What Students Say

  • “The En Route course gives those called to serve Him in a cross-cultural context a very sound and deep preparation for what could potentially lie ahead. It also motivates you to go out into all nations and proclaim His truth but in a culturally sensitive and confident way.”
  • "En Route helped me to leave unrealistic expectations behind and gave me the necessary tools for my 'missionary backpack' to serve abroad. The blends of learning styles within the lessons of En Route, the faithful staff, the passion for the Word of God, the lovely food and opportunities to play sport and make (worship) music still brings fruitful and blessed memories. Whether inexperienced in mission (as I was) or a mission-veteran: En Route will challenge you in fresh ways!"
  • “It’s just so good. I wish everyone in my church and family could attend as cross-cultural mission is not just for a select few being sent overseas.”
  • “The course has great breadth and depth in terms of understanding cross- cultural mission, reflecting deep engagement with the Bible and a range of disciplines. There is a balance of attention to theory and practice, rooted in the lives and experience of the tutors, which gives it great authenticity.”
  • “It provides a great foundation for any Christian in developing an understanding of mission – this is so important for every Christian, not just those who know themselves called to go overseas.”
  • “It is a clear and concise, yet comprehensive preparation. It is training that comes from a place of being rooted in Christ and the Bible. It’s a really supportive environment for learning and being equipped.”
  • “The fellowship, spiritual protection and personal empowerment prepared me for more than cross-cultural mission. I had the privilege of spending 10 weeks in a safe place, growing ‘in love’ with God and his godly people."
  • “It has provided a solid foundation for cross-cultural mission based on the bible and grounded on the cross-cultural experience of the tutors. There is a good balance of emphasis on head, heart and hands.”
  • “En Route helps to detach yourself from your ‘home’ environment and your comfort zone. It gives the opportunity to prepare yourself in a broad interdonominal setting. Within in the classes of En Route you build your own base for your future mission work and it gives you the possibility to really dive into variety of subjects! As a couple we now live and work in Colombia and many times we refer to our time at All Nations, when things go well but also when we have challenges moments we have the tools to resolve!”
  • "En Route... steered us into serving the poor (and the wealthy [the community in general]) in a new cultural context on the Wiltshire/Somerset border. It also equipped us for speaking more openly and confidently about our faith in the workplace. It helped us see ourselves actually as we were - Missionaries to the UK, and encouragers of the Church in various formats - serving quietly [Holy Habits] and noisily - BIG sung worship, and in bringing new cultures and other Christian points of view on prayer, worship, and life in general to the body of the church in rural deprived areas."
  • "En Route was one of the best equipping experiences for serving overseas. My husband and I are Mission Partners with the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. Ministry at times can be lonely and stressful in another part of the world and since being here I have often referred back to my resources, notes and my learning journal that I was encouraged to keep whilst at All Nations. I cannot recommend the course highly enough - it is a MUST for anyone serving overseas short or long term in mission."
  • "En Route was invaluable for me as I prepared to go to Kenya. It made me think through a lot of issues that I had never thought about before such as communicating the gospel cross-culturally, the difficult dynamics of working in a team and understanding ATR. I remember wrestling with the ideas of how we bless poorer people without causing them to become dependent on our wealth. I learnt a lot about myself, my character and personality and the strengths that I can bring to a team. It helped me deal with the emotions of the transitions that I was about to go through, saying goodbye and become like a child in a new culture and language. Not only were we stimulated intellectually by a diverse range of topics, but living on campus has given me lifelong friends! It was so good to be part of the wider All Nations community to live together, serve together, and support one another. More than anything, it helped me grow in my love for God and for the task he has called us to: to go and make disciples of all nations."
  • “This course has been a real blessing. The group has been fantastic. The tutors have been fantastic. ANCC is a really special place, blessed by God. This course has been the best thing that we have done in our Christian lives so far. I don’t know any other course or program that packs so much learning and so much growth into such a short time.” En Route Student, 2019.

