ABT’s church-planting teams will typically include the following:
1. Old Testament translator
2. New Testament translator
3. Community development coordinator
After learning the language, the New Testament translator will likely begin his work by translating passages from one of the gospels.
As passages become available in the heart language of the people, the church-planting team can teach and disciple directly from the Scriptures.
Training Requirements for New Testament Translators
Quality Bible translation requires sufficient preparation. New Testament translators serving with ABT may go beyond our minimum required training but should at least complete the following requirements.
Along with the home church, ABT will provide direction and financial assistance to help members-in-training complete these requirements. Training completed previously may also be accepted.
1. Phase I ABT training (Orientation Week)
2. Time spent in cross-cultural outreach or mission
3. Two years of college-level Greek
4. Two summers at Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)
5. Mission Medical Intensive (MMI)
6. Four semesters or equivalent in Bible study
7. Phase II ABT Training
Interested in serving on an ABT church-planting team?
How to Join ABT
Training Sources for New Testament Translators
We recommend these resources for members-in-training depending on their needs.
A hands-on training school in Thailand that integrates Bible, missions, and Anabaptist theology.
Six-week terms of study from September to May. Courses in Bible, Theology, Evangelism, and more.
Two-year program consisting of two interconnected components: immersion courses and online courses.
1) The immersion courses are intense, in-person classes designed to immerse participants in the target language.
2) The online courses are highly communicative video conference sessions that serve as a bridge between the immersion courses, and build fluency and interaction with the text.
Learn the Greek of the New Testament as a real, living language, not just as a code to be cracked.
God’s Bible School, Cincinnati, OH
Online and on-site Biblical Greek courses and Bible classes.
Nine weeks of graduate-level linguistic training each summer (undergraduate students can still apply). Hosted at the University of North Dakota (UND).
Courses offered year-round for undergraduate and graduate credits. Hosted at facilities in British Columbia and Ontario.
Medical and Humanitarian:
Cross-Cultural Mission Training
A hands-on training school in Thailand that integrates Bible, missions, and Anabaptist theology
Serve and study on the field in Ghana under experienced church planters with Charity Christian Missions.
SENT I is a three-month course in the fall. SENT II is a two-year internship.
Mission Medical Intensive (required), Aquaponics, Clean Water, Community Health, and more