your home pastor may also have recommendations for you.
Can I receive further training with YWAM after my DTS?
Yes! Here at YWAM Worcester we encourage students to consider following up their DTS with other second-level schools, such as the Bible or counseling course.
Additionally, YWAM’s University of the Nations offers hundreds of training programs at campuses around the world. The DTS is a prerequisite for other YWAM training. The goal of these courses is to further equip you to accomplish the mission God has given you. They can also lead to a degree from the UofN. We’ll share more with you about further training opportunities once you’ve arrived for DTS.
Do I need any vaccinations?
We do not have any required vaccinations, but it is a good idea to be up to date on all of your immunization boosters before you come. You can also consult your health care practitioner for any special recommendation.
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