New translation projects start by building partnerships between a language community, its local churches and outside organisations.
From this base of good partnership, it may be necessary to assess the languages to see which communities are most suited for new translation work to begin. After that, linguistic skills may be required to analyse the language and devise an alphabet.
Trained literacy workers assist the community to read and write in their own language. There may also be a need for audio Scriptures to be made, or videos that point people to Jesus. Partnership with church leaders is also vital so that the translated Scriptures change lives and communities.
Local translators receive training, and may require input from translation advisors/consultants with a greater knowledge of biblical languages.
Throughout the project, there will be a need for staff such as Personnel, administrators and project managers to ensure things run smoothly. Finance workers correspond with donors and ensure that donations reach the places they are needed.