Question & Answers

Discipleship Training School

How do I apply?

You can click here to start your application process!

How long do I have to wait to know if I’m accepted onto the Discipleship Training School program?

Once we have received your complete application we aim to process it within one week. A complete application means you have filled out Part One and Part Two of the application and your references have submitted their forms.

What’s the difference between approval and acceptance in my application process?

When you are approved, it means that we have received Part One of your application and we have prayed and feel that you can go ahead with the rest of your application.

When you are accepted, it means that we have received both Part One and Part Two of your application as well as your references, you paid your application fee, and after prayer we officially accept you onto one of our programmes.

What’s the difference between approval and acceptance in my application process?

When you are approved, it means that we have received Part One of your application and we have prayed and feel that you can go ahead with the rest of your application.

When you are accepted, it means that we have received both Part One and Part Two of your application as well as your references, you paid your application fee, and after prayer we officially accept you onto one of our programmes.

Can married couples or families do Discipleship Training School?

Yes! One of our YWAM values is ‘value families’.

‘YWAM affirms the importance of families serving God together in missions, not just the father and/or mother. We encourage the development of strong and healthy family units, with each member sharing the call to missions and contributing their gifts in unique and complementary ways.’

We may be able to offer childcare during your Discipleship Training School. Please contact us for possible options!

We welcome you to join our community. We celebrate family in missions!

What are my options after Discipleship Training School if I want to continue with YWAM?

1) Join as staff!

After you finish your Discipleship Training School you can apply to be staff at our base or another base. Especially if you want your work in missions to be longer than 6 months, this is a great option for you!

 2) Further training
Discipleship Training School is a prerequisite to all training schools and degree programmes run by the University of the Nations. If you want to further your training, there are a lot of different schools you can consider. For example our base runs a School of Worship. You can visit the University of the Nations website for more information: http://uofn.edu/

How much does a Discipleship Training School cost?

Application fee: 390HKD (around 50USD)

Lecture phase fee: 35,650 HKD (around 4,600USD)

(This covers your tuition, accommodation, food and transport costs for school outings. Please bring some personal spending money for buying toileteries, stationaries, gifts, weekend travels etc.)

Outreach phase fee: 20,000 – 25,000 HKD (around 2,500 – 3,200 USD)

(This varies depending on the outreach locations.)

Are there scholarships available?

We do not have scholarships available. HOWEVER, we believe when God calls He will also provide. We have countless stories of God miraculously meeting our financial needs. Once  you have been accepted, we can walk with you in support raising.

One of our YWAM values is ‘practise dependence on God’ which means we believe that we depend on God for financial provision (which often comes through His people- family, friends & church).

What are some ideas for support raising and gathering people to journey with me into missions?

Here are some ideas from us! (But we also encourage you to pray and ask God for creative ideas and ways that will reach your support network more effectively.)

  • Ask to share at your church about God leading you to do a Discipleship Training School.
  • Send out a support letter.
  • Meet with people individually (take them out for coffee, invite them to your house etc.)
  • Sell baked goods, crafts, candles etc.
  • Silent auction
  • Car wash
  • Catering

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay in 3 ways:

  1. Electronic Wire Transfer (Bank Transfer)
  2. By creditcard/visa trough the website
  3. Hong Kong Dollars & Hong Kong Cheques

Click herefor more information!

How can others contribute to my fees?

When they make payment towards your fee, they can attach a note saying the money is for you specifically.

When is the tuition fee due?

30% of the total school fees must be paid before arrival.

60% of the total school fees must be paid by week 4.

100% of the total school fees must be paid by week 8.

Can people who give towards my fees get a tax deductible receipt?

We issue tax deductible receipts for donors in Hong Kong only.

How does a typical day in Discipleship Training School look like?

Breakfast!– Jesus ate with his disciples so we believe it’s a great start to the day by gathering and sharing a meal together!

Devotional time– God loves one on one time with us! We get to know someone by spending time with them so it’s important for us to do that with the Lord!

