Take an adventure with God!
On the Reef to Outback DTS, a decent sense of adventure is required! We will begin in tropical, coastal Townsville and then we will hit the road as we journey to costal and outback communities around Australia. Along the way, we will encounter a range of sights, cultures, and adventures!
No one is too far out of reach, and no distance or terrain will keep us from spreading God’s love to others! As we go to these communities, we will have the opportunity to serve, understand and embrace the local culture, and follow God’s lead.
This 22-week, Austudy approved course includes 13 weeks of training and discipleship at our campus in Townsville before we hit the road for nine weeks of outreach to coastal and outback communities in North Queensland.
The DTS is a journey of the heart! It’s a great opportunity to get away from the noise and distractions of life and set aside time to consider your calling; to find peace and purpose, to explore what you believe in a healthy environment, to be restored and engage with God’s heart for you and the world around you.
There is something about getting out of your usual environment that changes your perspective. During DTS you will travel to new places and experience things you never have before as we travel from the reef to the outback!
Our outreaches and training programs are designed to mobilise and equip you to be a part of transforming lives and strengthening communities while utilising your unique set of skills and passion.
What you will learn
The DTS includes 13 weeks of transformational teaching that is delivered in a way that is dynamic and practical. A different topic is covered every week, delivered by a variety of experienced speakers, giving you the opportunity to dive deeper in your faith.
Topics may include:
- Recognising God’s voice
- Nature and character of God
- How to study and communicate God’s Word
- and so much more!
You will also be placed in a small group to help you further unpack your training with others on a weekly basis. Further to this, you will be matched with a mentor who will catch up with you regularly to check in on your faith journey.
The DTS offers much more than just classroom learning – it includes holistic training that challenges every area of your life.
Be inspired by experienced teachers
Experience holistic training in a
Unlock your potential!
Develop friendships that bring out
the best in you
Curious about what life is like during the training phase of DTS? Watch this video!
We believe that every human being is designed to live a full and abundant life. Our vision is to see the gold within Aussie communities dug out to shine!
After lectures you will be placed in a team with eight to 12 other people, including your outreach leaders. Together we will hit the road to reach communities along the coast and the outback for nine weeks of outreach.
Your outreach will include a combination of high school ministry, practical projects, serving local churches and community organisations, and whatever else God may lead us to!
Your heart will come alive as you put your faith into action, learn how to serve, and have a blast doing it alongside your friends.
Dates & Cost
30 January – 1 July, 2022
17 July – 16 December, 2022
$6,490AUD* course fee
$1000 – $1800AUD outreach travel expenses
Your course fee includes 13 weeks of missions training and nine weeks of outreach. The training includes all of your meals, accommodation, wifi, laundry facilities, airport transfers, and use of our campus facilities including library, computers, lecture rooms, chapel, courtyard, and cafe – right in the heart of the city, close to the beach, restaurants, and shops. Your outreach includes all of your meals, accommodation, outreach shirt, and field supplies.
Your outreach travel expenses will cover variable costs such as flights, ferries, buses, etc.
*Does not include travel costs to and from Townsville, student visa, health insurance and immunisations.
“An adventure filled with young people seeking a bigger vision of partnering with God in reaching the nation’s with His love. I learned so much about God, myself, and others. I recommend to anyone seeking life to serve, grow, and have loads of fun with lifelong friendship you’ll build in the process!”
“From my first day here I’ve felt at home. Amazing hospitality, amazing vision, tangible growth, tangible impact, I Love it.”
“This place is a welcoming community who helps each individual feel valued and grow in their personal journeys with God.”
“I’ve had an amazing time with YWAM Townsville! They really see each individual and make everyone feel valued, and it has been so cool to see everyone grow so much in their relationship with God!”
“YWAM Townsville has an incredible team of staff who help make your experience a ton of fun! YWAM has taught me so much over the last 5 months and has challenged and stretched me. I now have incredible memories and stories that will last a life time!”
Scholarships will only cover a portion of the course fees. Our team offers fundraising ideas and will join you in prayer as you raise support.
