How We Operate

All-Nations partners with sending churches to facilitate church planting among unreached people groups. The sending church is the primary support team behind each church-planting team member.

Bible translation is All-Nations' specific function. Church planting, however, is done under the direction of sending churches. The two really are inseparable, because discipleship and church planting depend on the Word of God. Bible translation is a means to the end of church planting.

All-Nations' Board of Directors and Executive Committee operate with input from the Advisory Council. Ethnos360 and other Bible translation ministries provide occasional consultation and some necessary training.

Keep reading to learn more about how we operate, or read this post on our blog to understand All-Nations' relationship to the Church.

Our Vision, Mission, Core Values


All-Nations does not provide all the training necessary for Bible translators or community development facilitators. Much of team members’ training is provided by other organizations who specialize in various aspects of training needed. These organizations include the following:

  • Faith Builders Educational Programs (FBEP), offering a five-week Winter Term with Bible-related courses grounded in an Anabaptist worldview.
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), a companion organization of Wycliffe Bible Translators that offers training in linguistics and language learning.
  • EQUIP International, offering practical courses including a Missionary Medical Intensive.
  • Institute for Global Opportunities (IGo), a conservative Anabaptist ministry offering mission training opportunities overseas.
  • Various college-level courses for Greek and Hebrew language study
  • This training is sandwiched between All-Nations Orientation and Team Launch, both at our base in State College, PA.

    All-Nations works with members-in-training to help them acquire the necessary training and contributes a percentage of financial support for training expenses.

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    The Sending Church

    Primary support for each church-planting team member is provided by his sending church.

    Each team member’s home church or sending church should be committed to providing support in many areas including prayer, finances, logistics, and communication.

    Typically, one sending church will give primary oversight to the church planting process.

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    The Bible Translation and Church Planting Team

    All-Nations team members, whether working in translation or community development roles, have one goal: to establish a local church with local leaders under the authority of Jesus Christ by His Spirit and His Word.

    Discipling and church planting is the responsibility of all team members.

    The Bible translation, as well as any community development, serves this goal of church planting. This is why, in the illustration above, Bible translation and church planting are shown as a joint project. However, All-Nations will have primary oversight of the translation process, and the sending church will have primary jurisdiction in church-planting responsibilities.

    Our Vision, Mission, Core Values

    Interested in serving on an All-Nations church-planting team?

    How to Join All-Nations

  • “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, and 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