The goal of a Discipleship Training School (DTS) is to encourage committed Christians into a deeper personal relationship with the Lord, thus equipping them to serve Him in whatever capacity he calls them to. It is also an introduction to the values of YWAM and a chance to explore the opportunities we can offer to develop a calling into missions.
The training students receive and the relationships that they build here promote inner healing and challenge students to model a Christ-like lifestyle and attitude. Students receive training for ministry, but they also receive healing, restoration, and perspective in their personal lives. The DTS here at Hopeland has been blessed with seeing hope restored to the hopeless and seeing students transformed by personal encounters with God. After completing a DTS here, many students either stay on staff or continue on to apply what they have learned in other ministries outside of YWAM.
Topics covered in the DTS include:
- The character and nature of God
- Interpersonal relationships
- Missions and evangelism
- Hearing God’s voice
- Sin and repentance
- The father heart of God
- Gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit
- Prayer and intercession
- Praise and worship
- Spiritual warfare and dealing with occult
- Rejection, deliverance, healing, and forgiveness
The DTS is not just about accumulating knowledge, but about leading the students to develop their own individual daily walk with God and to discover their unique gifts and ministry.
For the first 12 weeks of the DTS, the lecture phase of the school concentrates on enabling the student to know God better. It consists of teachings from a wide variety of international and local speakers, followed by small groups where issues raised can be discussed and questions can be answered. Students are also encouraged to develop personal disciplines such as Bible reading and daily quiet time with God.
Daily work duties develop a servant heart and a team spirit, while teaching students to be “faithful in the small things” and giving them an opportunity to contribute to community life around the Hopeland base. Students come to the DTS from around Africa and all over the world, so students learn to live communally with others and build relationships with those from different backgrounds and cultures. You can expect a unique Ugandan flavor in the teachings and in the living and learning environment.
This is a challenging and exciting time when the students get a chance to put their faith into action and get experience in strategic evangelism and missions. Unity grows as the team supports one another and lives closely together, often with local families. Flexibility and adaptability are necessary, as are patience and a good sense of humor! Students learn to rely on God as they see him at work in their own lives and in the people around them.
To participate in a DTS, you must be at least 17 years old and have a desire to know God on a deeper level.