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Discipleship Training School

The Discipleship Training School does what the name suggests – it is a school environment (with classes and assignments, as well as small group discussion, your own personal mentor and other elements) that trains people to be disciples of Jesus. A former DTS trainee of ours described it as the “best, hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

Lecture phase is your opportunity to develop and deepen your relationship with God through the live-learn environment of living as part of the Holmsted Manor community. Throughout each week you’ll hear from experienced speakers from around the world, each with a passion for discipleship and mission, teaching on key areas of the Christian faith. Outside the classroom, you’ll get stuck into life here at Holmsted Manor – eating meals together; worshipping and praying together; doing practical service together; going to church on a Sunday together and enjoying free time socialising together! We may be in a rural location, but we do lots – together!

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We have several dedicated prayer and worship spaces at Holmsted Manor an outdoor chapel, a tiny prayer cubby and a large room called prayer and worship space called ‘Qadash’. These are available for your quiet times and with others: with your one-on-one, small group, DTS and participating with the rhythms of prayer and worship with the rest of the community.

Holmsted Manor believes firmly in the value of discipleship and all of us need regular input and support. You will have a dedicated mentor who will personally invest one on one time with you every week to help you on your discipleship journey. You will also be part of a small group, where you can talk openly and apply what you have been learning, receive support and encouragement.

Locations tend to be selected based on existing relationships we have with missionaries and ministries around the world and supporting fledgling works that need a hand. And listening to what the Lord is saying to us. On a Holmsted Manor DTS, you will experience mission both in an overseas location and here in the UK. In recent years, teams have been to countries on almost every continent, serving in both urban and rural settings.

As you regroup at Holmsted Manor, the end of the field based placement will be set aside to debrief. It’s an opportunity to share stories about how God moved through you and the rest of your team on outreach. DTS is an experience where perspectives and lives are changed and debriefing will help you to process all that God has done in your life; the things you’ve learned and how you’ve grown. This is a vital part of the DTS.

DTS Structure

For 12 weeks you’ll be with us in West Sussex then you get to go out on the practical field based placement part of the DTS. You’ll get to do things you have (probably) never done before – from speaking in churches, to leading youth camps and praying for the homeless and painting walls and meeting local leaders.

The outreach phase of the DTS is about taking what you’ve learnt about God and His kingdom during lecture phase and putting it into practice in a variety of different contexts; . You will continue with learning – prayer, worship, one-on-ones – as you live and serve in teams.. Locations for the field based placement are not always decided in advance, so where you will go will be communicated when appropriate. We try to ensure that at least two weeks are spent in the UK either before or after a cross cultural, overseas placement.

After your 8-10 weeks of practical field based placement you’ll come back home (it will feel like coming home at that point) to Holmsted Manor where we will help you unpack all that God has done and you’ve experienced. You’ll have around 10 days to evaluate all that the previous six months have meant to you, prepare to leave, have a closing “Graduation” ceremony and say your goodbyes.

Then you go – with a tear in your eye and hope in your heart.

FAQs

God leads people to the DTS through many different ways and circumstances. Usually the trainees that come to Holmsted Manor are young (over 18) and unmarried, although we sometimes have families and married couples. Your DTS may have people who come from all over the world (Europe, the Americas, Asia Pacific and beyond…), but we want you to feel part of our YWAM family! You’ll get to know everyone on the base, even our staff who aren’t working with your DTS.

Trainees share dorm-style rooms and although our maximum dorm size is 12 people, it’s very rare that there will be that many people in your room. The building maintains many of its famous original features, so although the rooms are dormitories it will be spacious (as long as you don’t bring too much luggage!) and after all, your home is a beautiful manor house!

*September DTS 2017
23rd September 2017 – 3rd March 2018

Arrive Sat 23rd/ Sun 24nd Sept 2017. The graduation celebration will be Friday 3rd March 2018. (Do not book your travel until you are accepted – and have a visa!)

*January DTS 2018
20th January 2018 – 22nd June 2018

Arrive Sat 20th/ Sun 21st Jan 2018. The graduation celebration will be Friday 22nd June 2018. (Do not book your travel until you are accepted – and have a visa!)

**Applicants must be 18 years or older at the start of the lecture phase.**

Contact the us if you’d like details of further DTS dates, we run two DTS’s per year

Registration fee: £25 (An admin fee which makes sure that we have everything needed in order to process your application)

Lecture phase: £1,950. (You will need to pay the first amount of £200 as a deposit, once you are accepted.)

Outreach phase: from £1,400 (plus transport/flights & visas)

All non UK/EEA/Swiss citizens will be required to apply for a UK visa on acceptance. In order to apply for a visa, you will require a Sponsorship Certificate issued by YWAM, the cost of the certificate is £21. This is not the cost of the visa, more assistance will be given during the application & acceptance process, including details on the type of visa to apply for. Do NOT book any travel until your visa has been received. You may also need to apply for a visa for outreach which you will do during your lecture phase.

To find out more or receive the application forms in a different way send an online application enquiry or contact the registrar.

We endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible, but we require all of your documentation to be complete before we can start to consider your application. Youth With A Mission has a long tradition of working with children, young people, families and vulnerable adults. As a multigenerational community, we take seriously our responsibility to protect and safeguard the welfare of children, young people, and vulnerable adults. Application screening for all our trainees, volunteers and staff may include a police check/UK Disclosure & Barring Service check. For more information, please ask for a copy of the “YWAM England Safeguarding Policy Protecting Young People and Vulnerable Adults and Appointing Workers”.