DTS Frequently Asked Questions

DTS Frequently Asked Questions





What is involved in a Discipleship Training School (DTS)?

This full-time, intensive training course begins with a 3 month classroom/lecture phase followed by a 2 month outreach abroad.


Why should you attend a DTS in Pittsburgh?

Being located within the heart of the city, we are presented with diverse ministry opportunities. Pittsburgh’s urban, international, and college neighborhoods, offer our teams unique outreach experiences. Our group is passionate about helping others find their hope in Jesus as we seek to know Him better and provide others an opportunity to as well. Our staff and students agree there is never a dull moment living an adventure with God in Pittsburgh. 


What are the requirements for a DTS? 

You must: 

•  Be at least 17 years of age or older with a high school diploma or a “Certificate of High School Equivalency” (Ex. GED) 

•  Speak the English language proficiently 

•  Complete all application forms in order to be considered for acceptance


How much does a DTS cost? 

There are two phases that make up a DTS. The lecture phase is first and it costs $2995. That fee includes all of your food, housing, books, etc., and is due at the start of the school. The second part of the DTS is the outreach phase and this costs $3500. This amount includes airfare, transportation, food and housing during the outreach time. Both phases must be completed in order to receive graduate credit. 


How can you raise money to attend a DTS? 

There are many ways to raise the required finances for your DTS. If you need help raising money, please contact us for fundraising ideas. We can also provide you with a sample support letter that you can send out to friends, family, pastors, businesses, and other locals that explains your need and details how the aid will be used. Let's trust God together for His faithfulness in provision! 


How do you get involved in a DTS? 

You can fill out your DTS application online. A downloadable version is also available for you to print out, complete and mail in. Click DTS APPLICATION to access. You can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (412) 996-3823 for more information. We look forward to connecting with you! 





Where will you live? 

During the lecture phase, students will live in our housing facility located down the road from our Ministry Center, where classes are held.


What does the life of a DTS student look like during the lecture phase? 

7:15 am - Breakfast 

7:45 am - Devotions 

8:00 am - Time alone with the Lord 

9:00 am - Worship, Intercession, or Creative presentations 

10:00 am -Teaching session (Each week will feature a different speaker on a different topic) 

12:15 pm - Lunch 

1:00 pm - Free time or Work duties 

3:00 pm - Teaching session, Performance practice, or Free time 

5:15 pm - Dinner 

6:00 pm - Free time, Work duties, Performance practice or Local outreach 


What are some of the Lecture topics? 

Some of the interesting topics you will delve into include: 

•  Hearing God’s Voice 

•  The Nature & Character of God 

•  The Father Heart of God - His Heart for You & the World 

•  Inductive Bible Study 

•  Biblical Worldview & Apologetics 

•  Destiny by Design - Finding God's purpose for your life  

•  World Missions - Taking the Gospel to the Nations 

•  Cross Cultural & Forefront Evangelism 

•  Christian Rights Around the World 

•  And much more! 


Who are some of the DTS Instructors?

Please refer to our Speaker Bios page for more information about our speakers.





What does the life of a DTS student look like during the outreach?

The outreach phase focuses on applying what you learned in the classroom through an intense, cross-cultural experience. The schedule really depends on the type of ministry we are focusing on, the culture we are in, and the people we are aiming to reach. Typically, we minister through different venues of the arts doing evangelism, street witnessing, and follow up. In addition, we often help assist feeding programs and minister in orphanages and homeless shelters.


Daily Schedule

8:00- Breakfast/ Devotions/ Quiet Time/ Worship

10:00- Outreach (Parks, Main Squares, Feeding programs, etc.)

12:00- Lunch

1:00- Outreach (Parks, Main Squares, Schools, etc.)

5:00- Dinner

6:00- Outreach, Church Service or Church Training

9:30 - Daily Debrief


Where will your outreach be?

Your outreach destination will be determined prayerfully by your school staff. Many times the students are involved in the prayer process of deciding where to go on outreach. Usually one week of the outreach will be state-side and the rest will be in one or more countries abroad. Past outreaches have taken us to Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Belize, El Salvador, Liberia, Ghana, Namibia, Israel, Romania, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Bulgaria, Mongolia, China, India, Thailand, South Korea, Fiji, Samoa, and Cuba.


What is a Debriefing?

By the time outreach ends, you will have seen and experienced a lot of new things. We will hold a debrief time at the end of outreach 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.





What can you do after completing the DTS? 

The possibilities are endless. Not everyone completing a DTS necessarily joins YWAM. Many participate in a DTS to take time out to concentrate on God and consider whether He might be calling them to Christian ministry. And for others, DTS is simply a tool in deepening an existing walk with Jesus. For those who choose to go on into a career with YWAM, successful completion of the DTS qualifies them to apply for hundreds of staff opportunities. Graduating from the DTS also qualifies students to go on to YWAM's second-level training programs, such as those offered by YWAM's University of the Nations. Keep in mind, that some Christian colleges also accept credits from the DTS course. 

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