Harvest Discipleship Training School (HDTS) is a 5 month program where people from all backgrounds can pursue a deeper personal relationship with God while living in a Jesus-loving community. This time is all about equipping Christians for their role in gathering others to God through evangelism, heart to heart ministry, and supernatural signs. This is a people focused school.

There are two phases to this DTS; lecture and outreach. The first 12 weeks of lectures are themed with the nature and character of God, Bible study, prayer, godly relationships, evangelism, world view and missions. The next 8 weeks will be a ministry focused outreach where students will share the love of Jesus through evangelism, teachings, service projects, and children programs. This is your time to launch into missions.

Upcoming School Dates

Lecture Phase: April 1 – June 21, 2024

Outreach Phase: June 22 –August 16, 2024

Graduation: Aug 23, 2024


Lecture Phase: Finances for lecture phase are being treated in a different way than usual. As part of our Faith Journey, we are inviting students and participants to unite with us in prayer for God’s provision rather than financing their own training. For more information, see our Faith Journey FAQs

Outreach Phase: $4500-5500 CDN*

*Fees subject to change

Over the course of 12 weeks, you will dive into relevant topics with the guidance from trusted speakers. The Biblical perspectives presented during morning lectures can be further unpacked during small groups and one-on-ones with staff. Here are some of the key topics:

  • Character of God
  • Hearing God’s Voice
  • Father-Heart of God
  • Bible Overview
  • Godly Relationships
  • Evangelism
  • Worldview
  • Missions

We will house you in our dorm-style rooms along with other students. Depending on the size of school, you can expect a roommate or two. It is in this community environment where you will share everyday experiences with classmates and staff – whether that is during mealtimes, work duties, group worship, or a quick round of ping pong.

We believe that living in community gives us opportunities to not just learn the principles of service and loving one another, but also to live them out authentically.

This infograph is meant to represent an hourly breakdown of a typical week – It is flexible and subject to change.

Each week will consist of lectures taught by various speakers, small group discussions, one-on-ones with staff, work duties around the ministry campus, corporate worship and prayer, as well as a chance to connect with various communities around Diamond Valley, from neighbouring towns to the big city.

Here at YWAM Sheep River we are committed to reaching out to the Shan People of South East Asia. They mostly live in Myanmar and Thailand so that is where we focus our outreaches. The mission trip is 8 weeks and will likely consist of serving in a variety of ministry contexts where you will experience their culture and rhythms of life.

We have developed long standing relationships and contacts in SE Asia and believe that the greatest impact our short term DTS outreaches can have is by serving alongside established ministries with the love of Jesus. This can look like house visits, running children’s programs, teaching and preaching in a variety of settings, evangelism, and even service projects.

The outreach phase will end with one week of debrief and re-entry teaching as you prepare to bring your experiences home.

  • Minal Thomas
    Minal Thomas

    Minal has a deep love for prayer and for seeing the Lord move when His people gather to pursue Him together. As a passionate believer in discipleship, she is a leader who values deep relationships, both with the Lord and in community. Minal has a gift for hospitality, loves creativity and crafts, and is a dedicated mother of two.

    • Sanal Thomas
      Sanal Thomas

      Sanal is a passionate evangelist with a heart for seeing the lost come to know Jesus through signs, wonders, and the preaching of the Word. He challenges and encourages believers to put feet to the Gospel through reaching out to our local community with the love and truth of Christ. Sanal loves cricket and motorcycling, and enjoys adventures with his son and daughter.

      • I really liked to Mountain Venture DTS because of the good mixture of teaching and simply getting to step out and enjoy God’s creation. It was really cool to see God speak to me through his creation too!

        Daniel Switzerland
      • DTS has been beneficial for me in many different ways. One being: showing me that life is really what you make it, and you can choose to live your life and be happy with what you have.

        Brittany USA
      • The DTS has hugely influenced my relationship with God. Especially the week about ‘hearing God’s voice’ made me discover how I can hear God speaking to me.

        Anna Netherlands
      • Doing this DTS has been a life changing experience. I learnt how to hear God’s voice, and press into Him in the hard times and as a result I feel closer to Him than ever before. This experience will be a foundation that I build the rest of my life on.

        Jacob Barbados
      • I came to DTS giving God one last chance and He used that chance to completely change me and my life.

        Joel Germany
      • Bible Overview week - hearing the Bible as a continuous story of relationship - had the most impact on me

        Elliot Saskatchewan, Canada
      • I feel like a big change was me getting more comfortable and confident with sharing my testimony or sermon. Also it was an important revelation that I can serve God doing anything, even dirty work!

        Joel Manitoba, Canada
      • Father heart of God and Relationship weeks were my favourite. I had struggled with [these topics] before coming, so learning about them really helped me to understand aspects of my life

        Carah Manitoba, Canada
      • DTS helped me on the journey of letting go of control and learning to trust God more with my life. I saw first had what trusting God to provide looked like and experienced the freedom that comes with that trust.

        Megan New Zealand
      • My highlight has been to meet the people in their homes. To go and share the gospel and to pray for the sick. It took me quite some courage to do it but it was so worth it.

        Melissa Switzerland

      We welcome any opportunity to show God’s love; local gas stations, grocery stores, or busy streets. We believe people are ready to encounter a God without borders.


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