Applying to DiscipleMakers

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The missionary application process outlined below is designed to help DiscipleMakers discern whether you may be a good cultural 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 are working out in the lives of our applicants.

The application process

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

The application itself asks questions about your knowledge and understanding of the Scriptures, your past ministry and professional experience, your church involvement, basic biographical information and several essay questions. Additionally, a mandatory background check will be run so as to protect the college students to whom we minister. 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 the application deadline passes, DiscipleMakers' Interview Team will select from among the available applicants some to invite to the interview phase of the application process. Who we invite to this next phase is restricted by (a) available interview time slots and (b) degree of cultural fit based on the application and references. Each applicant will receive a response regardless of whether he or she will proceed to the interview phase.

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. If you would be unable to attend these in-person interviews due to extenuating circumstances, you may contact the Interview Director and explain your situation.

After your interviews, you will receive a response soon thereafter. Should you be offered a position with DiscipleMakers, you will have a up to a week to accept the position. Should you accept, you will receive training materials to prepare for your first assignment – support raising – and be invited to an in-person support raising training day that will take place several weeks thereafter.

Note for married couples: DiscipleMakers requires that husband and wife work together on staff with DiscipleMakers. While this may look different for every couple, we expect both spouses to complete the missionary application. 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.

Fall 2017

If your application and references are received by November 3:

Interview invitations* will be sent by: November 13
Interviews will take place on: November 20 or 21
Job offers will be communicated by: November 27
Job offers must be accepted by: December 4
Your support raising training will take place on: January 11-12, 2018

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

Spring 2018

If your application and references are received by February 2:

Interview invitations* will be sent by: February 19
Interviews will take place on: February 26 or 27
Job offers will be communicated by: March 5
Job offers must be accepted by: March 12
Your support raising training will take place on: May 24-25

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

Summer 2018

If your application and references are received by May 18:

Interview invitations* will be sent by: May 28
Interviews will take place on: June 4 or 5
Job offers will be communicated by: June 11
Job offers must be accepted by: June 18
Your support raising training will take place on: July 16-17

* Submitting an application does not guarantee an interview.

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Ready to apply? You can pause and resume your application at any time.

Have questions? Contact DiscipleMakers' Interview Director and he'll be happy to help you.