Specially designed for people who are 25 and older, Crossroads DTS is a unique opportunity to know God more intimately, increase in godly character, and begin a new adventure in missions. Be renewed, get fresh vision, and find new direction.

God created you with unique passion and skills. YWAM Kona offers skill tracks as a part of your DTS.
Check out the tracks we offer below. You can choose one or just apply to the general DTS.

Music Track

Music is the language of this generation. For those of us with musical talents, we have a special opportunity to speak to the hearts of the lost and broken in a way that can tear down walls and allow their hearts to hear the Gospel. The Music Track is designed to raise up musicians that are committed to loving God and using their gifts to impact the world. This impact is not limited to a specific style, but rather unified by our commitment to creatively express the heart of God with character and excellence.

Media Track

The Media Track is for storytellers who want to give our generation permission to wildly follow Jesus with all their heart. We will using our skills in photography, film making, design and storytelling to work on creating social media campaigns, short films and podcasts that highlight God’s story in our lives and in the nations. Bring your cameras, drones and microphones. Come ready to collaborate, develop your skills and be pushed to create real content as a part of the Fire & Fragrance Media Team.

Respect the Corners Track

Respect the Corners exists to raise up godly mentors and courageous pioneers who will use the the platform of fitness to exalt the name of Jesus in the nations of the earth. Through God’s power, and our obedience, many lives will be transformed. We will equip Functional Fitness trainers to be dynamic, life changing coaches who through their lives will impact the lost, make new disciples and never stop giving their lives for the Gospel. We desire to dethrone safe, self-focused living and we exalt Jesus by laying down our lives for the least, last, and the lost. We will use our fitness to bring the gospel to the hardest places on earth to reach.

Compassion Ablaze Track

Compassion Ablaze demonstrates the love of Jesus through acts of mercy. Our heart is for the margins of society and for issues of injustice – for women and children-at-risk, those caught in the trap of systemic poverty, those without a voice, the homeless, those struggling with life addictions, and those have been sexually abused, trafficked or enslaved. We don’t just want to talk about bringing the joy and freedom of the Gospel to the hard places, we want to actually do it, to do whatever it takes to bring the presence and fragrance of heaven to those too often forgotten.

Dance Track

What does it mean to be a dancer with a calling from the Lord? This is the place to dive into that, finding new levels of freedom and creativity. We will release dancers in Spirit (discipleship/lectures) & Truth (technique/rehearsals/performances). We know that an artist’s creativity & spiritual authority go together, and we are committed to give dancers a place to walk fully in who God has called them to be as dancers.

Tekton Trades Track

You will be trained in basic structural trades that you will use to accomplish projects on your outreach. Some of the skills will include welding, iron working, rough carpentry, finish carpentry and masonry. You will learn to work as a team to accomplish what we could never do alone. We couldn’t be more excited about this track and what God is going to do through it and we are so stoked to give people permission to co-create with God to see transformation on every level and sphere of society.

Farm Track

The Farm track is designed to teach you how to teach others about sustainable, natural farming. You will learn principles which can be taken on the mission field, urban areas, rural areas and even your own back yard. You will learn by doing it hands on! Come learn more about how to better steward what our Creator has given us. Our aim is to teach students these things so that they can teach others. What better way to show the love of God than by meeting felt needs which leads to addressing spiritual needs. As you learn these principles you will have opportunities to share them in real situations.

Messengers Track

Powerful communicators galvanize people towards action. Learn the importance of living your message. Transform communities through discipleship. Get the coaching you need to become a dynamic communicator and help people experience the love and truth of God.

Business Track

Business has the ability to transform people, pull families out of poverty and serve a communities needs. Learn the basics of entrepreneurship and discover how the culture of Jesus can flip a work space upside down.

Prayer Room Track

Worship and intercession are pillars of our the Fire & Fragrance community. Learn the skills to pioneer houses of prayer around the world. Help others connect with Jesus and contend for God’s love to transform society.

Choose Program Period



Lecture: Sep 24 – Dec 16, 2020

Outreach: Dec 17 – TBD (About 2 months)


Lecture: Jan 2 – Mar 25, 2020

Outreach: Mar 25 – TBD (About 2 months)


To be announced.


Lecture: Sep. 26th – Dec. 18th, 2019
Outreach: Dec. 18th – Feb. 16th, 2019
Debrief: Feb. 17th – Feb. 21st, 2019
Graduation: Friday, Feb. 21st.


Lecture: $3995

Outreach: $4000-$6000




Any children under 4 must have a nanny, those 4 and up can attend Foundation School.  Please confirm child’s admission to Foundation School.

All applicants must be at least 18 years old by enrollment date.


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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Amy Ward

Amy Ward serves on the YWAM Kona University of the Nations core leadership team and has been a part of YWAM for 10 years, leading multiple DTS’s and YWAM ministries. Her husband Phillip Ward serves as the director of Campus Development. This year, Amy is bringing leadership and vision to the Crossroads DTS’s in YWAM Kona.

Marjo and Ari Loponen

Marjo and Ari Loponen did their own, life-changing DTS with YWAM Kona, Hawaii in 2012. They are from Finland. Before YWAM Marjo worked in national parliament in Finland, and Ari has a business background. They have three children, two of them live in Finland, and the youngest one is in highschool in Kona.

They love to serve and build God’s Kingdom together. Marjo loves deep conversations, worship and she keeps things in order, Ari loves reading and building community in the Kingdom way.

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