YOUR PASSION CAN IMPACT NATIONS

Use the things you love to further the Kingdom of God.

Electives

Electives are optional courses you can add to your Discipleship Training School. No experience is necessary - you'll start with the basics. In your Elective classes you'll learn how to use your passions on the mission field.

Elective time is added to your regular Discipleship Training School schedule. You will spend an extra 4-6 hours per week learning and practicing under the guidance of your experienced Elective leader.

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Worship

This Elective is for anyone with a heart for worship. In addition to your regular DTS activities, during the Worship Elective participate in times of worship, musical theory teachings, and practical applications. There will be individual and group times of instrument and vocal training, and opportunity for you to grow in your understanding of and heart for worship.

Additional Details

Worship Elective Topics Include:

  • Songwriting
  • Band directing
  • Building a set
  • Heart of worship
  • Transparency and vulnerability
  • Spontaneous/prophetic worship

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Geared toward coffee lovers and those who want to learn how coffee can change the world through missions, the Barista Elective can be taken in addition to the Discipleship Training School.

 

During this Elective, you will spend scheduled afternoons working in our on-campus coffee shop, the Depot, where you'll explore the art and culture of coffee. You will become proficient in making a variety of coffee drinks, learn about coffee bean flavors and regions, and travel to local coffee shops. No former experience is required.

Additional Details

Barista Elective Topics Include:

  • Brewing basics (V60, Chemex, Aeropress, espresso)
  • Practical coffee knowledge (history of coffee, growing regions, varietals, etc.)
  • Sensory training (both taste and smell)
  • Espresso bar skills and latte art
  • Roles of barista and hospitality
  • Intro to business management
  • Intro to roasting coffee

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Sports & Fitness

For anyone with an interest in sports and fitness, or willing to try challenging, new things, this Elective explores how athletics can open doors around the world for the Gospel to be shared. Previous athletics experience is not required.

 

In addition to your regular DTS activities, during this Elective you will participate in relevant teachings, play a variety of sports, and spend time working out in our open-air gym.

Additional Details

Sports and Fitness Topics Include:

  • Basketball, soccer, rugby, Ultimate, volleyball, and more
  • Purpose vs. performance
  • Biblical competition
  • Nutrition
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Confidence vs. pride

Photography

This Elective is for new or experienced photographers who want to improve their abilities or learn to use photo for missions and storytelling. You will learn camera basics, participate in a variety of assignments, and practice communicating God's heart and story as it unfolds around.

You must bring your own camera to participate in the Photography Elective. 

 

No prior photography experience is required.

Additional Details

Photography Elective Topics Include:

  • DSLR basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc.)
  • Portraits and Composition
  • Lighting
  • Storytelling and Photojournalism
  • Co-creating and Producing with God
  • Basic Photo and Video Editing

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Justice

The Justice Elective is for anyone who desires to better understand God's heart for the vulnerable. In this Elective you will gain a biblical understanding of justice, consider modern global injustices, and look at complex social justice movements through a biblical lens. You will also spend time working in our community garden, producing and selling vegetables to support local social justice causes.

 

Justice Elective students will leave with a personal action plan for caring for a vulnerable people group.

Additional Details

Justice Elective Topics Include:

  • Justice in the Old and New Testaments
  • Modern application of biblical justice
  • The Quartet of the Vulnerable
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery

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ekballo: Greek for "to send out with force, produce, bring forth"

 

This Elective is for anyone interested in learning about long-term missions. In addition to your regular DTS activities, you will explore what looks like to be an overseas missionary.

 

You will participate in teachings from some of our own staff who have served overseas, experience different kinds of food from nations we visit, and travel to places of worship (temples and mosques) in order to develop your understanding of what others believe and prepare to share the Gospel.

Additional Details

Ekballo Topics Include:

  • Least-reached peoples of the 10/40 window
  • World religions
  • Language and cultural adjustment
  • Sharing the gospel across a culture
  • Building a support team

ekballo
resound

Worship

This Elective is for anyone with a heart for worship. In addition to your regular DTS activities, during the Worship Elective participate in times of worship, musical theory teachings, and practical applications. There will be individual and group times of instrument and vocal training, and opportunity for you to grow in your understanding of and heart for worship.

Additional Details

Worship Elective Topics Include:

  • Songwriting
  • Band directing
  • Building a set
  • Heart of worship
  • Transparency and vulnerability
  • Spontaneous/prophetic worship

barista

barista

Geared toward coffee lovers and those who want to learn how coffee can change the world through missions, the Barista Elective can be taken in addition to the Discipleship Training School.

 

During this Elective, you will spend scheduled afternoons working in our on-campus coffee shop, the Depot, where you'll explore the art and culture of coffee. You will become proficient in making a variety of coffee drinks, learn about coffee bean flavors and regions, and travel to local coffee shops. No former experience is required.

Additional Details

Barista Elective Topics Include:

  • Brewing basics (V60, Chemex, Aeropress, espresso)
  • Practical coffee knowledge (history of coffee, growing regions, varietals, etc.)
  • Sensory training (both taste and smell)
  • Espresso bar skills and latte art
  • Roles of barista and hospitality
  • Intro to business management
  • Intro to roasting coffee

sports-and-fitness

Sports & Fitness

For anyone with an interest in sports and fitness, or willing to try challenging, new things, this Elective explores how athletics can open doors around the world for the Gospel to be shared. Previous athletics experience is not required.

 

In addition to your regular DTS activities, during this Elective you will participate in relevant teachings, play a variety of sports, and spend time working out in our open-air gym.

Additional Details

Sports and Fitness Topics Include:

  • Basketball, soccer, rugby, Ultimate, volleyball, and more
  • Purpose vs. performance
  • Biblical competition
  • Nutrition
  • Anaerobic and aerobic exercise
  • Confidence vs. pride

camera

Photography

This Elective is for new or experienced photographers who want to improve their abilities or learn to use photo for missions and storytelling. You will learn camera basics, participate in a variety of assignments, and practice communicating God's heart and story as it unfolds around.

You must bring your own camera to participate in the Photography Elective. 

 

No prior photography experience is required.

Additional Details

Photography Elective Topics Include:

  • DSLR basics (shutter speed, aperture, ISO, etc.)
  • Portraits and Composition
  • Lighting
  • Storytelling and Photojournalism
  • Co-creating and Producing with God
  • Basic Photo and Video Editing

justice

Justice

The Justice Elective is for anyone who desires to better understand God's heart for the vulnerable. In this Elective you will gain a biblical understanding of justice, consider modern global injustices, and look at complex social justice movements through a biblical lens. You will also spend time working in our community garden, producing and selling vegetables to support local social justice causes.

 

Justice Elective students will leave with a personal action plan for caring for a vulnerable people group.

Additional Details

Justice Elective Topics Include:

  • Justice in the Old and New Testaments
  • Modern application of biblical justice
  • The Quartet of the Vulnerable
  • Human trafficking and modern slavery

ekballo

ekballo

ekballo: Greek for "to send out with force, produce, bring forth"

 

This Elective is for anyone interested in learning about long-term missions. In addition to your regular DTS activities, you will explore what looks like to be an overseas missionary.

 

You will participate in teachings from some of our own staff who have served overseas, experience different kinds of food from nations we visit, and travel to places of worship (temples and mosques) in order to develop your understanding of what others believe and prepare to share the Gospel.

Additional Details

Ekballo Topics Include:

  • Least-reached peoples of the 10/40 window
  • World religions
  • Language and cultural adjustment
  • Sharing the gospel across a culture
  • Building a support team