DTS CLASSROOM PHASE
The Classroom Phase includes a curriculum that brings in powerful teaching from Christian leaders, media professionals, and veteran missionaries on topics such as:
1. Hearing God’s voice
2. The Character and Nature of God
3. The Father Heart of God
4. Worship and Spiritual Warfare
5. Gaining God’s Heart for a World in Need
6. Strategic Use of Media for Evangelism
7. Cross-Cultural Communication
8. Biblical Worldview
Staff and students, including yourself, will form small support groups to build deeper relationships with each other. These support groups will provide an opportunity for you, and others, to ask questions and utilize critical thinking regarding the weekly teachings, and to pray for one another.
Intercession is a vital part of growing in God. Intercession prayer is when we put ourselves in the place of identification with existing needs, seeking God’s direction on how to pray for those needs, and His intervention for a particular need. You, staff and other students will be placed in an intercession group that will focus mainly on the needs of the world nations, rather than our own personal needs.
Each day will begin with personal devotions where you will be alone with God. It is the most important time of the day for personal growth.
Textbooks will be issued for required readings that will compliment the classroom curriculum. However, the most important textbook in the school is the Christian Bible.
In order to significantly keep the cost of the school down to its minimum, you and other students will be involved in community responsibilities by providing needed help in areas such as maintenance, cooking, cleaning, office work, etc. Finding the joy to work and work hard is an important part of training as the Bible encourages us to do everything as unto the Lord.
Loving God Through Media / Communications
The Media Discipleship Training School (DTS) provides for you an opportunity to know God and make Him known through video development and production, web creation and design, photography, and writing. The program is about communicating the love of God through digital media offering a personal opportunity for you to connect with God in a unique, dynamic and transformational way. The training will challenge your personal application of the truth, and how it affects your life.
You will have the opportunity to learn basic media skills through digital film, internet, scriptwriting and other means of communication as well as completing short media projects as part of the curriculum. You will learn from industry professionals, and be given a chance to work with a team of fellow students and instructors to create with God while exploring skillful tools to truly hear God’s voice, and grow in your relationship with Him so you can gain His heart for a world in need.
It is a place of learning, and applying, biblical principles so that we can impact our surrounding communities, as well as society, through the powerful tool of media. It is also an ideal place for you to grow and strengthen your faith, skills, and love for God. The training program will spotlight issues of worldview, creativity, and Christ-like communication.
The Media DTS is a residential training program that is situated in a place where culture and legend are alive thereby inspiring you to discover the beauty of creating with God in producing work that matter. You will experience lots of fun activities and community life, as well as opportunities to visit remote villages, and hike over the mountains and rainforest.
Staff and students from various backgrounds commune together to help each other fulfill God’s purposes for their lives. The Media DTS begins with 3 months of discipleship and skill development in the field of media, followed by preparations for a 2 months field assignment, or outreach to another country.
Whether you are a photographer, a journalist, a screenwriter or a high school graduate with a desire to just communicate, the Media DTS may just be the thing for you. Bring your laptop, instrument, camera, imagination, and….of course your heart, which is the most essential tool for this course to be able to discover God’s gift in your life, and willing to create new:
• video productions
• digital images
• written works
The Media DTS is a pioneering school in American Samoa, which will begin on September 27th, 2010 and conclude on February 25th, 2011. This time frame includes the 3-months classroom phase and the 2-months field, or outreach assignment.
The Media DTS is an accredited course with the College of Christian Ministries of University of the Nations, a ministry of Youth With A Mission (YWAM). It aims to train, disciple, equip, and mobilize young people into missions where they are transformed to love God, and deliver His message around the world. It is the gateway into YWAM where young people are encountering God and becoming focused, and dynamic, world changers.
YWAM is a global missions network with 13,000 full-time missionaries and 300,000 short-term missionaries each year. The Media DTS is the first step (24 credits) towards a degree from the University of the Nations, a global university in over 150 countries. Whether you are in the church, government, education, private or business sector, the character and skills you acquire in the program will change you forever.
The 2 Phases of Media DTS: (1) Classroom Phase, and (2) Field or Outreach Assignment Phase.