Worship– Here at YWAM Harbour City, we worship God everyday Monday to Friday. We see it as a privilege rather than a chore to gather as a community and lift Jesus high together!

Lecture– Every week we have a different topic. Some include: Hearing the voice of God, Evangelism, Father heart of God.

Lunch– Yummmmmm

Afternoon activity– It varies everyday but may include intercession, small group, learning dances & dramas for doing evangelism.

Work duties aka Work blessing! – It’s a joy to be able to use our hands & feet to bless others! Practically speaking this means cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping etc.

Dinner– Yummmmmm

Evening activity: Generally we have one evening off a week! For the other evenings we may do evangelism, games night, research project on our outreach locations, take part in our Community Night!

Sleep: Get your 8 hours to be refreshed for another day!

Weekends are free most weeks! You can hang out with your fellow students & staff, explore the city, process the teaching, finish your homework. On Sunday we strongly encourage you to attend a local church J

What is there to do in Hong Kong on my days off?

Check out this video we made about top 8 things to do in Hong Kong!

Where will I live during Lecture Phase?

We have dormitory style housing for our students at our base. Houses are divided into guys and girls. You will be sharing a room, bathroom & kitchen with some of your classmates. (The thought of this may scare you but it’s a lot of fun!)

Who are the speakers?

Each week we have a different speaker speaking on a different topic. We invite speakers from our base as well as from other parts of the world, within YWAM and outside of YWAM.

 

Speakers are not just teachers who have a lot of head knowledge about their topic, but they are people who have applied the teaching to their lives and therefore are able to impart to us. One of our YWAM values is ‘Do First Then Teach’ so we are intentional in inviting speakers who live out what they teach.

“And this surely must be the distinctive that marks and brands the University of the Nations: our focus on transformation rather than information; on application rather than knowledge; on truth rather than facts; on learning rather than teaching.” – Margaret Tooley

What topics are covered in the lectures?

If you refer to our curriculum, there are sixcategories within the Discipleship Training School:

I . God’s Nature and Character – Encountering God

  1. God’s Intention for Individuals, Peoples & Creation – Seeing all of life from God’s perspective

III. God’s Redemption: Sin and the Cross – Recognising Jesus as Lord

  1. God’s Family: His Children & His Church – Becoming more like Jesus
  2. God’s World: His Call & His Commission – Doing the Works of Jesus
  3. YWAM: A Response to God – Knowing God and Making Him Known

During the 12 weeks of teaching, each topic will include concepts found in at least one of these categories. Examples of topic include Biblical Basis of Missions, Identity, Fear of the Lord, Relationships.

Will I have access to the internet?

Yes, you can pay a weekly fee to use our base Wi-Fi.

What does outreach look like?

Outreach is where you get to apply the principles you learn during lecture phase in some of the countries which are dearly on God’s heart! It’s amazing, eye-opening, fun, tiring, challenging and all for the glory of Jesus!

The focus of Discipleship Training School outreach is evangelism, so you can expect to have tons of opportunities to interact with non-Christians, sharing the Good News & love of Christ with them. We also love to serve alongside local churches & ministries.

Some examples of ministry include: preach on the streets, ‘treasure hunt’ (you pray and ask God for clues about specific individuals to talk to then you go and find them!), serve the poor, teach English, practical service like cleaning, weeding, run children’s programmes at schools & orphanages, teach & share at Sunday services… the list is endless!

Where do we go for outreach?

The Discipleship Training School staff & leaders pray and ask God about where to go for each school. One of our YWAM values is ‘Hear & Obey’ so we make our decision based on what we sense God says.

Some past locations include India, Indonesia, Greece, the Middle East, Thailand & Cambodia, and other nations in this area.

Is outreach required?

Yes!

What should I bring?

Once you have been accepted on our Discipleship Training School, we will send you a packing list!

What vaccinations do I need?

