Discipleship Training School

Starts 3/12/ 2018

The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to disciple current and future generations, answering the call to “Go into all the world and teach (make disciples of) all nations.” (Matthew 28:19).


* Our Cree Indian student at Grand Falls, Navajoland *Our DTS in the Philippines mountains (outreach phase) * Tribal Winds DTS doing their street dramas in the Philippines

The curriculum is in the following six major categories: God’s nature and character; God’s intention for individuals, peoples and nations; seeing all of life from God’s perspective; redemption, sin, and the Cross; God’s family – the Church; God’s world – His call and commission; the ministries of YWAM.

Tribal Winds DTS Application (Word, 127 KB)

YWAM DTS are short term schools designed to equip students to know God and make Him known (to find out more about our DTS and DTS in general, go to: Our Goals). Our DTS is 12 weeks of lecture phase and 8 weeks of outreach phase. DTS is a pre-requisite to all other YWAM programs or staff positions).

Our Discipleship Training School has the same standard as any YWAM DTS curriculum. What separates us is our focus on reaching the Natives of North America and the Pacific Rim.  Our training is often amongst the Hopis, the oldest tribe in North America. Our DTS is dual faceted because we have a regular DTS as well as numerous trips out to the Hopi reservation during the lecture phase. Even though our focus is to reach our Native American tribes, our DTS will equip anyone to better reach any indigenous peoples on earth more sensitively and more effectively!

Course Purpose:  Indigenous peoples especially in North America and Pacific have often been neglected and/or trampled down by more dominant cultures. Five hundred years of missions has produced three to five percent native believers in N. America.  This DTS is designed to train missionary students to sensitively reach these people with the good news of Jesus in the context of their given cultures.  We further introduce them to discipling, multiplying indigenous churches and sending out to the world.

Course Context:  This course will be mainly conducted in an area surrounded by Native Americans and among the Hopi people of Northern Arizona.  It will integrate developing relationships with local people and participation in ongoing ministries.  Outreaches will also be to native reservations and population centers within the Americas and the Pacific Rim.

Course Objectives:  1. Conduct a DTS consistent with YWAM’s Founding Principles and Foundational Values.  2.  We must particularly emphasize intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare.  3.  Promote critical contextualization with an emphasis on researching a people group in the areas of ancient and recent history, culture and spirituality.  4. We need to be relationship oriented, valuing the individual, family, clan, village and tribe.  5.  We will integrate outreach opportunities short and long, through the DTS.  6.  We will model, teach and experience team ministry.  7.  We desire to know God, His character and ways.  We will seek His face and counsel throughout.  8.  We desire to promote an adventurous visionary approach to missions.  We are here to reach North America, the Pacific Rim and the world.  9.  We will accentuate the importance of unity in the larger body of Christ.  We desire to bless and compliment other ministries whenever possible.

Course Values:  1. Conduct a DTS consistent with YWAM’s Founding Principles and Foundational Values.  2.  Have a school atmosphere that demonstrates a real love for Jesus, for community and for each individual.  3. Emphasize intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare.  4. Promote critical contextualization.  5.  Live real hospitality and generosity with the students and all whom we contact.  6.  Glorify Jesus in all.

Additional Information:  We normally have about 50% indigenous speakers from the Pacific and the Americas.  Because native ministry depends so much on relationship building, we purposely spend some time on the reservations during lecture phase.  We also typically mix in some road trips and optional outdoor adventure outings within the lecture phase.  These outings help us in team building and also in exposing the students to other native environments.

Please check out: ( three of our 2013 DTS students- 2nd half of this TV interviewhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/if8ex9nt2ln14s9/Radio%20Shine%20Interview.wma

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Fees: $4,700 – this includes both the lecture & the outreach phase.  Any possible outreach transportation beyond mainland US would be additional.

Inawantji Scales (Aboriginal Australian- DTS 2013): “I’m so glad I am here.  It’s the best thing I have ever done in my life.”

Christina Beckwith: Praise the Lord for the immense part you have played my life and ministry here.  I had resigned my high school English teaching  position and I was 59 when I was accepted in the 2009 Tribal winds DTS.  You’re never too old to serve in God’s kingdom!  The teachings I received during the time I spent with YWAM is invaluable! 

Danielle Romeyn: I enjoyed doing my DTS in Tribal Winds.  I liked the focus on indigenous people and how to bring the Gospel  in a culturally relevant ways.  I gradated 2005 and have been serving on the Hopi Indian reservation ever since.

Annetta Koruh: (Hopi) My heart and life has really been influenced by the many teachings of the Creator.  My DTS in 2007 really built my self esteem and a greater appreciation for the Creator and His love for me as it shows in the Bible- to know Him and make Him to through me.  nature and character being of love and caring, not judgmental and faithful.  In 2008,  after my DTS, I was able to fulfill a dream of going to Israel where He walked.

Pastor Daryl Bertolino: The school has had a great impact on us (my wife, Rita and me). That is why we are here now doing what we are doing (living among the native peoples in Montana). Glory be to the Master. It’s not really able to be put totally in words what all takes place in a DTS. Some things cannot be seen.


  • The Nature and Character of God
  • Strengthening your personal relationship with God; Hearing God’s Voice.
  • Worship and Prayer
  • Intercessory prayer
  • Creating With God
  • Spiritual Warfare
  • The Fear of the Lord
  • Father Heart of God
  • Identity in Christ
  • God’s Calling
  • Body Life/Community/teamwork
  • Sharing the Gospel with the Lost
  • Basic cross cultural communication principles
  • Discipling Nations – Native American spirituality – parallels with Christianity
  • The importance of Native language, land & culture: seeing through the eyes of Native peoples

*(subject to minor changes)

Are you ESL (English as a Second Language) but want to take this school? We may be able to provide assistance for you! If this is you, please Contact Us

During the Lecture Phase staff and students pray about where God would have them do outreach. The Tribal Winds outreach phase is usually conducted on Native American reservations in the US. The school fees cover outreach within the US, however, if we are led beyond US borders each student will need to each raise additional funds.

Outdoor Adventure!
Several of our staff have a passion for meeting God through His creation and leading others in outdoor experiences. Therefore, we often offer outdoor adventure opportunities such as rock climbing and river rafting. These activities are done on a private trip basis, so all participants must share the costs equally. Usually the costs are minimal, around $15 per day.