Life-transforming foundations to know God and make Him known
Take five months of your life to seek hard after God. Through lectures, community life, practical ministries, and outreaches, learn what it means to be a disciple and how to live as one. Not only will you grow as a disciple, you will learn how to make disciples. The world is hungry for God’s truth and transformation – come learn how to feed them.
The January DTS keeps the mold of a classic DTS and, at the same time, pushes the boundaries to stay at the front of what God is doing in missions. This DTS consists of great lectures from international speakers and plenty of opportunities for application both locally in Lausanne and internationally during outreach. Students will focus on deepening their intimacy with God through worship and intercession, thus fueling the fire to obey God and bring the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
More about January DTS
Seek after God … with everything.
Go deeper. We are interested in holistic growth. True discipleship transforms your heart, intellect, and skills. During the lecture phase of the January DTS, you will have opportunities to grow through formal teaching like lectures and informal teaching like international community living. We are all about giving you opportunities to own your faith and mature.
For 11 weeks during the lecture phase of the January DTS, you will hear speakers from all over the world who live out what they teach. The January DTS exposes students to what is happening at the forefront of world missions and gives them a setting to live their faith out in a challenging yet incredible culture.
Walking in a winter wonderland. … Yes, that gets to be your life. Feel like you’re in a snow globe as you sit in the Chalet with a delicious chocolat chaud and gaze upon the snow covered Alps. Dust off your snowboard, skis, or snowshoes and adventure in the natural mountain beauty that lies within a 45-minute drive off campus. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in a wide spectrum of winter sports on a weekly basis such as skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing, and skating. Don’t worry if you’ve never attempted any of these activities, because the January DTS is open to all. What better way to see God’s goodness than in the thriving beauty of Switzerland?
So you want to go deeper in your faith and calling? We have prayerfully chosen supplemental reading, assignments, and projects to expand the understanding and application of what you are learning. Creatively record and process what God is speaking to you through weekly journals. Lessons will root deeper by sharing what you learn through inspiring book and outreach reports and public presentations.
Middle Eastern Refugee Outreach – On this outreach students will be immersed in Middle Eastern culture as they serve refugees meeting both their practical and spiritual needs.
Europe Backpacking Outreach – Students on this outreach will backpack Europe with an Interail pass. Their goal? Share the gospel in as many nations as possible in two months.
More to come…
Each week you will hear from world-class speakers on the following topics:
- Nature and Character of God
- Developing Christ-Like Behavior
- Healthy Relationships
- Evangelism and Missions
- Spiritual Warfare and Intercession
- Biblical Worldview and Cross-Cultural Ministry
- Discovering God's Purpose for Your Life
- Power of the Word
- Hearing God's Voice
- Purpose of God's Redemption
Nature and Character of God
Who is God, really? What if He is infinitely bigger than we have made Him to be? These are beautifully vast questions that we can explore for the rest of our lives. Come alongside other classmates, staff, and speakers who are passionate about discovering and loving God deeply and truly. Dig into scripture, read the wisdom of sages, worship, and engage. Bring your heart, your curiosity, your confusion, and your hunger and gain tools to make a lifestyle of getting to know and live with our indescribably wonderful God.
Developing Christ-Like Behavior
There is nothing more powerful than living a life that reflects Christ. We will encourage you and help you develop a devotional life where you can discover Christ and how to better be His disciple. This is a lifelong journey that can take many shapes during your walk, but there are some key, foundational principles that can help you get started or improve your personal devotional life.
How to Make and Keep Healthy Relationships
We love relationships here at YWAM Lausanne. We want you to learn how to build solid friendships that are based on the firm foundation of God’s Word. There is nothing stronger than a world-wide community of friends knitted together with the truth of God’s love.
Evangelism and Missions
A light is not meant to be hidden. God wants a personal relationship with you and every one of His created children. Imagine if no one dared to tell you about Jesus. Don’t miss the opportunity to lead someone one step closer to knowing Christ. We’ll teach you how to make this a practical lifestyle both locally and internationally.
