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Discipleship Training School (DTS)

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for the world.

Our DTS is especially for those who desire to know God and to make Him known to the Japanese.

Intensive Training

What is a Discipleship Training School?

The DTS is a nineteen-week programme blending classroom learning, small group activities, personal reflection, practical service, and community living.

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

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Lecture Phase


The Discipleship Training School (DTS) lecture phase provides classroom learning, community-bonding, and heart change. It’s a chance to have your perspectives altered and your view of God deepened.


The eleven week lecture phase engages the mind. 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 digging snow, cleaning, cooking, 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 city, your DTS staff will guide you every step of the way, equipping you to impact a neighbourhood.

This kind of local ministry will also form part of your preparation for the DTS outreach phase.

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Outreach Phase


During the Discipleship Training School (DTS) 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.

Field Placement

The DTS outreach phase will give you the chance to apply the principles you learned during your DTS training 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.

Your Outreach Location

On a Sendai DTS, your outreach phase will include traveling overseas to another unreached nation within Asia, as well as other locations within Japan.


By the time outreach ends, you will have seen and experienced a lot of new things. This is why our DTSes 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.

Programme Information


Start: 7 October 2024

End: 21 February 2025


Lecture phase: ¥495,000 (including the lecture phase fee of ¥450,000 and a 10% consumption tax of ¥45,000)

Outreach phase: ¥275,000 - ¥375,000 (depending on the outreach location)

Frequently Asked Questions