What is the Compassion DTS?

In the CDTS, our mission is to respond to a hurting world by ministering out of the compassionate heart of the Father. We come alongside and share the love of God with those who are in spiritual, economic, and physical poverty. We will be training people from all over the world to pursue their destinies and to minister to the widow, the orphan, the poor, and the desolate. All throughout Scripture, we see that God’s heart breaks for “the least of these.” We want God to break our hearts for what breaks His through worship, prayer, and intercession, preparing us to love those we encounter. A love that is not just with limited human sympathy and emotion, but through the heart of the Father, eternally aching for justice, redemption, and hope for His children. This true compassion for another fuels acts of kindness and mercy.

What is a YWAM DTS?

A Discipleship Training School (DTS) is a 5-6 month, hands-on Christian discipleship training program with 3 months of lecture phase followed by 2-3 months of international, cross-cultural outreach. The DTS is a remarkable, transformational journey that gives you the opportunity to fully focus on Jesus, hear His voice, and step into the calling He has for your life.

Part One: Lecture Phase

The first 12 weeks of CDTS, the lecture phase, are spent on the campus at YWAM Los Angeles. Students live, study, worship, pray, and work together in community during the lecture phase. Each week focuses on a different area of discipleship teaching.  Topics may include, but are not limited to: The Nature and Character of God, Hearing the Voice of God, Prayer and Intercession, Father Heart of God, and Effective Evangelism.

Our lives are changed by sitting at the feet of Jesus. We value living a presence-centered lifestyle.  We receive the Father’s heart for the broken through prayer, worship, and intercession.

The Word
We discover God’s characteristics and ways through digging into the Word of God.

We value holistic discipleship because we believe relationship with Jesus should permeate every aspect of our lives.

Our Theme Verses

“Your ancient ruins shall be rebuilt; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” Isaiah 58:12

“They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” Isaiah 61:4 


Personal devotional time
Daily lectures with teachers from all over the world
Work duties in which we all serve the base for a couple hours a day
Small groups
Outreach meetings
One-on-one processing times with a staff member
Local outreach
Bible study
“Family time” with the school

What you will experience during the lecture phase


YWAM LA is an international and multicultural community of staff and students who worship, pray, serve and live life together. In this diversity, a unique classroom and living experience is created where God imparts His heart for the nations to each of us. In this dynamic living and learning environment, a love and appreciation for cultures, races, and peoples of the world will prepare you for a life of service to the nations. 


The first phase of your DTS, the lecture phase, is a journey in encountering and knowing God that will forever transform your life.  Speakers from all over the world will bring profound insights into topics such as The Nature and Character of God, Recognizing God’s Voice, The Father Heart of God, Who is the Holy Spirit?, Spiritual Warfare, Intercession, Evangelism, and much more.   

Local Ministry

God has placed our campus at the front door of one of the most diverse and international cities in the world, Los Angeles.   Every nation of the world is represented in this urban metropolis. During your lecture phase, you will be given opportunities to reach into the heart of the city with the love of Christ.  Ministry will range from serving the homeless on Skid Row to evangelism on university campuses. God will use you to make a kingdom impact in this city where the need for Jesus is so great. 

Part Two: International Outreach

A YWAM Discipleship Training School outreach is a 2-3 month journey into the nations where one continues to know God but the emphasis is on making Him known. Each international outreach gives students plenty of opportunities to apply the transformational principles learned during the lecture phase.

Apostolic Mandate

Jesus commissioned us as the Body of Christ to disciple the nations. Our call is to train and launch young people into their destinies in every sphere of society in all nations. (Matthew 28:19,20)

Our DTS outreaches work with long-term initiatives and strategies that God has laid on our hearts. We use YWAM LA’s connections to impact these nations. All outreaches have three components: evangelism, practical ministry, and partnership with local churches and ministries.  Our primary outreach locations are Asia, Africa and Central/South America however, your outreach could be anywhere in the world!   Outreaches are announced during the lecture phase.

More Information:

You must be at least 18 years old and/or have completed high school
Tuition must be paid in full on or before the first day of the lecture phase.   Outreach fees are determined at the time the outreach locations have been identified and announced.
In most of our schools, outreach locations are revealed in the first month
After the completion of this DTS as well as any other of the DTS’ offered here at YWAM LA, you will be eligible to apply for a secondary school at any YWAM base (such as the School of Biblical Studies/School of Ministry Development), as well as apply for a staff position anywhere in YWAM international.
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Meet the Leaders

Javier & Christie Lopez

Christie & Javie are newly married and both have huge hearts to see young people discipled well. Christie is from New York and did her DTS in Los Angeles in 2012. She has been staffing at YWAM LA ever since.

Javie is from Central California, and has been staffing in Kona, HI at the YWAM base there for the past several years.

Contact: cdts@ywamla.org

the staff

Esther Stegner

Peculiar, Missouri

her story:

Esther did the transformation DTS in the fall of 2012 and did her outreach to Ghana, Africa. read more…

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Jordyan Castaneda

Chino, California

her story:

Jordyne did the Justice DTS in the fall of 2014 and did her outreach to Thailand and Cambodia. read more…

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Christine Stalder

Biel / Bienne, Switzerland

Her Story

Christine did the Compassion DTS in the spring of 2016, did her outreach to Columbia and Ecuador. Christine is passionate about spending quality time with people. She likes to spend time with her family (nice meal and good movie).

Tony Silva

Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil

His Story

Tony did his DTS in Mazatlan, Mexico and went on outreach in China. He is passionate about running, books, teach, Leadership and theology. He loves to watch movies at home, hangout with friends. He is married to Mariana Silva.