About the TDTS

What is a Troubadour?

A Troubadour was a composer and performer of songs during the Middle Ages in Europe. The tradition began to flourish during the 11th century. Many troubadours traveled for great distances, aiding in the transmission of trade and news. A complementary role was filled at the same period by performers known as joglares in Occitan, jongleurs in French (minstrels in English). Jongleurs are often addressed in troubadour lyrics. Their profession was that of popular entertainer; as such jongleurs sometimes performed troubadour compositions but more often other genres, notably chansons de geste (epic narratives). Today we could say that a Troubadour was a traveling artist, transmitting news. The redeemed form of it: A Troubadour is a traveling Christian artist transmitting the Good News.

What is a DTS?

The Discipleship Training School (DTS) is an intensive Christian training course beginning with a 12 week lecture/teaching phase followed by a typical 8-12 week practical field assignment. The DTS is designed to encourage students in personal character development, cultivating a living relationship with God and identifying their unique individual gifts and callings in God. Cross-cultural exposure and global awareness are special emphases throughout the course, preparing the students to reach current and future generations and answer the call to "Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations." (Mark 16:15, Matt. 28:19)

The curriculum includes the following:

a. The Christian's Relationship to God: understanding the character and ways of God, how to hear the voice of God, and developing a personal devotional life. b. The Christian's Relationship to Oneself and others: personal character development; discovery and release of one's gifts and ministries; stewardship; principles of healthy relationships; forgiveness. c. The Christian's Relationship to the Word: how to develop a consistent lifestyle of personal study; meditation and the application of Biblical truth. d. The Christian's Relationship to the Church: commitment, unity; understanding the complementary role of the local church and missions structures. e. The Christian's Stand against the Enemy: Resisting temptation; prayer and intercession; spiritual warfare. f. The Christian's Orientation to Youth With A Mission (YWAM) International: its three-fold calling to Evangelism, Training and Mercy Ministries; the foundational values and ministry opportunities.

(12 Credit will be given for this course in the University of the Nations.)

Field Assignment

As a second phase of the DTS, specially organized teams are sent out for 8-12 weeks of evangelism in cross-cultural situations. The emphasis is on application of principles taught in the DTS lecture phase, coupled with teaching on evangelism concepts and practices equipping students to share their faith using a variety of means. Special assignments are given during this course.

(8-12 Credit will be given for this course in the University of the Nations with satisfactory completion of the DTS-Lecture phase.)

What is a TDTS?

A Troubadour Discipleship Training School (TDTS) offers the same curriculum as a DTS. It's primary focus is Discipleship. However the school is run in a very creative way. Creative learning is being facilitated and creative people are being understood and embraced. Some of the afternoons the school offers different artistic workshop to discover more of our God given talents. In our outreach phase we will use our creative gifts to minister to people and transmit the Good News.