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Adrianna DTS Student Outreach

Discipleship Training School

An adventure of the heart.

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Are you ready to take a big risk with God?

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 6 month long course; a designated time to truly learn how to follow Jesus. Just as Jesus called his disciples out of their everyday life to follow him, we invite you to answer that call and start a life of radical pursuit of God. Come, learn how to cultivate a living relationship with God, get hands-on experience in ministry, and then be sent out to the nations. More than just an experience, the DTS is training that will challenge you to take steps in your faith- and be equipped for a life-long journey of living in relationship with God. 

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Your Life in Missions Starts Now!

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You're invited to join our family and live alongside people from all walks of life, that have come here for the same reason: to know God and make Him known. Come spend 3 months on our campus, learning and growing in your relationship with God and partaking in missionary training. Then, hit the road for 3 more months traveling around other parts of the world or Mexico to put your training into practice. 

Click here to learn more about how you can get a degree with University of the Nations.

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 Part 1. Lecture Phase

Incredible moments experiencing an incredible God. 

  • Live in a thriving community made up of nations all over the world
  • Attend daily classes, focused on learning who God is, and who He's created you to be, from a wide range of teachers doing missions globally
  • Be part of a bilingual atmosphere, helping you to pursue speaking a new language
  • Experiencing the radiant city of Mazatlan, jam-packed full with cultural beauty, coffee shops, street tacos, breath-taking sunsets, and enjoying the salty water and beach days 
  • Get hands-on experience from our local ministries

Part 2. Outreach Phase

Travel the world, making God known! 

  • Take what you've just learned in Lecture Phase and learn how to apply it in real life
  • Go out to the nations - living in jungles, big cities, mountains, deserts, small towns, or unreached people groups
  • Come with a heart to serve, minister, and love how Jesus does, in whatever way we can
  • Travel with students and staff that have become your family by this point - and learn to work as a team in any circumstance
  • Be pushed outside of your comfort zone as you take steps of faith, share your testimony, and show God's love to the world
  • Discover God's heart for the nations and find your calling to influence society



God has planted unique gifts, passions, and desires inside of you! He created you with those and wants to use your gifting to impact the world. Our DTS electives are designed to give you a taste of what it looks like to use your passions and gifts to serve the Kingdom of God. During your school, you’ll have the chance to spend time pursuing one of your interests or trying your hand at something new.

Depending on the elective, you may have opportunities to participate in activities around the city and learn new skills. Some electives may run throughout the entire duration of your school, while others may only run during the lecture phase or the outreach phase.

Each DTS elective is an optional course add-on. You are not required to choose one to participate in the DTS.



Do you have a passion to reach the poor, the needy, and the hurting? From a place of overflow of understanding God's heart of compassion, we can bring hope and help to those who need it desperately.


You’ll take part in ministries within our city, impacting and restoring hope to the hopeless and practically showing Christ’s love amidst poverty. You’ll learn to respond with God’s heart to the brokenness of the world, and learn how to impact lives with the gifts God has placed within you.


When? January, April, July, September


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How far will you go to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth? God is preparing a fearless generation to hear His voice and to step into untraversed grounds. To share the gospel with those who’ve never heard before. Come to a diverse city where you can try new initiatives to minister to university students, skaters, and marginalized subcultures where no one has taken a stand for the gospel.


When? January, July


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Our vision for YWAM Ships Mazatlan is to use vessels to access and bring healthcare to isolated people both on the coastlands of Mexico and the Pacific Rim. During the lecture phase of this DTS, you will learn about God’s heart for the isolated and unreached.


This one is for the adventure-junkies and those passionate about medical care, the ones who aren’t afraid to go, the ones who are willing to go to the most isolated and least reached people in the world, using healthcare partnered with ships as a tool to get there.


When? January, April, July, September


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You’ll learn the basics of photography and videography, while getting many opportunities to join our Media Department in creating content to invite others into missions. You’ll learn how to co-create with God and how we can impact society through media.


On outreach, you’ll take what you've learned and use it to share God’s love creatively to the nations. In jungles, cities, and anywhere in between, you’ll be able to capture the incredible stories, testimonies, travels, and adventures you've taken with your team!


When? January, September


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Surf & Skate

Everyone from an expert to a beginner is invited to be a part of this adventure. We believe that this is your time to live by the water, join together with surfers and skaters from all over the world, and enter into the sports-in-missions field. Through your lecture phase, spend time on the beach and in skate parks, and learn to disciple others using sports.


 For those drawn to surf and skate culture, and want to learn to influence these parts of society, this will be your training... to learn as you do it!


When? July


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Are you ready to set aside everything and take big risks for God? During lecture phase you will learn about God’s adventurous side, partaking in activities around the city that are exciting and that feed your hunger for something untamed.


During outreach, you could be doing anything from traversing through the isolated mountain villages of Panama, to trekking deep into the heart of Nepal. You will be stretched beyond your comfort zone and required to go further, love without fear, and trust God more than ever before.


When? April, September


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Upcoming Schools


August 3 - December 16, 2020


September 28 - March 12, 2021


January 4 - June 18, 2021



A Perfect Gap Year Program.

to launch you into university or a career with identity and a strong foundation.

Kick-Start Your Missionary Journey Here.

By completing a DTS, you'll be eligible to jump on staff as a full-time missionary.

Take a Break, and Be Transformed.

Maybe you're looking for something new. Make life-long friends, make an impact and be impacted.



Lecture Phase

$3,500 USD 

To be paid in full by the 3rd week of lectures.

Outreach Phase

$1,500 - $4,250 USD


We currently offer a scholarship program as part of our effort to include students from nations that face greater economic challenges. 

Click here to see if your nation qualifies for a scholarship

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