Discipleship Training School

What will your impact be?

2021 Dates

SEPTEMBER 17, 2021- FEBRUARY 11, 2022

2022 Dates

January 7, 2022- June 3, 2022
July 8, 2022- December 2, 2022
September 16, 2022- February 10, 2023

Be a bold witness

Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 6-month program designed for those who want a complete transformation of the Christian faith. The backbone of DTS is to help you dive deep into the heart of God and get trained to take part in the Great Commission. You’ll learn key components of your identity as a child of God such as learning to hear God’s voice, claiming and practicing gifts of the Holy Spirit, preaching the gospel, sharing your testimony, and creating self-multiplying discipleship movements.


Identity, community, signs & wonders

Each DTS consists of 12 powerful weeks of training and 10 weeks in the mission field where you get to touch hundreds of lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Speakers from around the world will teach you how to use the power of the Holy Spirit and the Bible to bring heaven down to earth. You’ll have one-on-one discipleship times with your DTS staff and learn how to work with your team in various class activities. After your training, you’ll go with your outreach team to a foreign nation led by your DTS staff to put into practice everything you’ve learned.

Basics of Training Phase
  • Understand the knowledge of God
  • Learning to hear God’s voice
  • Freedom Week (The 4 R’s)
  • 72-hour Bible reading
  • 48-hour prayer burn
  • Church planting
  • Preach the 5-Point Gospel
  • Share your testimony
  • Have a biblical worldview
  • Lead Bible studies
  • Have one-on-one sessions
  • Local downtown outreach
Basics of Outreach Phase
  • Mercy ministry
  • Marketplace/door-to-door evangelism
  • Preach at churches
  • Train on Freedom Manual & 5-Point Gospel
  • Build relationships with local people and churches
  • See signs and wonders

Targeted curriculum through Focus Time

Discipleship Training Schools at YWAM KC are split up into different quarters: Winter (January-June), Spring (April-September), Summer (July-December), Fall (September-February). Each quarter offers different DTS focuses like worship, leadership, and sports & fitness.

When you sign up for DTS, you can choose which focus you would like to enroll in so that during your training phase, you’ll receive targeted training a couple of hours a week during your Focus Time.

Cost Generator

Use the generator to get an estimate of how much your lecture phase will cost. Costs vary by country and significant discounts are available for students from developing nations.

*Estimate does not include outreach and outreach-related costs.

Watch DTS Testimonies

Listen to what students have learned from their DTS season.

“He is a good father… God has been there every moment. He was there. The father is HERE NOW!”

“For the first time I forgave my father for so many things that happened in the past.”

“Have you ever been hopeless, broken, lost?”

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the costs for DTS?

To find your estimated costs (excluding outreach phase), use the Cost Generator above. Training phase costs include housing and food. At registration, you will be notified of your remaining balance, which will be due in full at registration. You must inform your school leader prior to arrival if you have incomplete fees. Payments can be made by Visa, Mastercard, cash in person, or a US check addressed to “YWAM” at YWAM KC, Attn: Training Staff PO Box 616 Grandview, MO 64030

How do I pay for this program?

You are responsible for covering all of your school fees. To help with fundraising, we recommend “Friends Raising” by Betty Barnett and “Daring to Live on the Edge” by Loren Cunningham, available at YWAM Publishing.

What is your refund policy?

The application fee is non-refundable. Refund policies for are 100% prior to arrival, 95% during 1st week of classes, 85% during 2nd week of classes,70% during 3rd week of classes, 60% during 4th week of classes, 50% during 5th week of classes, and 0% beyond 5th week of classes.

How many credits does a DTS apply for the University of the Nations?

U of N Credits: 23. These credits may be applied to a U of N degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities.

When is the outreach phase and how much does it cost?

Outreach is scheduled 12 weeks after your arrival date. Exact dates will be established after your arrival. Outreach costs are separate from the Lecture Phase. These costs vary from one school to another.

What if I need a visa?

Visa processing times vary according to the nation from which you are applying. Students from Developing Nations should allow 3-6 months for the visa application process. Other nationalities should allow 1-3 months, depending upon US embassy processing times. YWAM KC is not able to process any staff or student visas. We are able to send you an invitation letter that can be used for your visa application process. Please do not book your airline tickets until you have your US visa. YWAM KC will not be liable for any airfares booked that are canceled/missed due to visa denial or cancellation.

What is the housing situation?

YWAM Kansas City is a live/learn community as we value the relational aspects of learning together. This means that we are primarily a residential campus and campus housing is dormitory style. Families and married couples are given their own room. There is limited storage space in the rooms so please bring essential items only. Room assignments will be given to students on Arrival Day. Housing costs are included in your course fees.


Talk to someone from the YWAM Kansas City Training Team or find out how you can get started on your application today.

Find answers to general DTS questions here.