Iceland Backpack Discipleship training school

History is fueled by stories, and God invites us to join the greatest story of all. Many assume the first settlers of Iceland were the Scandinavian Vikings, but actually the Celtic monks were in Iceland way before that, proclaiming God’s truth. We will learn how to be brave and courageous like the Vikings to go and explore new lands, and be fueled by a devotional love for God’s mission like the Celts. We will experience the beauty of saying “yes” to God’s invitation into His greater story for humanity.


God’s redemptive plan involves a two-part mission: 1. sending His son, Jesus, to redeem the sins of the world, and 2. calling on His followers to continue His work by proclaiming Jesus as Lord and growing His kingdom on Earth. He doesn’t ask us to take a backseat. Instead, He offers an open invitation to engage in His purpose and promise for all of creation.

ARE YOU READY TO answer the call, experience spiritual formation AND BECOME A WORLD CHANGER?




The next DTS starts October 17, 2019 and ends 20 of March 2020



This DTS in total costs $9,500 USD 

* Price includes all costs for teachings, meals, accommodation and travel expenses throughout the school (22 weeks). Not included are expenses for travel to and from the DTS and potential expenses for visas, vaccinations and items for private use (e.g. toiletries).




A Discipleship Training School (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 story of redemption for the world. It is for those who long to follow Jesus in new and exciting ways, experience his nature and character through different cultures, and develop a biblical worldview.

The course is a full-time program that lasts five to six months. DTS is the prerequisite for further work as YWAM staff or for taking any second-level training schools.

It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase.


Lecture Phase

At the beginning of the Bible, God implements the idea of stewardship, inviting us to co-create and steward creation with Him. The first 10 weeks of DTS will focus on what that looks like in the context of God’s mission for humanity: how to steward our own lives, relationships, communities, nations and the world. We will explore this through lecture topics like hearing God’s voice, God’s nature and character, Lordship, relationships, evangelism, intercession and worship. We will have teachers from all around the globe from different cultures, denominations and occupations, but all with the same heart “To know God and make Him known.”

Outreach phase

After growing in intimacy with God and undergoing our own spiritual formation, we will leave Iceland to serve the nations. Stewardship and discipleship are two sides of the same coin. One of Jesus’ final spoken commands on Earth was to “go and make disciples of all nations,” teaching people how to steward this precious gift called life and how to follow Christ. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve, and we want to emanate the same character. We won’t be staying in hotels or eating fancy meals. We will be traveling simply and learning the importance of flexibility and being led by the Spirit, impacting people through love, truth and kindness. 

There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!
— Abraham Kuyper