YWAM Montana Lakeside
Together we commit to the communication of the gospel by training, sending, supporting and being missionaries.
It is our privilege to invite disciples of Christ and outdoor enthusiasts to be a part of Endurance DTS (EDTS) in this unique avenue of outdoor ministry. EDTS is a five-month discipleship program committed to doing whatever it takes to know God and make Him known in the outdoor industry and to the ends of the earth.
During the EDTS adventure, students will learn about God’s character and nature, participate in lectures and discipleship small groups, build credible and translatable outdoor skills for both the mission field and for use in the outdoors, and reach out to the outdoor industry on a global scale.
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 engaging in a strategic “Endurance style” DTS outreach.
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. In EDTS, we do all of these things through outdoor pursuits and experiential education.
Endurance DTS has a two-month outreach phase with a two-fold focus. Our aim is to reach out directly to those in the outdoor industry in some capacity, by placing ourselves among trekkers, adventurers, campers, and other outdoor ministry enthusiasts. We use our backcountry and outdoor skills to go to the more remote places to share the Gospel.
The vision for the Endurance DTS outdoor ministry is to take students deeper into their own discipleship journey with Christ, and give them the tools to reach out to others particularly within the outdoor industry and to the ends of the earth. We know that people on a trek or great adventure are often seeking deeper spiritual revelation as they journey, and God has given us a desire to reach out and meet these individuals along the way. Endurance DTS equips students to participate in the conversations happening in the outdoor industry, engage with fellow adventures and to testify to Christ’s saving grace and faithfulness with credibility and confidence.
Whitney is from New Zealand and came to YWAM MT in 2014 for DTS, returning a year later to serve with the DTS department. She has staffed both DTS's and DTS Equip, and has a heart for working with young people to see them become confident in who God has called them to be, and being bold in sharing the knowledge of God's grace and love that they have experienced.
God has given me a heart for the next generation, knowing they are the ones who will carry on the gospel. I want to be able to influence them by helping the know God more so they can go and make Him known. Some fun things I enjoy: soccer, golf, hiking, swimming, and anything outside, especially sports. However, I am very competitive in most of these so watch out.
Hey! My name is Benjamin and I have been on our DTS Staff team here in Lakeside, Montana since 2019. I did my DTS here in Fall 2018. I fell in love with missions and the opportunities that God has given me to clearly communicate the gospel to a wide variety of cultures and belief systems. I am passionate about music, public speaking, evangelism, the outdoors, and Jesus! I just want to live a wild life, sincerely seeking Jesus every day alongside my friends and family. One day I hope to be preaching the gospel in some of the hardest to reach places of the world! Let's go!!
Hello! My name is Grace and I did my DTS in the Fall of 2019. I quickly fell in love with missions and Montana and came back to join staff the following year! I have a passion for sports, sunshine, and young people realizing the power of Jesus that they carry. I have been to Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Dominican Republic on YWAM Outreaches and I can not wait to go on more!
I did my DTS in the summer of 2015 and then came to Montana for SBS in 2016. After that school, I joined staff and spent 4 years staffing the SBS here in Montana, which is where I eventually met my wife! We got married last fall and now we get to staff DTS together! We LOVE the nations and are planning on moving overseas next year. I love the outdoors and most sports but more than that, I love seeing people transformed by the Word of God!
Hey there! My full name is Abigail, but you can just call me Abby! I did my DTS here in Montana and then decided to do my SBS the following year. During my DTS and SBS God placed a burning and growing desire on my heart to see others discipled in biblical truth, know their identity in Christ, and boldly walk forward in the callings that He has placed on their lives. I'm passionate about seeing the Gospel reach the ends of the earth and seeing others come to know Jesus on a personal level! A few things that bring me joy in life are art, the outdoors, ice cream, family, and friends! But, few things bring me greater joy than helping others find freedom in Christ. And It is such a privilege to be a part of this and see transformation every day through DTS!
At YWAM Montana-Lakeside, we are all about doing whatever it takes to know God and to make Him known, together! We’d love to help you make that next step in your global missions education. Apply now!
EDTS is a five-month discipleship program committed to doing whatever it takes to know God and make Him known in the outdoor industry and to the ends of the earth. EDTS students learn more about God’s character by participating in lectures and discipleship small groups. Students also build credible and translatable outdoor skills for both the mission field and for use in the outdoors industry on a global scale.
YWAM Montana-Lakeside operates under special use permits with the Flathead National Forest, Kootenai National Forest, and Glacier National Park and is an equal opportunity provider.