Crossroads DTS

Crossroads DTS (CDTS) is YWAM’s primary discipleship training program tailored specifically for people aged 30 and above and is open to singles, couples and families. CDTS provides an exciting opportunity to explore and develop your calling into missions and ministry. Those who come are often seeking spiritual renewal, vision, or new direction. We invite you to be revived and refreshed spiritually and to go deeper in your walk with God. Come and be challenged and inspired and continue to grow in the call of God upon your life. CDTS is for you, whether you are being called into missions long term or seeking to be more missional where He has placed you.

Our goal is to see you grow in your relationship with God, and recognize that the natural outflow of that is to bring the gospel to others. We want to equip you to reach the lost, care for the poor and needy and convey Jesus’ message to a world who needs to know Him. Come alongside others who have similar goals and vision, learn together and sharpen one another as you serve God’s purposes.

The program consists of three months of classroom training (lecture phase) and 8 weeks field experience (outreach phase).

Crossroads DTS

“I believe that in each generation God has called enough men and women to evangelize all the yet unreached tribes of the earth. It is not God who does not call. It is man who will not respond!”

Isobel Kuhn, Missionary to China and Thailand

Grow in your Christian walk. Reach the nations.

Crossroads DTS runs annually beginning in September. The outreach focus of our fall quarter is Africa. Though there is no CDTS in the spring, we encourage adventurous 30+ applicants to our Frontiers DTS.

We believe that God calls the whole family to work together in ministry and missions. In order to help students with families, we have a school right here on our campus for kindergarten through to high school.

Students must provide a nanny for children four and under.

Course Details

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Our Location

Waterfall at the YWAM Chico campus

Our Campus

We have 500 acres of rugged, adventurous beauty at our Richardson Springs campus. From hiking to swimming to soccer or basketball, there are lots of fun activities to do with friends. Maybe you just want to have a cafe latte and spend some time with God beside the fireplace. There are many places to go and things to do here.

Bicycles in Chico, California


Though a city of more than 100,000, Chico retains a small town feel. It has a thriving downtown, several good farmers markets and a university. Chico is a bike town and is criss-crossed throughout with great trails. Bidwell park in the center of town is one of the largest municipal parks in the USA.

Enjoying the Snow in the Sierra Nevadas near Chico, California

Sand & Snow

California’s geography makes various activities easily accessible. In a very short time, you can drive east to Lassen NP or Lake Tahoe to sled, ski or snowboard. Or you could drive west to the Pacific coast for a day at the beach. Nearby are also Lake Oroville and the Sacramento River.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California


Though we LOVE our rural location, and the small-town feel of Chico, we are a short drive from places like San Francisco, Sacramento, and Redding.

Be Inspired

Hear from world-class speakers from all over North America, who represent years of proven missionary experience on the field. Gain firm biblical foundations that you will apply to your own life and ministry wherever God takes you. Grow in your relationship with God and see how that impacts your reaching out to others.

YWAM teacher training a Crossroads DTS class
Coffee break at YWAM Chico

Live & Learn

Education does not just take place in the classroom. The live-learn training philosophy of the Crossroads DTS is based on having an environment where students, staff, teachers and families eat, study, work, and play in close proximity for maximized learning and mentoring opportunities. We sharpen each other, and learn to appreciate one another’s cultures and perspectives. Accommodation and dining for students, staff and volunteers is right on campus.

Missional Focus

Following the lecture phase will be 7 to 8 weeks of outreach to an African nation, and 2 weeks of outreach in North America. This is not Christian tourism, but a physically, spiritually and emotionally challenging journey that provides a glimpse of cross-cultural missions as you serve alongside local believers, existing ministries, and long-term missionaries.

Your team will apply the skills you’ve learned during Lecture Phase. The main focus of every DTS outreach is reaching the lost. There will be diverse opportunities for service, but at the end of the day the goal of every outreach is to make God known in all the nations of the earth.

YWAM Chico outreach, women in Africa

What you should know

Because it takes time to process applications, we ask that you apply as early as possible – particularly if you are a foreign student needing to apply for a visa as this can take several months.

Requirements: This is an entry level school with YWAM, so there are no prerequisite courses. Applicants simply must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Applicants should also consider that this is a missions training program and should have a relationship with God.
U of N Credits: 20. (DSP 211, 212) These credits may be applied to a U of N degree program or transferred to other participating colleges or universities.

Crossroads DTS students live in a dormitory-style house with semi-private bedroom and bathroom, and shared living, kitchen and dining space. All meals during the school are served in our hotel dining room.

