Life-transforming foundations to know God and make Him known
The July Discipleship Training School is one that equips you to take the Gospel to the nations.
Through the July DTS you will be able to build firm foundations in Jesus. As we grow in our relationship with Him, we also seek to understand more of our calling and how we can share His love with the people around us in a variety of contexts.
During the first three months of the school, we deepen our relationship with God with a combination of teachings from international speakers, worship and prayer times, Bible reading, one-on-one discipleship and living in community.
Alongside of lectures, there are opportunities given to discover more about how God has created you and how you can glorify him through exploring your talents and passions. During our time in Lausanne, we have the opportunity to join ministries to refugees, children, and the homeless and use avenues like music, sports and the arts to reach out to people.
In the July DTS we also participate in local outreaches in Switzerland. Summer is a wonderful opportunity to meet people from all over the world as they gather in Europe. We’ll reach out to people in a variety of creative and impactful ways.
After spending three months in Lausanne, we embark on a two-month outreach in the nations. It’s here we show God’s love in tangible ways and gain a heart of compassion for people from these countries. We come alongside local ministries to partner with them in sharing the Gospel while also learning more about the people, culture and nation where we go.
Together we learn how to know God and make Him known.
3 July 2020 - 19 November 2020
Lecture: 3990 CHF
(Covers tuition, housing, and meals)
Outreach: 2500 - 4500 CHF (Covers airfare, housing, food and travel in country)
Offered In: English
Cecilia & Marcel Kunz
Cecilia and Marcel Kunz lead our dynamic July DTS. This married couple is passionate about discipleship and have been leaders in DTS programs for several years. Believing that God has a compassionate heart for people who suffer, they are involved in refugee ministry abroad and here in Switzerland. This couple also lead worship together and participate in community development projects. They love seeing young people come alive to the way God has designed them and use the talents and skills that they have to make God known in the world.
Summer is a great time to adventure in Europe. Grab your hiking shoes and explore the expansive forest next to our campus. Take a trip down to Lutry and swim in Lake Geneva while enjoying the beauty of surrounding Alps and vineyards. Rally your friends and take trips to the city or train the breathtaking sights of this nation and surrounding. What better way to see God’s goodness than in the thriving beauty of Switzerland?
It’s also the perfect time of year to enjoy the extended sunshine by being active outdoors. The base has regular sports nights during the July DTS. So practice your frisbee throw or get ready for a mountain bike ride through the forest.
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 during the July DTS. Creatively record and process what God is speaking to you through weekly journals, engage with selected books while writing reports, write about your outreach location, and practice public speaking.
The July DTS coincides with Regeneration, an outreach to the Montreux Jazz Festival. The festival takes place in July and the school often has the opportunity to join this outreach, reaching people from all different nations with the Gospel.
Each week you will hear from world-class speakers on the following topics:
Who is God, really? What if He is infinitely bigger than we have made Him to be? What 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 immediately apply them in the diverse cultures that are here in Lausanne as well as on your international outreach phase.
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.
The Bible displays how God is 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 closer in intimacy with Him.
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.
Let’s go to the nations.
After completing your lecture phase of the July 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. Staff and the base leadership spend time praying and seeking God for where the teams should go, but the locations for the July 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.
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!