Discipleship Training Center
Out of the Discipleship Training Center (DTC) all DTS schools are coordinated and organized. Another name for the DTC is also the DTS office. Every year there are 3 DTS schools organized and besides that there is also a Discipleship Summer Course (DSC). The DTC monitors the quality of the DTS and provides support to schools.
Upcoming school data
January 2016: Mercy and Justice DTS (focus DTS – bring justice and help people in need).
April 2016: Generations DTS (for young and old, also families. Outreach takes place during the summer vacation).
July 2016 Discipleship Summer Course: Discipelship Summer Course
God’s nature and character – encountering God
Through things like reading the scriptures, prayer, worship, and devotional time, we want you to understand all aspects of God such as His holiness, faithfulness, His father heart, mercy and grace. This topic will take your whole lifetime to cover, but you the intent is learn, grow and discover now already. Our desire is that you’ll meet Him and discover who He really is. Developing a deeper relationship with Him.
Hearing the voice of God
Yes, God still speaks! Everyone hears God in a way that is unique to them. We desire for you to hear God and be able to follow all that He speaks to us through the Word, prayer and other ways.
The purpose of God’s redemption through the Cross – recognizing Jesus as Lord
God has a powerful plan for your life and it has already been set in motion through his sacrifice on the cross. We want you to understand the full meaning of the cross and redemption though His sacrifice so you can start to realize just how much God cares for all His children
Spiritual warfare & intercession
We believe that God has called us to pray and to intercede for people and the world in need. By intercession you bring a change, it is powerful. Once a week as a base we also pray together.
Evangelism and missions
Knowing God and making Him known – A primary goal at YWAM is to spread the gospel. We’ll teach you about mission and how you can evangelise. Besides this you learn also how to do this practically. Beside the outreach, some schools also go out for evangelism during lecture phase.
Discovering God’s purpose for your life
Yes, your life has purpose! We will help you discover your unique gifts that the Lord has blessed you with so you can effectively fulfill His calling for your life. This is what it’s all about! Learning who you are in Him, and how you can use your gifts for Him.
The second half of the DTS is the outreach, a three month of field trip. This is a trip to another country in order to put into practice the things you’ve been learning in the lecture phase. It’s the ‘making God known’ part. Sharing Jesus with people in a country you’ve probably never been before.
During the lecture phase outreach teams will be formed and there will be time to prepare the teams for their evangelism trip. Like learning drama, dances, teambuilding and learning how to share your testimony.
Each outreach is different depending on where you go. Your ministry will transform to meet the needs of the local situations, but there will always be a focus on evangelism.
In the past years we’ve had outreaches in places like: Greenland, Iceland, Indonesia, Ukrain, Brazil, South Africa, Ethiopia and China.
During the Open Day and Open Week of the Discipleship Training School (DTS) you can join the students who are currently doing a DTS. During this week you will follow lectures, join the worship and intercession times, and there’s opportunity to get more information about doing a DTS and you can have a look at Heidebeek.
You are very welcome to join us in the DTS for a week or one day!
The next Open Day is November 21 2017. See for more information: http://ywamheidebeek.org/event/open-dagweek/.
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
Hey, I'm Aldert Bouman from the beautiful province of Noord-Brabant. Two years ago I did a Classic DTS (it was really awesome) and this year I will be again one of the leaders in the Football DTS . I discovered that I have a heart for missions and find it a great opportunity to combine my two biggest passions.
I am Franc Tollenaar, 33 Years old and happily married to Jacolien. The time before YWAM Heidebeek I studied theology in Leuven (Belgium) and Amsterdam. I have a great passion for Jesus, He is the one who inspires me. I looking forward to the Mini DTS 2017. God is faithful and it´s His heart to reveil Himself to His children!
I am a proud husband to a wonderful wife, father of three amazing children and honored to play a part in Gods story through history. I love to help people grow into a relationship and their Godgiven destiny in His Story. It's nice to be a close witness of the transforming power of God in peoples lifes. I love fellowship, fun, patatje kapsalon, Chinese food and life itself.
Hi, I'm Jacolien, 32 years old, married to Franc. In 2013 we did our own DTS here at Heidebeek, and right after that we joined YWAM. Before that I worked as a teacher in a small village called Kamerik. Since 2014 I work with the Mercy & Justice DTS. For the summer of 2017 I will be involved in the mini DTS! I'm looking forward to what God will do in these weeks, because whoever seeks, will find!
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.
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Hi, my name is Jonathan and I'm from Belgium! I did my DTS at Heidebeek in 2005 and I also did the School of Biblical Studies. I'm married to Ingeborg and we have two kids, Joëlle & Jesse. Before I came to work at Heidebeek in 2010, I worked as a pastry baker. I left these nice sweets behind me to work with the DTS. God is doing wonderful things and I am glad that I can be a part of this.
