The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a six month training experience with the central purpose of knowing God and making Him known.
These twelve weeks of lecture will provide you with the opportunity to grow and learn in many ways. It includes class lectures, small group discussions, assignments, worship and prayer times, evangelism, community life, practical work duties and much more. Speakers from the Netherlands and from abroad will encourage and challenge you to deepen your roots in God through their teaching and testimony.
Following the lecture phase you will go on an outreach to another country in order to put what you’ve learned into practice. This includes sharing the Gospel through teaching and conversations, drama and practical service. Outreach is sharing Jesus with people from a country you’ve probably never been to before. The Classic DTS wil go on outreach to Indonesia.
DTS is not just a training, a gap year or a bible school, it’s your first step within missions.
Open day DTS
Are you also very interested in the DTS and are you wondering how a day in the looks likes?
Then join us for the Open Day! During every DTS we will open our doors for everyone who would like to see how it is to be a student in the DTS.
In the morning you will join the lectures and you’ll be encouraged by an inspiring teacher. Afterwards, you’ll get a warm lunch. In the afternoon we will give explanation about the DTS and about YWAM. In the evening you can join for dinner and there is an optional evening program. The open day is for free!
Would you like to be with us for the open week? That’s also possible. You can stay with us and join in all the DTS activities for only €150,- euros.
The next Open Days will be August 2nd and November 21st 2017, welcome!
more information or signing up: firstname.lastname@example.org or +31 578-691534
During the lecture phase you will have lecture every week together with the other students, around 25 in total. The lectures will be given by different speakers about different topics every week. The following topics, amongst others, will be covered: discipleship, the cross, the character of God, hearing God’s voice, the Holy Spirit, missions and evangelism.
The goal of the lecture phase is to get to know God better and also to learn how to make God known yourself. This of course happens through the lectures, but also the smallgroups once a week will help you with this. Next to this you will have a mentor conversation once a week in which you can process together what God is doing in your life.
During the lecture phase you will live together with the other students on Licht in Duuster, where also some staff members live. You will share a room with other students. Because you live together it is a real ‘live-and-learn’ environment where you not only learn from the input you get, but also really through the encounters with each other.
To get an idea, here is a blueprint of the average week in the DTS: Every morning you will have lecture and after that eat together at Heidebeek. In the afternoon you have work duty, for example help in the kitchen doing the dishes or help to keep Heidebeek clean. On Monday evenings there is smallgroup and on Tuesday lecture or a seminar and Thursday evangelism in Apeldoorn. Wednesday evening is free and on Friday evening a sports hall is rented for the ones who like it.
In the second half of the DTS you will go on outreach to another country, this can be anywhere in the world. The last couple of years there have been outreaches to Indonesia, Brazil, Russia, Nepal, Serbia, Hungary, Peru, Iceland, South Africa and Romania. Because Heidebeek has a focus on Indonesia, one team usually goes there. Next to that two teams will be sent to another location. At those places you will work together with local teams from Youth with a Mission or from churches.
On outreach you will make God known to all the people you meet, through evangelism on the streets, house visits, speaking in churches and youth groups, children’s work and also through helping people in a practical manner. Drama and clowning are handy tools to use during these activities and you will learn how to do this on forehand. During the travel you will show God in what you say and do, so it will become a lifestyle and not just an activity.
To prepare you as a team for the outreach, there will be a moment of teambuilding at the end of the lecture phase. In these days you will get to know each other better and you will learn how to work together as a team. In the end the outreach is a unique missions experience that will broaden your perspective on the world.
Anne Brouwer (18 yrs old)
“The Holy Spirit inspired the conversation”
“During my outreach to Brazil I saw like never before in my life that God is a Light in the darkness. Towards the end of our three month outreach we went to do evangelism for 4 nights during carnival in Ouro Preto. As a team we had to choose to go for it and to give everything once again as it would be a period with a busy program and not so much sleep. After making that choice, we went on the street that night with three hundred other enthusiastic Christians. My friend and I asked God if He could to send English speaking people to us. Sure enough ten minutes later there were three English speaking guys who came to us. When we began to speek about faith in God, the Holy Spirit inspired the conversation. He gave us the words so we could answer their questions. God was at work! When we told them that they also could make a choice for God, they became enthusiastic. Shortly thereafter, they made their choice. Yes, three other people who can work in Gods Kingdom!”
Celina Dekker about her DTS
“My relationship with God was turned upside down and has only gotten much better.”
“During DTS I got to know God much more as a personal God. Through the lectures, my fellow students and my time with God I learned that I can pray anytime for anything and that He always listens. I also learned and experienced that I can hear God’s voice. On top of that I learned to open myself up to others. It’s just as important for me as it is for others when I share what is really in my heart. DTS was a great time where my relationship with God was turned upside down and has only gotten much better.”
Tim van Eijl (22 yrs old)
“DTS changed my life”
“DTS changed my life and gave me a strong foundation for the future. God is in everything and will lead everything. Before DTS I couldn’t say this with assurance. Now, looking back, I can say it -God is at work in my life. Through my time in Brazil, where I went for outreach, I saw that God works through me and the things that I do, think and feel. He gives me strength when I face a challenge, for example preaching. He comforts me in difficult times and He puts desires in my heart and builds my character.
During the outreach I saw through all the activities, events, people and my team members that God works through everyone and everything.
You can see Him in every little detail -for example the smile of a little child I played soccer with. But also in the big things, like the many people who came to Christ during Carnival.
Dennis en Elisa Bakker
“ As a faithful father He provided every time again in what we, His children, needed.”
“As a young married couple we were excited to do a DTS. Before hand we saw some disadvantages: less time with each other, during outreach a lack of private places and dividing time between God, each other and the group. But we discovered that God is so good! As a faithful father He provided every time again in what we, His children, needed.
That’s why we want to encourage other young married couples to take this challenge together with God and each other. We experienced that as we took this step God came through and blessed it tremendously. God has made us stronger as a couple.”
“Now I’m home I see how much I’ve learned. I discovered that I really changed. It was a great time and I enjoyed this time so much. Esspecially living together at LID (Licht in ’t Duuster, the place where you stay) I still miss. I miss the good conversations on every possible time on every possible place. And Heidebeek: since the first moment I walked on the property I felt at home. At the lecture phase there was very good teaching where I was confronted with things because things came so close or were very new. The area of Heidebeek is surrounded with forest which I spend a lot of time at.
I learned a very important lesson in these 6 months: I had a certain image about God. I really wanted God to be close to me and have a real relationship with Him but sometimes it seemed that it just didn’t work out. It was a process where I had to learn to trust God, let things go from my past and forgive people. In this God constantly showed me that He was my Fahter and He loved me and He always will love me. That feels as such a relief and because of that I also dare to step out. Now I rely more on what God says who I am and that does make big difference.”
“De DTS was super cool! First I thought ‘nice’, 3 months to a foreign country, that’s cool! But also the lecture phase was really good and fun. I learned so much about God and myself. Sometimes it’s really confronting but it’s so good to see that everybody is helping you in your process. I was challenged to do things I otherwise wouldn’t dare to do. I grow more mature and became more secure about myself because I know who God is and I also got to know myself better. I thought I knew God but in the end it turned out that God was way different then I thought He was. He’s so amazing.
On outreach we went to Indonesia, a muslim country. We couldn’t tell about Jesus to everybody but people did see that we, as Christians, helped them. We laughed with them and listened to them. We did a lot of children work and we did a lot of house visits where we listened to people’s stories and afterwards we often could pray for people. You can’t change their life directly but you can pray for people. If we prayed for people I got enthusiastic about God myself as well even though sometimes we also had to persevere. The culture and climate are so different. I also have been sick on outreach but I can see that God really helped me through and kept me positive. Because I have seen that God cares for me, also in a period of sickness, I want to do what He says and go for Him. I don’t want to have another goal anymore.”
“DTS was so great! I would suggest it to everybody. I could tell way more about it but these are things I have learned. God is calling, also for you!”
A Discipleship Training School is a life shaping and direction altering experience! God’s presence in both challenge and encouragement is tangible and inspiring. The context that this happens in is so important. Great speakers, great atmosphere and a staff team that takes the journey with you. These are all areas where Heidebeek shines out. It was (and is) a fantastic place to draw near to God, be encouraged in your missions vision, and learn what it means to live for Jesus. The support of the whole Heidebeek community contributes to the experience in a special way!
Hopebuilders International, Australia
I had the privilege to teach for many years in different DTS’s at Heidebeek, which I enjoyed a lot. There is a nice, open, lovely and hospitable atmosphere in the school. Because I always was very positive and passionate about Heidebeek, both of my daughters did their DTS there. It’s been a life-changing experience for them both. That’s why I recommend the DTS at Heidebeek.
Pastor Shelter Haarlem, The Netherlands
Having taught in Discipleship Training Schools (DTS) for almost 30 years, I’ve witnessed firsthand what God can do in the lives of hungry hearts. I’ve seen young and old transformed by the power of God, by His revelation and by the work of the Holy Spirit. Months spent away from home seeking God often in a cross culture environment is a huge challenge, an amazing step of faith and can be quite a sacrifice. But our Heavenly Father does not disappoint. When Jesus touches lives, those lives are never the same.
My significant time spent at YWAM, Heidebeek has proven to me time and time again that this is a special place with a special team of leaders and staff. They are fully devoted to the discipleship of DTS students. I highly recommend Heidebeek as a perfect choice for a DTS. Their attention to detail and organization makes for a wonderful experience. But it is their passion for the Lord that is truly contagious and filters down into every aspect of the DTS. And as a bonus the Dutch culture is exciting and the beauty of Holland is breath taking.
Please pray specifically about YWAM Heidebeek as your destination for a DTS.
YWAM / DTS Speaker
Johan and I did our DTS on Heidebeek back in 1980 and it completely turned our lives upside down. We learned a lot from as well lectures in the classroom (from great international speakers), but also outside of the classroom. We learned from experienced missionaries and were taken by the hand and challenged to obey God. That was only the start of our 32 years within YWAM. We are truly privileged to be a part of the YWAM family worldwide and we really advice you to pray to follow a DTS at YWAM Heidebeek. To get to know God (better) and make Him known!
Founder of YWAM Belo Horizonte, Brazil
After your DTS
After your DTS you can go back to your study or job but there is more! Within Youth with a Mission (YWAM) you have a lot of different opportunities with your DTS diploma.
Second level schools:
There is a broad diversity of schools within YWAM Heidebeek or YWAM international to get further training. Some examples are:
- Bible for Life
- School of Biblical Studies (SBS)
- School of Evangelism (SOE)
- School of Intercessory Prayer (SOIP)
- School of Frontier Missions (SOFM) (a coöperation between YWAM Heidebeek and YWAM Bali)
Second level schools within YWAM International you can find on; www.uofn.edu
Mission Indonesia:This is a project which will be your step to the mission field. It includes a first preparation at Heidebeek, moving to Indonesia with a team, language learning, the School of Frontier Missions and more. Join for long-term or for one year first. For more information check the Mission Indonesia webpage.
With your DTS diploma you can join YWAM as a staff member. Not only at Heidebeek but also with one of the many other basses and projects of YWAM all around the world. You can work with schools, evangelism, mercy ministries or support. The personnel department can tell you more about this.
Meet the Staff
Hi! My name is Jelle, happily married to Jody and we have a wonderful son called Daan. This is going to be my fifth DTS, including when I was a student. For me it is amazing to work with the DTS! Great to see God at work in the lives of the students and to see Him working through the students! I am looking forward to this DTS, so see you then!
Hey! My name is Jody. I'm married to Jelle. I'm working with the DTS. It's great to see how God is transforming lifes of students during the DTS! I desire that more and more young people will live out what's on Gods heart.
Hello my name is Geerte, I'm 21 years old. I did my DTS September 2015, it was life changing and amazing. Now I have the privilage to be a part of the DTS staff team. It's so wonderful to see God working! I'm so excited for the next DTS to start!
Hello my name is Theo, 25 years old. I did my DTS last year, and now i'm gonna work as staff. I love to see young people so passionate about Jesus. Surrendering their lives to God. And i'm glad and honored that i can play a piece in that. My passion is to bring the Fatherheart back to the children. This coming season is a new start for me! God is great!