YWAM Training


A Life Together DTS



  • Worship in the Masi Township
  • Township Bow
  • Sunset in Masi
  • Masi Township
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.” – Dorothy Day

Do you share our groaning for deeper community?
Our passion to see communities of conflict reconciled?
Our yearning for peace and justice to be realized through community? Our longing for Jesus to be the bedrock of community?
Our hope for the world?

The 2014/2015 “A Life Together DTS” is a six months intensive YWAM discipleship training school focused on the interplay of radical faith and intentional Christian community in Cape Town, South Africa.

Building off of Martin Luther King Jr’s image of “the beloved community” we’ll seek to realize his prophetic vision of the Kingdom, the Church, and Christ embodied in our world and in us. In order to explore these vast realities, we will engage in a discipleship journey which seeks to ENCOUNTER CHRIST, ENGAGE CULTURE and EMANCIPATE THE OPPRESSED as a community of CONTEMPLATIVE ACTIVISTS sharing life together.

Contemplative Activism

“Contemplative Activism combines two ideas, the first one being the essential, yet often lost art of drawing aside with God for prayer and learning how to find Him in every aspect of life. Contemplative experience provides a door to discovering so much more about ourselves, each other, God and His ways.

However there is a danger having ascended the heights through Contemplation, that we may not want to return and make our descent back into the streets of chaos within which we are called to carry out the mission of God. Secondly, therefore, we seek to live out prayer by rolling up our sleeves and serving the needs of the surrounding community. The Contemplative Activist develops the rhythm of ascent and descent in living the Spirit filled life.” – Micha Jazz

3 Month Lecture Phase

Sep 22nd – Dec 12th

The first three months of the DTS will take place in Cape Town, South Africa in partnership with YWAM Muizenberg and Axiom Monastic Community SA. Sharing life together in community houses, staff and student alike will submerge themselves into an intentional season of shared learning via lectures, rhythms of prayer and worship, manual labor and active service to/with the poor among us and around us. Our hope is that the lecture phase will birth a love for Jesus, a lifestyle of contemplative activism and a vision for life-long learning, in all who participate. Lecture topics include: Contemplative Activism, The Father Heart of God, World View, Reconciliation, Holy Spirit, Missions, The Word and much more.

3 Month Outreach Phase

Dec 15th – Mar 6th

Continuing in a posture of learning and a vision of “the beloved community” our final three months of DTS will extend into the world around us. Carrying the two handed gospel, which seeks to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people, we will break up into teams and head to the nations. The hope for outreach is to be a student of the peoples, places and stories we come into contact with, while discovering and sharing Jesus among them.


Join us for A Life Together DTS if you desire to share your life for six months and have a passion for discovering Christ within yourself, within a community of believers, and within the world around you. Apply today!

Meet the School Leaders

Steve & Diane Schallert

photo 1He is a contemplative truth seeker, a musician with a passion for proclaiming freedom, an inquisitive risk-taker and can always be found with book in hand.

She is a compassionate artist, always on the search for the hidden treasures of the earth, has a fervor for motherhood and crafts and never leaves home without post-it notes.

Together with their two daughters Margot Day and Vera Lizz, Steve and Diane work with YWAM promoting works of justice, active peacemaking and compassion for the poor within the global YWAM network. Over the past 6 years they have traveled all over the world (Afghanistan, Egypt, Panama, Nepal, Haiti and Pakistan to name a few places) spreading the The Way and using art to raise awareness about issues of injustice while affirming the inherent worth of people in each place they serve. Today they call the margins of Cape Town, South Africa home and give leadership to Axiom Monastic Community SA, an intentional christian community which seeks to empower disenfranchised people with the hope of the gospel.

Max & Cambria Melchert

Max and CambriaMax and Cambria are missionaries to Cape Town, South Africa as a part of YWAM Muizenberg and Axiom Monastic Community SA.

He from Richmond, VA, she from Denver, CO, they met in Kona, Hawaii with YWAM. They became friends in Cambodia leading a DTS outreach together and a year later began dating. They were married August 31st, 2013, and are enjoying their lives as newlyweds.

Max is passionate about music, learning, and discipleship, and Cambria loves art, reading, and family. Together, they long for adventure and living life to the fullest. They desire to give their lives to knowing and obeying the Lord, and loving people through genuine relationships. They hope to share the gospel of Jesus Christ through their lives wherever they are led.


YWAM Muizenberg has a category system which aims to enable all students, regardless of social or economic background, to attend our training programs. The fees below are according to category and are listed in South African Rand. You can find out more about our fees, which category you fall in to and financial policies here – www.ywammuizenberg.org/financial-policy

Lecture Phase Fees

A Class – R18,500 B Class – R12,500 C Class – R8,500

Outreach Phase Fees

Estimated outreach costs: R20,000 – R30,000

Note: This school is the entry level course for anything you want to do in YWAM, whether that be becoming a full-time staff member or continuing on in your education through the University of the Nations (uofn.edu).

CONTACT US AT – alifetogetherdts@gmail.com


More Resources

AXIOM Monastic Community – www.christouraxiom.com
YWAM Muizenberg – www.ywammuizenberg.org
YWAM – www.ywam.org 

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