Each week we’ll bring in speakers who have experience in ministry and in walking with the Lord. They’ll teach us on a foundational aspect of following Jesus. Our class times are interactive and challenging, focusing on real-life application. Our goal is for the truth to sink deep into our hearts, changing us from the inside out.
Worship and Prayer
Regular times of gathering to worship Jesus are central to the rhythm of DTS. In addition, the whole YWAM Louisville family gathers on Wednesday mornings to worship and hear what God has to say to us. (First we drink coffee and hang out, because that’s important, too.) Our Friday morning worship gatherings include a time of prayer for a specific nation, need, or injustice.
Accountability is crucial to your discipleship, so you’ll meet twice a week with four to seven people of your same gender. You’ll process what God’s doing, pray for one another, and spur each other on in living out what you’re learning. The YWAM staff who’s leading your small group will help you get all you can out of DTS, meeting with you one-on-one every week to listen, encourage, and pray for you.
This is the part you’ve been waiting for! After twelve weeks of experiencing God’s heart in an entirely new way, you’ll be itching to get out and do something for him. The eight-week mission trip portion of DTS continues the impact on your own life as God draws you out of your comfort zone and works through you to bring his love to others.
You’ll start with a ten-day trip here in the United States, where you and your team will visit churches and local ministries, serving alongside them and inviting people to get involved in the Great Commission. Then you’ll fly to a nation that is desperate to know Jesus.
Once there, your team will engage in a full range of ministry opportunities. You’ll get your hands dirty with practical projects like digging a well, building a home, or preparing breakfast for a homeless family. You’ll get a better look at God’s big, beautiful family as you minister alongside local believers. Best of all, you may be the first person to share the hope of Jesus with the people you meet!
And of course there will be interesting food to eat, brand new sights to see, and the adventure of exploring a culture entirely different from your own. Most people agree: DTS outreach is eye opening and life altering.
You’re probably wondering, “Where will my outreach team be heading?” We prayerfully handpick international locations for each DTS, so we might not have them set in stone yet. In the meantime, check out these stories from YWAM outreach teams to see what yours may be like: