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The Discernment Process
As stated in our bylaws, a three-month preparation period is required for membership in the Order of the Daughters of the King® (Article IV Section, D2). During this time prospective members participate in a period of concentrated study, training, prayer and service (Article III Section 3, A1).
Another word used to describe the preparation period is discernment period. Discern means to understand, distinguish or differentiate something. What is it that distinguishes The Order of the Daughters of the King® from other Christian women’s organizations? What makes us different? This is what the preparation period is all about, helping women understand what it means to be a member of our beloved Order and then finding out if God is calling them to make this commitment.
Prospective members are encouraged to use this time for reflection and discernment. It should be an opportunity for growth and commitment to our Lord Jesus Christ and an awareness of how essential prayer and service are for the spread of His kingdom. It is therefore very important they take the full three months to prepare for membership in the Order and learn about: 1) who we are, 2) what we do, 3) what is expected of us as members, and 4) whether God is calling you to make this commitment.
The National Study Guide is designed to help women prayerfully discern a call to become a member of The Order of the Daughters of the King®. It serves as the official preparation for prospective members, introduces the Order’s Rules of Prayer and Service, establishes an understanding of the Order, and serves as a review for current members of the Order. Through the three-month preparation period we hope prospective members prayerfully decide to become Daughters of the King and realize the importance of the commitment they are about to make. Most importantly, we hope it will develop and strengthen their relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.