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YWAM DTS & TrainingCultural Encounter DTS

Our Cultural Encounter DTS is for those who love to celebrate diversity and experience cultures outside of their own.

It incorporates all the elements of our Foundations Discipleship Training School: personal relationship with God, knowing His character, growing in humility and obedience, discovering who He’s made you to be, living that out in relationship with others, and so much more.

It adds an emphasis on experiencing God’s goodness and celebrating His excellence through finding where His creativity is displayed around the world.

You’ll learn the basics of engaging with other cultures and religions, seek the heart of God for the nations He’s made, examine the call to global missions that’s woven throughout the whole Bible and how to contextualize the Gospel to be able to share it anywhere. We’ll unpack all that with one another over some tasty meals and delicious espresso. We’ll also learn how hospitality opens doors for the Gospel and explore cross-cultural cuisine as we minister overseas.

Discover just how far God’s love can reach, how delightful and diverse creation is and your personal role to play.

Topics include:

  • Biblical Basis for Missions
  • Learning to love and appreciate other cultures
  • God’s call to missions
  • Understanding the global need for the gospel
  • Hospitality and the Gospel
  • Cultural traditions in food

Real Life Change

The first twelve weeks of a YWAM DTS are saturated with life-changing teaching and discipleship. And that’s just the beginning! Learning extends beyond the classroom as you’re immersed in our missionary community.

  • Kick off each day with personal time with Jesus.
  • Encounter God’s heart for the nations and the global need for the Gospel.
  • Explore strategies to effectively minister cross-culturally and share the Gospel with people who practice other religions.
  • Discover your giftings in action as you minister with us in our city.
  • Follow Jesus in a way that’s gritty and authentic as you live out the truth you’re learning alongside like-minded people.
  • Forge lasting friendships through a community environment and small group accountability.
  • Expand your concept of who God is as we pursue him together in worship and prayer.

Hands-on Ministry

You’ll take the next eight weeks to engage the nations with the Gospel. You and your team will meet both practical and spiritual needs as you share Jesus in a strategic overseas location. Destinations vary, but recent DTS YWAM teams have ministered in India, South Africa, Ukraine, and a few restricted-access nations that it’s better not to mention here.

Upcoming Cultural Encounter DTS Dates & Cost


Spring DTS

  • March 31, 2019 – August 24, 2019
  • Tuition: $3390 + $195 fee for a week-long conference + $110 Elective Fee
  • Outreach cost: TBA (depends on location)

Fall DTS

  • September 22, 2019 – February 29, 2020
  • Tuition: $3390 + $295 fee for a week-long conference + $110 Elective Fee
  • Outreach cost: TBA (depends on location)

 Winter DTS

  • January 05, 2020 – May 30, 2020
  • Tuition: $3390 + $110 Elective Fee
  • Outreach cost: TBA (depends on location)


Cultural Encounter DTS FAQ

How is the Cultural Encounter DTS different from other DTSs you offer?

All of our DTSs will come together for regular class time, as well as worship, intercession, small group, and other elements of training. The Frontier DTS offers additional content designed to solidify your understanding of the Biblical basis for missions and steps you can take to pursue long-term ministry.

Where will the Cultural Encounter DTS go on outreach?

We typically wait until our whole DTS is assembled before we finalize outreach locations for each quarter. That enables us to know firsthand the giftings and interests of our students. But wherever your team goes, you will definitely have opportunity to put into practice what you’ve learned.

Is there an additional cost?

Yes, the elective fee is $110.

Learn More About YWAM DTS

Do you want to go deeper in your walk with God? Are you ready to step out and pursue God’s call on your life? Find out more about DTS.

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