We have a variety of ministries that serve our city of Salem and provide ways for you to get involved in missions locally. 

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Do a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS)


YWAM's foundational missionary training course. First, you’ll spend 3 months getting to know God alongside a vibrant Christian community and the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Then you’ll embark on a life-changing 2.5 month overseas missions trip, focused on making God known.

A new DTS starts every January, June, and September! 


You were made to participate in God's Story

What if there is a life of joy and potential you have yet to fully discover? What if God is actually inviting you to come and see more of him and his world? Join an adventure alongside a community to reach the unreached with the gospel message. At YWAM Salem Oregon, We believe that as you step outside of your comfort zone to serve and share your faith with others, that you can discover more about God, your gifts, and your calling. DTS is the program where you do this, all in only half a year! It makes for the perfect gap year opportunity!

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Two Parts. One Life Changing Experience.

1) Lecture Phase at the YWAM campus in Salem, Oregon 2) Outreach Phase in a foreign country

Lecture Phase - 3 Months in Oregon
Lecture Phase - 3 Months in Oregon
"Guidance is first of all a relationship with the Guide.” - Loren Cunningham

Elements of Lecture Phase

Worship and Prayer
Classroom Learning
Reflective Assignments
Small Group Processing
One on One Mentorship
Community Service
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Team Building
Bible Study
Connect with God

What is the YWAM Salem campus like?

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Outreach Phase - 2.5 Month International Trip
Outreach Phase - 2.5 Month International Trip
"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God." - John Stott

Elements of Outreach Phase

Cultural Orientation
Relationship based evangelism
Children's Ministry
Meeting missionaries
Experiencing local foods
Live alongside locals

Can a short term outreach really be effective?

Our Outreach Strategy
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Step boldly into your calling after DTS.

What does DTS prepare you for? We believe all are called to live with a missional mindset and serve God wherever you are, whether that is in a foreign country or your workplace at home. Doing a DTS will equip you with passion and practical skills to live and serve in whichever area of society God has called you to.  

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Ministry or Missions
After DTS, many of our students attend secondary schools in YWAM, join YWAM staff, or pursue ministry at local churches or in missions.
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DTS gives you a renewed passion and a strong Biblical foundation to thrive as you pursue your degree.
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Enter the Marketplace
DTS teaches you the interpersonal skills needed to thrive in todays workplace. Many of our students enter the workplace after DTS.
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DTS, a student's perspective.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and stages of life, but typically range from 18-30 years old. Each DTS is full of vibrant Christian community that leads to lifelong friendship. Don't just take it from us, hear about the DTS experience from a couple of real students at YWAM Salem.

DTS Program Details


We run 3 DTS's per year. Here are all the start dates you can choose from:

  • Winter DTS 2024: January 3rd - June 7th
  • Summer DTS 2024: June 19th - November 21st
  • Fall DTS 2024: September 22nd -  March 13th 

*Note: These dates include arrival day through the date of graduation.


In total the DTS lasts almost 6 months. The lecture phases is 12 weeks in Oregon, and the outreach phases will be 10 weeks in another country. The program ends with a 1 week debrief back at the YWAM Salem campus. 


DTS costs $5995 plus plane tickets* overseas, which we estimate to be about $2000 (so thats about $8000 for the WHOLE 6 months)

This pricing includes all lodging, meals, and school materials for the entire 6-month program! 


To do a DTS you must be at least 17 years old and have a high school education. Some of our students are freshly graduated from high school or college. Some have been in the workplace for years. The diversity in student backgrounds makes the program wonderful!

Payment Plan

A $500 *refundable deposit is due at least a month before the school start date. Starting Week 1, at least $600 dollars will be due every Monday until fees are paid off.

*See Tuition and Refund Policy

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You will be staying in dorm style housing on our lovely rural campus of 35 acres. We’re only 15 minutes from downtown Salem and 1 hour from Portland, the coast, and the Cascade mountain range.

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DTS Electives are a select group of options offered throughout specific quarters that you could pick from! These electives are a time in the week set aside for you to dive into different spheres of society and learn more about how you can impact and be a part of what God is doing in that sphere as well as use those specific tools and skills to further the Gospel in the nations.

How do I sign up for DTS?

Start your journey to DTS and towards your calling today! Here's how. 

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Schedule a Call

Missions is a big decision! Chat with one of our Student Mobilization Specialists via phone or text message to see if this program is a good fit for you! They have all completed a DTS, so they will be able to answer any questions you may have. We want to hear your story! But we get it, some of you may not want to chat, so guess what, you can skip straight to step 2, apply online!

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Apply Online

You Can start this step any time, and all applications are commitment-free. If you change your mind or God calls you in a different direction, there are no worries and no consequences. To start our free application, we’ll collect some personal information from you (i.e. where you're from, your birthday, education/work background, etc.) We'll also ask some get to know you questions and hear more from you about your heart behind applying. It only takes 10-15 minutes to apply!

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Connect with a Mentor

We require a mentor or leader in your life submit one confidential character reference on their behalf. This is someone ideally older than you that you could see yourself grabbing coffee with and asking for advice. You will specify the name and email of this person in your application form and we will automatically send them the form through email! Your part in this step is to let this person know what's up!

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Application Reviewed

Once you have have submitted your online application and we have received your character reference, your DTS leader will review your application within 24-48 hours. We’ll connect with you as soon as we know the status of your application.


Prepare to Come

Upon acceptance, you'll be given access to our "Get ready for your YWAM DTS" webpage. This digital check list will guide you through all the logistics you need for a successful arrival. Our support and resources aim to make the task of fundraising for DTS less daunting.

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Inquire about DTS

Inquire about DTS

Could DTS be right for you? Got questions on the details? Submit your info if you'd like to learn more about how you could fit into this program. Trust us, you'll want to stay in the loop. 

Explore Life in Missions. Read our Blog.


Popular Questions and Answers. If you have another question, feel free to contact our admissions team directly!


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