You can contact your doctor to ask for recommended vaccinations. On our side we highly recommend you to get at least: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B in your home country. Try to start as early as possibile as some vaccines require multiple injections.

Do I need to buy insurance?

Yes! Every student is required to have an emergency medical insurance to cover any medical & hospital costs in the event of accident or illness.

Discipleship Training School is a prerequisite to all training schools and degree programmes run by the University of the Nations.

You can get Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Master’s degrees.

For more information please visit the U of N website.

If your son or daughter is thinking about or have enrolled onto our Discipleship Training School you may have some concerns or questions about their time with us. To help ease your worries, this section will cover some frequently asked questions. If you still have other questions, feel free to contact us! We appreciate the support of the parents of our students as they begin this journey of ‘Knowing God and Making Him known’.

How safe is Hong Kong?

Hong Kong is one of the safest cities in the world! In a research carried out in 2017, the city was ranked 9th. It has a low crime rate but, like most places, you do have to be careful of petty theft when you’re out and about in the city.

Our base is located in a village called Shui Tau Tsuen in the New Territories part of Hong Kong. We are a 5-minute bus ride away from the closest train station. Although Hong Kong is very safe, we do ask students to not walk around alone at night just to be extra cautious.

Where will my child be living during the lecture phase?

We have dormitory style housing for our students at our base. Houses are divided into guys and girls.

Are three meals provided a day? What about the weekends?

Yes! Our amazing kitchen staff will provide three nutritious meals a day! At the weekends your child will have access to the ‘Leftover Fridge’ to heat up leftover food or they can also make their own food as every house has a kitchen!

Will my child be able to get around only speaking English?

The official languages of Hong Kong are English and Chinese so our students will be able to get around speaking English only as most people (but not all) speak the language. However, we will teach our students basic Cantonese so they can get around more easily and also reach the population who don’t speak English.

Will my child be able to have a phone plan?

Your child will be able to get a phone plan if they want! Their school staff will be able to help them once they arrive. However, the village does have difficulty receiving signal occasionally. Another option is to use the Wi-Fi at our base and they can pay a weekly fee for it. If they have a smart phone that will be great as they can send messages and have video calls!

What does my child need to bring?

Once a student is accepted, we will send them a packing list.

How much extra spending money does my child need?

That really depends on how much your child want/ decide to spend in their free time. However, here is some information which will help you budget:
– Going into the city costs around HKD$25 one-way.
– An average meal in the city costs around HKD$30-60
– Mailing a letter overseas usually costs under HKD$10
– Wi-Fi at our campus costs HKD$100 a week
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What vaccinations will my child need?

We highly recommend these basic vaccinations: Tetanus, Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Will my child have access to quality medical care in case of an emergency?

Hong Kong has one of the best healthcare systems in the world. It has 11 private and 42 public hospitals. The closest hospital from our campus is just a 10-minute ride away! Please make sure your child has an emergency medical insurance which will cover any medical & hospital costs in the event of accident or illness- this is required for all of our students.

How will I be contacted if there is an emergency?

We have the emergency contact information of every student (including phone number and e-mail) so we will be able to contact his or her families in case of an emergency.

Are the outreach locations safe?

The Discipleship Training School staff & leaders pray and ask God about where to go for each school. One of our YWAM values is ‘Hear & Obey’ so we make our decision based on what we sense God says.

Please know that safety is very important to our staff as we take our students on outreach. While no one can guarantee 100% the safety of someone else’s life, there are some things we do to ensure the outreach is as safe as it could be. For example: no student is allowed to be out on their own; we do a lot of research about our locations prior to going so we do not go in ignorant; we work with local contacts who will give us orientation about the place and any safety hazards of which we should be aware.

Could my child get a degree through Youth With A Mission?

Yes! Discipleship Training School is a prerequisite to all training schools and degree programmes run by the University of the Nations.

You can get Associate’s degrees, Bachelor’s degrees, Graduate Diplomas and Master’s degrees.

For more information please visit the U of N website.