Becoming a Bible Translator

I want to be a Bible translator, now what? Where do I get training? How do I know if I’m gifted? What are the different opportunities for serving Bible translation needs?

  1. Pray and meditate over Scripture to make sure your desires are biblical, God-honoring desires (for help with this discipline, use DA Carson’s book, Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation). Pray over Scripture and make plans, watching the Lord direct your steps (Prov 16).
  2. Seek the counsel, affirmation, encouragements, exhortations and admonitions of your pastors, elders and other mature Christians who know you well and can affirm (or deny) your spiritual readiness for Christian ministry, and who can guide you on to grow in godliness. There is wisdom in having a multitude of counselors (Prov 11:14; 15:22; 24:6) but we must submit even the wisdom of others to the perfect truth of Scripture (Ps 19; 119:24; Acts 17; John 17:17; 2 Tim 2:15; 3:14-17).
  3. If others affirm your spiritual readiness, see our Resources pages, including options on Where to Get BT Training. You’ll need to think through the BT triad, unless you know you’ll be joining a team where you can focus on just one aspect of the triad.
  4. Sign up for our quarterly newsletter so we can stay in touch and you can get to know others in the BTF network.
  5. Email us <fellowship[at]bibletranslationfellowship[dot]org> or call us [470.24.BIBLE] if we can be of further help in guiding and praying for you on your pursuit of glorifying God by serving for the progress and glory of God’s Word in the church (2 Thess 3:1).