Each DTS comes together for the official lecture times to hear a range of topics from speakers from all around the world. During other times we will focus on skills such as musicianship, songwriting, leading a team, vocal technique, media presentation, sound, copyright, and a variety of other topics. While hearing about these topics is foundational, actually doing them is vital. The Worship DTS students will be directly involved with our campus worship times from the preparation of worship set lists, to scheduling, to sound, to the stage. Our community worship times are directly mixed with prayer and so the "Harp & Bowl" model will be taught and used (Rev. 5:8) The goal is to teach using a hands-on approach that is beneficial whether you continue in missions or go back to your local church.
Finally, each DTS comes together and prayerfully splits up into teams to be then sent to the nations. Students spend the remaining months overseas reflecting Jesus’ call to ‘GO’. In teams across the 10/40 window students are given the opportunity to explore and apply all they learned in the lecture phase. It’s a great opportunity to begin implementing and further exploring the gifts God has given you.
It’s a great idea to bring travel-sized instruments like guitars, ukuleles, etc., but not required.
We take students at all levels of musical experience and have had several who are just starting the journey in worship. We also welcome students who want to be more involved in leading in prayer. Every student will be challenged in one or more ways during the Worship Focus regardless of their musical skill level.
Brian and Jaime were worship directors together in a local church in Arkansas for 10 years before joining YWAM. Brian was also an associate worship leader for 3 years prior to that. Both Jaime and Brian had professional jobs in the medical field as well (Jaime in accounting and Brian in the hospital laboratory), but both felt that they were to give their lives to full-time ministry. Their true passion is found in training and raising up young worshippers and to see them released into missions. They have been serving in YWAM since 2011 and have 3 amazing boys.