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Discipleship Training School

New Curriculum

Available here in many languages: www.ywamdtscentre.com/dts-curriculum

Why the Clarified Curriculum?

In 1998, the International DTS Centre Leadership Team, along with the Global Leadership Team (GLT) and the International Leadership for the U of N (ILT), started a process to clarify the curriculum of the DTS. There were a number of reasons for this clarification. One major concern was that as DTS leadership was passed down from one generation to the next, key phrases listed but not explained in the original document, were no longer understood in their fullness by many DTS leaders/staff. For example, a phrase like 'the Character and Ways of God' had lost much of its meaning and in some cases had been reduced to a 'Father-heart of God' teaching alone. For further information on why the curriculum needed clarification click [curriculum/clarification.htm here].

Explanation of the Curriculum Document

The curriculum is now divided into 6 not 7 categories. It does not dictate a format, nor restrict the DTS leader to a particular leadership style within the DTS context. In fact, every effort has been made to identify individual components of the DTS rather than specific models. The expanded curriculum document still allows for maximum flexibility of format and style, but also insures a greater degree of consistency and quality in the content and learning context of our schools worldwide for the future.

The curriculum document is created to ensure we maintain the integrated nature of the DTS in its learning style, always connecting head understanding with heart and action application. Each category has 4 sections:

  • Integrated summary statements - these describe how the DTS looks when the concepts are understood, the heart attitudes are actively developed and the activities are being lived out in integrated form.
  • Concepts to Understand - biblical concepts that are necessary to teach within each category.
  • Attitudes to Nurture - heart attitudes that are significant to develop when focusing on each category.
  • Activities to Do - activities that are necessary to include in the DTS that would naturally flow out of understanding the concepts in that category.

In addition to the clarified curriculum document you will find an updated Purpose Statement for the DTS as well as Outcome Statements for DTS students. Whilst the purpose statement has been updated and the curriculum clarified, it is important to note that neither the purpose of a DTS nor its content have been changed.

The DTS Purpose, Outcomes, Curriculum and Guidelines documents, along with an introductory letter of explanation, are available in multiple languages which can be downloaded in Adobe Acrobat PDF read only format by clicking 25px-Pdf.png New English language DTS Curriculum.

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I. God's Nature and Character

Encountering God

The DTS affirms that God seeks to make himself known to all people.

  • recognizes that God desires to have relationship with people and share his heart with them.
  • imparts a life-changing understanding of God and his ways.
  • seeks for the Holy Spirit to reveal aspects of God and truth.
  • encourages personal response to God in worship, prayer and obedience.
  • nurtures a love and hunger for the Bible.
  • equips to read the Bible in such a way that transforms beliefs, values and behaviors.
  • cultivates the practice of hearing God's voice.

Concepts to Understand and Apply

(see Nature and Character of God

  1. God is uncreated.
  2. God is infinite in that he is all powerful, all knowing, all present, creator, eternal, and more.
  3. God is a personal/relational being in that he is three distinct persons in one being (Father, Son and Holy Spirit).
  4. By character God is loving, just, holy, wise, gracious, compassionate, merciful, kind, forgiving, long suffering, slow to anger, faithful and more.
  5. God is sovereign and has ultimate control of history while taking into account the very real choices of people.
  6. God is both transcendent (outside of creation) and immanent (is present and active in creation and dwells within the believer).
  7. God created people to be relational so that he could have relationship with them. (Relationship is built by a free exchange of thoughts, emotions and decisions.)
  8. Worship is an appropriate response to God. There are many different ways to worship God corporately and privately. Worship should also be reflected in our lifestyle.
  9. God invites people to talk (pray) to him about their needs and concerns.
  10. God longs to share things that are on his heart with his people.
  11. Prayer in the name of Jesus makes a real difference.
  12. The Holy Spirit speaks personally and clearly to people through a variety of ways (e.g. an inner voice, a picture, other people). These personal words or instructions must always be consistent with the Bible and may be confirmed through others.
  13. God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ.
  14. Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God.
  15. A general knowledge about God is available to all people through creation.
  16. God's specific revelation of himself and his purposes are recorded in the Bible.
  17. The Bible is God's inspired and authoritative Word and is our primary standard for living.
  18. The Bible is to be used in a way that strengthens our faith, renews our mind and informs us to be able to make right choices (read, meditate, study, memorize, etc.).
  19. The Holy Spirit is the teacher and revealer of God's truth.
  20. Believing and obeying the truth that one already knows is critical to gaining further revelation of truth.

