How to Join ABT

Interested in joining an ABT Bible translation team in an unreached people group?
This is where you start.

ABT’s Bible translators and other long-term workers typically serve on church-planting teams. To prepare for this work, you will apply to join ABT as a member-in-training.

It is important to realize that joining ABT begins a partnership between ABT and your sending church. This is why we ask that you discuss your interest with your church before taking steps to join ABT. Sending and supporting you or your family will be a major commitment for your church.

As you prayerfully consider joining ABT, we encourage you to look over the application form below. Also, familiarize yourself with the contents of this website, make sure you receive our monthly emails and semiannual newsletters, and get acquainted with our Statement of Faith and Practice.

When you are ready to apply as a member-in-training with ABT, follow the steps outlined below.

1. Give the Pastor Reference Form to one or more of your church leaders.

  1.      If married, a form should be filled out for both husband and wife.
  2.      As we evaluate the reference form, we may discuss it with your church leader(s).
  3.      When we are satisfied with this discussion, you will be notified to continue the application process.

2. Complete the application and send it to ABT.

  1.      If married, both husband and wife should complete an application and have reference forms sent to us.
  2.      We don’t mind if you fill out the application during Step 1, but we prefer that you do not send it to us until Step 1 is completed.
  3.      See the application itself for further instructions.

3. ABT will notify you and your church leader of our decision.

  1.      Our Application Review Committee and Board of Directors will work together to make a decision regarding your application.
  2.      We may contact you with questions and share or discuss your application with your church leader(s).
  3.      We typically complete this process in one to two months.

4. If accepted, ABT will assign you a contact person and help you get started with the necessary training.

  1.      We will also help you get oriented with a number of helpful documents.
  2.      Expect to be in the training process at least two to four years.



Here are the forms you will need to apply.

Pastor Reference Form Application Parent/Friend Reference Form



  • “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17
  • “Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witness of these things.” Luke 24:47, 48
  • “Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations.” Matthew 28:19
  • “In you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3
  • “That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the Gospel.” Ephesians 3:6
  • “That they all may be one; as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us; that the world may believe that You sent Me.” John 17:21
  • “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’?” Mark 11:17
  • “Ask of me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance.” Psalm 2:8
  • “Behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes.” Revelation 7:9
  • “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1
  • “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” 2 Timothy 3:16
  • “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105
  • “As cold water to a weary soul, so is good news from a far country.” Proverbs 25:25
  • “More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.” Psalm 19:10
  • “All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before You.” Psalm 22:27
  • “Truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.” Numbers 14:21
  • “Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the LORD is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.” Psalm 96:3, 4
  • “For the earth will be filled With the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14
  • “That all the peoples of the earth may know that the Lord is God; there is no other.” 1 Kings 8:60
  • “For from the rising of the sun, even to its going down, My name shall be great among the Gentiles; in every place incense shall be offered to My name, and a pure offering; for My name shall be great among the nations.” Malachi 1:11
  • “All nations whom You have made shall come and worship before You, O Lord, snd shall glorify Your name.” Psalm 86:9
  • “For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.” Isaiah 61:11
  • "Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!" Psalm 46:10
  • "This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3, 4
  • "You are worthy. . .; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God." Revelation 5:9,
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