Engage with God, your identity, discipleship community & the nations

Engage DTS is for the hungry and passionate. It’s for those who want to have relationship with God in every area of life, to know and live in the truth of who they are created to be. It’s for those willing to let intentional community disciple them. Get launched into the wild adventure of life with Jesus, doing more than you imagined, in a country you might never have heard of.

Engage is unashamedly missions training. Engage is about Jesus & discipleship.

We are part of a generation that wants to make a difference, make our lives count for something and know that we have purpose. We are willing to lay aside traditional lifestyle, knowing it’s not actually about us, but about Jesus and his Kingdom. We want more than the traditional 9-5 life. We are a community of radicals whose heartbeat is to see lives and cultures changed, because WE have been changed — by the radical and tangible love of God.

Mighty men and women in generations before us have gone to the nations as wild ones — come and be part of the next wave of people who make Jesus known, no matter what is takes.

Spend six months emerged in a missions focused community that loves prayer, worship, the Bible, and telling people about Jesus, and adventure in the far flung place. This training program is designed to ground you in Biblical truth, see you walk in power of Holy Spirit, mobilized for the Great Commission and be equipped to blaze for Jesus in the most far-flung corners of the world.


GOD: He wants to be known. Discover who God is and learn what it means to have a relationship with Him.

IDENTITY: The truth of who you are made to be from God’s perspective.

COMMUNITY: Journey with others that help form Christ-likeness in you.

NATIONS: Learn what God is doing in the nations and become part of it.


The Engage family are people who passionately love Jesus without apology. We’ve chosen to do intentional, joyful life together, focusing on spiritual growth, with hearts hungering after transformation. We champion each other in breakthrough, and challenge each other to be who God created us to be, learning what it means to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, souls, minds and strength.

DTS is not just about sitting in a classroom, but learning to study the Bible for yourself, having extended times of prayer worship, practicing sharing the gospel, loving our community, serving the campus and developing YOU as a world-changer.

DTS is a time to build deep foundations in our relationship with God, discover what we’re made to do and GO do it. We are privileged to have the possibility of input from wild men and women of the faith throughout our training, recent Engage speakers have been YWAM founders Loren and Darlene Cunningham, Todd White, Banning Liebscher, Francis Chan, Havilah Cunnington, Brian Brennt and Will Hart.

Come and join our family and begin the adventure.

Find us at Facebook, Instagram and www.engagekona.com


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Lecture Arrival: January 4, 2018

Outreach: March 29 – June 9, 2018

Graduation: June 21, 2018

Departure: June 22/23, 2018


Lecture Arrival: July 5, 2018

Outreach: September 19 – December 1, 2018

Graduation: December 13, 2018

Departure: December 14, 2018


Lecture: Now $3700

(Was $3995)

Outreach: $5500

Refundable room & key deposit: $60

*Prices are subject to change.


Lecture: $3995

Outreach: $5500

Refundable room & key deposit: $60

*Prices are subject to change.




High school graduation or equivalency, or aged 18 years old by enrollment.


The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is YWAM’s six month entry level course, embodying YWAM’s mission to know God and make Him known. DTS provides an environment for students to personally encounter Jesus Christ, learn to hear God’s voice, and respond with joy!

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DTS Teaching Topics

Hearing God’s Voice

The Father heart of God

Identity in Christ

The Cross

How to study and communicate God’s Word effectively

The Nature and Character of God

Biblical worldview

Intercession and spiritual warfare

The Holy Spirit


Cross-cultural ministry


At the completion of the classroom phase, students have the opportunity to ‘make God known’ in the outreach phase. The Gospel comes alive as students step out in faith to preach the good news, baptize new believers and heal the sick (Mark 16:15-18). Outreach is an exhilarating time of risk and adventure, as teams serve with local believers: transforming lives and impacting society with the love of Jesus Christ.

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Glad I Chose Engage

Glad I Chose Engage  ⋅  02/11/17

  Choosing a YWAM DTS can be pretty confusing, they can all sound similar and there are so many options. To help the process a little bit we asked our students why they are glad they chose Engage DTS. 1.    Everyone is fired up for Jesus and they champion one another which helps up go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. - Franzi, age 19 from  Germany 2.   Amazing…
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  Choosing a YWAM DTS can be pretty confusing, they can all sound similar and there are so many options.…

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I Am Forever Changed

I Am Forever Changed  ⋅  22/09/16

I am forever changed. I think today the reality of my life actually sunk in. Two years ago I was lost in addiction, had no idea where my life was going and had no idea of the potential I possessed. Then I made one decision that changed me forever. I was strong enough to admit I'm weak. Many people believe that I found a "religion" and are happy it works…
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I am forever changed. I think today the reality of my life actually sunk in. Two years ago I was…

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Miracles On Outreach - The Deaf Hear

Miracles On Outreach - The Deaf Hear  ⋅  21/09/16

This week we’ve been traveling to different villages on the Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. I’ve had the privilege to be on the community engagement team — whose role is discipleship — for four days. It was rewarding, but sometimes challenging. We usually start the day driving more than an hour seated in the bed of a truck. Getting stuck in the mud, having a flat tire, or running…
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This week we’ve been traveling to different villages on the Karkar Island in Papua New Guinea. I’ve had the privilege…

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Why Engage DTS?

Why Engage DTS?  ⋅  21/09/16

Not sure if Engage DTS is for you? Check out this video where our 2016 students share their experience with you. Stories of transformation, love, Jesus, freedom, forgiveness, inspiration, breakthrough, trust, worship and passion for missions. “DTS caused me to be launched into an extraordinary life with Jesus, even within the ordinary life at home. It changed my lifestyle, how I go about day-to-day life.” “I did not realise how…
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Not sure if Engage DTS is for you? Check out this video where our 2016 students share their experience with…

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Irene Dimakides

Irene, who grew  up in Finland and in Greece, did the first Engage DTS in Kona in 2012. South Asia and the Middle East are locations she has gone on outreaches to. She is passionate about seeing the nations know Jesus and the lost finding their life in who God is. Her heart is to see young people catch the fire for missions and be willing to lay everything down for Jesus. Irene will sit down with you for a coffee at pretty much any given time and she is able to see the gold in you even when you don’t see it yourself.  Even if it’s just a 20 minute moment by the water, she tries to make every day fun. She loves the ocean, good conversations, Greek food, sunsets, chocolate and laughing! 

Email: engagedts@ywamkona.org

Joanna Mutch

Joanna is a lively Brit who talks fast, drinks tea, loves community, and worships Jesus with abandonment. She has been in YWAM since 2005 and in Kona since 2007. She did her DTS in India and then worked there in primary health care and community development for a number of years before moving to Kona.

Jo has spent over 10 years involved in DTS, and pioneered the Engage DTS is 2012. She leads the Engage family, teaches and is especially focused on leadership development. She loves seeing people have revelation of who God is, who they are to Him and then heading out around the world to do what they were made for — transforming lives, communities and nations.

Email: engagedts@ywamkona.org 

Danny Brisk

Danny is from the state of Oregon, USA, and has a degree in industrial design from the University of Oregon. He has been involved with YWAM since 2012, having gone on outreaches to Central Asia, the Philippines and Asia. He is full of super useful practical skills and is a big sports fan. Danny’s passions are for others to receive breakthrough, to live out the calling they have received and to know that following Jesus is fun!

Email: engagedts@ywamkona.org


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