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to God:

  • trust
  • faith
  • reverence
  • love
  • dependence
  • loyalty
  • submission
  • cooperation
  • desire for ongoing communication with God
  • hunger and passion to know God and to make him known
  • hope
  • courage
  • commitment
  • worship
  • humility
  • teachable
  • gratefulness
  • contentment
  • hatred of sin
  • abiding in God
  • seeking more revelation of God and truth
  • love for the Bible
  • questioning
  • seeking understanding and wisdom
  • confidence to hear God's voice.

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Praise and worship God through a variety of ways both individually and corporately.
  2. Actively listen to God and obey him.
  3. Consistently read, study, meditate and apply God's Word.
  4. Actively develop godly attitudes by searching God's Word.
  5. Honestly share one's heart with God in prayer.
  6. Regularly choose to draw aside in private times with God.
  7. Live out of a dependence on the Holy Spirit within.
  8. Seek to demonstrate God's character in relationships and circumstances.
  9. Step out in faith, trust God to supply what is needed to do what he asks you to do (e.g. courage, money, people).
  10. Seek out the lost and share Christ.
  11. Study/ reflect on Scripture relevant to the concepts in this category.

II. God's Intention for Individuals, Peoples and Creation

Seeing All of Life From God's Perspective

The DTS affirms God's purposes for each individual, peoples and nation.

  • seeks to inspire people to make responsible choices that bring joy to God and glorify him.
  • teaches and practices responsible stewardship in every aspect of life.
  • promotes the potential that ONE can make a Kingdom difference in any people group, place or sphere of society.
  • encourages creativity both in thought and deed.
  • practices dynamic Spirit-led intercession that has a transforming impact on what is prayed for as well as the one praying.

Concepts to Understand and Apply

  1. God created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them.
  2. All people are made in the image of God and as such are the most valuable of all creation.
  3. Every person is of equal value regardless of race, gender, age, social standing, and each person is unique and significant to God.
  4. People are to live and work in a way that honors and glorifies God.
  5. Relationship with God, self and with others is the most fundamental part of life. The Ten Commandments set the standard for these relationships.
  6. All people are created with an ability to recognize the existence of God and with a conscience to help guide in knowing and doing what is right.
  7. God gave people the capacity to create, to have ideas, and to find solutions.
  8. God gave people the capacity and responsibility to make choices that have an effect in history.
  9. God has chosen to accomplish his purposes by partnering with people. He respects the gifts and responsibilities he has given them by making room for their initiatives and choices.
  10. Intercession involves interaction between people and God and furthers God's purposes in people, place and circumstance. (Intercession can involve the use of Scripture).
  11. God made people responsible (stewards) for all of creation. Areas of stewardship include relationships, the environment, personal health, the value of work, making responsible choices, value of rest, generosity, finances, spiritual gifts, hospitality, and the value of time.
  12. God intended for every people group to worship him and live for his glory
  13. God intended for people to be fruitful and multiply: to develop communities, nations and cultures that reflect aspects of his character.
  14. God reveals in the Bible some basic principles on which a Nation or Society should be built. These principles can be applied differently in nations in the spheres of family, church, art and entertainment, economy, media, health, government, education.
  15. God gave humanity abilities to serve one another in various ways in these spheres. All occupations are of equal value and can be a context through which a believer can glorify God (e.g. farmer, pastor, politician, artist, shop keeper, nurse, teacher, evangelist).

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to people and creation:

  • respect and value for every human being: all ages, genders, peoples and social/economic background
  • appreciation and honoring of others: their cultures, personalities, and gifts
  • welcoming
  • hospitable
  • sharing
  • generous
  • respect and responsibility for all creation
  • awareness that all one has comes from God and is to be used to glorify God
  • the desire to glorify God through work
  • diligence; faithfulness
  • excellence
  • perseverance
  • servanthood
  • seeking possibilities, solutions and creative alternatives
  • hopeful
  • joyful
  • contentment
  • desiring to have and maintain a pure conscience
  • acknowledgment and reverence for God's moral law.