Hello! My name is Leoni, I’m 33 years old and since 2011 I work at YWAM Heidebeek. I love to work with the DTS. It's great to work with young people and to see what God is doing! Also in the mini DTS God has a great change to influence people! I'm married with a wonderful man, Daniel, who also works at Heidebeek and we have a beautiful son, Rens. We love life living together.
My name is Mayke Shaw. I'm working within YWAM since 2005. Married to Carl Shaw and mother of Ruben and Femke. I'm involved with the Mercy and Justice DTS. Challenging people for missions is what I like.
Hi, My name is Seth and I'm 20 years old. In Januari 2015 I did the Mercy & Justice DTS at YWAM Heidebeek, this was great! Now I have the privilege to staff the Mercy & Justice DTS. I have a passion for Jesus and l'm looking forward what He will do in the DTS! That we will know Him and make Him know:)
Gods Kingdom will eventually breakthrough, completely and everywhere. Partnering in Gods mission for this world is what inspired me a lot in my DTS. It is my desire that this mission will be a guidance for myself and my family, out of His grace. I will be co-leading the Mini DTS 2017. Blessings and welcome to YWAM Heidebeek!
I'm Agnes, married to Henk and mother of Myrthe, Hannah and Joshua. My passion is to see people grow into a life breathing relationship with our Father. I love to spend time with people and share life together.
Hi, my name is Anne, 24 years old. Last year I did my own DTS, it was an amazing time. I could see that God was working in and trough me. I'll be happy to be part of passing this great experience onto others as well coming year. DTS changes your life, so don't miss it! ;)
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My name is Diana. I'm from Georgia The Country, not the State . I did my DTS in 2006 in Georgia after that I joined Ywam there. It has been a great journey . Now from 20-Th of June 2013 I'm here in the Netherlands and I have a big privilege to staff classic DTS starting on Sept. 2013 and I'm looking forward to it. So I'm going to take the best out of the school.
Hey, my name is Eline and I'm 21 years old. Last year I did the classic DTS. I had an awesome time. It’s great to see God working and to live in dependence on Him. My desire is that more people will discover what it means to have a personal relationship with God. I’m really looking forward to the coming DTS!
Hello, my name is Ellen Griffioen! In 2009 I did the Mercy Ministry DTS together with my husband at Heidebeek. In 2010 we started working at Heidebeek. Before that I worked as a primary school teacher. I am 28 years old, married to Remco and mother of Joah. It is wonderful to be involved with the DTS and see God at work!
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!
Hi I'm Ita from Indonesia. In September 1996 I did my DTS and since then I have been working with YWAM. First I worked with YWAM Bali and since November 2009 with YWAM in Holland. I worked in many different ministries, but for now I love to work in Hospitality ministry. Some characteristics of mine are: friendly, happy, adventures and I love children, but more then anything I love God!
Hi there, my name is Joas Jongenburger, am 24. I did my own DTS in 2013, what causes that I may work now at YWAM Heidebeek with a lot of pleasure. I'm glad that I took this amazing adventure with God. I'm looking forward what God will do this season.
Hi there! My name is Jonathan and I am married with Ava from Australia. I am working with the DTS for the last two years and in January I will be involved with Mercy & Justice DTS. I can't wait to start and to work together with other people who loves Jesus and who wants to make Him known!
My name is Lisette and I'm 22 years old. In January 2015 I did my own DTS. It was an amazing time where I got to know God better and where my heart for missions became bigger. De poverty and injustice in the world is something that touches me. That's why I love the focus of the Mercy & Justice DTS. I'm looking forward to staff the DTS!
Hi, my name is Lisette and I am 27 years old. In September 2013 I did a classic DTS at YWAM Heidebeek. During my own DTS my passion for missions grew. It's exciting to work together with God, it's always an adventure. Last two years I worked as staff with the Classic DTS. I am looking forward to meet all of you, I love it to see people going deeper with God because He is revealing His heart!
Hi, my name is Marieke. I married in October 2012 with Wieger. In my own DTS I discovered many aspects of the character of God. That is why I am looking forward to discover together who God is and who he wants to be for you and me!
Hi, I’m Martin. I’m working at Heidebeek for about six years now, where I have two jobs. I'm working as staff in the Classic DTS, which I enjoy a lot. DTS is an amazing time. During mine God really turned my life upside down! I'm also in the IT department, where I take care of the computer maintenance. Two completely different things but I enjoy them both. I like both people and technical stuff.
Hey, I am Remco and I'm 29 years young. I am married to Ellen and we have a wonderfull son; Joah! In 2009 my wife and I did the Mercy Ministry DTS at Heidebeek. We work at Heidebeek since 2010. I am involved in the DTS and in maintenance at the base. Before I started at Heidebeek, I worked as a procesoperator on a chemical plant in Rotterdam. I'm looking forward what God is going to do through us!
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!