We can send you a scholarship application form on request. Once the form is completed and returned to us, we will review it and prayerfully make a decision.
Occasionally YWAM Townsville offers promotions or discounts, which are publicised on our website and/or social media. A student will not be given a scholarship and a promotion for the same course.
10802NAT Certificate III in Discipleship
DSPREL001 – Develop relationship with God
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully respond to the truth
that God makes Himself known to all people and to God’s grace in initiating relationship. It requires the ability to gain
life-changing understanding of who God is and how He communicates through the Bible, prayer, and worship in
order to adjust beliefs and behaviours.
DSPDCC002 – Develop Christian Character
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make responsible decisions that
bring joy to God and glorify Him in response to God’s holiness, lordship and love. It requires the ability to live in right
relationship with God and others. It also requires the ability to recognise Jesus’ authority and respond in surrender
and dependence in all areas of life.
DSPYWM003 – Contribute to a Youth With a Mission community
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully contribute to an
international, apostolic missions community of Youth With A Mission. It requires the ability to understand Youth With
A Mission’s purpose, beliefs and values to make a positive contribution to the community. It also requires the ability
to live in right relationship with God, authorities and others.
DSPSPA004 – Practice spiritual authority
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to exercise the authority every
believer has to make a significant contribution for spiritual breakthrough. It requires the ability to walk in spiritual
authority through intercession, worship and strategic prayer. It also requires the ability to recognise the activity and
influence of Satan and the authority given to every believer through Jesus Christ.
DSPEVA005 – Contribute to evangelism
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to successfully proclaim the truth that
God pursues the lost and desires all to be saved through Jesus Christ. It requires the ability to communicate God’s
truth in a way that demonstrates His character. It also requires the ability to show God’s love through acts of
DSPPCM006 – Participate in a Christian missions outreach team
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to make a meaningful contribution
towards the completion of the Great Commission through serving in a Christian missions team. It requires the ability
to engage in the preparation of and participation in team activities in a variety of settings. It also requires the ability
to adjust to another culture and review outreach activities.
The Discipleship Training School is a combination of heart revelation and head knowledge with an
emphasis in practical application. There is also a component of written course work which helps students
understanding reach a deeper level as processing and application takes place. Our assessments utilise a
range of methods including: journals, workbooks, book reports, outreach reports, self-assessment
checklists and supervisor reports. The DTS is a holistic in nature and units of competency are delivered
concurrently enabling you to develop your skills, knowledge and character.
* for recognition of prior learning/course credit, please see the Staff and Student Handbook.
Austudy, Abstudy and Youth student allowance is available for Australian applicants.
International students on student visas are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and attendance to meet the requirements of the student visa.
YWAM Townsville is bound by the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students. The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.
The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. A simple explanation of the framework is the ESOS Student Fact Sheet.
Frequently asked questions
Which visa do I apply for?
Are there any extra fees I need to be aware of?
- Flights to get to Townsville and back
- Visa and Insurance are extra to course costs (please note that any other visa onshore may include extra fees)
- Personal expenses like snacks, toiletries, mosquito repellant
- Extra medical expenses
Do I need a return plane ticket?
Do I need Health Insurance?
What happens after DTS?
If you find you’d like to stay on with YWAM Townsville, you will have the option of joining our two-year staff internship program. During this program you will receive further mentoring and hands-on experience. You will also have the option of doing one (or more!) of our vocational training courses. This training can be completed at your own pace, online – matched with practical application during your staff placement.
Do you have DTS for families?
At this point we do not have a specific family DTS cost, each spouse pays the full DTS fees. Food and accommodation is discounted for children.
How old do you have to be for DTS?
You must be 18 years old to do a DTS. If you are 17 when you apply for DTS but turn 18 in the first few weeks then it might be possible, please get in touch with us about this. Most of our DTS options are for up to 35 years of age, for families and applicants over 35, oue July DTS is open to all generations!
Is there a beach?
Can I work whilst I do my DTS?
I am a parent and have some questions, can I talk with someone on the phone?
Yes of course, please go to our Contact Us page and either give us a call or an email, we would love to chat.