The Family Discipleship Training School is about reaching the nations and transforming communities by developing mission-minded families and launching healthy families into international missions.  Our goal is to see the end of divorce in the Body of Christ…

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Our goal is to see the end of divorce in the Body of Christ so that their marriages and families will bring glory to God in all that they do and so that future generations will be raised to know the Lord. The Family DTS is designed for married couples, with or without children.

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  • Arrival Day: January 6, 2022
  • Departure Day: May 27, 2022


Lecture:  $3995
(per adult; see Foundation School for kids’ pricing)

Outreach: $4300-5000
(per adult, lower pricing for children)


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



In accordance with State Law, all students and student children must present proof of age appropriate vaccinations in order to attend any program at the University of the Nations—YWAM Kona. Please click here for the vaccination requirements.


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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Course Leaders

Brad and Shantel Plett

Brad and Shantel Plett along with their three children, Zayden, Ariana and Coen have a passion to see families walk in the fullness of who God has created them to be.  Their story of how God’s redemptive grace has changed their marriage is the fuel behind the passion they have for Leading Families on a DTS journey.  Their vision for families coming to attend Family DTS is to equip them to step out in faith and use their gifting’s to go and serve wherever God is calling.

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