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Intercede for God's purposes to come into nations, cultures, and spheres of society.
  2. Carry out all responsibilities such as work duties and homework assignments with diligence.
  3. Handle finances, time and energy responsibly.
  4. Respect and take responsibility for personal and community belongings.
  5. Seek opportunities to accept and affirm the value and uniqueness of each individual.
  6. Respectfully express your culture and embrace the cultural expressions of others.
  7. Become familiar with the details of some unreached people groups.
  8. Personally take responsibility to deal with conflict in one's relationships.
  9. Demonstrate love for God and one another in practical ways.
  10. Express acts of generosity and hospitality.
  11. Explore new ideas, ask questions, actively listen, think through possibilities and solve problems.
  12. Study/ reflect on Scripture relevant to the concepts in this category.

III. God's Redemption: Sin and the Cross

Recognizing Jesus as Lord)

The DTS acknowledges Jesus Christ is God and he is the only way for one to be saved.

  • recognizes the reality of Satan and his strategies.
  • proclaims the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as God's successful act to disarm and destroy Satan.
  • affirms the Lordship of Jesus and upholds the need to obey him.
  • cultivates "the fear of the Lord" and a hatred of sin.

Concepts to Understand and Apply

  1. Satan is a created being, who in pride, rebelled against God.
  2. Satan is evil. He is a deceiver, accuser, thief, tempter, and a liar. As the enemy of God, he fights against God and his purposes.
  3. People and creation were fundamentally affected by the sin of Adam and Eve. They opened the door for Satan to usurp their God-given rule of creation.
  4. Disobeying God's commandments is sin.
  5. Every person has sinned and is deserving of God's judgment.
  6. Some of the general effects of sin include suffering, disease and death.
  7. All nations, societies and cultures, to one degree or another, are built on non- Biblical foundations.
  8. Out of his love for mankind, God sent his only Son, Jesus.
  9. Jesus, while remaining fully God, laid aside his privileges as God to become fully man and lived his life in unbroken communion with God.
  10. Jesus was instructed and filled by God's Spirit to do God's work, fulfill God's purposes and to demonstrate God's character in every situation.
  11. Jesus, though tempted in every way, never sinned.
  12. Jesus died on the cross, and suffered God's judgment for the sins of the world.
  13. Jesus bodily rose from the dead and continued to appear to his disciples for 40 days.
  14. After 40 days, Jesus ascended to his rightful place in heaven where he remains today.
  15. Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus broke the power of sin, defeated Satan and inaugurated the beginning of God's kingdom rule.

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to the reality of Satan, sin and God as revealed in the Cross:

  • courageous
  • warrior
  • worship
  • hatred of evil and sin
  • desire to align with God
  • humility
  • thankfulness
  • discernment
  • cooperation with God
  • resistance to Satan
  • confidence God is with me
  • victorious over temptation
  • reverence/awe
  • willingness to sacrifice
  • faith
  • love
  • hope
  • enduring
  • longsuffering
  • expectancy
  • unworthiness
  • being alert
  • world changer

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Identify and resist the activity of Satan at work around you.
  2. Seek to see sin as God sees it.
  3. Thank God for Jesus.
  4. Worship God in response to all the cross reveals about his character and purposes.
  5. Seek to relate to people and God as Jesus did.
  6. Serve one another, following the example of Jesus .
  7. Identify nonbiblical foundations in the cultures around you and intercede for God's truth to uproot them.
  8. Study/ reflect on Scripture relevant to the concepts in this category.

IV. God's Family: His Children and His Church

Becoming More Like Jesus


  • strengthens one's knowledge of and trust in God as "father," "savior," and "friend."
  • nurtures the awareness of personal value and significance to God.
  • gives opportunity for one's past, present and future to be surrendered at the cross.
  • emphasizes the primary role of the Bible and the Holy Spirit in the process of becoming more like Jesus.
  • makes room for the Holy Spirit to work in and through people.
  • believes personal holiness is necessary and only possible through appropriating God's grace.
  • recognizes and affirms God' s love for and commitment to his Church.
  • promotes participation in and partnership with the local church.
  • cultivates an atmosphere where unity and diversity are equally valued.
  • furthers the practice of healthy relationships, and the need to build one another up.
  • gives opportunity to discover and demonstrate one's spiritual gifts to serve others.
  • advocates learning from one another.

