The Sending Church's Role

Each team member’s home church is his primary support team.

ABT is structured to include the team member’s home church in the overall work of translation and church planting. The sending church becomes involved and takes ownership of these tasks in several ways, which can be divided into four general categories.

Church-planting oversight

When a church-planting team goes to the field, one sending congregation will provide direct oversight to the church-planting process, while ABT will function as the support and coordinator for the Bible translation.

We suggest that the sending church form a committee of qualified brothers to serve as a connection link between a home church and the team on the field. These brothers will form a local mission board to provide informed input, logistical assistance, and thoughtful oversight of the church planting work on the field. They will need to prepare to serve together as an active recruitment team. This will primarily include assisting in the development of prayer support, logistical support, and financial support.

About ABT's role

Prayer support

All successful mission endeavors have been made possible by intercessory prayer.

One example is the story of Saint Patrick. After receiving an unmistakable call from God to go to Ireland, Patrick spent nearly 25 years in prayerful preparation before he received the release and blessing from his church in England to go. When Patrick and his dedicated team finally reached Ireland, it took only one short decade for vibrant churches to be established throughout the country.

Each ABT team should understand the power of prayer and also find committed people who will pray their work forward. Prayer support partners will be vital to the success of their ministry.

Read or download this article for inspiration as you support others in prayer.

Prayer Support article

Logistical support

ABT’s goal is to send teams with a minimum of three to five people. This includes one individual (or couple) working primarily on translating the New Testament and one working on the Old Testament. A third individual (or couple) should be trained in medical and other community development skills. These positions are filled by the long-term team members--the core church-planting team.

However, many opportunities exist for short-term volunteers, including school teachers, construction workers, computer technicians, literacy assistants, and other kinds of logistical support.

The home sending church will have the first opportunity to provide these short-term team members.

About long-term team members

Financial support

By the time a team heads to the field, they will already have spent a minimum of two to four years in preparation.

The home sending church should be the first avenue of support for those in training, but for a wider and deeper foundation, team members will also develop a support base of friends and family outside their local congregation.

In addition to coordinating the training and translation, ABT compensates 1/3 of each member’s training expenses and living expenses on the field.

These support streams flow together to provide the total amount needed for team members on the field.

About working together

Audio Sermon

"Foreign Servants: EXTENSIONS of your local church!"
Preached by Joe Root to a sending church in Kansas
Consider the Scriptural call to establish indigenous churches, and the sending church's role in this work.
The entire sermon. 46 minutes.

The Church That Sends

Or click the link below for a shorter version. This includes the second half of the above message.
23 minutes.

12 Points of Encouragement for Sending Churches

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How to Join ABT

  • “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, 10