Discipleship Training School

Are you longing for a deeper relationship with God? Are you willing to travel to the farthest reaches of the earth to communicate God’s love?  At YWAM Montana-Lakeside, we are all about knowing God and making Him known. We desire to prepare lives who are serious about making lasting impact in the world for Him. 

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a two-part discipleship course which serves as an introduction to global missions. The first 3 months of your DTS, commonly called the “lecture phase”, will be spent at YWAM Montana learning from speakers we trust on foundational discipleship topics such as Nature and Character of God, Hearing God’s Voice, Relationships, and Missions. The goal of the lecture phase is to allow God to change your life based on what you’re learning and not have it just be head-knowledge. You will also spend time weekly engaging in worship, prayer, and developing a skill or passion (called electives) of your choice to see how it can be used in missions. You will be surrounded by people around the same age who are all running after the same thing – to know God and to make Him known. It’s a great community to learn and grow in!

The second phase of your DTS will be spent on a 2 month outreach in one of our six Target Nations. This phase allows you to put into practice everything you just learned and to share the good news of Jesus Christ cross-culturally. Outreach will provide you with a glimpse of cross-cultural missions as your team serves alongside local believers, existing ministries, and long-term missionaries. You will work and serve in a lot of different ways, but at the end of the day, the goal is to make God known. So, when you choose to do a DTS, you are joining the world-wide movement to make Jesus known in all nations of the world.

Doing a DTS is an incredible opportunity to focus on pursuing God, allowing Him to transform your life and gaining His heart for the nations. If you are ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime, come and join us!


We believe that God has placed skills and passions in your life for a purpose. During your lecture phase, you will spend 4-5 hours a week expanding your skill set in the elective of your choice. Learn how to use your passion for the purpose of making God known in the world.  

Check out the Electives section at the bottom of this page for more information about which ones are offered.

*Not every elective is offered during each DTS, so please email or call us if you’d like to find out which electives are offered during your preferred DTS!

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Upcoming Schools

  • Spring 2019

    • Start Date:04/08/19
    • End Date:08/16/19
    • Total Cost:USD 6,750
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  • Sports in Missions

    Sports is an interest that crosses all cultural barriers. It doesn’t matter what country you’re in or what language you speak, sports can be a bridge to communication.

    Our goal in the Sports in Missions elective is to help you grow in your overall fitness and in specific skills in a variety of sports, such as volleyball, basketball, soccer, and even nutrition. We also aim to expand your usable sports portfolio so that no matter where Jesus may send you, you will be able to draw from your skill set to connect with the popular sport in that area to get to know people and share Jesus’ love.

    Available: Fall
  • Strategic Missions

    Do you have the desire to help people, but recognize that the process of bringing effective help can be more complex than it appears?

    The Strategic Missions elective is for those who desire to bring real help to those who are hurting; from your neighbors to your classmates and from orphans to widows to poverty-stricken communities. You will learn how the gospel can bring wholeness to all aspects of life. Our desire is to create a space for you to realize the dreams God has placed in your heart and then to teach you how to move forward with concrete steps. You will explore elements of pioneering new ministries, different approaches to missions, how to be strategic in order to bring lasting change, and hear from people who have gone before you in long-term missions.

    This elective is for anyone who desires to be in missions, whether that looks like starting a business, living overseas in a rural community or thriving city, or working in an inner city in America. We will give you a chance to look at your dreams and discover how God wants you to practically walk them out.

    As time allows, we will interact with and learn from local ministries.

    Available: Fall
  • Refugee Focus

    Do you have a passion to reach refugees with the hope of Jesus? There are over 65 million displaced people worldwide and as Christians we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ to those who are hurting, lost and broken.

    Throughout the Bible God’s heart for refugees is clear. In this elective we will talk through the Biblical foundations of refugee work, the most effective ways to preach the gospel among different cultures, the importance of serving refugees, and the part they play in the kingdom of God.

    You will be trained in the basics of teaching English and receive hands on experience with local refugees. In addition, you will learn about other religions in order to understand how to effectively bring the gospel to people of other backgrounds. Our hope is to equip you with the tools and knowledge to go and work with refugees around the world.

    Luke 19:10 “The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

    Available: Fall
  • Coffee & English

    So many people want to learn English… But at the end of the day, it’s really about starting relationships with people, and being able to love on them, and taking the time to sit down with them, and drink some coffee, and be like ‘Hi, how are you?’ ”

    Combining basic English Teaching skills with various coffee-related skills including Roasting, Brewing, Business as Mission and more… these workshops are designed to prepare students for volunteer work overseas by giving them practical skills in two key areas used in Christian missions: English & Coffee! We also have a lot of fun doing it. 

    Available: Winter
  • Music

    Are you a singer or musician?  Have you ever wondered how you could use your musical skills to reflect the glory of God to the world around you?  If you choose this elective, you will learn how music can be used for ministry in both Christian and non-Christian environments.

    We will help you develop your skills in the areas of songwriting, live performance, leading worship, gear management and live sound.  In addition, we will learn about the importance of the Arts (and specifically music) in missions, as well as practical ways to use your skills while overseas.  

    Prerequisite: The Music Elective is for those who are currently Musicians and/or Vocalists(singers).  A short Skill Survey will be taken at the start of the elective.

    Available: Fall
  • Dance

    Dance is an international language that speaks to so many people. It has the power to bring people together and express what we are feeling. Dance is also a powerful tool to share the gospel without words.

    If you choose this elective, it will help you to understand what dance in missions can look like. You will take technique classes in Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Hip Hop as well as learn about the heart behind dance in worship. At the same time you’re learning how to express yourself through movement, we will also give you tools to facilitate dance programs on your overseas outreach.

    Available: Fall

School Leaders

Brandon & Aksana

Winter 2019 DTS leaders. Brandon has been on staff with YWAM Montana for about 8 years and Aksana has been on staff for over 4 years. Brandon is originally from New Mexico, USA, Aksana is originally from BC, Canada, and they have been married since July 2014. They have received their degrees in Biblical Studies and currently work with the Discipleship Training School department, and previously worked with the Titus Project department. They are both passionate about discipleship and seeing people's lives transformed by the gospel. In their free time they love to be at the lake, Aksana loves to do anything outdoors, and Brandon loves sports and the tv show "The Office"!

Lori Rietema

Fall 2018 DTS leader. Lori is originally from Minnesota, and was part of YWAM as a youngster. She did her DTS in Honolulu, HI in 1998 and joined DTS staff in Lakeside, MT in 1999. In 2005 she moved to St. Croix, U.S.V.I, as the DTS Director and helped re-pioneer a small YWAM base, also serving as part of the Resource Team for the IDTSC in the Caribbean for 4 years. Recognizing the great need for staff development worldwide, Lori has staffed four DTS Equip’s in Montana, and was part of pioneering the DTS Equip in St. Croix in 2009. In 2009 Lori returned on staff in Montana, where she continues to be part of the DTS Department part-time. Upon Lori’s return from the Caribbean in 2009 she was personally debriefed after having gone through a series of difficult/traumatic events. She later attended the debriefing training and began working with our Debriefing Ministry in the fall of 2012. Lori has a heart to see staff succeed in their calling to disciple others. She is passionate about staff development, staff care, and helping people discover and become who God made them to be.

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