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

  • Winter 2020

    • Start Date:01/04/20
    • End Date:05/29/20
    • Total Cost:USD 7,100
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    • By Applicant Nationality
    • If you are an International, please email [email protected] to find out the specific apply by date for your country.

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  • Spring 2020

    • Start Date:04/03/20
    • End Date:08/28/20
    • Total Cost:USD 7,100
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    • By Applicant Nationality
    • If you are an International, please email [email protected] to find out the specific apply by date for your country.

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We do our very best to keep prices low, and un-changing, but all prices are approximate. Seasonal travel, outreach location, and other unforeseen factors can impact the final cost. Please feel free to contact us for more details.

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The "Apply By Dates" are dates that are generated by your nationality and our estimation of time needed to properly process and acquire all the materials necessary for any student to attend one of our schools. If you have questions about your country specific apply by date, please feel free to email our Admissions Office at [email protected]


  • Endurance Strategic Missions

    Do you want to learn how the specific passions, skills, and dreams God has given you can transform people, communities, and nations?

    Endurance Strategic Missions Elective exists to create awareness and impart strategies for effective missions and ministry specifically to unreached people groups and impoverished communities. We will do this through both classroom discussions and outdoor experiential education. By learning translatable backcountry skills you will become better equipped to impact the mission field in a long lasting way and rub shoulders with outdoor enthusiast community here in NW Montana.

    Come discover God’s heart for the nations and walk away ready to be part of the global missions movement!

    Available: Spring
  • 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

Karissa Nichols

Meet the Fall 2019 DTS leader! Karissa has been on staff with YWAM Montana for 5 years. She is originally from Mount Vernon, Washington (USA), and did her DTS in Herrnhut, Germany in 2011. She studied elementary education in college, completed the School of Biblical Studies program in Montana, staffed in that department for 2 years, and currently works with the DTS Department. She has been to 10 nations with YWAM, and has staffed 7 programs among 3 departments. Karissa is passionate about education, discipleship, all nations knowing God & His Word, and seeing people's lives transformed by the Gospel. In her free time she loves to be outside, with people, hiking, experiencing other cultures, event planning & hosting, eating Thai food or tacos, and getting to know people.

Bethany Rode

One of the Winter 2020 DTS Co-Leaders, Bethany is originally from Arlington Heights, Illinois (USA), and has been a missionary member since December of 2017. She completed her DTS, School of Biblical Studies, and Titus Project here in Montana. When asked about DTS, her heart for evangelism and discipleship can be seen through her response - “Giving God these 5 months of your life sets you up for laying down the rest of your life for Jesus, and for the nations to know the Gospel.” She is particularly passionate about working with refugees and God’s heart to see them served and reached with the Good News. Bethany has been to Cambodia, Latvia, India, and lead teams to Thailand, Ukraine, and Greece. She loves anything having to do with the outdoors, reading, anything to do with the Bible, and playing games.

Katie Warford

One of the Winter 2020 DTS Co-Leaders, Katie is from Martinez, CA, USA originally. She has been a missionary member in Lakeside, Montana since August of 2017. Her DTS was in Tauranga, New Zealand, and she has completed SBS and DTS Equip in Montana. She has led outreaches to India, Ukraine & Greece. When asked why she chose to staff DTS, she responded, “I love seeing people fall deeper in love with Jesus and walk in freedom! I believe that the Gospel changes every area of our lives and I love walking alongside people as they realize their identity in Christ and that they are capable of walking out their faith!” She loves spontaneous adventures, having coffee with people, and anything that involves the sun or the lake and people!


Karen Armstrong was born and raised in a large family (8 siblings!), in St. Paul, Oregon (USA), and has two kids: Zach and Amanda. Before YWAM, she obtained 2 Bachelor Degrees. One in Social Science, and the other in Psychology. She did the Crossroads Discipleship Training School in Montana, and has been on staff since 2018. Her response when asked why she chose to staff DTS was: “When giving 5 months of your life to pursue God, you experience transformation, and get to see the Body of Christ heal, grow, activate, and support one another in fulfilling the Great Commission.” Some of her favorite things include: road trips, essential oils, summer, post-it notes, ice cream (specifically Tillamook Udderly Chocolate).

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