Join us for a Ships Discipleship Training School (DTS)!

If you have a heart for the Pacific region or a desire to reach the island nations, come and engage your passion for the people Papua New Guinea. Perhaps you have experience in the medical field and want to provide healthcare to those in remote and isolated communities? Maybe you have maritime experience or interest in growing maritime skills?

Regardless of your background, this is the DTS for you!

In early 2016 YWAM Ships Newcastle received the s/v Ruach, a 37-metre schooner yacht has enabled us to join the work of YWAM Ships in Papua New Guinea. We would love to have you join us in this exciting season as we launch a new mercy ministry at YWAM Newcastle!

This 6-month course is a full-time, unique, live/learn community experience. It consists of two parts: lecture phase and outreach phase. The lecture phase will offer you a time of deep revelation as well as liberating personal application. Encounter God like never before as you hear from seasoned speakers who live out the principles they teach. The outreach phase will take you to places you have only dreamed about as you take the Gospel into the nations! Grow in confidence as you share your testimony from small to large groups in cross-cultural settings.

Example core curriculum topics include:

  • Recognising God’s Voice
  • Character & Nature of God
  • Building and Maintaining Godly Relationships
  • Sharing your Faith
  • Missionary Lifestyle

As part of the Ships elective, you’ll join with students from the other electives running in your preferred quarter in one DTS lecture phase. Each DTS will have a coordinator gathering students around that elective. This may come in forms such as small group activities, excursions, events, or guest speakers.

While you’ll have specific times for your DTS elective, this will not occur every week. It is important to see electives as a way of gathering similar individuals without taking priority over the core purpose of the DTS. Additionally, we cannot guarantee that each DTS elective will have a major representation on the outreach phase. Our hope is to look for how we can incorporate the elective on outreach but factors outside our control such as culture, event coordination, and ministry contact preferences may affect what is possible.

An elective is defined by:

  • Gathering similar individuals.
  • A leader with an affinity or passion for that elective (but not required).
  • Low level, structured inclusion during lecture phase.
  • Outreach inclusion of the elective where culturally possible and appropriate.

Our Ships DTS will send teams to Papua New Guinea to serve from our vessel, the s/v Ruach, and partner with the existing ministry of YWAM Ships. You will have the opportunity to work alongside locals and medical volunteers; in the past this has looked like distributing eyeglasses, assisting patients and running basic hygiene seminars.

The outreach phase is your opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, bringing the hope of Christ to Papua New Guinea. The Great Commission to “go into all the world & make disciples” will be pumping through your veins as you jump into this cross-cultural journey to make God known!

Join us as we pioneer this new mercy ministry and carry the Spirit of God to the remote islands of Papua New Guinea.


Lecture Phase:

$4,200 AUD

Outreach Phase:

Approximately $3,500 – $5,500 AUD


Start – Finish

9th July 2018 – 8th December 2018

8th October 2018 – 16th March 2019

7th January 2019 – 15th June 2019

8th April 2019 – 14th September 2019

8th July 2019 – 7th December 2019

7th October 2019 – 14th March 2020

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