Pilgrimage (Backpacking) DTS

Upcoming Dates: 22 Oct 2018 - 8 Mar 2019

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Location: Marine Reach Training

Focus: Explore Creation. Know the Creator.

Everyone is on some sort of pilgrimage. However, there’s a specific group of people – BACKPACKERS – who long for adventure, exploration, and self-discovery. More than 350,000 backpackers journey to New Zealand every year, many of them young adults from different countries, backgrounds and worldviews who are seeking and asking the hard questions about life, about God, and about their futures. The Pilgrimage DTS is for ADVENTURERS who long to EXPLORE the truth and freedom of God before turning to invite others into that amazing reality.

Maybe it’s time for you to go on a pilgrimage with God. Really go after Him. Allow Him to show Himself to you through His creation. Get away from the “norm” for a while, and get in touch with your wild side. You’ve got nothing to lose, and everything to gain.


The first 3 months of the Pilgrimage DTS (the lecture phase) is for YOU. This is your time to place your focus on God, going deeper with Him and beginning to understand His incredible goodness and wildness. This is your opportunity to open up to Him and be real about your struggles and triumphs, your questions and convictions, and your wounds and scars, in turn finding Him to be your Father, Healer, Comforter, Warrior, and Sustainer. You will have teaching, both inside a classroom and out tramping some EPIC mountains trails, in order to really know and experience this God. You will build relationships with fellow students from all over the world, learning to be a part of a community that is accepting, loving, challenging, and encouraging. You will live on the property of our training centre in Tauranga, NZ, surrounded by beautiful New Zealand countryside, and you will also get to spend some time camping and backpacking in other parts of New Zealand’s north island. It won’t often be easy, and it will stretch you spiritually, mentally, and physically. But if you come looking for God, you will find Him…and probably a lot of FUN, FRIENDS, and ADVENTURE along the way.


Your lecture phase is in preparation for the 2-month outreach that follows, when you will have the opportunity to SPREAD THE FIRE that God has ignited in your heart. Most of our outreaches take place in the Southeast Asia or Pacific regions (including New Zealand itself) and generally involve activities like practical work, prayer ministry, street evangelism, and leading church services or Bible studies. However, we are hoping that you also discover how to live with a lifestyle of naturally sharing your faith. As we journey to different parts of the world, you’ll see how easily conversation happens when you have received the love of the Father and carry a heart filled with love for every person. The purpose of this phase of DTS is first and foremost for you to grow in the practical outworking of your faith and ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD in the nations of the earth! However, you may have the opportunity to use backpacking as a tool for reaching out! Prepare to have your mind blown with what God is capable of doing through you!