What is DTS?

Discipleship Training School: A 5-month communal Missions school with one purpose: bringing the Gospel. During the 3 month “Grow Phase,” students gain a better understanding of who God is, as well as their identity in Christ. Followed by an 8-week “Go Phase,” giving to others what they’ve received.

DTS equips students to carry a missional mindset and bring the Gospel to various nations, peoples, tribes, and languages – not just during the program, but also on into the rest of their lives.

We believe change is possible. 
We believe that you can change the world. 


Marriage of the Arts Discipleship Training School (fall)

The Marriage of the Arts DTS is an opportunity for artists to step into the Great Commission in a new way. Participants will create art that is informed by God's Word in regards to the "least among these,” intern for ongoing ministries, and help pioneer new ministries while preparing for and serving on outreach.

Art Tracks are a platform for growing in your faith in the context of your identity as an artist. The time will not be focused on teaching you skills and techniques but rather discovering God's calling and your potential as an artist. It's an opportunity  to grow in your art-form and learn how you can use your creativity and passion for the glory of God.

Come closer to him as he reveals the dreams and plans he has for your life. Discipleship does not happen by only sitting in a classroom or behind a desk. Discipleship is an action. It happens by walking with Jesus and following him wherever he leads.

Trail-less Discipleship Training SChool (spring)

The Trail-less DTS is a Discipleship Training School for the climbers, hikers, the adventurous; those who aren't bound to the trails. 

A DTS for those who are willing to push their limits. For those who are willing to go where no one else is willing to go.

Whether you are excited about climbing, bouldering, adventuring, hiking, being active and outside, exploring, mountaineering, or just trying new things, come be a part of a community of people who want to use their passions to change the world around them!




The first half of DTS is the Lecture Phase. These three months are packed full of great learning and serving opportunities that will allow you to grow into deeper dependence and relationship with Jesus. 

Lectures cover a variety of different topics from national and international speakers whose personal experiences challenge and encourage the move past head knowledge to heart change. 

Some possible DTS lecture topics include:

  • Hearing God’s voice
  • Nature & Character of God
  • Father Heart of God
  • Identity in Christ
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Worship & Spiritual Warfare
  • Missions & Evangelism

Apart from classroom teachings, our weeks will include worship and intercession times, small groups, local outreach, practical work, and art tracks all while living in community with other students and staff to create different learning environments and maximize your discipleship opportunities. 

This is a bilingual DTS. All teachings will be translated to both German and English. You will also have the option to choose a German or English-speaking small group. 


Die erste Hälfte der DTS ist die Unterrichtsphase. Diese drei Monate sind voll gepackt mit Möglichkeiten, zu lernen und zu dienen. Dies wird dir dabei helfen, in eine tiefere Abhängigkeit und Beziehung mit Jesus zu wachsen. 

Im Unterricht werden nationale und internationale Sprecher eine Vielfalt verschiedener Themen abdecken und durch persönliche Erfahrungen herausfordern und ermutigen. Es geht nicht nur darum, sich neues Wissen im Kopf anzueignen - sondern eine Veränderung im Herzen zu erleben. 

Mögliche Unterrichtsthemen sind folgende:

  • Gottes Stimme hören
  • Natur und Charakter Gottes
  • Das Vaterherz Gottes
  • Identität in Christus
  • Der Heilige Geist 
  • Biblische Weltanschauung
  • Lobpreis & geistliche Kampfführung
  • Mission & Evangelisation

Neben dem Unterricht finden außerdem Lobpreis- und Gebetszeiten, Kleingruppen, lokale Einsätze, praktische Arbeitszeiten und die Kunstgruppen statt. Gleichzeitig leben Studenten und Mitarbeiter in einer Gemeinschaft, was die Möglichkeit für unterschiedliche Lernumgebungen schafft und Jüngerschaft fördert.

Dies ist eine zweisprachige DTS. Der Unterricht wird in Deutsch und Englisch stattfinden. Du kannst zwischen einer Deutsch- oder Englischsprachigen Kleingruppe wählen.




