In the New Testament, we find many stories of Jesus around a table. We see Him teaching about the world we live in and the world He came from. We want to explore the richness of both the spiritual and physical worlds Jesus was speaking about. We see these worlds coming together around a table as we share food, drinks, stories, laughter, tears, prayers, and life.
As we spend time at God’s table we receive healing as He makes beauty from our brokenness. It is a place to be revived as we rest in His presence and we receive tools to go from surviving to thriving. With this new richness of life we reach outward to invite others to share in the wonderful banquet that is life with God. This DTS is set up to inspire and cultivate growth in your relationship with God and treasure your place at His table.
The Life Around The Table DTS begins with a 12-week lecture phase. This time is designed to help you know God. Speakers will come each week to teach on different topics and equip you to live life in step with God.
These topics include:
Nature & Character of God
Hearing the Voice of God
Father Heart of God
Life in the Spirit & Spiritual Warfare
Reading through the Bible
Fear of the Lord
Identity in Christ
Throughout the lecture phase, you’ll spend time in class, listening to teaching, worshipping, praying, reading the Bible, serving each other, participating in weekly outreach, and sharing in one-on-one times with a staff member. You will also have a one week local outreach during Lecture Phase to look forward to, giving you a taste of the mission field.
In addition, the Life Around The Table DTS will explore the power and gifts of Kingdom Hospitality. We will take a few hours each week of lecture to provided you with practical tools and information on topics like community, prayer, hospitality, beauty, wine, cheese, and coffee.
9 Sept 2021
11 March 2022
French & English
‘Then the King will turn to those on his right and say, ‘You have a special place in my Father’s heart. Come and experience the full inheritance of the kingdom realm that has been destined for you from before the foundation of the world! For when you saw me hungry, you fed me. When you found me thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I had no place to stay, you invited me in, and when I was poorly clothed, you covered me. When I was sick, you tenderly cared for me, and when I was in prison you visited me.’ Then the godly will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty and give you food and something to drink? When did we see you with no place to stay and invite you in? When did we see you poorly clothed and cover you? When did we see you sick and tenderly care for you, or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Don’t you know? When you cared for one of the least important of these my little ones, my true brothers and sisters, you demonstrated love for me.’
The second phase of your DTS is a 12-week outreach. You will travel to a different country putting into practice all God has been teaching you during the lecture phase. Every outreach looks different but the heart is the same: to make God known. Typical activities include evangelism, mercy ministries, teaching, preaching, prophesying, children’s ministry, and presenting Jesus in a variety of other creative and apostolic ways. Previous teams have gone to Italy, Cyprus, Russia, and South Africa.
About the Leaders
The Nelson Family consists of:
Greg (40), Esther (36), Chiara Agape (5), and Tayah Grace (2).
Originally from Canada and bring over 15 years of ministry experience collectively. They have served with YWAM previously in Australia as DTS staff on specialized schools in human trafficking, youth ministry, and pacific islander culture & this will be the first DTS they have co-lead together.
Greg's warm and inviting personality mixed with Esther's skills in the kitchen and her tenacious heart to get to the root of the issue make them passionate about discipleship and sharing faith and life around the table. They look forward to serving you as you grow closer to God on this DTS!
Greg & Esther Nelson, DTS Leaders