Spiritual Warfare and Intercession
We are called to pray without ceasing. Here at YWAM Lausanne, we regularly practice hearing what’s on God’s heart and standing in the gap for nations, communities, crises, people groups, and more.
Biblical Worldview and Cross-Cultural Ministry
How can we speak truth to the world if we don’t understand truth nor have a broad, cross-cultural understanding of worldview? In order to empower all nations to submit under God’s original design for them, we must be aware of and respect all cultures that God created. On DTS, you can grapple with these concepts over lecture phase. Then, you can immediately apply them in the diverse cultures that are here in Lausanne as well as on your international outreach phase.
Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life
Your life does have purpose; You are not here on accident. As you come to your DTS, we are not going to tell you what you should do with your life. No one can do that for you. Instead, we will help you discover your own unique, God-given gifts. While discovering your strengths, networking with others, and hearing God’s voice, we want to empower you to step into the fullness of what God has for you in your day to day callings and your future calling.
Power of the Word
In order to hear how God speaks through logos, you have to actually know how to read His Word. Our goal is to help you learn how to read the scriptures in a new way that not only challenges you but also refreshes and transforms you. Let’s get beyond studying or reading just for the sake of studying or reading. This ancient text contains the timeless love letter of The Maker of the Universe and holds life applicable treasures for those who seek them.
Hearing God’s Voice
The Bible displays how God speaks through spoken (rhema) word and the written (logos) word. God is speaking, what is hindering you from listening? We desire for you to hear God and be able to follow all that He speaks through the Word, prayer and more. As you learn to know the voice of your Shepherd, you will be able to grow in closer intimacy with Him.
Purpose of God’s Redemption
God has a powerful plan for not just your life, but the lives of your friends, family, and the nations. God’s redemption story has already been set in motion through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. We want you to deeply understand the full meaning of this story so that you can live this plan in your life and to bring it to your communities and to the nations.
But wait, there’s more!
After completing your lecture phase of the January DTS in Lausanne, you will travel to another nation for two months, continuing in your journey to know God and make Him known wherever you go. Your staff and base leadership spend time seeking God’s direction for where the teams should go, but the locations for the January DTS are not finalized until after the students have arrived in Switzerland. We want to get to know students and see which outreach locations are a good match for their talents, personalities, and passions. After outreach locations are announced, students have time to pray about the options and seek wise counsel from parents before submitting their choice to the staff. The whole process is covered in prayer as we seek God’s will in this area.
In the past few years, YWAM Lausanne has sent teams to countries in South America, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe. These teams have engaged with the nations through activities including prayer, community development projects, evangelism, visiting orphanages, preaching in churches, and seeking to bless the people in ways led by God.
2020 January DTS Outreach Locations
Middle Eastern Refugee Outreach
On this outreach students will be immersed in Middle Eastern culture as they serve refugees meeting both their practical and spiritual needs.
Europe Backpacking Outreach
Students on this outreach will backpack Europe with an Interail pass. Their goal? Share the gospel in as many nations as possible in two months.
And Many More Nations!
Depending on the size of the school we add many more locations for outreach. What’s your dream outreach location? Tell us!
Here at YWAM, we trust God’s provision for our financial needs. There are plenty of ways to trust God with your financial needs. God provides through work savings, the support of family, friends, and church, or other miraculous networks. This is a practical way for others to be a part of God’s work.
Take time to prayerfully consider how to fulfill your part of the financial responsibility. You can prayerfully consider and articulate your vision—inviting others to share in the blessing by participating financially and spiritually. Plan a fundraising party or invite people one on one to support you with one-time or monthly donations. Lecture fees are due on the first full day of your lecture phase. If you have questions about fundraising, feel free to contact us at [email protected].
Check out our campus life page for info about what’s happening at YWAM Lausanne. There’s always something to do, whether you enjoy hiking, hanging out with new friends, or joining one of the events put on by our community life group.
On the arrival day for your school, we will meet you at the Lausanne train station. Watch this video to learn how to take the train from the Geneva airport to Lausanne. We’ll see you soon!
Consider doing more training after your DTS. These schools start within 3 months of the finish of this DTS.