During this uncertain season, perhaps more than ever, there is a temptation to believe that we are stuck in our present circumstances and there is nothing we can do about it. Not only do we feel that we may be stuck at home, but that we, in some way have no hope for ourselves or our world around us. Jesus and His Kingdom says otherwise.
The Kingdom DTS is aimed at inviting you into a different reality where Gods work of resurrection and new creation are able to heal our own brokenness and correct the worlds corruption.
The Kingdom DTS seeks to live out Jesus' words when He prayed "Let Your Kingdom come and let Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven". We want to help you grasp the very real and powerful movement of the Kingdom of God for yourself. We want to give you the framework to dig deeper than ever before into your relationship with God.
All that being said, we are not running an academic bible school nor are we running a prolonged summer camp. This DTS is hard work. This DTS will absolutely challenge you. It will challenge your beleifs about yourself, about God and about others. It will challenge your comfort zone again and again. It will challenge your character and it will challenge your prayer life. However, these challenges will be given in a safe and nurturing environment.
We can't promise a perfect experience, but we can promise that if you are willing for God to move in your life, He will.
Regarding Covid-19: Please be aware that though we are planning to run the program, it is possible that we may need to postpone it to comply with local health and safety regulations that are in place closer tot he start date.
The Lecture Phase
3 months of intensive lectures covering a wide range of topics including Character and Nature of God, Identity in Christ, Missions, Spiritual Formation and so on.
Like the whole DTS, the lecture phase is only as good as you make it. If you come with the mindset to learn and grow, you will experience new heights and new depths with the Lord.
However, if you have come simply for an adventure or a fun experience, you may still get that, but often its at the cost of a truly transformative experience.
The lecture phase is the time where you become truly rooted in the truth and love of Jesus Christ. This happens not only by a 12 hour lecture week but by way of weekly one on one discipleship, small groups, corporate worship and intercession times and a live-in community learning experience.
This is key to a great DTS. You will be living along side people who are from around the world, who believe different things and who have a vast difference of experience. If you dig deep, these relationships will teach you more about yourself and God than some book or lecture. God often uses the beauty and challenge you will find in your neighbour to transform you.
Finally, remember that this is a discipleship training school. This requires you to be open to discipleship by the various staff you will work along side. Discipleship is hard, but it is what we are all called to as followers of Christ.
About half way through the Lecture phase, you will be able to choose one of 3 outreach locations to spend your outreach phase in. As a base we have specific focus regions. This is because as a community we believe that we are far more effective when we have a commitment to local ministries and contacts that we continually pour into. These focus regions are Ireland, Lebanon, the Balkans, Rwanda, Burundi, Israel and Palestine, India, China and South Africa. Though as a core team, we have not decided on which, your outreach will be at one of those regions.
Outreach phase is the time to step out. To do things you have never done. To broaden you comfort zones. It is the time to be utterly moved and broken by the brokenness of this world, to let that produce in you a commitment to no longer live with apathy towards the suffering of others.
Like the whole DTS, Outreach is intense, but it is good. You will have 2 months in a new country, most likely a country you have never been to with a language you have never heard. You will learn to embrace the nations and to understand that every person on earth is deserving of love and compassion. You will also learn that we are not super heroes but a humble part of what God is already doing in those nations.
Hopefully, you will walk away with a new outlook on life, yourself and others.
the core team
Scott & Yasmine Sotomayor
Scott and Yasmine are a young couple who met on the mission field in 2015. Scott has lead multiple DTS's in his last 7 years in YWAM including a mobile DTS with Yasmine in 2019. Scott loves to share the word on his heart, leading worship and community.
Yasmine is a Swede who was born in Lebanon. She has been in YWAM for 5 years and has been involved in different projects throughout that time. She has a heart for discipleship and for people on the edges of society.
Christiaan & Emma Boer
Chris and Emma met on their DTS in 2016. After living in the Netherlands (where Chris is from) and Chicago (Where Emma is from) they felt called to return to Rostrevor and join YWAM for the long term.
Emma is a visionary leader who is always coming up with new ideas. She loves animals, long walks and the arts.
Christiaan is gifted in discipleship and has spent time as a social worker in a rehab centre in the Netherlands. He loves table tennis and is always up for any game or challenge.