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Discipleship Training School ( 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 (YWAM CDTS), Operation Year DTS, University DTS, Sports DTS, Arts DTS, etc. Credit will be given for this course with satisfactory completion of DSP 212.

Musical Theater Seminar ( MTS) ( ATS 133 )

The Musical Theater Seminar is designed to give the student opportunities to write plays as well as real life experience in auditioning, rehearsing and performing a large scale musical in a Christian Community Theater setting. Extra training is provided by professionals in vocal technique & song interpretation, costume & set design, Choreography & dance ( tap, ballet, Acrobat and jazz), auditioning skills, resume building, stage make-up and acting skills such as characterization, memorization and Improv techniques.

Performing Arts Ministry Development Seminar ( ATS 177 )

The PAMDS is designed to be like an SOMD for those who are pursuing a degree with U fo N in the College of the Arts and for those desiring continued study and practice in using the performing arts for sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ, specifically in YWAM. This seminar has a six week lecture phase and 6 week practicum and outreach which is performance based. An approved YWAM DTS is prerequisite to the PAMDS. The students will have "on the job training" in Theater at YWAM Tampa and the Live Oak Theater in a YWAM community living setting. The course is designed to develop creative and leadership skills. Because of the close mentoring that takes place, the student body will be small. Lecture time will be in small informal groups or one-on-one with a full work day.

School of Ministry Development ( CHR 241 )

Introductory level leadership courses are known by various names at various YWAM/UofN training centres, but generally have similar goals of training staff and leaders at those centres, equipping staff for servant leadership and giving opportunity for personal growth and development. Topics will vary according to the location. Typical topics include understanding YWAM history and values, spiritual disciplines for leaders, time management, fund-raising, personal ministry development, calling, purpose and vision, identity of a leader, conflict resolution, and other topics pertitent to leadership development in a particular locale.