The DBS is for you if you…

  • long for a strong foundation in the Word of God and want to learn how to apply it.
  • have not read the whole Bible yet and would like to discover God’s story with mankind.
  • have read the Bible and realized that you have more questions than before.
  • have the desire to know God more and to make Him known.
What do you do in a DBS?

In the DBS, throughout 12 weeks, you will get an overview of God’s story with mankind. You will read through all 66 books of the Bible chronologically and learn more about the historical setting and genre of literature of each of the books. You will also learn to share about your faith and put into practice what you have studied. In this way, there is a continuation of the transformation that was started in the Discipleship Training School. You will be involved in lecture times, one-on-ones, small groups, as well as evangelism and mercy ministry times in the community.

Lecture topics in the DBS generally follow through the books of the Bible that you are chronologically studying. As you dig into each book to discover its original intent, you will find that they have different key aspects. For example, you will look at Worldview and Origins as you study through Genesis, Exodus, and Job. Or you might learn about Leadership and Worship as you study the life of David in 1 & 2 Samuel, Chronicles, and the Psalms. During the study of Acts and Paul’s missionary journeys, you might study Cross-cultural Missions and the Cost of the Call. Each book is filled with insights to be discovered!


The next DBS starts on April 7th, 2019. --> APPLY NOW!


WEEK 1 Worldviews and Origins: Genesis, Job, Exodus

WEEK 2 Pentateuch, Wilderness Wanderings: Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Hebrews

WEEK 3 Tribes of Israel, Time of the Judges: Joshua, Judges, Ruth, Psalms

WEEK 4 King David, the United Kingdom: 1&2 Samuel, 1 Chronicles, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs

WEEK 5 The Kings of Judah and Israel: 1&2 Kings, 2 Chronicles

WEEK 6 Early Prophets before the Exile: Micah, Amos, Joel, Jonah, Nahum, Hosea, Isaiah

WEEK 7 Late Prophets, the Babylonian Exile: Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Obadiah

WEEK 8 Post-Exilic and Intertestamental Times, Fulfillment in Jesus: Esther, Ezra, Nehemiah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi, Matthew

WEEK 9 Jesus in the Gospels, the Early Church: Mark, Luke, Acts, James, 1 Peter

WEEK 10 Paul and the Spread of the Gospel: Galatians, Philip., 1&2 Corinthians, Eph., Col., Philemon, Romans, 1&2 Thes., Titus, 1&2 Timothy

WEEK 11 John and the Fight against Heresies: John, 1&2&3 John, 2 Peter, Jude, Revelation


Dates for the next DBS:

Every year from April to June/July
Specific date will follow

25.09.2022 - 16.12.2022

Costs (including room and board) are €2450, plus a one-time application fee of €50.

Course fees should be transferred to  JMEM Hurlach, IBAN: DE22520604100005330050, BIC: GENODEF1EK1, Bank: Ev. Kreditgenossenschaft Kassel. Please specify 'Course fees DBS 743 [first+last name]' in the transfer description. Alternatively, the fees can also be paid in cash or through Paypal or Transferwise. For details about these alternative payment methods, please contact us at dbs@jmem-hurlach.de.

All lectures will be bilingual, in both English and German.

The DBS takes place in a small village in the south of Germany (Bavaria), in a 17th century castle: Schloss Hurlach. Students live on-base with up to ten students in each dorm room. In addition to classes, studies and community times, each student will be involved in up to ten hours of practical work a week.

For UofN Students: The DBS is a registered course within the University of the Nations (UofN), YWAM’s international university. 12 credits are awarded for the completed course, as long as the student has previously completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS). The DBS fulfils the requirements of a UofN Bible core course.

Participation as Seminar Guests: Applicants without a completed DTS are welcome to participate in the DBS as seminar guests. This is possible for the entire duration of the course - in which case the seminar guests participate in the entire course program along with the UofN students and also pay the same course fees - or on a weekly or even daily basis. In this case we charge 25 €/day for lecture, lunch and reading group. Inquiries about joining the DBS as a seminar guest may be addressed to dbs@jmem-hurlach.de.

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