"This year has been great for developing my personal growth in leadership and my relationship with the Lord. If you are looking to spend a year seeking to be more like Jesus, this is the place for you."

- Lydia, DY student


WHAT IS the discipleship year?

The Discipleship Year is all about growing as disciples of Jesus for a life of adventure with him. During this year you’ll be equipped, empowered and encouraged to grow as a disciple of Jesus. Our aim is that by the end of the year you will be a ‘disciple-making disciple’ serving Jesus and his Kingdom with the whole of your life for the whole of your life.

  1. Go deeper in your relationship with God
  2. Grow stronger in who God has made you to be and the purpose he has for your life
  3. Get involved by serving in a local church
  4. Discover, exercise and nurture your spiritual gifts and passions
  5. Be challenged to step out, risk and see God work through you
  6. Experience the adventure of overseas mission

The Discipleship Year is for those aged 18-24. It will take you on a life-changing journey of discovery and adventure. You’ll be inspired, get some practical ‘hands on’ Kingdom experience, make life-long friendships and have a lot of fun in the process!

Each training centre will invest eight hours each week in teaching, training and equipping you to grow as a disciple of Jesus. Alongside this you’ll be mentored, coached and invested in by local church leaders.

The teaching will cover a number of core subjects including growing a deep life with God, our identity in Christ, the Kingdom of God & the ministry of Jesus, understanding and applying the Bible today, evangelism, leadership, character development and calling among others! You’ll learn from some inspirational and experienced leaders from different spheres of life, including church and the marketplace.

In turn you’ll be serving in the local church and/or Christian organisation where you get to put into practice all that you are learning. This could be in any number of different areas including youth and children’s work, social justice, worship, creative media, family ministry and evangelism. These placements are a minimum of 12hrs per week including a Sunday. Typically, you will find your own accommodation and find part time employment to cover living expenses. However, some placement churches/organisations provide accommodation and some financial support with fees and living costs. For more information, contact the training centres by clicking on the link below.

where are the centres?

You can choose from a number of training centres across the country. Find out more by clicking on the location below:




All your teaching and training, including two national Discipleship Year weekends away (October and January) are covered by the student fee of £1,000 and the placement church fee (each placement church pays £500 per Discipleship Year student). This is all paid to the training centre that you are going to be based at. Full fees are due by the course start date.

Short-term mission trips are arranged by some of the training centres around the country - details about each trip will be given during the first term of the Discipleship Year. Costs will vary depending on the country that is visited. For the mission trip, you need to confirm your place with a deposit within the first term, and full fees are due no later than four weeks prior to the departure date. The mission trip is optional but we’d encourage every student to sign up!


The year begins on 11 September 2017 and will end on 20 July 2018, although students are expected to serve on team at one of the New Wine United. Please note that team places are popular.


Firstly, click the box and get filling in the form!

If you’re not sure where to go or what to do, then why not contact some of the training centres above? The training centre leaders would love to help you in any way that they can.

You don’t need any special qualifications to do the Discipleship Year. Come just as you are! Everyone starts in a different place but by the end of the year you’ll be more confident and capable as a follower of Jesus.

For more information email dy@new-wine.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!


What are the course dates?

The dates for the 2016-17 course are Monday 11 September 2017 to Friday 20 July 2018 plus one of the New Wine United in the summer of 2018.

Do I get any time off?

You’ll get time off during school holidays during the year, although this depends on your placement and part time job (if you have one). Although we expect you to be committed to the course for the time you are here and to make it your priority, we try to be as flexible as possible with allowing people to go home for special occasions and other visits.

How much does it cost?

The student fee for the 2016-17 course is £1,000. This fee needs to be paid in full before the course starts, by the end of August 2017. Your placement church will also pay £500 to the training centre.

This includes two weekends away and all your teaching materials.

You will also need to pay for your accommodation and living expenses such as food and entertainment. Your training centre and placement church might be able to help you with this.

Finally, you will need to pay for any international trips you wish to go on.

How can I raise money to do the Discipleship Year?

It is a lot of money, we are aware of that and do everything we can to keep costs down. However, we have seen God provide time and again for people when they come to do the course.

The most important thing you can do is pray. God is faithful and many people who have done the course have miraculous stories of his provision.

Here are some great ways of raising money to fund the Discipleship Year (thanks to our friends at Soul61 for these suggestions):

  • Ask 25 people (they don’t all have to be Christians!) to sponsor you £10 a month or 50 people to sponsor you £5 a month for the 10 months of the course. Sponsors could set up a transfer direct into your or our bank account. = £250 a month = £2750!
  • Run a movie & popcorn night at home. £10 entry x 10 people = £100
  • Do a car wash to raise funds. £5 a car x 20 cars = £100
  • Ask for money towards your fees instead of having birthday or Christmas presents. £100?
  • Clear out your bedroom and have a car boot sale or sell your stuff on eBay or gumtree and put the profits towards your fees. £150?
  • Odd jobs – we can all help decorate a friend’s home, help them in the garden, walk their dog etc. – £100?
  • Sponsored event – run a 10k, cycle a 10k, walk a 10k, or sit in silence for 24 hours with nothing to give you company other than your sister’s hamster! £250?
  • Ask your home church for financial support as well as for prayer support.
  • If you have your own savings you can of course use those.
  • Work hard during the months before joining the Discipleship Year and save up your earnings.
  • Produce a monthly prayer letter with stories of what you are looking forward to as you prepare for The Leadership Course and while on the course let people know what God is doing in you, remember to include photos, prayer points and information about how to donate.

What is the application process like?

Firstly, you need to complete your application form online and get your referees to complete the reference forms. The training centre or placement church that you have applied to will be in touch to talk about your application. If they decide they would like to interview you then they will give you a date to come and see them.

What does a typical week look like?

You’ll have a day per week of teaching, training and equipping from some fantastic speakers and leaders. You’ll then spend a minimum of 12hrs per week in your placement church serving in a particular ministry area. This will include a Sunday.