A high view of God, the Gospel, and the Bible
We believe in the sovereignty of God over all things, that the gospel is the power of God unto salvation to anyone who believes, and that the Bible is the Word of God, inspired, infallible, sufficient, containing the only certain truth for faith and life, and is profitable, equipping believers for every good work.
The worship and glory of God
John Piper wrote, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” The Bible promises us that at the end of this age, heaven will be filled with a great multitude from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages who will cry out with praise toward God (Rev. 7:9-12). The question is this: how do we get from here to there? How are the unreached multitudes of the world to believe in the Christ of whom they have never heard? (Romans 10:14) The answer is through evangelism, discipleship, and missions. They are the means God uses to gather people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself so they can praise Him for all eternity. The worship and glory of God is the goal of our work, but its also the fuel. We, as recipients of His great grace and mercy, consider it a privilege and a spiritual act of worship (Romans 12:1) to serve Him.
We are reliant upon God
We cannot accomplish the task by our own power. The Bible teaches that men are born dead in their trespasses and sins, and that they are hopeless and helpless to make themselves live again. Believers today, just like Paul, have been called to share the gospel with unbelievers in order to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18). We recognize that though God uses our efforts, it is not by our power that someone is saved or sanctified, but only through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:4, 5).
We will operate by faith
Our staff, missionaries, and ministries look to God in prayer for provision for their family and ministry needs. We trust that God will stir and direct His people to start a “partnership in the gospel” (Philippians 1:5) with us that will enable us to accomplish what God has called us to do.
Our service will be spurred on because of what the gospel has done in us, and because of what the gospel may do in others. We use our skills to serve others so we can share Christ. This is why we build greenhouses, plant churches, teach kindergarten, give aid, dress wounds, and train pastors. That whether we eat or we drink, or whatever we do, we do all for the glory of God (I Corinthians 10:31).
We strive for multiplication
We believe the mission field should become the mission force. We strive to ensure that our ministries do not cause others to become dependent upon us. Instead, we invest the gospel, and our gifts, knowledge, and skills in others in order to equip them with the tools to become the newest servants and disciple-makers of the world.
We plant and strengthen local churches
One of the tasks of the local church is missions, and one of the tasks of missions is the local church. A missionary should be sent from and sent to a local church; either to plant or to strengthen. The greatest environment for disciple-making is the local church, and the greatest opportunity to use our various gifts and callings is within the mission and ministry of a local church.
God designed the Great Commission to be accomplished with go-ers (missionaries) and senders working together. They need each other, like an arrow and a bow; it takes both to hit the target. In the book of Philippians, Paul recognized that his work was not his own, thanking the church for their “partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:5). Their love, encouragement, prayer and support were more than a mere “enabling” that allowed Paul to go. It was a partnership that allowed the gospel to spread to the nations. Later, the Apostle John encouraged senders to do their job in a God-honoring way, saying, “You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.” His reasoning was that the go-ers “have gone out for the sake of the Name (Jesus).” DTN equips both the go-ers and the senders for gospel partnership, and helps them discover the beauty of becoming “fellow workers for the truth” (III John 6-8).