YWAM RIGA DTS has been rescheduled to 2013
We at Youth With A Mission - Riga, want to be a part of equipping this generation – people passionate for God, and seeing young people walk out God’s destiny for their lives, while reaching the different spheres of society with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the Discipleship Training School (DTS).
Partnered with the different ministries of YWAM Riga, the DTS will provide opportunities to impact society through the Arts, Justice - a ministry against Human Trafficking (Freedom 61), Mercy Ministries, and in the context of our everyday lives together, and learn how to take that to the nations.
Coming to a DTS will undoubtedly change your life! If you are at least 18 years old and want to know God more deeply, have your life transformed, and be equipped to be a part of transforming the world around you, then DTS in Riga is the place.
WHAT IS A DTS?
“TO KNOW GOD AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN” is the heart of YWAM’s Discipleship Training School (DTS). The DTS is a five month programme in which young people (18+) from all around the world, come together for in-depth teaching and training in how to follow the example that Christ set for all believers. There is a strong emphasis on having an intimate relationship with God, character development, application of Biblical truth, and bringing God’s love to the world.
The DTS consists of two parts: a three month lecture phase in Riga, and a two month outreach phase in another location.
The lecture phase is the part of the DTS in which the primary emphasis is equipping through teaching. Students spend 15 hours per week attending lectures on a range of topics such as The Nature and Character of God, Intercession, Worship, Spiritual Warfare, Father Heart of God, Intimacy with God, Relationships, Missions, Evangelism, Servant-hood, Sin, Repentance, Identity and Calling, and Biblical World View. The lecturers are a multinational group of people who mainly work with YWAM or local churches and have experience in ministry and missions. These people have a heart for young people and desire to challenge them in their faith and encourage growth in their relationship with God.
Regular times of worship and intercessory prayer are a part of the DTS experience, both within the DTS, our YWAM – Riga community, and the greater body of Christ in Riga.
Other DTS activities include, small group discussions, service opportunities, Bible study, Christian book study, personal discipleship, local weekly outreach and social times.
An integral part of the DTS experience is the residential learning environment – living in community. Students and staff will live in apartments located in strategic areas of Riga. It is often in these apartments that friendships are built and character is shaped. Students of varying ages, nationalities, and backgrounds can give and receive much from one another just by living together.
The outreach phase is the part of the DTS where students live and work in teams in varied settings, urban, rural and frintier settings. The outreach is an impacting and transforming part of the DTS, where students put into practice all that they have learned during the lecture phase.
During the outreach, students can be connected with an ongoing missions project bringing practical and spiritual support to the long-term workers, or can even pioneer new ministries where there is nothing yet established. There are millions of people on the frontiers and in cities who are in desperate need of God’s love, truth, and freedom. DTS students bring blessing to the people of the regions in which they are visiting–through prayer, friendship, talking about Jesus, serving and also offering practical help in many places. Through their varied experiences, students learn about a culture that is different from their own and are inspired to seek God about His role for them in the Great Commission.