Concepts to Understand and Apply

  1. Each believer has been given God's Spirit, who gives eternal life and who adopts us into God's family.
  2. The Holy Spirit reveals God's Word to the believer and continually assures the believer of God's love and that "Christ is within."
  3. The Holy Spirit works to comfort, heal (physical and emotional), convict, teach and restore the believer.
  4. God desires for the believer to live a holy life, that is to relate to God and others as Jesus did.
  5. A key to living a Christ-like life (bearing the fruit of the Spirit) is to consistently draw upon the indwelling Holy Spirit.
  6. Satan, though defeated through the cross, continues to deceive people and draw them into sin.
  7. The Holy Spirit and the grace of God are always available within believers empowering them to recognize, resist and overcome Satan's temptations/lies and to free them from bondage. (In some cases deliverance from spiritual bondage may be necessary.)
  8. Forgiveness and relinquishing rights are keys to living a Christ-like life.
  9. Each believer is responsible to cooperate with the Spirit within to believe and obey the truth. In addition, he is to repent of false beliefs, sinful attitudes (e.g.pride, unbelief), destructive habits (e.g. gossip, coveting), other areas of disobedience and to make restitution when appropriate.
  10. Every believer is part of "The Body of Christ." Each person is significant and yet needs other members of the body.
  11. There are two basic classifications of church: the local body of believers (modality) and mission agency (sodality).

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to strengthening personal faith, character development, and right relationships: Faith; dependency on the Spirit; assurance of God's love and commitment to me; confidence; belonging; maturity; responsibility; patience; perseverance with self and others; contentment; teachable; humility; hope; trust towards God and others; willingness to change; desire for integrity; gratefulness; quickness to acknowledge and turn from sin; forgiving; repentance; transparency; graciousness towards others; willingness to give up rights; others aware; celebrate people; giving and receiving; seeking to understand; honoring; accepting; self respect and respect of others; appreciate differences; purity; preferring one another; commitment; loyalty; serving; gentleness; sharing; lighthearted; caring; compassion; mutually submissive; team player; self restraint; faithful; peaceable, loyalty to God's character; vulnerability to God's love, respect for God's opinion.

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Actively take responsibility for one's own growth.
  2. Appropriately respond to God and others, in dealing with the past, giving up rights, sin, forgiving others, etc.
  3. Cooperate with the deepening work of the Spirt within through times of worship and ministry.
  4. Demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).
  5. Personally recognize and choose to resist temptation.
  6. Develop mutually accountable relationships to spiritually strengthen one another.
  7. Work effectively as a team where every member makes a unique contribution and takes appropriate responsibility.
  8. When appropriate, take leadership initiative according to your gift and personality.
  9. Discover, understand and use one's spiritual gifts in serving one another including in a small group context.
  10. Appropriately participate with local churches.
  11. Actively build one another up through caring, blessing, encouraging, sharing, affirming, serving, praying, giving. . .etc. including in a small group context.
  12. Actively cultivate relationships with a variety of people, including those different from yourself.
  13. Practice making someone else successful.
  14. Enjoy recreation; have fun together.
  15. Learn from one another through listening, talking, asking questions, debating, discussing, including in a small group context.
  16. Study/reflect on Scripture relevant to the concepts in this category.

V. God's World: His Call and His Commission Doing the Works of Jesus

The DTS believes God is interactive and gives people responsibility for his world.

