What is a Crossroads DTS?Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) is especially designed for people who are 30 and older, who are seeking spiritual renewal, vision or new direction. It's a unique opportunity to know God more intimately, to increase in godly character and to become involved in missions. The CDTS course has a 12-week lecture phase followed by an 8-week outreach.
The CDTS is a prerequisite to joining YWAM as a full-time missionary, or for pursuing secondary schools within the University of the Nations.
Families are welcome!The curriculum and schedule of the CDTS is designed to work with families. We believe that God calls families to missions and uses the gifts and talents of each member to build His kingdom. We therefore make it our goal to minister to the family as a whole. Families also have great opportunities to minister together on outreach.
The first 12-week phase is based on a "live - learn" philosophy and includes a variety of learning opportunities such as lecture times in a classroom setting, small group discussions, assignments, worship & intercession, living together in community, shared meals, practical service projects around campus, social events and more. Speakers come in each week to teach topics that promote spiritual growth, encourage students in their Christian life, and challenge us all to go deeper with God. Many who have completed the CDTS describe the lecture phase as a "honeymoon" with God.
You will also join what we call “small groups” which meet once or twice a week to discuss lectures, life and other happenings, and sometimes just to relax and get to know each other. This is a great opportunity to process what you learn, stay accountable with someone and get to know the people in your school in a deeper and more meaningful way. Our schools are kept small enough to give opportunity for one-on-one interaction between students and staff members.
CDTS OutreachThe 8-week outreach immediately follows the training time in Chico. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to use their professional abilities, natural talents and spiritual giftings as they live and minister in cross-cultural settings. The outreach is adapted to mature students and those with families. The field assignment is a required part of the course, and applicants should be prepared to complete both the lecture and outreach phases of the school in order to be accepted.
Where in the world will we go?Outreach locations vary from school to school, but our lates outreach locations have been Fiji, Romania and Guatemala.
What is an outreach?The outreach phase is the time to apply the things you've learned in class, and share Jesus with people in a country you’ve probably never been to before. This is a time that will challenge you, but in the end, you will be stronger and closer to God. This is eight weeks of life-changing opportunity!
Outreach teams prepare for their trip through things like learning dramas and dances to perform in the streets or for kids; having fun and bonding as a team; learning how to share their testimonies. You will have lots of time to bond as a team before you land in the field, which will help you be more effective on outreach.
Making God KnownEvery outreach is different, depending on where it is. Types of ministry depend on the needs of the local situations, but there will always be a focus on evangelism. It’s the ‘Making God Known’ part of the DTS. Your team leaders will do all they can to plan for your activities and ministry, but there will always be times when a pastor calls on your team to lead the church service five minutes before it starts. DTS outreach is a great place to learn teamwork, flexibility and what it means to be a "body of Christ." If nothing else, it will keep you on your toes and you'll find that flexibility and a sense of humor will be indispensable for a rewarding experience. No matter where in the world you end up, you’ll never be the same when you’re done.
Where will we live?From a resort hotel built in 1923 to a comprehensive campus that covers nearly 500 acres and includes more than 80 buildings, YWAM Chico is a pedestrian-friendly campus nestled in a beautiful canyon, with many open spaces and a park-like environment that enhances the natural beauty of the canyon ridges, woods and creeks.
Our campus provides something for everyone. From miles of hiking trails to tennis and volleyball courts to our Olympic-sized swimming pool, there are endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Our expansive grounds provide ample space for spending time alone with God, or hanging out with people, or just getting away from it all. The hotel lobby has sitting areas, WiFi, a store and a snack bar. You can visit our prayer room and soak in God's presence, or jam in worship.
Crossroads students will live in a dormitory house with shared living areas. All meals during the school are served in our hotel dining room.
What does a regular week look like?A typical weekly schedule includes worship and intercession, small groups and one-on-one time with school staff, dynamic teaching, service assignments, devotional time with God, fun and fellowship.
Some weekends have scheduled activities. Sundays are open for you to find a local church to join with in worship and fellowship.
Is there school for my kids?The International Christian School on our YWAM campus provides an accredited K-12 education for children of both students and staff members. The school is designed to enrich both the spiritual and academic growth of the children of CDTS students. Parents will need to arrange for a nanny to care for children younger than school age.
How will I know if I'm accepted?Notification of acceptance is given upon receiving all your required forms. Once accepted, you will receive a list of what to bring, visa information and other specifics. Since the CDTS has limited space and staff, it is not always possible to accommodate everyone who applies. Whenever possible, applicants are referred to other training centers or given the option of waiting for an opening in the following school.
What will I need to bring?What you may bring to your CDTS may vary, depending on different factors, such as season, outreach destination, etc. Every student should have a valid passport, and foreign students should have any necessary visas.
You will have shared living areas, and especially on outreach, may have limited living and travelling space, so it is always a good idea to pack lightly. Once accepted to the CDTS, you will receive a more detailed list of what to (and what not to) bring.
Pumped for Missions
"My perspective of missions has totally changed. We are so pumped and excited now to get out there and continue God's work in our lives and spreading the news."
Robin, Michigan, USA
Changed my Perspective
"My whole vision of missions has changed, from going and doing to just being."
Frank, Arizona, USA
"It has been just amazing! All the speakers that have come to talk to us are just incredible and I have been getting so many new insights and paradigm shifts. It's just a fountain of learning.I love it!"
Upcoming CDTS Dates:
August 26, 2010
January 6, 2011
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University of the Nations CreditsStudents completing CDTS can receive up to 20 credits from YWAM's University of the Nations (U of N).