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Pre-Ministry Training

Candidate School

Candidate School takes place after the Annual Conference, typically held during the last week of September. It covers NBM philosophy and procedures.  


To adequately prepare you for ministry in the Intermountain West, Northwest Baptist Missions requires those new to ministry to serve a one-year internship with an experienced pastor in the region. We believe this helps in the following ways.

Cultural acclimation

Practical ministry experience

Time to plan for future church planting

Time to establish your church planting team

Assess ministry and personal strengths and weakness 

Grow personally and ministerially

After your internship, you will meet with the Director of NBM and your Internship Pastor to review your experience and future ministry plan. They will also provide further encouragement and mentoring as you step into the next part of your ministry.

Team Building 

Northwest Baptist Missions strongly encourages a team ministry approach. Your team members participate by praying, giving, and serving with you on the field in the new church plant. The deputation process provides an opportunity to build a supportive team that will enable you to serve as God has called you to. 

To build this team, you will need to be able to share your call to the field, the spiritual needs of your region, and your personal needs with churches and individuals.

We recommend creating the following resources to help you in this process. 

A clear, well-designed website and social media presence

A clear and comprehensive communication strategy

 A list of potential supporting churches 

Ready to get started?

Submit our preliminary application below to step towards becoming a missionary church planter with Northwest Baptist Missions.