Encounter DTS

A fully accredited University of the Nations training course

Our Vision

The Encounter DTS is calling a generation to encounter God and be launched into the nations! The prophet Isaiah encountered the Lord and from that place, cried out, “Here I am… Send me!”  His experience with God stirred a desire to be sent out as a messenger. This dynamic school is 20 weeks and has two phases:                                           Training Phase and Outreach Phase.  

Training phase: 12 weeks in length

The training phase will be a profound time of encountering God as you are equipped to be a missionary to the nations. Speakers from all over the world will come and bring focused training as we seek the Lord together in community.  

During these 12 weeks you will be trained as a messenger to hear God’s voice, proclaim the gospel, activate your gifts and skills into unique kingdom influence, start discipleship movements, and engage in strategic missions.

Outreach phase: 8-9 Weeks in length  

Immediately following the training phase, you will use the tools you were equipped with to impact a specific nation for God’s kingdom. DTS outreaches have seen thousands come to Christ in countries all over the globe. This Encounter DTS has outreach focused on indigenous people groups, we have a Native American focus within the USA and then we go one of many international locations within our target nation groups.    

Come encounter God and make Him famous!

The Encounter DTS has an outdoor track and music and worship track to engage in.

* Ask about special tuition price available for taking Jan DTS & July DBS together!                                    

Program Information

What to expect at YWAM Ventura

The Journey Begins ...


Ventura is a beautiful place to begin a journey of discipleship.  Equipping you to go out into the world ready to bring the influence of the Kingdom of God into every place  your feet go.

A Surf Community


There is plenty of time to catch some waves during your DTS, to feel the warm sun and ocean breeze on your face... listen to the ocean and enjoy the wonder and beauty of the area. 

Pacific Ocean Views

The Cross

Up at the Cross... A historical landmark, overooking to the city of Ventura and the Channel Islands just offshore. This is a great place to pray! Our DTS base housing also has an amazing ocean view!

A Place to Encounter God


Sense the call of God to reach the nations ... Encounter the presence of God and the transforming work of HIs Spirit in your life as you move deeper into personal worship and intercessory prayer. 

DTS and the Mission of God

global reach

DTS prepares you to take the story of God to the indigenous peoples in the unreached regions of the world. This is the primary focus of our DTS outreach phase. 

Local Outreach

Ventura at dusk

You will have opportunity to go out into the local community and engage with people, serving people in practical ways, doing street evangelism, prayer in the city, Kidz Jam program, music, ultimately enjoying this place we call home.