  • equips to actively invade the kingdom of darkness with truth.
  • challenges one to action to see people of every tongue, tribe, and nation take their place around the throne of God.
  • affirms that God calls all believers to "full-time service" into any realm of society. encourages one to seek the empowering and equipping of the Holy Spirit.
  • brings hope to people and nations.
  • inspires, equips and regularly gives opportunity to share the Gospel with the lost in relevant and sensitive ways.
  • practices intercession/spiritual warfare for people and nations.
  • imparts God's heart of mercy and compassion and displays it to those in need.
  • affirms that one believer, who is sensitive to the Holy Spirit, has the potential to make a significant contribution to help complete the Great Commission.
  • challenges one to clarify with God one's personal life direction and purpose

Concepts to Understand and Apply

  1. Before ascending Jesus commissioned his disciples to go into all the world to live, proclaim and teach the gospel of God's Kingdom; taking back from the enemy that which is God's.
  2. One way God's kingdom advances throughout the world is when believers discern and defeat the enemy's strategies through intercession.
  3. Believers, empowered by the work of the Holy Spirit, can also defeat the works of the enemy by responding in the opposite spirit (respond with humility to pride, generosity to greed etc.).
  4. All believers are called by God to glorify him in every aspect of their lives (general calling).
  5. Every believer has the privilege and responsibility to be ready to share the gospel in an effective manner that is relevant ( a basic knowledge of cross- cultural communication principles is included in the DTS to equip the staff/students to talk to people of other cultures).
  6. There are still nations/peoples with little to no gospel witness. Every believer has the privilege and responsibility to respond in some way to this need (Pray, Go, Give, Support) (general calling).
  7. Every believer has the privilege and responsibility to demonstrate God's mercy and compassion to those in need (general calling).
  8. Each believer has been created by God with certain abilities, capacities, gifts, and personality. Understanding one's God- given design can help a person discern his specific calling.
  9. Believers are co-workers with God. As they intimately relate with God and others, they come to understand God's call and how he is leading them to fulfill it.
  10. The Holy Spirit equips and empowers believers to fulfill their call (general and specific).
  11. The prayer and counsel of others plays a vital role in the formation and strengthening of one's ability to know and walk in one's calling.
  12. God loves, respects, and has a purpose for peoples/nations (not just for the individuals of a people group/nation).
  13. The Body of Christ has the privilege and responsibility to serve God's redemptive purposes in cultures/people groups.
  14. God calls ALL believers to serve in one or more of the spheres of society. He calls some into nations, cultures, or situations that are "foreign" to them and calls others to serve in their familiar setting.

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to God's Call and Commission:

  • joyfulness
  • thanksgiving
  • patience
  • endurance
  • faithfulness
  • obedience
  • uncompromising
  • yieldedness
  • servanthood
  • responsible stewardship
  • selfless
  • respectful of others contributions
  • surrender of "self" will
  • celebration of our uniqueness and callings
  • purity of motivation
  • hope
  • love
  • sober awareness we will give an account
  • delighting to do God's will
  • a desire to please the heart of God
  • compassion
  • mercy
  • commitment
  • discernment
  • listening
  • respectful
  • wise
  • courageous
  • bold
  • humility
  • inquiring
  • seeking to understand
  • loving
  • in faith
  • passion for the lost
  • zealous
  • willingness to learn from others
  • cooperation with others
  • loyalty
  • longsuffering
  • graciousness towards others
  • compelled by love
  • hospitable
  • accepting/celebrating other cultures.

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Discern and defeat the enemy's resistance in situations through intercession.
  2. Respond in a godly way regardless of the way people treat you.
  3. Take time in prayer, individually and corporately, to enter into the thoughts and longings of God and take active steps to fulfill his purposes (Co-Creating with God).
  4. Seek out the lost and build relationship when possible.
  5. Intercede for the lost in nations, people groups and spheres of society and specific individuals by name.
  6. Be ready to share Christ everywhere you go (e.g. in the shops, on the bus, in the streets, in the neighborhood).
  7. Share the Gospel in ways appropriate to the audience.
  8. Formulate, practice and share personal testimony of God's current involvement in your life. (It may be helpful to write this out.)
  9. Participate in or develop activities that will disciple new believers (e.g. build friendships, gather them together for Bible Study or discussion, accompany them to a local church or house group).
  10. Broaden awareness of the poor and needy throughout the world.
  11. Be aware of and respond appropriately to situations and people in need of a demonstration of God's Kingdom (e.g. feeding the hungry, playing with children, picking up trash, creating beauty out of a wasteland, assisting the elderly, bring laughter in the midst of despair).
  12. Increase understanding of the current status of world missions in response to Jesus' last command.
  13. Respond in some way to nations/people groups with little to no Gospel witness (Pray, Go, Give, Support).
  14. Intentionally highlight, recognize and incorporate other's ideas, vision, gifts, talents, and abilities.
  15. Get feedback from others to aid in the discovery of one's gifts and God-given design.
  16. Practice doing things that support or engage one's gifts and motivations as they are presently understood.
  17. Pray for one another in a way that strengthens one to know and do the will of God.
  18. Reflect on how one can can use all God has given one to make the greatest difference possible.
  19. Challenge and encourage each other to pursue God's general and specific call beyond DTS into whatever context (e.g. with a mission agency or in an occupation or for further training).
  20. Personally explore a wide variety of opportunities to serve God in the future, including further training if relevant.
  21. Build relationships and serve others from different nations, cultures or foreign situations.
  22. Research Study and pray for a specific people group.
  23. Exposure to the mind molders/cultures/spheres of societies through various means (e.g. visit a mosque, watch the news, attend the theater, pray for the government).
  24. Study/ reflect on Scripture relevant to the concepts in this category.

