LECTURE PHASE – KNOW GOD
The DTS lecture phase is 3 months long. Each week will include: lectures on a particular topic from knowledgeable speakers, community worship, time in our basewide prayer room, bible study, fellowshipping over meals, free time to be creative, night lectures on creativity & justice, small groups, and intentional time to chat with an individual mentor.
Some of the subjects that you will learn about during the lecture phase include:
- The Nature & Character of God
- The Father Heart of God
- Hearing God’s Voice
- Relationships – Forgiveness, Repentance & Conflict Resolution
- Making Jesus Lord and Surrendering Rights
- Biblical Worldview
- Missions & Evangelism
- Holy Spirit and Spiritual Warfare
- Identity in Christ
Speakers for our DTS schools come from the local Christian community, other YWAM bases in Australia and from overseas. Speakers are individually picked for each school, making every school a unique place to learn about God from many perspectives.
A HEART FOR JUSTICE AND MERCY
During this school you will also cover a range of extracurricular topics specific to your DTS including:
- Reaching the lost
- Identity of the Artist
- Art in Missions
- Advocating for the Poor & Needy
- Bringing Awareness of Issues of Injustice
- Being a Prophet of Culture
- Creative Showcase (Practical Exercise)
Please note, although you will have opportunities to learn, create and collaborate with fellow students in your ‘downtime’, the Creative Justice DTS doesn’t do any ‘technical skills based training’ or offer ‘lessons’ as part of the school.
SMALL GROUPS AND ONE-ON-ONE’S
During the lecture phase students are assigned to a small group where you will be able to process all that you are learning with your peers and leaders. These small group times provide a wonderful opportunity to talk through the different teachings that you hear during your time in class. In this open and honest setting, you will often make close friends as you share openly, supporting and encouraging one another through discussion and prayer.
You will also be assigned a DTS staff member to be your mentor over your school, giving you access to one-on-one discipling sessions where you can share more personally and receive support, encouragement and prayer to help you to grow.
When students come from all over the world for the DTS experience, they not only walk away with a stronger relationship with the Lord, but they walk away having made lifelong friends. The nature of DTS is to be open and honest with one another – the natural outworking of this environment is encouragement, love, support and deep, genuine friendships.
OUTREACH PHASE – MAKE GOD KNOWN
Part of the Creative Justice DTS involves an 8 week Outreach Phase, consisting of 2 weeks of local outreach in Toowoomba and 6 weeks of overseas missions.
LOCAL OUTREACH MINISTRY EXPERIENCES
Below are just a few of the opportunities that you may be involved in during local outreach in Toowoomba:
- Playing music at school and cafes
- Leading worship at churches
- Helping with youth groups
- Prayer walks throughout the city
- Helping to run Toowoomba Busking Festival
- Assisting local ministries prepare for the Carnival of Flowers
- Busking on the streets
- Visits with refugee families
- Street evangelism
- Serving alongside our Mercy Campaign team
OVERSEAS MINISTRY EXPERIENCES
During your overseas outreach, you will gain experience in a number of different areas that may include:
- Setting up & performing at music events or festivals
- Leading church services
- Sharing testimonies
- Playing shows at schools or cafes
- Doing practical work projects
- Street evangelism
- Prayer and worship walks
- Serving youth ministries
- Teaching english classes
- Partnering with organizations ministering to workers in the sex trade industry
- Ministering to the poor and needy
- Caring for and playing with kids in orphanages
- Encouraging locals through house visits
- Participating in revival services
OVERSEAS CULTURAL EXPERIENCES
Aside from ministry times, students will experience a whole new culture, make international friends, sample the local delicacies, experience the local sights and sounds and have a whole lot of fun as they journey with others on an overseas adventure. No matter where you end up going, outreach will be a time filled with memories you will be telling for years to come!
HEART FOR A BROKEN WORLD
YWAM Toowoomba feels a specific, strong call to South-East Asian and Pacific Island nations. In particular, we feel called as a ministry to work with people groups facing social injustices such as human trafficking, widespread poverty, and groups that have in a large way been forgotten by society.
AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURES AFTER DTS
One of the exciting things about DTS is the opportunity for travel. Outreach in an overseas location is a part of the school but once you graduate, you have the opportunity to continue on with your travels, either by yourself or with new friends.
Australia is an amazing country with so many diverse and impressive places to visit. To the east of Toowoomba is the beautiful east coast of Australia where you will find the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Byron Bay (a backpackers haven). Travelling north up the coast you will find the beautiful Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef – one of the 7 Wonders of the Natural World. Further south down the coast you find Sydney and its Opera House and to the west of Toowoomba, you can travel into the Australian Outback to see the iconic Uluru (Ayers Rock).
There is much to see in Australia and if you want to explore, Greyhound has a number of great ‘Aussie Adventures’ to take you to some of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. Visit Greyhound for more information.