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Discipleship Training School

An Adventure of the Heart.
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When was the last time you took 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 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 for God.

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. 

Learn to give God your whole heart, discover your identity and calling, and step foot onto the mission field!

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 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

 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
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Our Themes courses run alongside each DTS as an add-on. You'll spend 3-5 hours each week pursuing a passion you have, or trying something new! You'll participate in activities around the city, learn new things, and experience what it means to use your passions and skills to serve the Kingdom! 

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Did you ever think your passions and serving God could overlap? Here, they do. 

God has planted unique gifts, passions, and desires inside of you! He created you intentionally with those, and wants to use your giftings to impact the world. We sought to add a little extra passion and spice to our Discipleship Training Schools, so we added Themes! Our Themes are 2-5 hour periods of time each week where you invest deeply in a passion you have, or pick up something new. 

Whether that be capturing stories through photo and video, kayaking in the ocean, camping, learning how to live and sail on a ship, or get involved in the surf and skate culture of Mazatlan, we've got it all! Let your imagination run wild, and dream big on how you could take this time to grow and learn.

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Theme Options


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.

The Surf & Skate Theme is for the adrenaline enthusiasts who are ready to make a radical change in their life for the Lord!  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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Do you have a passion to reach the poor, the needy, and the hurting? Add the Compassion Theme to your DTS to learn how to tangibly do just that. Before we can go out, we must experience and understand God’s heart of compassion, His intimacy, so that we can effectively 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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The YWAM Ships Theme is unique because it is fully integrated into the ministry of YWAM Ships Mazatlan. 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, as well as how to effectively bring the gospel to these out-of-the-way areas and people groups. 

This Theme 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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Do you crave adventure? Are you ready to set aside everything and take big risks for God? Be prepared to embark on a 5-month journey to knowing God in a much more intimate way and experiencing Him like never before. 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. This Theme is an excursion, an expedition of risking everything for the sake of the Gospel.

When? April, September

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Let your creativity fly with our Media Theme! 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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 How far will you go to bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth? To push past the limits, and go where others dare not to go? 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.

This Theme is for those who dare to go and leave a legacy for others to follow. For those who have it in their spirit to say “yes” to God, no matter what.

When? January, July

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Upcoming Schools



July 6 - December 18, 2020


September 28 - March 12, 2021


January 4 – June 18, 2021



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*Please note that prices are subject to change and go into effect as of July 1, 2020.


Lecture phase

$3,500 USD

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

Outreach Phase 

Mexico: $1500 - $2200 USD

South/Central America: $2250 - $3250 USD

YWAM Ships: $2750 - $3750 USD

Europe/Asia/Africa: $3250 - $4250 USD

Outreach fees listed are estimated, and final budgets will be announced during the lecture phase along with locations, which vary per school. Fees for the 8-week field assignment include transportation (i.e. airfare/bus), housing and food. 

Schools that participate in CARNAVAL, this will count as a portion of your outreach. Part of your outreach costs will be due within the first few weeks, as this event will take place within the lecture phase.

To be paid in full by the 8th week of lectures for those traveling outside of Mexico, and by the 10th week for those traveling within Mexico.

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