The first part of the school, called the lecture phase, lasts 12 weeks and runs as follows :
The visiting speaker is an excellent extra to complement the experience of the DTS staff. The availability and the commitment of the YWAM team members, the fact that they are in the same place, of a similar age and with similar experiences to the students, provides instant opportunities to put the teaching into practice.
The number of students in a DTS varies from 8 to 25 students. As a general rule, the staff, the speakers and the students live in community, sharing meals together and the work duties. The weekends are devoted to rest, Sunday worship in the churches in the region, and occasionally to evangelistic activities or leading youth group activities.
The outreach phase, lasting 10 to 12 weeks, takes place on the field, generally in a French-speaking country. It consists of an apprenticeship with evangelism of various kinds, practical service alongside the local churches of the country (renovation of buildings, for example), activities of a humanitarian nature or development work (street children, lepers in large cities, construction of latrines, distribution of grain, etc.). As in the theory phase, times for teaching, small groups for sharing, intercession and praise are organised throughout the stay on outreach.
Living at the heart of a cross-cultural missionary community and being immersed in a life of prayer and of daily worship, based on a life of practical activities and sharing in small groups, all added to biblical teaching, makes for an excellent training experience.