Course Tutor

Jan Barlow

BSc (Occupational Therapy), Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, MA Leadership with Mission.

En Route

Residential/Zoom - September │January │April

Why choose En Route?

If you are interested or involved in cross-cultural ministry and service, whether at home or abroad, and have 10 weeks available for training then En Route is for you.

What is En Route?

En Route is a 10-week programme of essential training that covers the basics of cross-cultural mission. It has been designed and developed by Dr. Ruth Wall, and now has over 400 graduates from over 35 nations. It is aimed at those from 18-80 years of age who are considering cross-cultural work but have little or no previous training, as well as those with some experience who are looking to reflect and build on their understanding. It is suitable for those who desire to be engaged in cross-cultural mission through their local church and/or a Christian mission agency, both locally and globally.

What will we cover over the 10 weeks?

Over the 10 weeks of En Route you will explore a wide range of topics including: the Biblical basis for mission; developing a full understanding of the concepts “culture” and “worldview” and their implications for our cross-cultural Christian life and service; current trends and contemporary approaches in mission; exploring the spiritual disciplines and their relevance to longevity in mission; understanding poverty, development and “Integral Mission”; keeping healthy in body, mind and spirit; working as part of a cross-cultural team, and a whole range of practical issues from communication and finances to practical and creative skills workshops.

Who leads En Route?

Jan Barlow (BSc (Occupational Therapy), Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Care, MA Leadership with Mission.) is the En Route programme leader.

Alongside Jan, other All Nations tutors and visiting lecturers contribute to the En Route programme.

What are the entry criteria for En Route?

There are no prior academic requirements for En Route.  Full benefit will come to those with good conversational English. An indication of the advisable level of English would be an IELTS score of 4.5 in Listening and Comprehension and 4.0 in Reading and Writing. 

For those for whom English is not their first language, an interview may be conducted to ascertain the student's suitability for the course. However, the college retains the right to refuse an application if it is not satisfied with the candidate’s ability to communicate in the English language.

What qualification will I get?

The All Nations En Route certificate.

How is the course delivered?

This is a residential course, although students who are able to commute may do so. The programme is delivered from the College campus, which is in a beautiful rural setting here at Easneye House in Ware, Hertfordshire.

What sort of work load can I expect?

Classes run from 9:30am-1pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional afternoon classes and all-day study trips. The remainder of the afternoons are available for personal study and the completion of assignments. There are also optional class trips to different mono/multi-cultural churches on four Sundays over the course of the term.

Kitchen or maintenance chores are also part of College life both to foster a servant heart, build community and to help keep student fees to a minimum

Further information

For more details about En Route please contact the En Route administrator, Tina at t.braithwaite@allnations.ac.uk

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Key Information

  • Modules
  • Course Fees
  • Course Dates
  • Module 1: Who am I? 
    Understanding our identity and personality in relation to God, His mission and others. Living in a cross-cultural learning community, working in teams and handling transition.

    Module 2: The Bible and Mission
    Exploring the Bible’s missional narrative and examining mission in the early church, across the centuries and in our world today.

    Module 3: Culture and Religion
    Developing an understanding of culture, worldview and religious traditions, and their implications for cross-cultural life and work.

    Module 4: Relating and Integrating Across the Cultures 
    Dealing with the practical issues of cross-cultural life and service, equipping students with the skills for building cross-cultural relationships.

    Module 5: Integral Mission: Building God’s Kingdom
    Exploring cross-cultural evangelism, discipleship, church-planting, creation care, poverty and development, and arts in mission.

    En Route to...
    Understanding God’s guidance and call on our lives and gaining practical resources for the next step/season of life.

  • For more information about the breakdown of fees please click here.

  • En Route runs 3 times a year beginning in late September, early January or late April in any academic year.

    Autumn Term:  Wednesday 21 September - Saturday 3 December
    Spring Term:    Wednesday 4 January - Saturday 18 March
    Summer Term: Wednesday 19 April - Saturday 1 July

    Application deadline is 6 weeks prior to programme start date.

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