Discipleship Training School prepares you to spread the good news by teaching you how to know God on an intimate level and by training you how to effectively and joyfully make Him known!
SCHOOL CALENDAR: SEPT 28 2020- FEB 19, 2021
MONTHS OF CLASS
MONTHS OF practical application
in national & international outreach
DTS is designed to encourage you to develop in personal character, cultivate a living relationship with God, and identify your unique individual gifts and callings. The cross-cultural exposure and global awareness that you find in this school will prepare you to answer the current and future generations' call to
"go into all the world and make disciples of all nations" Matthew 28:19!
1 DTS = 2 electives
The purpose of an elective is to draw like-minded people together, those with similar passions & talents, in order to show them how to use those passions & talents for the Kingdom!
During the classroom phase you will have additional time in your week for your focus, or if you are in Classic you have additional free time to focus on your relationship with God. Normal class time will be spent together, learning from the same teachers, and interacting on a daily basis as one school. If you are interested in the specifics of those focuses you can click the links below:
The 12 weeks during Classroom Phase are packed full of intense teachings, opportunities to work in the mission field, time devoted to developing a stronger relationship with God, and of course lots and lots of fun! Each week in the classroom is a different topic taught in depth.
Father Heart of God
Knowing & Hearing God
Identity, Worldview, & Relationships
A DTS also prioritizes a "live-learn" environment that fosters personal transformation!
A typical week of DTS includes:
Classroom phase is only the beginning of your adventure! The last two months of your DTS experience will be outreach! Outreach Phase allows you to apply the principles you soaked up during class on your cross-cultural experiences. You'll have so many opportunities to preach the Gospel, learn how to function in a team, experience the power of prayer, develop the ability to hear God, be dependent on the Holy Spirit's guidance, and see God's heart for His children! Outreach can be a variety of experiences! Here are some common experiences:
You, partnered with your outreach team, will travel locally & internationally to share the love of Christ! These outreach locations can include anywhere in the whole world and change with different schools. We've gone to Mexico, South America, Europe, & Asia! The locations are announced during the school.
Your outreach can include a variety of experiences, based on how the spirit leads and your location. This could include friendship evangelism, children's ministry, church services, dramas, sharing about what God has done in your life, working with local youth groups, doing service projects, and praying for people. You really can't put God in a box! One day you might be sipping overpriced coffee with college students the next you're preaching the gospel from the back of a yak to a Mongolian nomad. No kidding.
Part of outreach includes team building & continuing to grow with Jesus! So time is dedicated to team worship, processing, and prayer. Your staff will continue to walk with you in your journey.
Outreach is an adventure but not tourism. We are there to serve the people and follow Jesus. But rest is biblical! We will have days to rest and days to sightsee! You'll have opportunities to take pictures & buy some souvenirs for your loved ones!
Outreach ends with a week back in West Virginia as we debrief your experience and set you up as your move onto the next thing God has for you! Debrief week ends with graduation ceremony where your friends & family are invited as we celebrate what God has done IN you & THROUGH you!
But our goals for outreach is to bring the Kingdom of God wherever we go! In all these experiences you really get to step out in sharing the gospel with those we meet and expressing who God is through how we live our lives!
Classroom & outreach phase have separate costs. Part of this is because classroom phase is already set in stone but outreach can vary. We recommend arriving for DTS with classroom cost in hand (if you have a question about that please ask us, we want to help make that happen) and we highly recommend that you start raising outreach costs even though those are due during the school. We recommend you start because you need money to obtain visas and plane tickets which we try to buy sooner rather than later as they are cheaper. After outreach is announced during the school we will help you send out letters about your outreach & location if you need to still raise finances.
$3,400 Trekking & Outdoors
*includes room, meals, book fees, and any additional costs associated with a focus.
$3500 - $4000
*cost depending on outreach location (decided by school leaders.) We highly reccommend trying to raise $4,000 as often times plane tickets are the most expensive part of outreach.