Path to the Nations

Our process for identifying, connecting, and preparing new staff for international assignments

From the time a person shows interest in serving cross-culturally until departure for their ministry location, Path to the Nations is designed to be a relationally-focused and developmentally-biased process. We invest in people so that they can invest in the nations.

First, here are a few definitions you’ll see used:

  • Candidate: anyone interested in an International Staff Assignment with Navigators World Missions for 1+ years
  • Missions Mentor: World Missions staff who walks with Candidates from beginning through DISCOVERY
  • Receiver: Navigator staff or laborer who will be the supervisor in the international ministry location
  • Appointee member: World Missions staff who walks with Candidates from appointment to departure

1. Interest Phase

Leadership Blessing

The candidate talks with current spiritual leaders and mentors about missions interest.


The candidate informs World Missions of interest and interacts with a US-based Missions Mentor to investigate opportunities. During this phase, the candidate and Missions Mentor will initially assess the Candidate’s fit with the Navigators calling, values, and vision, as well as his/her readiness for the specific opportunities being explored.

Attendance at Missions Exposure is also suggested in order to discover more about your calling and fit with World Missions.

2. Exploration Phase


The Candidate narrows interest down to top one to three best matches, interacts with potential Receiver(s) to gain understanding and discern fit, and then makes a decision with World Missions and potential Receiver about moving forward. This could include a Vision Trip to the potential location(s).


Receiver submits Invitation to Apply to World Missions on behalf of the Candidate for a specific assignment.

3. Assessment Phase (2-4 months)


The Candidate submits World Missions assessment materials (application, references, and background history questionnaire). The Receiver submits materials (job description, budget).

These materials are then reviewed by World Missions and a decision is made regarding invitation to DISCOVERY.


The Candidate makes travel plans to attend DISCOVERY in Colorado Springs (see upcoming dates below), including developmental training, group interactions, and break-out discussions with World Missions staff and counselors. Upon completion of DISCOVERY, candidates can expect

  • relationships: candidates get to know the people of World Missions and the organization as a whole. World Missions staff also get to know the candidates.
  • next steps: we help candidates identify developmental areas and the next steps and resources to address those areas.
  • confirmation: together we seek God’s confirmation of the fit between the candidate and the specific role being applied for. This results in a decision of 1) Yes, 2) Yes, with conditions, 3) Wait, or 4) No.

4. Preparation Phase (6-20 months)

Pre-field Preparation

If appointed, the Candidate begins any required preparation and fundraising with the help of an Appointee Mentor. This includes Navigator Funding & Orientation which falls directly after DISCOVERY, and a 2-4 week cross-cultural ministry training which is usually completed closer to departure.

These materials are then reviewed by World Missions and a decision is made regarding invitation to DISCOVERY.


Once the Candidate completes required preparation and is fully funded, the Candidate departs for the new ministry location!