top of page
Kyushu Railway Company Train through wheat fields in Yufuin, Oita

I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields!
They are ripe for harvest.

John 4:35

Discipleship Training School (DTS)


Coming Spring 2025

The DTS is a six month program blending classroom learning, small group activities, personal reflection, practical service, and community living. 

The training comes in two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. 


Know God More


In the lecture phase your focus will be on knowing God, His Word and His world. This phase centers around classroom learning, community-bonding, and heart transformation..



Lecture phase engages the mind. It occurs at our base in Oita, and lasts eleven to twelve weeks. You will receive powerful teaching from motivating speakers and missionaries, meant to provoke, challenge, and encourage. Issues like hearing the voice of God, identity, sin and forgiveness, and much more are discussed. Classroom time is a chance to build friendships and dig deeper into the questions we all have.


Practical Work

A key part of character development is serving those around us. A part of DTS is working to keep the YWAM community functioning, while teaching teamwork and dedication. Whether it is gardening, cleaning, reception, or something else, this side of DTS helps you become a part of the community of YWAM around you.


Small Groups and One-On-One

Perhaps one of the most important parts of DTS is small groups and one-on-one discipleship. These times will allow you to process what you’re learning about God in a safe environment. One-on-ones are usually held with a DTS staff member, someone who is with you throughout the entire lecture phase. It is their goal to help you grow through mentorship and counsel.


Small groups are held with other DTS students. Here, you can see how your other classmates are being challenged as well. With discussions and personal input into what you’re learning, these are not only times to get to know your classmates better, but also a time to experience the change in others.


Local Ministry/Outreach

Personal transformation leads to the transformation of community. You will have a chance to make a difference in the surrounding society through ministry and mini-outreaches. Whether it’s teaching the gospel, working on a community project, or praying for the town or city, your DTS staff will guide you every step of the way, equipping you to impact a neighborhood.


Make Him Known


During the outreach phase you will join with others to take the message and love of God across the world. You will learn about the diversity of cultures and will participate in God’s purposes for the places you visit. You will grow as a person as you care for people and share the good news of Jesus.


Field Placement

The DTS outreach phase will give you the chance to apply the principles you learned during your DTS lecture phase. You can put all of your new perspective into action by sharing God’s truth in different places all around the world. The goal is to share the love of God which you have experienced in your own life.


Outreach Location

There are many kinds of locations for DTS outreach–a whole world, in fact! Some DTS or YWAM locations will have already decided where outreach will be held beforehand. Others will decide on these locations after you arrive.



By the time outreach ends, you will have seen and experienced a lot of new things. This is why we hold a debrief time at the end of outreach. It is a time to regroup, share stories of how God moved, and process what God did through you and others during the DTS. It’s also a time to explore your next steps after DTS.

Autumn in Kinrin Lake in Yufuin, Oita, Japan

One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:

that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.

Psalm 27:4

Green Tea Clipart
Sushi Clipart

Visit our sister operating locations in

Otaru  |  Niseko  |  Sendai  |  Nagano  |  Taito  |  Tokyo  |  Yokohama  |  Aichi

Takatsuki  |  Kobe  |  Hiroshima  |  Fukuoka  |  Kagoshima  |  Okinawa

bottom of page