Come and Follow
What is the Harvest Discipleship Training School?
Harvest Discipleship Training School (DTS) is about equipping believers for their role in gathering people to God through evangelism, heart to heart ministry, and supernatural signs. We are looking for people who desire to know God’s heart deeply for themselves and others.
Harvest DTS is a 5 month program where people from all backgrounds can pursue a deeper personal relationship with God while experiencing Christian community. The program consists of two phases; lecture and outreach. The 12 weeks of lectures are themed with the nature and character of God, Bible study, prayer, godly relationships, evangelism, world view and missions.
Each week will consist of lectures taught by various speakers, small group discussions, one-on-ones with staff, work duties around the ministry campus, corporate worship and prayer, as well as a chance to connect with various communities around Turner Valley, from neighbouring towns to the big city.
By interacting with local communities and churches, students will gain valuable insight into the needs of a desperate world around them, resulting in a greater compassion for their neighbour.
We welcome any opportunity to show God’s love; local gas stations, grocery stores, or busy streets. We believe people are ready to encounter a God without borders.
The 8 week international outreach will build upon the experience already gained through the lecture phase. There will be opportunities to share the love of Jesus through mercy ministries, teaching, running children’s programs, evangelism, and service projects while on outreach. Our heart is to minister alongside our well established contacts in SE Asia. The outreach phase will end with one week of debrief and re-entry teaching as each student prepares to bring their experiences home.
I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest – John 4:35
DTS has been beneficial for me in many different ways. One being: showing me that life is really what you make it, and you can choose to live your life and be happy with what you have.
The DTS has hugely influenced my relationship with God. Especially the week about ‘hearing God’s voice’ made me discover how I can hear God speaking to me.
Doing this DTS has been a life changing experience. I learnt how to hear God’s voice, and press into Him in the hard times and as a result I feel closer to Him than ever before. This experience will be a foundation that I build the rest of my life on.
Live Learn Community
We value community. Although it has it’s complexities, working and living in close proximity with others often achieves deeper friendships. Students not only learn from the lectures, but through small groups and one-on-ones, as well as from the daily life interactions with other students. The live-learn environment gives opportunity to not just understand principles of service and loving one another, but also to live them out.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is DTS an accredited program?
DTS is accredited with YWAM’s University of the Nations; upon completion you will receive 20 credits. DTS is also a pre-requisite for UofN’s secondary school programs. UofN however is not often a recognized university among many countries. Further inquiry is needed to determine if a particular university will accept UofN transcripts.
Will I have a roommate?
Yes! A big part of discipleship in the DTS is the living with other people and all the benefits and difficulties that come along with that. DTS is way more fun with roommates!
Where will we go on outreach?
South East Asia. Here at YWAM Turner Valley we are committed to reaching out to the Shan People of South East Asia. They mostly live in Myanmar and Thailand so that is where we focus our outreaches on.
Are there churches available for me to attend during DTS?
You betcha! You are encouraged to attend a local church of your choice every Sunday while you’re in DTS. Many of our staff go to different churches and can help you get connected.
What should I pack?
- Your bible. You will need it everyday.
- Winter shoes or warm boots. The early snow melt in spring can make streets cold and wet. We don’t want our footwear to stop us from going out and sharing!
- Warm clothing and a jacket will keep the last frosts of winter from chilling you.
- A daypack or overnight bag will be helpful when you stay a few days in neighbouring towns and communities.
- Your camera! There are so many beautiful things you will see while you are here.
- School supplies for note taking.