YWAM Training

For in Jesus all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him God has reconciled all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross.


September 24, 2018 – March 1, 2019 – Cape Town, South Africa

In the wake of war and mass migration, racial tensions and ever widening economic inequality, we often feel that our sense of hope has all but dried up. There are days when we feel that the world has simply lost it’s imagination; and when we look in the mirror, we recognize that same tension within ourselves. This prevailing sense of isolation and insecurity, and a deep ache for honesty, belonging and community.

Yet, as we face this ache within us, we are learning to be stubborn and choosing to take our cues from the Good News over and above the nightly news. For in our bones we believe that another world is not only possible, but that she is already here…and on a quiet day we can hear her breathing.

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 “A Life Together DTS” is a six month intensive YWAM Discipleship Training School focused on reconciliation, community and discipleship in the Way of Jesus. Throughout DTS participants will be invited into a lifestyle of merciful-missions and equipped to walk as ambassadors of reconciliation (2nd Corinthians 5:20) in the nations and in their communities.

At it’s heart, A Life Together is a gathering space where fellow recovering sinners can wander together to widen their imaginations of what is actually possible in this world.

We believe, wholeheartedly, in a movement of loving God, one another, and the world well. We believe in learning to live justly, honestly and more beautifully so that the Kingdom of Jesus can reach into and reconcile the most divisive, most violent and most segregated spaces in our lives and the communities around us.

Three month lecture phase (Sept 24 – Dec 7)

The first three months of DTS will take place at YWAM Muizenberg on the Southern Peninsula of Cape Town, South Africa. Sharing life together in community, staff and students alike will submerge themselves into an intentional season of shared learning via lectures, regular rhythms of prayer and worship, manual labor and active service to the community around us. With the Mother City as our backdrop we will engage in a live/learn pursuit of a life shaped by the mercy of God. Our prayer is that this lecture phase will birth a love for Jesus, a lifestyle of active reconciliation and a vision for lifelong learning, in all who participate.

Lecture topics include: The Father/Mother Heart of God, World View, Reconciliation & Peacemaking, Holy Spirit, Missions, The Kingdom of God and more.

Three month outreach phase (Dec 7 – Feb 15)

Continuing in a posture of learning and with a vision of “the Beloved Community”, our final three months of DTS will consist of splitting into smaller focused outreach teams and heading to the nations. Carrying the two handed gospel which seeks to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of people, we will continue our communal discipleship journey while serving communities of conflict the world over. The hope for these outreaches is to be students of the peoples, places, and stories we come into contact with while discovering and sharing the heart of Jesus and supporting various ministries and Kingdom movements along the way.

Debrief week back in South Africa (Feb 18 – Mar 1)

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 active discipleship, and within a world aching for hope.

“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


School Leaders

Steve Schallert

Steve is an international speaker, activist, musician and avid disciple of the non-violent Jesus. Having traveled to over 50 countries and witnessing along the way the best and worst that humanity is capable of, Steve’s driving passion is to champion and equip the body of Christ for active peacemaking & works of justice through building compassion for the poor and provoking imagination.

Since 2008 Steve, his wife Diane and their four kids (Margot 5, Vera 4, Desmond 2, Fable 1) have been in the pursuit of a life shaped by the mercy of God. Together they work with YWAM promoting works of justice, active peacemaking and compassion for the poor within the global YWAM network and help give leadership to A Life Together.

Max & Cambria Melchert

Max and Cambria are missionaries in Cape Town, South Africa. They are part of YWAM Muizenberg and A Life Together Leadership Community. He is from Richmond, VA, she is from Denver, CO….but they met in Kona, Hawaii. They became friends in Cambodia leading a DTS outreach together and a year later began dating. They were married in August 2013.

Max is passionate about music, reading, and discipleship, and Cambria loves art, community, and family. Together, they love adventure and living life in South Africa. They desire to give their lives to seeking and knowing Jesus more, plus loving people through genuine relationships. They hope to share the gospel of Christ through their lives wherever they are led


Tution & Fees?

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. You can find out more about our fees, which category you fall into and financial policies here.

Cat A: R19,900

Cat B: R14,500

Cat C: R11,990

* There is an annual fee increase in September

Registration Fees

Cat A: R500

Cat B: R300

Cat C: R250

In addition to the above all students should allow some money for personal items, laundry, leisure, etc. which are not covered by the school fees.

Outreach Phase Fees

In addition, there is a cost for the “Outreach Phase” of your DTS. This cost will vary from R25,000 – R35,000 depending on team locations and includes airfare.

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).