What is a YWAM DTS?
Learn & Grow
To know God
12 weeks of live-learn discipleship as part of our missional community. Make new friends as you grow in intimacy with God, exploring a range of topics presented by experienced missions practitioners. Each lecture week will develop a foundation for your faith through your character, your actions, and your relationships.
The actual lectures consist of approx. 15 hours of class time. But this is not class like you know it. Lectures are living, breathing interaction with experienced missions practitioners who come directly from their ministries to share and discuss in an informal dialog.
The lecture phase is designed to
– Deepen your relationship with God through topics such as Hearing God’s voice, Character and Nature of God, Father heart of God.
– Discover purpose through topics such as, Identity in Christ, Missions, Evangelism, Worldview.
– Develop perspective perspective through topics such as, Global Missions, Evangelism.
– Build Spiritual disciplines through topics such as, Bible Study Methods, Prayer/Intercession and Worship.
– Grow in holiness through topics such as, Bible Study Methods, Prayer/Intercession and Worship.
– Lay a foundation through topics such as, Biblical Worldview, the Kingdom of God.
Discipleship doesn’t just happen in a classroom – it happens during our daily lives, relationships, and interactions within community. Some of the other things that happen during the week are:
Worship – as a DTS and with the broader YWAM Sunny Coast community.
Fun and Adventure – surf, swim, snorkel, kite, wake, skate, beach volleyball, hiking, bushwalking, or just relax on the beach and have a refreshing swim…fun is one of our core values!
Discipleship – there are regular times to have personal interaction with one of the staff to process what you are learning and discuss your journey.
There are also weekly opportunities to come together with a small group of fellow students and staff to do life together, process, discuss, and pray.
Local Community – engage in missional outreach with our community
Processing Time – plenty of time to sit back and think about everything you are learning as you relax and enjoy the sun, sea, sand and coffee.
Prayer and Intercession – a time to hear God’s heart and engage with Him to see His will done.
Travel & Adventure
It’s not the end….It’s just the beginning
Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I stay?
You will be living on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, in Maroochydore. Staff and students live in a tropical beach style hostel located within 2kms of our icomic beaches and only a few minutes walk to shopping, entertainment, wi-fi, and more coffee shops than you can imagine! Lectures are held at the YWAM location and transportation to lectures and YWAM events is provided.
Where will I go on outreach?
Each school carefully considers the outreach location for that school. Usually there are multiple outreach options per school. Some outreaches will visit multiple locations. Outreaches are facilitated by trained staff. Students then pray to decide which outreach is right for them. Costs of outreach will differ depending upon location and costs of airfare
Are there opportunities after DTS?
YES. After completion of DTS you can pursue further training here on the Sunshine Coast or at any YWAM location globally. After completion of a DTS you can also choose to join YWAM and serve in full time missions.
Is there an age limit?
You must be at least 18 years old to undertake training at YWAM Sunshine Coast.
Are families welcome?
Yes. Accomodation for married couple and families is limited so please contact us to discuss at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can I get Austudy?
Yes. As long as you qualify and the course is Austudy approved. Please check to see if the course you are interested in is accredited. You can refer to the Centrelink website for more information.
Do I need a visa?
Yes, if you are not Australian. But don’t worry, details regarding your visa will be communicated to you upon acceptance. You don’t need to do anything until we send you the details and information. If you are already in Australia on a visa, contact us with your visa type and duration and we can check the status.
Do I need to have health insurance?
Yes, all international students and staff are required to have health insurance. For all student visas, the Australian government requires Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before granting a visa. Our registrar will communicate with you regarding OSHC upon enrolment. For more information regarding health insurance please contact the registrar at email@example.com
How do I pay the application fee?
You can pay through our secure web facility Payment
How much does a DTS cost?
See the DTS page for current prices. School prices depend upon the school itself and outreach location.
Is there internet access?
Yes. There is free wireless internet access at the YWAM training location. There is also free wi-fi at the library, and just about every coffee shop on the coast.
What is the Sunshine Coast like?
Beautiful one day, perfect the next. The Sunshine Coast stretches along the Coral Sea in Australia’s Queensland state. Beginning about 100km north of Brisbane, it extends up to Rainbow Beach, named for its distinctive multicoloured sand dunes. The area is known for its beaches, surfing, eco-parks and nature reserves.
Summer temperatures average around 28 – 30 C (86F), evenings are warm with average temps around 20 C (70F). During the winter skies are clear with daytime average temps around 20 C (70F).
What should I bring?
You will need to provide your own bedding. We can send you a list of things to bring on request. Queensland has a sunny, sub-tropical, climate so you will want to pack with that in mind.
You will need a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, swimsuits, and a beach towel for sure. Lifestyle here on the coast is relaxed and casual. Shorts and T-shirts are perfect for summer, while jeans and a light jacket will be good enough for winter.
Download and read our STUDENT HANDBOOK: DTS Student Handbook