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Vision & Mission

Mission is the beating heart of All Nations - find out what it’s all about!

We live in a rapidly changing world with a myriad of exciting and dynamic cultures.

No longer do Christians need to head overseas to engage in cross-cultural mission - people from many different cultures can be found on our doorstep. Migration and rapid worldwide travel has transformed our world into a kaleidoscope of cultures in nearly every nation and continent. This is the world which God loves and for which He sent His Son Jesus to die.

Our Mission

To cultivate biblically rooted, hope-filled and culturally relevant engagement with God’s mission by training and equipping disciples of Jesus Christ in partnership with the global church.

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Here at All Nations we are committed to enthusing you for cross-cultural mission!

We want to train and equip you for this mission, whether to people fleeing persecution in their home country, postmodern young people alienated from their parents’ generation, or to sophisticated people in the high rises of Asian megacities. This preparation includes the development of biblical and ministry skills as well as engagement with missional scholars and practitioners to enable you to understand what mission in the 21st century is all about. And the multi-cultural All Nations community will challenge your presuppositions and help you to study mission in a vital and hands-on way.

The Mission

If mission is the beating heart of All Nations you need to know what it’s all about...

Some people define mission so broadly that almost anything done in the name of Christ becomes mission! But as Stephen Neil said, “If everything is mission, nothing is mission”. At its root you need to remember that we live in a creation which is alienated from God as a result of the fall. People who do not know Him are eternally lost and their greatest need is to be reconciled with Him through the work of Christ on the cross. Whatever else we may say about mission we must never lose sight of the need to introduce people to Jesus with the aim of leading them into a new and eternal life by repentance and faith in Him.

However, such mission is not a cold communication of the facts of the gospel. It must be demonstrated by Spirit-inspired acts of love which will lead to transformation of both individuals in need and societies which are scarred by poverty and injustice. In the Great Commission Jesus tells us to make disciples who will obey His commands. It is no good dragging drowning people into the Christian lifeboat and simply leaving them there. We need to help them to become more and more like Christ through intentional discipleship, and to gather them into the fellowship of the church so they can show the love of Christ to a world of need—as well as giving them a heart for the restoration of the creation which has been marred by sin.

If that is the big picture, how are we to go about our mission?

In some countries it is possible to be very open in evangelism, discipleship and leadership training, but in many countries it is simply not possible to work with the label “missionary”. All Nations will help you through a variety of very practical courses of study to see how to engage in mission with integrity while engaged in business, education, development or social activity. You will also learn what it means to do mission when working in places where other religions are dominant.

The days when mission was closely allied with an export of Western civilisation are long gone. But it is a challenge for all of us to minister in a culture which is different in both its thinking and its practices from our own. All of us, no matter what our ethnic or cultural background, tend to think that our way of viewing the world and living in it is the right one. At All Nations we are committed to helping you practice contextualisation and we will help you to learn how to communicate the gospel, do church, and engage in theology in a culture that is unlike your own.

Discover how God can use your gifts in Mission

10 students chose to do Extended Arts Projects for their final year BA dissertation. Each focused on a different theological theme and context. Each student was able to use their creativity through art, music, film, sound, book illustration and creative workshops to share God's love for the world in a variety of different ways. Their methods, style, form and production might vary, but God's mission is still the same. We look forward to seeing where they use God's gifts next in the future.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the time you can devote to study, either a PG Certificate, Diploma or Masters level qualification is available. You can select from 6 - soon to be 7 -  different award options.

If you have already completed postgraduate study you may wish to use our library for ongoing research in your area of specialism. You can come to the College for private study and research which you may wish to consider during your sabbatical or time off. Or you can partake in our Advanced Short Courses which run at post graduate level.

Whilst cross-cultural experience is preferable, it is not essential. However, applicants with no cross-cultural experience should definitely consider starting their studies at level 4 (Certificate level).

For a postgraduate course, four years is the minimum period of cross-cultural experience required.

Not necessarily, however you may find a degree in Biblical and Intercultural studies of use to you before going into missionary work. If this is your second degree, consider taking the two-year option, depending on your past experience and Biblical knowledge. You may also decide that a Certificate or a Diploma is better suited to your situation if you are more interested in the subject and the training than the end qualification.

The courses start mid September and the academic year finishes at the end of June/beginning of July. It is also possible to start the second and third year of the BA programme in another term, unless you need to do the Foundation course which takes place in Term 1.

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Unsure which course is right for you? Or have another kind of query? Don't hesitate, contact us today.

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