VI. YWAM: a Response to God

The DTS is Knowing God and Making Him Known

Concepts to Understand and Apply

  1. An understanding of Youth With A Mission International's History, Vision, Statement of Purpose, Statement of Faith, the Manila Covenant and approved corporate documents (e.g. the Red Sea Covenant); these approved corporate documents are found in the U of N Reference Guide.
  2. An understanding of Youth With A Mission International's values and ministry philosophy as reflected in the Foundational Values and Christian Magna Carta; these approved corporate documents are found in the U of N Reference Guide.
  3. An understanding of Youth with A Mission International's three-fold ministry calling: Evangelism/Frontier Missions, Training, and Mercy Ministries as well as the many ministries within these callings ("Family of Ministries"). See "Go Manual," "Global Perspectives," "U of N Catalogue," and the many other YWAM ministry resource materials available.
  4. An understanding that the DTS is the entry way into Youth With A Mission and all its expressions in the "Family of Ministries" and that it lays the common foundation for the mission. See Documents "Discipleship Training School Prerequisite;" "YWAM/U of N--DTS Description, Purpose, and Curriculum;" "Guidelines for YWAM/U of N Discipleship Training Schools;" "YWAM/U of N Field Assignments;" "YWAM's Anointing and Appointing for Discipleship Training Schools." Each document is found in the "U of N Reference Guide."
  5. An understanding that YWAM is primarily an apostolic missions movement which has and must continue to be on the cutting edge of pioneering the new things God is doing.
  6. An understanding of specific opportunites in YWAM for one to serve in after DTS.

Attitudes to Nurture

In relationship to YWAM:

  • "Part of a global movement"
  • inclusive
  • servanthood
  • loyalty
  • team work
  • commitment
  • humility
  • respect for others calling
  • gifting
  • ministries
  • way of thinking and doing
  • honor and value one another
  • flexibility
  • sensitivity
  • generous
  • supportive
  • hospitable
  • desire and commitment to relationships
  • teachable
  • part of a whole.

Activities to do

(These should be happening throughout the DTS. Some are structured into the schedule, some are simply expressed in informal interactions. The goal is for every person to take responsibility for engaging in these ways.)

  1. Familiarize yourself with, discover, and understand YWAM's history (read or have someone tell the stories in "Is That Really You God?" by Loren Cunningham as well as other YWAM books/stories).
  2. Live and work in such a way that reflects YWAM's values and affirms YWAM's statements of purpose, faith and mission.
  3. Live the YWAM story today that will be passed on tomorrow.
  4. Receive and review a U of N catalogue to explore further YWAM/U of N training opportunities.
  5. Interact with YWAM bases, ministries and individual staff outside the DTS (e.g. Visit other bases/teams, watch YWAM videos, interact with speakers).
  6. Explore and discover practical opportunities to serve within YWAM locally/internationally following DTS.
  7. Engage in an activity representative of YWAM's threefold calling: Evangelism/Frontier Missions, Training and Mercy Ministries (either lead or participate in).
  8. Intercede for YWAM, however God may lead.

Suggestion: Integrate these concepts and activities into every week of the DTS.

