Applying to DiscipleMakers

Our missionary application process is designed to help DiscipleMakers discern whether you may be a good fit for DiscipleMakers, and vice versa.

What we're looking for

We are looking for sincere, pervasive humility in every one of our missionaries. Our effectiveness as a ministry depends on the humble, teachable spirit of each of our missionaries, for “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble" (1 Peter 1:5).

Additionally, we are looking for those who are actively living out our Core Values. The majority of the missionary application process is geared toward understanding how these Core Values play a role in applicants' lives.

The application process

DiscipleMakers has two application seasons per year, each with its own timeline for when applications are due and when subsequent events will take place.

The application asks questions about your knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures, your past ministry and professional experience, your church involvement, and basic biographical information. It also includes several essay questions. As an effort to protect the college students to whom we minister, we require a background check. Each application also requires a number of references, including pastoral, professional, peer, and DiscipleMakers staff references (when applicable). All references must be received by the application deadline; it is up to you to follow up with each reference and, if necessary, seek alternative individuals to complete the references in time.

Once an application deadline passes, DiscipleMakers’ Interview Team will select applicants to invite to the interview phase of the application process.

All interviews will take place on a set day at the DiscipleMakers Headquarters in State College, Pennsylvania. Each applicant will have four interviews: one on Bible study and discipleship, one on finances and fundraising, and two on relationships with Jesus, church, and other people.

All interviewees will receive a response within a week. Should you receive an offer to become a DiscipleMakers missionary at that time and accept the position, you will receive training materials to prepare for your first assignment of support-raising, and be invited to attend our in-person support-raising training that will takes place twice a year.

Note for married couples: DiscipleMakers requires that husband and wife work together on staff with DiscipleMakers. While the details vary for every couple, we expect both spouses to complete the missionary application and to participate in individual interviews. If your spouse isn’t interested in applying to DiscipleMakers, neither of you will be able to move forward in the application process.

Upcoming application timelines

Please note that dates below are subject to change.

Spring 2019

This application season closes on March 29, 2019.

If your application and references are received by that date:
Interview invitations* will be sent by: April 15
Interviews will take place on: April 22 or 23
Offers of acceptance will be communicated by: April 29
Your support-raising training will take place: June 26-28

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

Fall 2019

This application season closes on October 11, 2019.

If your application and references are received by that date:
Interview invitations* will be sent by: October 28
Interviews will take place on: November 4 or 5
Offers of acceptance will be communicated by: November 11
Your support-raising training will take place on: TBD

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

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Questions can be directed to DiscipleMakers' Interview Director.