We are very happy to announce that Youth With A Mission Modesto will be hosting a Discipleship Training School (DTS) starting January 23, 2017.
This Christian discipleship and missionary training program will draw upon a wide range of ministry experiences, guest speakers, contemplation and outreach as we seek together to bless the poor, the displaced, the forgotten, and the world around us.
For over thirteen years, YWAM Modesto has been involved in ministry with the street community of Modesto. Throughout this time we have learned from all kinds of experiences with people
from all walks of life, from those living in abject poverty, to the wealthy, to ministry leaders and others. These experiences have involved making mistakes, failing, growing and finding
unexpected successes. We have seen lives changed dramatically (our own lives not the least of them) as people have encountered the love of God as expressed through friendship and community.
Our ministry has always been expressed within relationship and personal friendship, whether that has been with people experiencing homelessness or addiction, with local churches, outreach teams and students, or other local non-profit and ministry leaders. Now we would like to share this experience of relationship-based ministry with you!
We are seeking five to seven students who would like to spend five months living in community while learning more about their faith and how they can express it, all in a dynamic, life-changing environment.
Each week of the DTS program will be comprised of classroom (or perhaps more accurately, “living room”!) teaching with a guest speaker, local ministry leader, or YWAM Modesto staff, along with outreach times through the various ministries of Youth With A Mission Modesto.
Together we will be learning more about everything from the Father Heart of God, to the nature of social justice, to nurturing healthy relationships.
We will also have the opportunity to reach out in an international setting, as we work with ministries in Thailand for the month of May. Other travel and ministry opportunities may include working with friends in Ohio and British Columbia, Canada.
If you have ever wondered if a life in ministry is for you, or have wondered what exactly to do with the compassion you feel towards the broken, the lonely and the forgotten, we invite you to come learn more about who you are, who God is, and the incredible life to which you are called.
Let’s discover these things together!
When: January 23, 2017 - June 9, 2017
Where: Modesto, California!
Cost: $5000.00 USD covers all school costs, materials, housing, food and in-country travel. Does not cover airfare to international outreach location.
Download an application HERE!
Modesto is located in the Central Valley of California. We are a city with a great sense of community and compassion, geographically centred in an area rich with agriculture. It is the home of the annual “Graffiti Night” event, when thousands of classic car aficionados parade their hot rods through town. There is also a thriving arts scene, with monthly showcases for visual artists through the downtown “Art Walk”. The Gallo Center for the Arts, also located downtown, hosts concerts and performances from a wide range of artists.
Modesto is also conveniently close to a number of well-known California tourist attractions. San Francisco is about a 1.5 hour drive west. The beaches of San Jose and Santa Cruz are also about an hour and a half away. Then there are the tall redwood forests of Samuel Taylor and Big Trees parks, also a relatively short drive away. And of course there is the world-renowned Yosemite National Park, featuring the mighty Half Dome, which is also not far from us. We regularly take visitors on day trips to each of these places.
Modesto is a city with a great number of people experiencing homelessness, and there are many people and organizations working to bless the poor of their city, while striving to make positive changes in the areas of the arts, local politics, and business.