What Students Say

  • "My heart is bursting with thanksgiving, yes my Lord and God has once more been faithful in meeting me where I was, explore has played a big part in this process. I knew from the start that God had planned this encounter for me and it was exhilarating meeting Him through all the topics."
  • "I have thoroughly enjoyed doing this course and if I am being totally honest I didn’t realise how great it would be and how much I would gain from it! I thought it would be a bit more of an “academic” study, but in actual fact, it has been much more of a mixture of head, heart and mind. I’ve been so impressed with both the content and the method of delivery and will certainly be recommending it to others…" Jen, 2018
  • "Was better than I anticipated because of all the different learning styles, the different subjects covered, the biblical aspect and the personal reflection parts which really made me consider what I thought about things and how I processed the information."
  • "The explore course has been a rich, rewarding experience which God has used in my life. Thank you."
  • “It exceeded my expectations and I’ve enjoyed it as a learning format much more than I’d hoped.”
  • “The single biggest thing which directed me spiritually, which then helped most practically was the explore course.”
  • "It really has changed my thinking, given me a new outlook, time to reflect and ponder, time for consideration and evaluation."
  • This course is taught by current and former missionaries (and other experts) which will change the way you see yourself, and your understanding of God's plan to reconcile the whole world to Himself through His son Jesus. It is highly practical as well as theological, and touches (briefly) on every area of mission I can think of. Tim, 2022

Course Tutor

Andrea Thomas

BSc (Hons), Dip. in Mission Studies (All Nations), PhD (Microbiology - OU).


Online - September │January │April

Why choose Explore?

If you are heading for cross-cultural mission service and need some flexibility in your studies, then our 13-week online mission training course is for you. Or maybe you would simply like to know more about mission and wish to explore God’s will for your life.

What is Explore?

Explore is a 13-week online programme that provides a foundation for cross-cultural mission service. It has been taken by over 250 students in 34 different countries!

As part of an online community, you will participate in an interactive course written and facilitated by a training team who have current mission experience. After the first week of getting to know one another, the journey takes you through the four, 3-week modules:

1) Who am I?
2) What is mission?
3) Culture and living in community
4) Integral mission

The course will provide you with a biblical foundation for your life and ministry. Examining the issues of effective teamwork and how to develop and maintain healthy relationships will also be studied. You will gain a deeper understanding of culture, current trends in mission and the effects of transition, enabling you to relate and integrate more easily across cultures. A variety of tools will be provided throughout the course including programme planning and management.

The course material is delivered through a repeating weekly pattern of 3-5 online lessons and a forum discussion that you contribute to by the middle of each week. You will develop a sense of community and deepen your learning through commenting on each other's 'posts'. Answers to questions asked in the lessons are recorded in a downloadable weekly workbook. You will be assigned a personal online tutor who will comment on your workbooks and journey with you. We will meet as a group 2-3 times during the course via Zoom to share and encourage one another.

What are the entry criteria?

There are no prior academic requirements for Explore. Those who are confident in expressing themselves in written English will benefit most from the course. An indication of the level of English we advise is an IELTS score of at least 5.5 in Reading and Writing.

What qualification will I get?

The All Nations Explore certificate.

When can I start?

Explore runs three times a year so you can begin in September, January or April in any academic year. You will need to commit to about 7 hours of study per week.

New Feature: ‘Spot-lites’

'Spot-lites' are additional 1-week specialist topics that can be taken at the end of the explore course. Topics currently available are: 'Language Learning' and 'Living as a Family Cross-Culturally'. These can be taken for £49 per topic, with a 10% reduction if participants sign up during the application stage.

Further information

For more detailed information about Explore course click here.

Please email explore@allnations.ac.uk for application questions,
elearning@allnations.ac.uk for course questions.

Key Information

  • Course Dates
  • Course Fees
  • What Mission Organisations Say
  • Explore runs three times a year:

    Academic Year 2023-24

    Autumn Term: 11 September - 9 December 2023
    Spring Term: 15 January - 24 April 2024 (allowing for a 1 week break over Easter)
    Summer Term: 29 April - 27 July 2024

  • 2023-24:
    Total cost per person for 13 weeks:
    This does not include 'Spot-lites'

    For more information about the breakdown of fees please click here (see 'En Route Programme Fees').

  • Director for Candidates, OMF International (UK)
    I recommend this course for those who are beginning to explore the Mission of God in greater depth. Though not residential, the course includes regular online community learning, providing a sense of belonging and the real challenge and richness of learning with others. The course curriculum is well thought through. It demands personal reflection, real application and covers a wide range of very relevant issues.


    Personnel Coordinator, Interserve England & Wales
    Explore is excellent! It fills the gaps in knowledge, even for mature Christians with little experience of cross-cultural mission issues. As well as learning, students appreciate the on-line community and mentoring aspects. Studying at home is a bonus as our applicants juggle with family life and a full-time job.

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