This life-transforming DTS is about equipping Christian snowboarders and freeskiers:
Enabling them to grow in their relationship with God, while developing Christ-like character. We are passionate about empowering people to bring love, hope, and purpose to the freestyle culture and to make a difference in the world.
The DTS provides you with a journey into the Heart of God. It’s a time to seek God, hear His voice, and discover more of your destiny, as you get to know Him more. Our vision is not about programs, goals, theories and rules, but about hearts transformed and filled with faith: Faith that will move mountains, releasing energies, dreams, and people into their destiny!
Our heart is to be one big family and to make discipleship happen on a personal level. We keep the school small (max. 15 students) and cultivate an environment where we can help each other grow in God, share the love of God with others, and build life-changing relationships.
YWAM Davos and its staff are dedicated to serving Jesus Christ and His mission to reach the world with the good news.
The DTS is:
Hard work, character development, hearing Gods voice, dealing with your “stuff”, finding your calling, community living, outreach to the un-reached, getting to know God, a 50 hour week, using your riding for God.
The DTS is NOT:
A holiday, a resort, a snowboard or ski school, a hang out , etc.
Our heart is not to take you out of the “real world”, but rather to see you rise up in everyday situations, and to be a witness for God, driven by the power of the Holy Spirit. Living and working together in community is a dynamic part of this life-changing process and experience. We desire to send you out with a holistic and clear understanding of your place in the world and in His purposes, empowered to impact the world around you.
A typical learning week in the DTS includes worship, intercession, dynamic teaching, small groups, one-on-one time with staff, outreach preparation, work duties, personal time with God, journaling and more. Students will have leisure time both on the weekends and at least one or two afternoons per week to hit the slopes.
This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with a 12-week lecture phase followed by a 14 week practical field assignment. After the outreach we will meet up for another two-week debriefing time here in Davos.
We keep the school as small as possible (max. 15 students) to make discipleship on a personal level happen. Our heart is to be one big family, where we help each other to grow in God and share the love of God to our friends around us.
What is a ywam DTS?
A Discipleship Training School (DTS) will help you make a difference in this world by offering a life-changing experience that begins with you! A DTS is a full-time, community living training program that provides a supportive, live-and-learn environment for half a year. It is designed to help you cultivate growth in your relationship with God, enabling you to live more like Jesus, while actively going into the world to love, care for, and serve others in His name!
The program includes both a lecture and an outreach phase, where students can learn and grow in their understanding of the nature and character of God, while becoming more Christ-like in the way that they relate to God and people. In addition they’ll gain cross-cultural exposure, global awareness, and a clearer understanding of God’s purposes and direction for their life, while identifying their unique God given gifts.
DTS Lecture Phase
The three-month lecture phase provides teaching that is based on a solid biblical foundation and that is led through the work of the Holy Spirit, while enabling personal application of Biblical truth. Students will learn about different topics from several national and international speakers (for each topic we aim to get a speaker that has a lot of experience in the area they are teaching on) this makes lectures very practical and powerful.
During the lecture phase students will attend lectures, receive one-on-one mentorship, and participate in a small group. They will also carry out a work duty within the community and local town, while enjoying meals, breaks, fellowship, as well as worship and prayer with one another. Students will also have the opportunity to be a blessing and to share God’s goodness with people in the city.
DTS Outreach Phase
Have you wanted to experience the power of God and make a difference in this world or learn how to step out of your comfort zone and what it's like to share your testimony as well as aquire a passion for the Gospel?
The outreach phase provides students with a cross-cultural experience and the opportunity to put into practice what they learned during the lecture phase. The school will be formed into smaller teams that will bring God’s love and hope into different communities in a practical way by partnering with local ministries in the community visited. During outreach the students will still receive one-on-one mentorship, and engage in worship and prayer together as a team.
The individual schools can have different outreach locations, including South Africa, Sarajevo (Bosnia), Kyrgyzstan and more.
DTS Debriefing Time
A DTS is a life-changing experience that lasts a lifetime. It is a stepping stone in your growth and walk with God. This is why we make sure to take time to sit down and process all you have learned and think about your next steps. How can you keep the fire? How can you continue to grow in your relationship with God? How can you be involved in ministry in the future? This could be attending school, working in the business world, becoming a full-time part of a church or doing missions work.
The debrief time is a time that prepares you to go home and adjust to the environmental and social changes you may experience, as well as learn how to share with others what you have learned with God.
Living a snowball’s throw away from one of the resorts enables you to go ride three to four times a week. You will have all weekend and up to two afternoons to go and have fun on one of the mountains around us. With your season pass you can ride as much as possible on all the different mountains around Davos, and you can also use the local transportation system to get around the entire town.
With your mountain pass you will be able to ride on 5 different mountains and 300 km of runs spread over 85 descents, Davos Klosters is one of the largest Alpine winter sports regions. And the best part of it is that there is something for all winter sports enthusiasts: carvers, freeriders, snowboarders and those who want to take things just a little easier.
Good vibrations on the freestyle mountain
As of December 2014, winter sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the new, state-of-the-art tributary cable car from Davos Platz to Jschalp. At the top of the mountain, daredevils will find the “JatzPark” with four runs featuring 20 elements such as kickers and rails. At the foot of Jakobshorn, in direct proximity to the Bolgen ski lift, you will find another freestyler highlight: a superpipe.
The classic run
Parsenn, which links Davos and Klosters, is the cradle of skiing in Switzerland. In 1895, four English tourists lost their way on the Weissfluhjoch and ultimately landed in Küblis, thereby discovering the 12 km-long Parsenn descent - an Alpine myth was born. Since the opening of the funicular railway over 80 years ago, Parsenn has become the classic skiing mountain with endless descents on wide slopes and stylish and traditional mountain lodges - as shown by the Parsenn Derby, the oldest ski race in Switzerland. The Parsenn ski arena can be reached from Davos using the Parsenn funicular railway and from Klosters by the Gotschna cable car.
Challenging slopes away from the hustle and bustle
This is our home mountain and ist gondolas are just a 7min stroll away from where you will be living. Rinerhorn offers sick powered runs as well as lots of natural hips and drops you can play with. In addition to its extensive wealth of ski slopes, the resort features a 3.5 km long toboggan run.
The skiing resort for freeriders, snowshoers, winter hikers and sun worshippers
The sunny winter sports resort in the Flüela Valley is a haven for alternative winter sports and not so much the classic downhill events. On Pischa, for instance, the downhill slope is not groomed. The cable car between Dörfji and Pischa is in operation all winter; the ski lift will only run during the season of 2015/16. The focus here lies on sports such as winter hiking, snowshoeing, freeriding, deep snow ski tours and fat biking.
The sunny family mountain
It is family friendly but fun mountain in our neighbour town of Klosters. You can reach it for free your our mountain pass by train and bus or just drop down from Parsenn and head over to Madrisa
In the last years we have gone to many different locations. Although it is great to to to new places, we also love to send teams pack to ministries we got to know over the years. One of them is in Bosnia where we spend a good amount of time in the city of Sarajevo. The other one is South Africa. It has been great to see the relationship between our base and the ministries on outreach grow. We also get the chance to see some of the fruits of former teams. Never the less we always want to seek God on what he has for us for each current school. Final outreach locations will be announced in the first two weeks of your DTS.