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what is DTS?

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a season for training and equipping for a lifestyle of purpose and transformation. You will emerge in an atmosphere of supported learning, character development, and community service. It’s not just knowledge, it’s heart transformation. You will learn new skills, and put your faith into action, while making friends for life. The DTS includes 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Melbourne, Australia, and nine weeks of outreach where you will have the opportunity to be a part of strengthening lives, communities, and nations.

Encounter God

The DTS is a journey into the heart of God. Explore God’s big story with inspiring and experienced teachers, learn about your unique giftings and passions, and share with others how that makes all the difference in the world.

Experience Travel

Travel with a purpose – what better way to see the world than with the locals! And what better way to see God’s heart for nations than by meeting new people! DTS takes you to the heart of Melbourne, Australia, and into the nations.

Make a Difference

At the core of a DTS is equipping you to make a difference in the world. Through the outreach experience, you will learn what it means to love others, practice serving communities, and be equipped to live a life that makes a mark in history.

What You Will Learn


The DTS includes 13 weeks of transformational teaching, delivered in an interactive and practical way. Each week includes a different topic, delivered by a variety of experienced speakers, giving you the opportunity to dive deeper in your faith. Topics may include hearing God’s voice, identity, missions, relationships, Bible study, nature and character of God, and more.

Small groups, led by a mentor, will help you further unpack your training with others on a weekly basis. You will also get time one-on-one with your mentor to help support you on your faith journey.

To help you further apply and process what you are learning, you will also be required to complete homework and assessments.

This is so much more than just a course – you will have the opportunity to connect with God and others in a very real and personal way.

Experience Melbourne

One of the five fastest growing cities in the world, Melbourne is known as the cultural capital of Australia with art galleries, installations, and performing spaces spread throughout the city. Downtown is a host to hidden café lanes, beautiful architecture, and stylised graffiti, all easy to explore on the city’s historic tram system. Melbourne city offers an endless variety of places to visit, extending into neighbouring suburbs which offer equally adventurous experiences like the Dandenong Mountains and St Kilda.

Live-Learn Environment

Living together in an international community enhances your learning as you work alongside staff and students. The live-learn environment develops character and understanding of the teachings you receive in and out of the classroom.

Cross Cultural Living

Experience the richness of cross cultural living and the diversity within the expressions of unique and vibrant lifestyles. Melbourne city provides opportunities to connect and gain greater understanding to live alongside some amazing people groups.

Live with Purpose

Our region extends from the Southern States of Australia and far North Queensland through to the Pacific. During your DTS you will spend time in at least one of these locations, where you will have the opportunity to bring hope and life to the people you meet.

Venturing Together

On outreach you will be part of a team travelling together, sharing life with each other, learning from the people you meet along the way, and serving the needs in the various communities you visit.

Join us on this adventure! 

Course Details


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$6,490 AUD* course fee + $1,000 to $1,800 AUD outreach travel expenses

Your course fee includes 13 weeks of missions training and 9 weeks of outreach. The training includes all of your meals, accommodation, wifi, laundry facilities, airport transfers, and use of our campus facilities including library, lecture rooms, chapel, prayer room, gardens, and swimming pool – right in the leafy suburbs of Surrey Hills. Just a short train ride away is Melbourne City, which is close to the beach, restaurants, and shops. Your outreach fees include all your meals, accommodation, visa (if required) and field supplies.

Your outreach travel expenses will include any flights, ferries, buses, or other transport required to get to your outreach location.

*Does not include travel costs to and from Melbourne, student visa, health insurance, and immunisations.


Discipleship Training School

Encounter God – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s relationship with God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) by imparting a life-changing understanding of the nature, character and ways of God, by encouraging a response to Him in worship, prayer and obedience, and by equipping participants to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values, and behaviours.

See Life from God’s Perspective – This unit describes the outcomes required to enable a Christian to adopt and apply the Biblical view of human beings and their role as partners with God in all of creation, while affirming the value, uniqueness, and significance to God of every individual as well as all peoples and nations.

Recognise Jesus as Lord – This unit describes the outcomes required to strengthen a Christian’s commitment to follow Jesus as Lord and to apply that commitment to personal lifestyle.

Become more like Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to establish an ongoing development of the Christian’s attitudes, values, and behaviour to reflect those of Jesus Christ.

Do the works of Jesus – This unit describes the outcomes required to challenge a Christian with the ‘Great Commission’, to do the works of Jesus so as to defeat the enemy’s strategies, to strengthen their commitment to reach the lost, to equip them to share the Gospel, and to encourage them to clarify with God their personal life direction and purpose.

Orientate to Youth With A Mission – This unit describes the outcomes required to become broadly familiar with the purpose, structure, history, and foundational values of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) internationally, nationally and locally. The unit will also introduce participants to the opportunities that are available for them for further study and ministry within Youth With A Mission (YWAM) after the completion of the training course.

Course Work

The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written coursework which helps students understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a range of methods including journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment checklists, and supervisor reports. The DTS is holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge, and character.


Applicants need to have graduated High School or equivalent and have a sense of call to Christian Missions.

International Students

When overseas students apply, proficiency in English will be specifically assessed. Offers of placement in a course will include any applicable requirements for English language proficiency. Copies of documents, or telephone interviews will be used to verify information provided by students on language proficiency. Bridging courses will be recommended where these are deemed necessary.

International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.

YWAM Melbourne is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the ESOS Student Fact Sheet.

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