We are a community that is continually being transformed by the love of Jesus and His Word. In turn, we believe God has called us to be a catalyst of transformation to all spheres of society. Whether you’re called across the street or across the sea, to the arena of church or business, the sphere of family or media, God wants to use you to bring His Kingdom to earth.


We believe the God of the Bible is not only the God of the human spirit, but also the God of the world around us. We are passionate about raising up Christians who desire to fulfill God’s call to bring transformation in their areas of influence – in their families, churches, schools, neighborhoods, workplaces, professional organizations, and civic institutions.

The Catalyst DTS is a platform to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus, launch you into your calling, and equip you with Biblical understanding – ready to speak the language of the area you’re called.

Catalyst DTS Tracks

We aim to equip you to bring transformation to areas of society that you’re passionate about. We will meet altogether in the mornings for lecture and break out into our focus tracks for Bible studies and coaching from Christians who have thrived in their profession and faith.

At this time we have three tracks to choose from:

Catalyst Track: The world is in need of transformational leaders and missional communities to be catalysts for Jesus’ kingdom. Learn about what it means to lead and disciple others and how to be a spark in your profession or in the nations.

Innovations Track: Discover God’s design for business, economics, science, and technology in the Bible and gain His heart and intent for entrepreneurs to be blessings and blessers in His world.

Justice & Advocacy Track: For those who feel called to the arenas of politics or law. See what God demands of His future leaders!



Lecture: Jan 4th, 2018 – Mar 28th, 2018

Outreach: Mar 29th, 2018 – June 13th, 2018


Lecture: $3,995

Outreach: $4,000–6,000




Must be 18 years old on Arrival Day or have graduated from high school (or an equivalent program).

James & Joelle Kuo

James is a Taiwanese-American from Chicago, IL and Joelle is from Seoul, South Korea. James and Joelle met in YWAM and were married in Kona. Since then, they have staffed and co-led various DTSes. Most recently, they led the Awaken DTS and staffed the Discipleship Bible School (DBS). They have a heart for everyone to encounter Jesus in new ways, make sense of their faith, and want to help people be launched into their callings.

Email: catalystdts@ywamkona.org

Andrew & Terry York

Andrew is an author, international speaker, and missionary. In 2010, he started the Awaken Ministries in YWAM Kona – a community that is deeply committed to relationship with God and one another. Terry, a South Korean, grew up in New York and Seoul. She graduated from Korea University with a Masters Degree in Educational Administration. She currently is a part of the YWAM Kona executive team and teaches on Cross-Cultural understanding and brings leadership training.

Amongst all their accomplishments in missions and ministry, they are most proud to be the parents of two boys, Linkoln and Anchor.

Email: catalystdts@ywamkona.org


The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry level course, embodying YWAM’s mission to know God and make Him known. DTS provides an environment for students to personally encounter Jesus Christ, learn to hear God’s voice, and respond with joy!

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DTS Teaching Topics

Hearing God’s Voice

The Father heart of God

Identity in Christ

The Cross

How to study and communicate God’s Word effectively

The Nature and Character of God

Biblical worldview

Intercession and spiritual warfare

The Holy Spirit


Cross-cultural ministry


At the completion of the classroom phase, students have the opportunity to ‘make God known’ in the outreach phase. The Gospel comes alive as students step out in faith to preach the good news, baptize new believers and heal the sick (Mark 16:15-18). Outreach is an exhilarating time of risk and adventure, as teams serve with local believers: transforming lives and impacting society with the love of Jesus Christ.

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Speaker Spotlight: Calling & Purpose

Speaker Spotlight: Calling & Purpose  ⋅  24/10/17

We have three amazing speakers joining us during week 7 of the DTS for Calling and Purpose Week. Their names are David Lee, Zeke Markshausen, and Brent Cole. These three men have an extensive professional careers and hearts to help Christians find their callings and think "outside the box" with Jesus.  We are anticipating many eye-opening sessions and life-giving times of personal coaching. Please read their biographies below: David C. Lee David…
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We have three amazing speakers joining us during week 7 of the DTS for Calling and Purpose Week. Their names…

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