The Daniel Training Network (DTN) is a decentralized network of trainers, disciples, and churches bound by a common vision to equip the saints to persevere in obedience to Jesus through the intense difficulties that will precede the establishment of His kingdom at the Second Coming (Check out our page “Why The Urgency”).
To this end, our primary ministry functions are prayer, relationship-building, training, resource development and coordination. We also encourage the use of a small-group training environment that fosters strong relationships.
As training is offered and resources generated in context to the Daniel Training Network, our goal is to coordinate those resources and make them available freely to others by means of an online resource center (our website).
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The name Daniel means “God is my judge.” As part of our identity, the name “Daniel” is to function as a constant reminder that one day all of us will give an account of our lives before God (Rom. 14:12). We want this name to help us remember to keep our eyes fixed on the things that truly matter to God as we pray and seek to faithfully obey Jesus’ command to make strong disciples (Mt. 28:18-20). Our deepest longing is simply to stand before Jesus when He returns and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servants. You were faithful to Me and did not shrink back from loving Me even in the face of death. And you were faithful to make other disciples who did the same.”
The book of Daniel also inspires the focus and desired outcomes of our training:
- Pray: Daniel was committed to a lifestyle of prayer and fasting despite opposition, especially in times of crisis (Dan. 6:10-13; 9:3; Dan. 10:2-3). Like Daniel, we too are committed to making a lifestyle of prayer foundational to everything we do. Jesus says that apart from abiding in Him, we are fruitless (Jn. 15).
- Proclaim: Daniel had clear understanding of the biblical gospel. He proclaimed the Messiah’s coming earthly Kingdom (Dan. 2:34-35, 44), the Second Coming (Dan. 7:13-14), the bodily resurrection of the righteous and the wicked (Dan. 12:1-3), and the inheritance of the saints in the coming Kingdom (Dan. 7:18, 26-27). Like Daniel, we are committed to declaring the biblical gospel boldly in word and deed.
- Prophesy: Daniel had skill in hearing the Spirit clearly, and therefore had prophetic understanding of the purposes of God at the end of the age (Dan. 1:17; 2:26-28; 4:4-9; 5:10-12). Like Daniel, we too prioritize hearing the Spirit’s voice as crucial to preparing for the persecutions that the saints will face at the end of the age (Dan. 7).
- Prepare: Daniel faithfully and righteously administered his God-given assignment despite opposition and in times of turmoil and transition (Dan. 5, 6:1-5). Like Daniel, we want to prepare for Jesus’ return by empowering the different parts of Jesus’ Body to faithfully carry out their God-given assignments with integrity, righteousness, and in the fear of the Lord.
- Provoke: Daniel carried an intercessory burden for Israel’s restoration (Dan. 9:1-19), because Israel’s salvation is linked to the restoration of the entire earth (Is. 62). Like Daniel and Paul (Rom. 10:1), we want God to increase a burden for Israel’s salvation. The true litmus test of our quality of life as the church is this: Are we walking in a quality of love and declaring a quality of witness sufficient to provoke the nation of Israel to jealousy for her Messiah (Rom. 11:11)? When they see Gentile faces, do they see the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and the self-sacrificial love of Jesus? The resurrection of the dead and the Second Coming happen in context to the fullness of the Gentile harvest coming in and Israel’s national salvation (Rom. 11).
- Persevere: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah model for us a resolve to remain faithful to God through persecution and tests (Dan. 1-3; 6). Also, Daniel had great clarity about the unprecedented time of persecution that the saints will encounter at the end of the age (Dan. 7-8, 11-12). Like Daniel, we want ourselves and others to have clarity and understanding about the nature and purpose of that coming persecution. More importantly, our desire is for as many people as possible to actually remain faithful to Jesus when the thing about which we are seeking clarity actually occurs.
- Promise: In Daniel, God has given a promise to those who give themselves to preparing the saints to persevere in righteousness through the coming difficulties: they will shine forever and ever in the Kingdom of God (Dan. 12:3-4)! Like Daniel, we want ourselves and those we influence to shine forever in resurrected glory because they remained faithful to Jesus through the coming tribulation.