Applying to DiscipleMakers

If you would like to become a DiscipleMakers missionary, you’ve come to the right place!

What we're looking for

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

Primarily, 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.

Additionally, we are looking for:

  • Pervasive humility. 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).

  • Zealous service. Our missionaries recognize that the time is short and that Christ has called them to make disciples. They are self-motivated and diligent. They are constantly thinking about the next step and next opportunity.

  • Relational care. DiscipleMakers is a deeply relational ministry, and each of our missionaries strives to understand and care for others, pointing them to Christ at every opportunity. They are “emotionally intelligent” and relationally aware.

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 a series of 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).

Once an application deadline passes, our 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. During that day, each applicant will have four interviews: one on Bible study and discipleship, one on finances and fundraising, and two on relationships with Jesus, your church, and other people.

Should you receive an offer to become a DiscipleMakers missionary and accept the position, you will receive training materials to prepare for your first assignment of support-raising, and you will be invited to attend our in-person support-raising training that 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 becoming a DiscipleMakers missionary, 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

* 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

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

Spring 2020

This application season closes on March 27, 2020.

If your application and references are received by that date:
Interview invitations* will be sent by: April 13
Interviews will take place on: April 20 or 21
Offers of acceptance will be communicated by: April 27

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

Fall 2020

This application season closes on October 9, 2020.

If your application and references are received by that date:
Interview invitations* will be sent by: October 26
Interviews will take place on: November 2 or 3
Offers of acceptance will be communicated by: November 9

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

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Questions can be directed to DiscipleMakers' Interview Director.