DTS seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God.


The DTS (Discipleship Training School) is the foundational course of YWAM. The DTS seeks to bring you into a more intimate relationship with God. It also gives you an opportunity to discover your passions and your part in God’s purposes for fulfilling the Great Commission. It is an invitation for those who love Jesus, love adventure, love the lost, and desire something more…


To GATHER and CHALLENGE people to worship, listen to and obey God..

To INSPIRE and CULTIVATE growth in one's relationship with God.

To SHARPEN one's ability to relate to, learn from, and work with people.

To further EQUIP each one to serve God's purpose in their life calling.

The DTS is a full time 22 week program that is divided into two parts

Lecture phase

Is twelve weeks of intensive training and equipping for ministry. You’ll receive a greater understanding of the Bible, yourself, and the Lord through multiple speakers sharing various topics including: Hearing Gods voice, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Warfare, Relationships, and more.
Alongside this, we also include weekly Worship and Intercession, Individual mentoring, community outreach, 24 hour non-stop worship weekends, and daily ministry opportunities.
Once a week we invite the wider community to participate in our Evening fellowship, this gives the students a chance to share what they have been learning, and worship alongside local believers.

Outreach phase

Is an opportunity to put into practice what has been learned through the lecture phase. This is done through teams praying and seeking the Lord for direction, and heading out to the nations.

It is a chance to be fully immersed in a culture different from your own, and partner with local missionaries on the field, to help them achieve their vision.

Faith, Obedience and Trust are essential for this phase, as you are lead by the Holy Spirit, working in teams and faced with new and exciting challenges.


During the Week


The first phase of DTS is lecture phase. Students will have a variety of activities and topics that they will learn both in and around the classroom. Weekly topics include: Father Heart, Hearing Gods Voice, Missions and Evangelism, Spiritual Warfare etc… The lecturers come from various countries and backgrounds, and offer differing teaching styles. Lecture phase differs between schools as we wait on God to direct us in what teacher and subject He wants, for the students coming in.

Worship & Intercession

Cultivating an environment where worship and intercession become a natural part of every day life is done through both corporate and individual times of praise and prayer. We are a unique base that as the Lord leads us we run “burns” non-stop worship for 24-72 hours. We also have a 24 hour prayer house on base that has been in operation for more than 60 years.

Community Living

Our base functions as a community family, where we learn, work, serve, and do life together. Meals are shared around the tables in the large dining room. With a variety of cultures and dietary preferences, students will always find something a little different to try. We have a large multi shared bedroom accommodation block that overlooks the property. Sharing a room with others from different cultures and countries is a great way to learn, grow, share and form life long friendships.

One on One Discipleship

While classroom environments allow time for questions and discussions with the lecturers, students will also be allocated a one-on-one mentor. This staff person will meet with the student individually to pray, talk and challenge them as they grow in the Lord. One-on-ones are decided very early in the school so the staff can walk alongside the student on their journey right through lecture phase to re-entry.

Fitness & Well-being

Studying is great for the mind,  but we also know that physical fitness is an important part of healthy living. We have free access to some cardio and weights equipment on base, although students often enjoy walking or running the 2km and 10km loops through the surrounding countryside. Volleyball, football frisbee etc on the large field and joining in the weekly recreation activities are also a highlight for students.


Commitment to a local fellowship is expected of every student and staff member, as this is important to our ongoing walk with God. There are 4 churches in the local community that students can be a part of every Sunday morning. The church is a good place to meet with locals who are very welcoming of new students, and also have a platform outside of YWAM to share testimonies and help with worship and Sunday school.


While DTS is very different from school, it is accredited to the UofN, and assignments are done throughout lecture phase. These include weekly journal entries of what you have been learning, 3 book reports and 1 mid term report. The assignments do not have to be in written form, they can be done as creatively as you like.

Local outreach

While living and serving on the base is a great way to grow in community together, we also value being outward focused as a base, serving outside of YWAM as well. Students can attend and minister to teens in the local youth groups and participate in feeding the homeless and hungry at the local soup kitchen.

Work duties

To promote the development of a servant attitude – essential to any mission service – the students at Zion participate in a variety of practical work duties to assist in the community lifestyle. These could include cooking, gardening, building maintenance, cleaning etc

Creative presentations & sermonettes

To develop confidence in public speaking, and also to participate in team building exercises, the students are required to share a sermonette (10-20min) before the class, and to work in small groups to teach one of our “18 foundation values” to the class in a creative way.

On the Weekends

Choose a Stream

Outdoor Pursuits

Are you amazed by our extreme God who has created beautiful mountains, majestic waterfalls, roaring waves and deep unexplored cave systems.Do you enjoy expanding your horizons both physically and in your faith? We believe that God made the earth and all the incredible things in it in order that we might know Him more, and so we desire to truly experience and recognize Him as we engage with all He has made (Romans 1:20 NLT). For this reason, our Outdoor Pursuits Stream is built for you who are passionate about encountering God both in and outside of the classroom!


Our Surf Stream is for those that want Christ to be experienced and known naturally wherever we go. We seek to be missional in both our local surf region of Northland, and as we move out into New Zealand’s coastal communities. In addition to completing the basic DTS with the other streams, we surfers will head to the coast for surfing, camping, cafe’s, and more! All with the intention of connecting with Jesus as we go and seeing others encounter Him too.

Music & Worship

Are you passionate about worship or have a desire to understand it more? Does your heart long for those moments when you’re alone with Jesus in a room full of people, just ‘lost’ in His presence? Is it your desire to see atmospheres shift and circumstances change through us glorifying Jesus? Would you be willing to put your talents on the altar to serve, learn, and grow in leading worship? If you said ‘yes’ to any of the above, then this stream might be the one for you!

What people are saying

I would never have imagined all that I discovered about myself and my Creator at Zion. I went to New Zealand to get away from my life, to start-over, and didn’t ever intend to pursue Him, but He met me here. He brought me to a place of humility and uncovered my brokenness. Ever since then He has been gently rebuilding me into the woman that He created and cherishes. Zion was the first place that I met a community of sons and daughters who love their Father and want to change the world for His glory, and because of His love, and I am so stoked to now be a part of that. All I want to do is what my Father created me to do; to know His love, and to allow it to flow out of me like a sweet fragrance that the world will notice, wonder, and want.

Shaniah Hogman


I came here to find God and to know Jesus better . I wanted to know what my identity is in God. In Him we are pure. God is a loving father and he has only loving ways for us. We don’t have to be afraid, because God cares about us and He loves us and He wants a relationship with us! To come here was the best decision I ever made.

Delia Koller