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Community Development School (CDS/HMT 365) ( DEV/HMT 365 )

The Community Development School (CDS) explores a Biblical approach to community transformation which encompasses the holistic development (wisdom, physical, social, spiritual) of the individual and of communities. The principles and practical applications of the course are designed to enable change in varied settings (rural or urban) and cultures throughout the world, with recognition and awareness of the challenges and possibilities of the globalized world. The CDS equips students to be servant leaders, with skills to empower communities [of varying size, wherever they are located] to initiate (author) and accomplish (own) strategic activities, based on the vision and the ultimate goal of bringing life and growth according to God's purposes as He establishes His kingdom on earth. The course curriculum therefore provides a solid working knowledge of transformational development values and skills, while also emphasizing the building up of godly character and healthy relationships in and among participants. The CDS maintains a holistic perspective and focus on the Kingdom of God, is built on the Foundational Values of YWAM and integrates YWAM's three emphases of evangelism, training and mercy, all of which are necessary for successful community development. The course aims to release long-term development workers into the nations.

Discipleship Training School (DTS) ( DSP 211 )

This school is an intensive Christian discipleship course beginning with an 11 or 12-week lecture/teaching phase followed by an 8-12 week practical field assignment. It is a prerequisite for all other courses in the University of the Nations, and also serves to orient and prepare all new Youth With A Mission (YWAM) staff. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating their relationship with God and identifying their unique gifts and callings. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to evangelize and disciple current and future generations, answering the call to ""Go into all the world and teach (make disciples of) all nations."" (Matthew 28:19). The curriculum is in the following six major categories: God's nature and character; God's intention for individuals, peoples and nations; seeing all of life from God's perspective; redemption, sin, and the Cross; God's family - the Church; God's world - His call and commission; the ministries of YWAM.Focused DTS's: In some locations the DTS is offered with a particular focus, such as the Crossroads DTS, Operation Year DTS, University DTS, Sports DTS, Arts DTS, etc.Credit will be given for this course with satisfactory completion of DSP 212.