Phase I: Identify - Where DNI stands doctrinally and practically, and your personal willingness to serve with them (click here to read what we believe). - The type of assignment: short/long term; church planting/mercy ministry; lead/support role.
Clarify: -Pastor's approval to go forward in the application. -Country/region/people group/religion of interest.
Gather Info: -Fill out the DNI application form (information about your life experience, formal/non-formal studies, cross-cultural experience, ministry experience, work experience/skills, etc.). NOTE: Ready to fill out the application? Email us today to request your application: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phase 2: Establish - Home church involvement: meet and share with leadership team; request assignments/training; discuss support needs - Choose a mentor in the home church - Contact the DNI "Guidance Counselor" and determine frequency of check-in - Set an approximate length of preparation period before departure for service: for Short-Term (less than 2 years) normally 4 months; for Long-Term (3+ years) normally 12 months minimum - Recruit prayer partners - Assemble a local "support team" - Acceptance by DNI in consultation with local church leaders
Phase 3: Design -Missionary Preparation Chart for personal use locally (Track I and perhaps Track II) - Ministry assignments and reports - Guided reading assignments and reports - Character evaluation and formation (Gal. 5:22,23; I Tim. 3:2-7; Titus1:6-9) - Personality evaluation: strengths and weaknesses - Relationship skills and formation - Theological training (reading, reports and discussions):
Anabaptist History and Theology
Religion specific (research, report and encounter)
- On-the-job training - Practical skills training modules - Study at EBI(one or more terms recommended, especially 2nd and 3rd terms; DNI provides tuition for approved workers) -Long Term Orientation at the Ministry Training Center (required for all candidates before departure)
Phase 4: Evaluate -Meeting of pastor, mission committee, mentor, Guidance Counselor, DNI Board member for review and evaluation of readiness -Meet with DNI board (or sub-committee) for assignment, or… -Acquire additional preparation and/or… -Proposal for continuing education during the first term on field with subsequent review.