REACH THE UNREACHED IN THE HIMALAYAS
The Backpackers DTS is a Discipleship Training School that powerfully combines the pursuits of backpacking and missions. The chief focus of the DTS is to see people become disciples of Jesus who love God with all their heart, obey God radically from a posture of love, and make disciple-making disciples. We spend approximately half of the 13 week lecture phase in the Rocky Mountain backcountry (we do mostly backpacking, though we typically spend a week rock climbing and a week whitewater rafting as well). On our trail weeks, the teaching takes place in the outdoor classroom, and everyone shares responsibilities in running camp. We explore topics such as the Word of God, Hearing God’s voice, the Father-Heart of God, the Nature & Character of God, Holy Spirit, Missions, Disciple-making Movements, ect. Backcountry experience is not required for potential students, but a desire to pursue intimacy with God deep in the beauty of His creation is!
The weekly schedule of the Exploration phase will include:
12 hours of teaching and feedback: There is a different speaker and topic each week, and on trail weeks, the speaker will backpack/raft/climb/camp along with us and teach in the outdoor classroom.
8 hours of worship & intercession: Experience various expressions of worship, and cry out together with God’s heart for the lost.
8 hours of serving our community in work duties: As followers of Jesus, we want to develop a servant-hearted attitude and lifestyle. Everyone will receive a small, daily duty at base or in camp, and once a week we will all tackle larger community projects together.
4 hours in outreach preparation: Learn about South-Asian culture and language, and intercede for future ministry.
2 hours in small groups: Divide into same-gender groups to discuss deeper topics and process weekly learning.
1 hour in one-on-ones: Process individual growth and discipleship with a DTS staff or school leader.
10+ hours are available for learning outdoor skills or free-time depending on the week’s location.