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Once you walk across that stage at graduation, the world is at your fingertips. You no longer have to spend your day inside the four walls of a classroom. You have the freedom to go in any direction you choose. You have heard a thousand times that there is a bright future ahead of you, but now you are waiting for the day it arrives on your doorstep.
You might have an idea of what the future holds, but you also think you need to step back and allow God to lead you. You might have searched the internet for hours, hoping to find something meaningful to do with this next chapter of your life, something that will in the hopes of finding something that will help give you the focus, drive, and hunger to do what God has called you do to. If any of this resonates with you, a Discipleship Training School (DTS) might just be your answer. Here are five benefits of doing a YWAM DTS. Take a look at this list and seriously consider if God is calling you to take a step back and allowing Him to step in.
Every day we are exposed to hundreds of different voices and opinions via social media. Society is constantly trying to dictate how we "should be". From the food we eat, to how we dress, to where we work, it seems like the entire world has an opinion about the way we are supposed to live. With all of this information constantly being thrown at us, it can be hard to hear God's voice amidst the noise. We begin to compare who we are and what our life looks like to what we see on the television screen. What do you think would happen if you stopped for a moment and asked the expert who you were? How about your Father in Heaven that created you and -- according to Luke 12:7 -- knows the number of hairs on your head? Why not give Him the chance to tell you who you really are? In a Discipleship Training School, you are encouraged to seek God and who you were created to be. Come and allow God to speak truth into your life.
When you surround yourself with Godly people, you can't help but feel encouraged to continue growing with the Lord. In YWAM, you are surrounded by people who seek after God on a daily basis. They are people who want to walk beside you and build you up. They have experience in helping people find restoration, vision, and truth. In addition to making life long friends to learn with, laugh with, and grow with, you will be uplifted and encouraged to follow wherever God leads you.
In 1 Peter 4:10-11, Peter talks about the different talents God has given His children. Many people have skills and interests, but not everyone realizes they are from God, and He has a plan to use them for His kingdom! In a Discipleship Training School, students are encouraged to discover how they can best use their their abilities to serve God. Through the use of their unique personalities and gifts, God is able to bring new vision for future schooling, ministries, and career opportunities.
In Matthew 7, Jesus preaches about building your house on the rock and not the sand. Building your house on the rock means making sure you have a firm foundation based on Biblical truth and a solid relationship with God before moving ahead. Like the parable says, the house with the strong foundation can withstand the oncoming wind and waves. By knowing who you are and who God is, you will be more prepared to step into the vision God has for your future, and more prepared to weather the storms ahead.
It seems like every time we turn to a news channel, we are flooded with images of foreign places in desperate need of help. Your heart goes out to them for the thirty seconds their faces appear on the screen, but they are just as quickly forgotten as other stories replace them. While you move onto other things, those suffering people still have a great need, not only for physical food but also the truth of the Gospel. In a Discipleship Training School, you will have the opportunity to go to those places and serve people just as Jesus did. Through encounters with different countries, people, and cultures, your eyes will be opened to what really breaks the heart of God. You will see communities changed by the love and truth of Christ. See the need, be the difference.
We hope this brief list of benefits will help you decide if a YWAM DTS is right for you. By maintaining a close relationship with God, you can discover your true identity, build a firm foundation, and change lives through obedience to His voice. If you think a Discipleship Training School is what you have been looking for, please contact us today.