What is a Discipleship Bible School (DBS)?
Throughout 12 weeks, you will get an overview of God’s story with mankind. You will read through all 66 books of the Bible chronologically and learn more about the historical setting and genre of literature of each of the books. You will also learn to share about your faith and put into practice what you have studied. In this way, there is a continuation of the transformation that was started in the Discipleship Training School. You will be involved in lecture times, one-on-ones, small groups, as well as evangelism and mercy ministry times in the community.
Topics in the DBS generally follow through the books that you are chronologically studying. Although each book is studied to discover its original intent, you will also study topics. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!
Why do a DBS?
Today, truth is being challenged and tested at the core. As followers of Jesus, how do we determine what is true? We can listen to some good sermons, have good conversations with friends... or we could go directly to the source that God gave us, His Word, read it and know it for ourselves. The Bible is the foundation to our faith, and gives us many of the answers that people are asking. But how many of us believers have read through the whole Bible? At the end of DBS, you'll be able to say to someone you've read through the whole book you base your truth upon.
2The Bible: a way of worship that connects you to the author. God is inviting us to engage in His word - not because we have to, but because it gives God great joy to connect with your heart as you read through His stories and our history. You'll get to know God in a much deeper way as you discover the whole story from Genesis to Revelation. You'll see God's plan of redemption, get to know His character, and you'll even begin to see how you fit into God's story!
3Learning with others is fun. Many people start the Bible but have a hard time finishing it. Or they've read the Bible but wished they could have others there to discuss some of the questions that came up while reading it. On a DBS you get to learn and read in a group setting which enriches what you can get out of God's word as you listen to others and enjoy going through the text together!
Get some practical tools for ministry and help end Bible poverty. Whether you're new to doing ministry or have been doing it for years, it's always useful to get some tools to help connect others with God's word. As you engage with God's word yourself and share it with others, you'll be able to help others end Bible poverty in their own hearts. By the end of the DBS, our aim is that you feel confident in leading a small group discussion, giving a basic introduction to any book, and sharing an overview of the Bible.
includes food and accommodation
* DTS for UofN students
**No YWAM experience required to apply
Startup Bible engagement projects by partnering together with churches in the region that have received or will receive a Bible from our distribution project: Running Bible studies and Bible overview workshops. Or staff the DBS at another location. I.e. Hurlach, Germany April 7th – June 26th
*For UofN Students:
The DBS is a registered course within the University of the Nations (UofN), YWAM’s international university. 12 credits are awarded for the completed course, as long as the student has previously completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS). The DBS fulfills the requirements of a UofN Bible core course.
** Do I have to be involved with YWAM to do the DBS?
No. Applicants without a completed DTS are welcome to participate in the DBS as seminar guests. This is possible for the entire duration of the course – in which case the seminar guests participate in the entire course program along with the UofN students and also pay the same course fees – or on a weekly or even daily basis. Inquiries about joining the DBS as a seminar guest may be addressed to email@example.com.
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Originally from Wisconsin, USA, Krystal Cochran has 13 years of missions experience within YWAM. She has spent most of her time being involved in various youth projects, as well as DTS and Word by Heart schools. Krystal has helped pioneer the Bible Distribution project in Germany, and has a heart for small, ‘unreached’ places.
YWAM Bad Blankenburg’s key leader, Suse Chmell, grew up hearing stories Christian movements that were started by her Grandfather in Bad Blankenburg. She has been a YWAMer since 1994, and before pioneering the base in Bad Blankenburg in 2014, she staffed SBS and taught on over 15 schools. Suse has a degree in Biblical studies and is passionate about connecting people and ideas to the great commission.
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