Family Discipleship Training School

A discipleship school for the entire family.

Activate Your Family's Faith

Our Family Discipleship Training School at YWAM Tyler is a unique expression of DTS with an emphasis on discipleship and missions training for the entire family. 

Real Discipleship

During your Family DTS, parents will experience the heart of God by living in community with other families, hearing from seasoned missionaries and international teachers, and engaging in worship and intercession for the nations.

Meanwhile, your school age children will be learning the same topics in the Family Sync School.  They will be participating in their own times of intercession and worship. They will gain an understanding of their role in the family and in the Great Commission, all the while learning to hear and obey God’s voice. 

At various times throughout the week, your family will have the opportunity to worship together, have family devotionals, engage in interactive intercession, etc.

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Your Journey

Throughout the week, parents and children will spend intentional time together processing the week’s topics. Your family will also be strengthened with team-building activities and local ministry opportunities. 

Our goal is not only to synchronize the parent’s and children’s DTS experience but also to prepare each family member for a lifetime of service to the Kingdom of God.

The outreach phase of DTS will provide your family with the opportunity for a family mission trip. Your family will get to put into practice all the things you’ve learned in the lecture phase. Outreaches are unique to each school, and the location(s) will be determined after your arrival to DTS.

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Phases of Discipleship for Families

Classroom Phase | “To Know God.” 

It is an intentional time that emphasizes heart transformation and character development.  During the Family DTS lecture phase, parents and children alike are awakened to discover the heart of God and learn His ways.

In DTS, knowing God personally and intimately is the bottom line.


Outreach Phase | “To Make Him Known.”

This time of serving others provides an immediate opportunity for parents and children to put into practice the principles they have learned during their lecture phase.

Your family will be able to deliver God’s message of love, life, and hope through Christ that brings healing to the nations!  Through evangelism, stories, dramas, church ministry, and practical help for the poor and needy, your family will be able to see the transforming power of the Gospel.


On Campus Training Experiences


Prayer is a vital part of our Christian walk. It is during these times that we grab ahold of God’s heart. You will engage in rich times of prayer and grow your faith by diving into powerful times of intercession. You will seek to hear and see the world through God’s eyes. You will join YWAM Tyler staff in weekly corporate prayer times. During these prayer times, you will lift up, strengthen, and support missionaries from all over the globe as well as to intercede for people groups and nations that desperately need Jesus.


Relationship is the essential message of YWAM. First with God, then with others. Small groups are a place where lifelong relationships with your classmates can begin. As you walk through this eye-opening and inspiring time, join others to discuss what God is showing you. Grow closer with your classmates as you come together to exalt the name of Jesus.


God wants us all to see that worship as a way of life. As we worship our Savior and King, we are then catapulted into action. As we focus on the greatness, victory, and beauty of Yahweh, we are captivated by His love. Grow deeper in your intimacy with God by immersing yourself in wonderful times of worship. From that place joy, faithfulness and ministry spring forth.


God does many things in and through your time here at YWAM Tyler. We want to be available to help you process everything He is doing in your life. Link up with a mentor who walks with you through your time here on campus. Ask the hard questions. Say anything. We are ready.

"As a couple, we went on many short-term mission trips together before coming to YWAM, and we loved going. We never thought becoming full-time missionaries was possible for us. But when God called us, we stepped out in faith. Once we got to YWAM Tyler, things changed so much for our family. We didn’t know much God was going to grow us as a couple and as parents through our Family DTS. We learned how God loves us as our Father and how to take that love and pour it out on our kids. Then we came back for further missionary training, and God taught us how to take his love and pour that out on others. We are so excited to see where God leads us to and how He will use us there."

Eric & Siovhan Melvin Family DTS // SOE Graduates


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The application process for families isn't complicated. It will provide an opportunity for you to reflect on your journey of faith. Our application is free and has no obligation. Get the ball rolling and secure your spot for the Family DTS.

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Let's talk about your family and missions.

Dates and Costs

SUMMER of 2023 TBD



$3,645 - Single person*
$3,745 - Single parent*
$7,490 - Married couple*


$310        0-1 year
$495        2-5 years
$630        6-12 years
$840        13-16 years

*Lecture phase tuition only.  Outreach phase airfare and grounds fees are in addition to the tuition cost. The price of the outreach phase can range from $1,500 to $3,500, depending on the location. NOTE: You will receive a $100 discount if your tuition is paid in full one month before the start of school.

There is also an additional cost for each child enrolled in the Family Sync School.

Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the start of school.

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