Join us in Australia for a Compassion Discipleship Training School (DTS)!

This year’s October schools have the unique opportunity of joining YWAM Newcastle as we pioneer our new ship ministry! Earlier this year, we received two vessels within eight days of each other that will enable us to join the work of YWAM Ships in Papua New Guinea. YWAM Ships has partnered with the government of PNG to deliver services such as primary health care, optometry, hygiene education, and dentistry to rural communities all over the country. You can read more about our ship deploying to Papua New Guinea here. Our entire community will support this new mercy ministry in the initial launch. For our DTS’, this could include local ship awareness tours, onboard lectures, or preparing the ship for deployment. Additionally, each of our DTS themes within October will have a ship focused outreach as one of their options. Join us in this exciting season as we launch a new mercy ministry for missions at YWAM Newcastle! 

This 6-month course is a full-time, unique, live/learn community experience. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. The lecture phase will offer you a time of deep revelation as well as liberating personal application. Encounter God like never before as you hear from seasoned speakers who live out the principles they teach. The outreach phase will take you to places you have only dreamed about as you take the Gospel into the nations! Grow in confidence as you share your testimony from small to large groups in cross-cultural settings.

Example core curriculum topics include:

  • Recognising God’s Voice
  • Character & Nature of God
  • Building and Maintaining Godly Relationships
  • Sharing your Faith
  • Missionary Lifestyle

As part of the Compassion Elective, you’ll join the Mercy Theme. The Mercy Theme in October combines the Compassion, City Transformation, Ships and Barista electives in one DTS lecture phase. Each DTS will have a coordinator gathering students around that elective. This may come in forms such as small group activities, excursions, events, or guest speakers.

While you’ll have specific times for your DTS elective, this will not occur every week. It is important to see electives as a way of gathering similar individuals without taking priority over the core purpose of the DTS. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that each DTS elective will have a major representation on the outreach phase. Our hope is to look for how we can incorporate the elective on outreach but factors outside our control such as culture, event coordination, and ministry contact preferences may affect what is possible.

An elective is defined by:

  • Gathering similar individuals.
  • A leader with an affinity or passion for that elective (but not required).
  • Low level, structured inclusion during lecture phase.
  • Outreach inclusion of the elective where culturally possible and appropriate.
Example ‘compassion’ sessions include:

  • The value of human life through the eyes of the Creator.
  • Bringing the promise of hope into a broken world.
  • Addressing issues of poverty and injustice

Compassion and authority will fill every step as you participate in an adventure into mercy focused evangelistic missions. Opportunities could include working with children at risk in Asia, evangelising to brothel owners in Eastern Europe, or ministering to the homeless in the West. There are endless opportunities to respond and share God’s heart to people in every corner of the globe. Outreach will take you to the places you have only ever dreamed about! Grow in confidence as you share your testimony to large audiences. Whether you are called to long-term or short-term missions, the benefit of going to a cross-cultural location and seeing the needs of that location and then being part of the solution is life changing!

Each DTS sends teams to unique locations. Here are a few places we have gone:

Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Columbia, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, New Zealand & around Australia.


Lecture Phase:

$4,200 AUD

Outreach Phase:

Approximately $3,500 – $5,500 AUD


Start – Finish

9th October 2017 – 17th March 2018
8th October 2018 – 16th March 2019

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