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? Click here. You will need to fill out a request form to be granted access to the DNI portal.
Phase II 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 III 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)
Phase IV 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.