About Curriculum Design

The list of concepts identified may help in the selection of speakers and topics but they are not meant to be an outline for a week's teaching as speakers' topics may draw from concepts in two or more of the categories. In addition it may be used as a check list to help guide the school week by week. As the school progresses, the school leader can use this list to keep track of concepts that are covered by speakers, books, etc. so that he or she can address the remaining concepts in some other way (Bible study, devotionals, etc.).


The concepts identified in each category must be imparted in some way in the context of the DTS.

The following reflect speakers topics for a whole or partial week's teaching that satisfy this requirement. Note a topic may draw concepts from more than one category. Remember these topics are possible ways to cover the concepts.

  1. The Nature and Character of God (I)
  2. Strengthening your personal relationship with God, Hearing God's Voice. (I)
  3. Worship and Prayer (I)
  4. Feeding one's heart through the Word, Bible Study (I)
  5. Cultural Mandate/Kingdom of God (II, V)
  6. Intercessory prayer (I, II, V)
  7. Godly Relationships (II, IV)
  8. Stewardship/Work (II, V)
  9. Creating With God (I, II, V)
  10. Biblical World View (key concepts are in all Categories)
  11. Spiritual Warfare (III, V)
  12. The Person and Work of Jesus -- the Cross (I, III, IV)
  13. The Fear of the Lord (I, III, IV)
  14. Father Heart of God (I, IV)
  15. Sin, Repentance and Restitution (III, IV)
  16. The Plumb line (III, IV) (remember this is optional in DTS)
  17. Relinquishing rights (III, IV)
  18. Identity in Christ (III, IV)
  19. Renewing the mind (III, IV)
  20. Person and work of the Holy Spirit (I, IV, V)
  21. Relationships in the body -- friendships, husband-wife, parent-child; with the opposite sex, (III, IV)
  22. God's Calling (V)
  23. Gifts/calling/destiny (IV, V)
  24. Body Life/Community/team work (VI)
  25. The Abrahamic Covenant (I, II, V)
  26. The Great Commission Mandate (III, V)
  27. History of the advance of the Gospel (V)
  28. Sharing the Gospel with the Lost (I, III, V)
  29. Basic cross cultural communication principles (V)
  30. Heart for the Lost (I, III, V)
  31. Unreached Peoples /10-40 window (V)
  32. Poor and Needy (I, V))
  33. Discipling Nations (II, V)

Suggestions for Application Formats

Possible formats for facilitating understanding and life application.

Let's think educationally for a moment. If we talk at students for 10 to 15 hours per week and believe it to be 'life-changing' material, then how long does it take to process this, personalise it and work out how we may help each other? We have certainly found that a one hour small group each day is not too much!

  1. Classroom Leadership: following the lecture, staff lead the class to clarify what God is saying and give opportunity for personal response.
  2. Small Groups with the same members that meet regularly.
  3. Spontaneous small groups: divide the group into smaller groups in the lecture setting.
  4. One on Ones.
  5. Journal.
  6. Reporting/sharing with the Corporate: give time for individuals to share insights with the group.
  7. The Outreach weeks are a key context for furthering understanding and life application for all categories especially in the area of knowing how people in another culture come to Christ and how I can play a part in missions.

Original Curriculum

I understand that this is the original curriculum given by Loren to Leland Paris and Barry Austin. Can anyone confirm this?

The Christian and His God

  • salvation:
    • repentance
    • atonement and resurrection life
    • lordship of Christ
  • foundations for faith
  • personal prayer
  • intercession
  • praise and worship
  • guidance
  • obtaining and maintaining fullness of the Spirit
  • Father God and his provisions (including finances)
  • the character and ways of God

The Christian and the Word

  • Bible meditation
  • memorization
  • study methods

The Christian and the Enemy

  • victory of Christ over the Devil
  • spiritual warfare
  • dealing with the occult, etc
  • handling temptation, condemnation and fear, etc

The Christian and His Relationship With Others

  • relationships with parents and family
  • relationships with church---submission, unity, etc
  • relationships with opposite sex and friends
  • self-acceptance

The Christian and His Ministry

  • secular work
  • gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit
  • witnessing
  • world vision