Encounter DTS

Central to Jesus’ teaching is the call to an activated life.

A relationship with God that goes beyond mere knowledge - from deep encounters to a lifestyle.


The purpose of the Encounter DTS is to activate you to go deep in your relationship with Jesus, live His lifestyle and take on His mission. The Encounter DTS is designed to raise up catalytic leaders who will live with great courage and boldness, willing to take the gospel anywhere!  Knowing the living God through deep friendship and trust in His Word.

A new passion is rising in your generation to make Jesus famous, to blaze trails going to where He is not known, be set free and transformed - calling a generation into radical obedience motivated by a deep love for Jesus.

History shows in times of crises the greatest opportunities rise up to be part of what God is doing. Come and join us to get equipped to use your passions and skills for God’s mission. It’s our mandate to go to the isolated, the marginalised and the lost with a message of hope.

Through deep encounters with God, in a culture of worship and prayer, it is our goal to do nationwide evangelism outreach, medical missions, and equip students through wild training experiences. You will be trained and sent out to bring light into the darkness, to bring hope where there is hopelessness.

There will be three different focuses to choose from:


The Prayer & Worship Track:

The Prayer Track is for those who want to develop a meaningful sustainable and personalised prayer life. You will learn about different prayer models, the Biblical foundations of prayer and have opportunities to join in prayer and worship with


The Ship Track:

The Ship Track is for those who have an interest in missions and reaching isolated people. We are not only looking for people who have an interest in medical, maritime or impacting the Pacific - we need different types of gifting and skillsets on the ship. Are you a doctor, nurse, dentist, skipper, engineer, first mate, or maybe a teacher, cook or someone who is just passionate about serving and reaching the lost.  During the DTS you will have a chance to help prepare the ship for deployment in June, plus get some training around Ship Ministry. 


The Missions Track:

We believe that God is sending out labourers into the field who have burning hearts for His presence and a longing to see the nations encounter Him. Do you feel God stirring your heart to go further with Him in missions? To invest in a nation long-term? The Missions Track is designed to give you a taste of what going long-term into the most unreached parts of the world means.


We invite you to come and encounter God in a personal way, be equipped with truth and sent out into your purpose and calling.


* Due to the current season of the global pandemic, we are requiring all students and staff on the DTS to be vaccinated against COVID-19.  This is so we safely and more effectively serve the communities we go to both in the lecture and outreach phases. In this way, we are also following the NZ governments regulations in this area and are striving to be above-board in all appearances and practices. If you are choosing not to be vaccinated for any reason, we respect your decision and encourage you to check out the other wonderful YWAM bases we have in NZ.


Course Fee

$5,000 NZD

Housing, food, and educational costs.

It does not include: Visas or personal expenses such as toiletries, snacks and postage, etc.; Airfare and bus/shuttle needed to get you from Auckland to Tauranga (we DO provide Tauranga Airport and bus stop pick-ups)

Outreach Fee

$3,500 - $7,500 NZD

Food, accommodation and travel.

* Cost varies depending on the location you choose during lecture phase. It does not include visa costs as this varies per person.