Discipleship Training School, or DTS, is a 6-month immersive missions training course designed with the heart of knowing God and making Him known.  The course involves formal and informal personal faith development and training, practical application, and functioning in Christ-centred community.

Who is this school for?

  • Anyone longing for spiritual depth and a strong Scriptural foundation
  • Anyone needing new tools or practices to cultivate intimacy with Jesus
  • Anyone who wants to grow in abiding in Him

Heart and Vision

We don’t just want you to have an amazing 6-month missions experience. We want to empower you to have a lifelong, active, and ever-growing relationship with God. We want to give you the tools you need to pursue Christ wholeheartedly. We make space to cultivate spiritual depth as you rest in the beautiful landscape and meet with God.

School Info


21 September 2024 – 14 March 2025

1 February 2025 – 25 July 2025


The Seamill Centre, West Kilbride


£3200+TBD outreach costs

(see FAQ)

Starting in:

  • Transform your life

    Learn to hear God’s voice and discover God’s calling for your life.

  • Deepen your relationship with God

    Center your life on Jesus and grow close to Him.

  • Go into the nations to make God known

    You have a role in God’s story.

    Find your place and answer God’s call to go to the nations with His redemptive love!


The DTS consists of two phases: a lecture phase and an outreach phase.

Lecture phase||Know God: There are 10-11 weeks of lectures at the beginning of DTS, and 2-3 weeks wrapping the whole experience up at the end of outreach phase.

Outreach phase||Make God Known: There is a 2-week outreach in the middle of lecture phase, and then a 10-week outreach at the end of lecture phase.

During the lecture phase, DTS trainees will join in the Seamill base rhythms of weekly worship, intercession and prayer. Trainees will also spend time in the classroom and various ministries. We will pursue the Lord together, encountering Jesus through lectures, worship, prayer, conversations, meals, practical work, evangelism and more.

These are some of our favorite topics to cover in our DTS’s:

  • Spiritual Authority
  • Sin on the Cross
  • Holy Spirit
  • Biblical Worldview
  • Character and Nature of God
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Missions
  • Fear of God/Lordship
  • Discipleship
  • Vision/Calling/Destiny
  • Re-entry/Going Home Well

This is where you will take the things you learned during the lecture phase and look to be the hands and feet of Jesus to those who don’t know Him yet. We learn best by putting into practice what we have learned – what you give generously to others, you keep for eternity. Outreach is about going out into the nations, so the location may be anywhere in the world! Outreach locations are prayed about by staff and announced during the lecture phase. 

We tend to focus on three larger areas: UK, Europe, and North Africa.

Examples of outreach ministries include: partnering with churches, youth ministry, physical labour, street evangelism, prayer and intercession, mercy ministries (such as food banks, orphanages), and more.

Our YWAM DTS is an accredited part of the University of the Nations, YWAM‘s global university. For more details on curriculum, you can visit the YWAM DTS Centre website.

Costs: £3200 is due at the beginning of the school. An additional £1000-1500  and flight cost will be due before outreach.
The exact cost will be dependent upon outreach location, and will be communicated during lecture phase.

Seamill is nestled within a small Ayrshire village on the west coast of Scotland. Our base is ideally situated on a hill overlooking the Firth of Clyde and the stunning Isle of Arran. It is the perfect place to get quiet and seek the Lord.

The YWAM Seamill community is focused on the centrality of Jesus’ Presence in everything we do and every part of our lives. The base functions as a place for many to get away to be challenged, refreshed, and equipped, then sent out to be the hands and feet of Jesus. Come seek His presence with us in a beautiful part of the world He created!

Meet Samuel Scharf

Course Leader | DTS

Hi, I’m Sam! I am from Bavaria in Germany, and have been on staff with
YWAM Seamill since 2017. I lead the SSMD program here as well as
leading the DTS. Some of my passions include music and traveling.
I love Jesus and live to love Him more. I look forward to journeying
with you and pursuing the more of God together!

What does our application process look like?

  • Step 2

    Fill out and return complete application form to dtsreg@ywamscotland.org

    DTS Fees

  • Step 3

    We pray and process through your application

  • Step 4

    If accepted your visa process can start

  • Step 5

    Prepare for arrival on opening weekend!

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    Got questions?

    If you have questions or concerns at any point in the application process, or before you even begin, please don’t hesitate to reach out using the contact form on this page or emailing dtsreg@ywamscotland.org!

Get in touch

To apply or find out more, please email dtsreg@ywamscotland.org or use the form below.