The second half of the DTS is the Outreach Phase. These 8-12 weeks are all about making God known in the nations. Our outreach teams go to countries in the 10/40 window because that's where the need is the greatest. God will work through you to serve the poor and needy and bring the Gospel to those waiting for hope.

Some past outreaches have concentrated on specific people groups like the Kara in southern Ethiopia. Other teams have concentrated on entire regions and visited multiple countries during their outreach. 

Every outreach is different and has a unique focus. Past DTS teams from our base have worked with street kids, prostitutes, Muslims, Mercy Ministries, teaching in churches, and practical construction work. We are still learning what types of outreaches God is revealing to us as artists. We invite you to join us on this unique journey!


Der zweite Teil der DTS ist die Einsatzphase. In diesen 8-12 Wochen geht es darum, Gott in den Nationen bekannt zu machen. Unsere Einsatzgruppen gehen in Länder, welche im geografischen 10/40 Fenster liegt. Dort leben die meisten unerreichten Menschen und es herrscht viel Armut. Gott wird dich gebrauchen, um den Bedürftigen und Hoffnungslosen die befreiende und hoffnungsvolle Botschaft des Evangeliums zu bringen. 

Einige der vergangen Einsätze haben sich auf bestimmte Volksgruppen konzentriert, wie beispielsweise der Stamm der Kara im Süden Äthiopiens. Andere Gruppen kozentrierten sich auf ganze Regionen und besuchten mehrere Länder während ihres Einsatzes. 

Jeder Einsatz sieht anders aus und hat einen einzigartigen Fokus. Frühere DTS Einsatzgruppen unseres Zentrums haben mit Straßenkindern, Prostituierten und Muslimen gearbeitet. Die Teams haben in Gemeinden gepredigt und auch bei praktischen Arbeiten mitgeholfen. Wir sind immer noch dabei zu entdecken, wie wir unsere Kunst auf Einsatz effektiv einsetzen können. Wir möchten dich einladen, dich mit uns auf diese einzigartige Reise zu begeben!


Frequently  Asked Questions

Where will I live during DTS?

Dorm-style housing is located right on the YWAM base. This is where all students, a few staff members and guests are housed (separate housing may be found for married couples and families). The building, called Hinterland, is right behind our ministry base Wonderland Creative Studios located right in the middle of the city.

What doe a typical day look like?

A typical day begins with a community prayer/worship/gathering time followed by lecture. After lunch activities will include some of the following: small groups, art clubs, practical work times, ministry, or studio time. Occasionally there are evening events as well.There will be a few free weekends during the lecture. You are free to use these for personal time, studio time, exploring Nuremberg or traveling around.

Where will I go for outreach?

Outreach locations are not announced until a few weeks into the lecture phase. This website is full of stories from past DTS outreaches. Check them out to get a taste for what your outreach might be like!

What does the outreach fee cover?

The outreach fee covers your flight to the outreach nation, visas, food, housing, and ministry costs. Other expenses you would need to pay additionally are things like travel health insurance, vaccinations, and gear (sleeping bag, hiking pack, etc.).

Who is teaching in lecture?

Teachings will be given by a variety of speakers. Some are career missionaries with YWAM, some from other ministries, some international, some from Germany, some from right in Nuremberg. All translated into both English and German.

Can my mom/friend come to visit?

Yes! Depending on the size of the DTS, we will have a limited number of beds available for guests. Email hospitality@ywamnuremberg.com to ask about specific dates. Even with visitors you are required to continue with all DTS activities, but some lecture weeks may be open for visitors to sit in for class.

How do I pay my fees?

There are a variety of options. Cash (Euro only), bank transfer/wire transfer, and by card. Details will be sent to you in the DTS Acceptance Packet upon your acceptance to the Discipleship Training School.

Do you have more questions? Send us a message! dts@ywamnuermberg.com