From a resort hotel built in 1923 to a comprehensive campus that covers nearly 500 acres and includes more than 80 buildings, YWAM Chico is a pedestrian-friendly campus nestled in a beautiful canyon, with many open spaces and a park-like environment that enhances the natural beauty of the canyon ridges, woods and creeks. Our campus provides something for everyone. From miles of hiking trails to tennis and volleyball courts to our Olympic-sized swimming pool, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our expansive grounds provide ample space for spending time alone with God, or hanging out with people, or just getting away from it all. The hotel lobby has sitting areas, WiFi, a bookstore and a snack bar. You can visit our prayer room and soak in God’s presence, or jam in worship in Ebenezer Hall. Get a Photo Tour of our campus.

A typical weekly schedule includes worship and intercession, small groups and one-on-one time with school staff, dynamic teaching, service assignments alongside full-time YWAM missionaries, and devotional time with God. You’ll also have plenty of time to spend with other students and to get to know our missionary staff. Some weekends have scheduled activities. Sundays are open for you to find a local church to join with in worship and fellowship.
Notification of acceptance is given upon receiving all your required forms. Once accepted, you will receive a list of what to bring, visa information and other specifics. Since there is limited space and staff, it is not always possible to accommodate everyone who applies. Whenever possible, applicants are referred to other training centers or given the option of waiting for an opening in the following school.
What you bring may vary, depending on different factors, such as season, outreach destination, etc. Every student should have a valid passport– with an expiration date no earlier than six months after the end of your outreach. Foreign students should have any necessary visas. You will have shared living areas, and especially on outreach, may have limited living and traveling space, so it is always a good idea to pack lightly. Once accepted to the course, you will receive a more detailed list of what to (and what not to) bring.
The outreach phase is the time to apply the things you’ve learned in class, and share Jesus with people in a country you’ve probably never been to before. This is a time that will challenge you, but in the end, you will be stronger and closer to God. This is a life-changing opportunity!
Outreach teams prepare for their trip through things like learning how to give a testimony or prepare a sermon, dramas and dances to perform in the streets or for kids; having fun and bonding as a team. You will have lots of time to bond as a team before you land in the field, which will help you be more effective on outreach.

This is a time to learn what it means to minister cross-culturally. This is not so much “doing missions” as it is preparing for a life in missions.


  • First child: $700
  • Second child: $500
  • Third child:$300
  • Fourth child: $100
  • Additional children: no charge

0-4 years: no charge*
Nanny: $500
*Parents are required to provide a nanny for children 4 years and younger.

The International Christian School on our YWAM campus provides an educational option for children of students and staff members from Pre-K through 12th grade. The school aims to enrich both the spiritual and academic growth of the students. Grades 3-12 use a computer-based curriculum, designed for students who can read and understand English and who can work independently. Parents will need to arrange for a nanny to care for children younger than Pre-K age.

The costs for ICS are:

(Lecture Phase)
Kindergarten: $75 per student
1st-2nd Grades: $150 per student
3rd-12th Grades: $200 per student

LifePac costs (for Outreach)
K-2nd: $30 per student
3rd-12th Grades: $50 per student


Lecture Phase: August 30-Nov 24, 2017
Outreach & Debrief: Nov 25-February 10, 2018
Commissioning Ceremony: February 10, 2018


Registration Fees : $50 single $80 per couple (the registration fee must be sent in with the application)

Lecture Fees: $2995

Outreach Cost: $3200-$3500 fees for outreach (food, transportation, and housing). Additional costs may include extra immunizations, visa, and/or passport costs.

Jason & Joanna Grecula
Jason & Joanna GreculaCDTS leaders
The Greculas are Minnesotans who attended CDTS in 2014 at Chico Their outreach was to Manaus, Brazil. Jason and Joanna have been married 18 years and have 2 sons. Jason is a certified minister. Before coming to YWAM Jason was an electrician and Joanna had her own in-home daycare. Jason and Joanna have a passion to see people and relationships transformed by Christ.

” I would encourage any family, whether moving into full time missions or continuing in ministry in their workplace and home, to find 5 months of their lives to be able to have this time of growing in their relationship with the One who matters most.”

Peter & Shelly Christianson – Alberta, Canada


The Next Step

Crossroads DTS is only the beginning

The last week of DTS will be spent back in Chico, for a time to debrief and prepare for all God has for you next. Once you’ve finished DTS, you have an open door into further training and ministry within YWAM both in Chico and internationally. The opportunities for ministry – in YWAM and beyond – are endless. Prepare to be amazed at where God will take you! We’d love to help you get there.

Further Training in Chico
Further Training Internationally
Missions work in Chico
Missions work Worldwide