Come encounter Jesus in this six-month Discipleship Training School. The YWAM DTS is designed to inspire you to discover God’s heart, to equip you to share the good news with others and to send you to a world in need of the life and hope that Jesus gives.
Our goal is to create an environment where we can pursue the presence of God together and be transformed by the power of His love. We believe that it is from that place of living in God’s presence that we gain the capacity to carry His grace and truth into the hardest and darkest of places.
Hear from world-class speakers, 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.
But DTS is not just about what happens in the classroom. Our live-learn training philosophy 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.
Following the lecture phase will be 7 to 8 weeks of outreach, often to Asia or Africa, 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. An especially important aspect to a YWAM 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 DTS Focus Tracks
Worship with the Arts
Passion for His Presence
If you have a passion for the presence of God and worshiping Him, this track is for you. Come and develop your gifts in music and fine arts as you worship the King and lead others to do the same. Find out More
This track is led by Shawn Bansen
Fitness & Wellness
Discipline your body as well as your spirit. Using sports and fitness, we will do as Paul said and “buffet our bodies so that after we have preached the gospel to others, we will not be disqualified.” Find out more
Passion for Prayer
Intercession & Prayer
We aspire to be a company of prayer warriors who would stand against injustice and pray for God’s justice in the nations. Are you willing to lay down your life in prayer to see God’s Kingdom come? Find out more
Led by Patrick Carey & Tai Weedon
This track focuses on issues that are specific to ministering in various nations on the continent of Africa. Each week, we will have workshops that focus on culture, ministry opportunities and preparation for outreach to (an) African nation(s). Previous trips have gone to Uganda, South Africa, Lesotho, and Mali. Find out more
YWAM Chico is here to equip, train and commission people of all ages, whose passion for Jesus will impact the needy and make disciples in the cities and towns of Northern California, unreached people groups and developing nations. We will do this through life-changing training schools, outreaches, youth ministries, serving, and partnering with the body of Christ.
A YWAM DTS is the starting point for all other YWAM training as well as a prerequisite for joining our missionary staff.