We’re looking for anyone with a passion to serve Christ and a passion for the outdoors to be a part of Endurance DTS. Endurance DTS is a five-month program devoted to knowing God and making Him known throughout the world and to the global outdoor adventure community. During these five months, students study God’s character and nature, participate in discipleship groups and lectures, build skill sets for the backcountry and outdoor environment, and reach out to the global outdoor community. The first three months will be spent living and learning in Montana, both in the classroom and in the backcountry. Our final two months will be spent on outreach, reaching out to trekkers, adventurers, travelers, backpackers, and whomever else God lays in our path around the world.
The vision for Endurance DTS is to take students deeper into their own discipleship journey with Christ, and then give them the tools to reach out to others, particularly within the outdoor adventure community. We know that people on a literal trekking journey are often on a spiritual seeking journey as well, and God has given us a desire to reach out and meet these individuals on their journey. Endurance DTS aims to equip our students to meet these trekkers and adventurers and share their own Christ story with credibility and confidence.
EDTS Promo VideoMarch 27, 2013
EDTS Outreach video // NepalNovember 22, 2013
DTS Promo 2013August 25, 2013
FDTS’12 Iceland OutreachJuly 30, 2013
EDTS 2012 Outreach VideoMarch 27, 2013
Outdoor Adventure & RecreationMarch 17, 2011
FALL DTS 2010 “Carboard Testimonies”December 4, 2010
The lecture phase of Endurance DTS aims to help students develop their relationship with God, provide a foundation for missions and sharing the Gospel, and give opportunities for impact within the outdoor adventure industry. Our three month lecture phase is unique in that it takes place both on our YWAM campus and in the backcountry. We'll spend approximately five weeks camping, hiking, and backpacking in the surrounding areas and national parks, participating in DTS lectures and experiencing first-hand life in the backcountry, developing skills and reaching out to those we meet along the way.
One on Ones
Worship & Intercession
Students will learn from a variety of speakers on topics foundational to discipleship and missions. The format of DTS focuses on one subject per week, giving students an overview of discipleship as well as opportunities to apply learned principles to their lives.
During lecture phase you will meet with a small group of the same gender, along with a DTS staff member and discuss the week's topics. You will also be discussing what God has been doing in your life personally and learning more about who God is through open, healthy relationships with others.
One on Ones
Students will process their own areas of growth and discipleship individually with a DTS staff person.
Worship & Intercession
At YWAM Montana, along with YWAM International, we value Worship and Intercession. During the course of lecture phase students will spend time in worship and in prayer for others.
Although you are in lecture phase, you will still be preparing for your outreach phase. Students and outreach leaders will prepare together as a team for outreach. Preparation includes activities such as learning about the culture and nation, practicing dramas and music, intercession for the nation, and preparing to carry out YWAM's three-fold ministry focus of training, evangelism and mercy ministry in the country or location where they are going.
Students and staff will learn and practice a variety of outdoor activities that are both relevant to our area in Montana and that can function as skills that easily translate into outreach skills. Our outdoor curriculum includes skills and activities such as rock climbing, hiking, backpacking, backcountry cooking, water sanitation and hygiene, archery, mountain biking, mountaineering, camping, fishing, orienteering, bear awareness and safety training, Leave No Trace principles, team-building and group dynamics activities, ropes courses, and many others.
At YWAM Montana we believe in a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle. So as a part of the EDTS curriculum, you will serve in different areas on our campus for 2 hours a day during the week. You will serve in areas like: Meal prep, Meal clean-up, housekeeping, facilities, maintenance, etc.
Endurance DTS has a two-month outreach phase with a two-fold focus: our aim is to either reach out directly to those in the outdoor industry in some capacity, by placing ourselves among trekkers, adventurers, campers, etc., or to use our backcountry and outdoor skills to go to the harder and more remote places and reach those that otherwise might not hear the Gospel.
Nathan & Betsy Russell
Nathan is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Grand Rapids, MI. He graduated from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, and worked for a period of time with the YMCA in Colorado. In 2007, he and his wife Betsy did their DTS in Montana, and never left. Nathan and Betsy co-lead the Endurance DTS in the summers, and share the position of Campus Administrators throughout the year.
Betsy is originally from Grand Rapids, MI, and both graduated from and worked for Calvin College for several years. In 2007, she and her husband Nathan came to Montana to do their DTS, and they joined staff following that time. Betsy and Nathan co-lead the Endurance DTS in the summers, and share the position of Campus Administrators throughout the year.