What Students Say

  • "It is practical but also challenges at lots of levels, both heart and mind."
  • "The approach to cross-cultural awareness was very good and thought provoking."
  • "It has equipped me for going in to another culture."
  • "I had an amazing time."
  • "The training I received at Express, All Nations has been so relevant to what I experienced on mission: culture shock, transition, a multicultural team etc. It was a really valuable time of preparation, both with our heads (in classes) and our hearts (through friendship and time with God)."


Course Tutor

Jan Barlow

Jan previously worked as an occupational therapist, specialising in end-of-life care. She served in China for 5 years, training people in rehabilitation, child development, palliative care and bereavement support.


Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December 2023
Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July 2024

Residential - December │July

Why choose Express?

Are you...

  • a leader or member of a multicultural / diaspora church?
  • interested or involved in cross-cultural missions in your local community?
  • considering or about to embark on a short-term missions trip?
  • wanting to learn more about mission and what it means to be missional?
  • involved in supporting missions in your local church or through a mission agency?

…then the Express course may be just what you are looking for.

What is Express ? 

Express  is a short, dynamic course that can be accessed by coming to the All Nations campus for 5 days. The course aims to lay a foundation for the understanding and practice of cross-cultural missions in any context, home or abroad.

The course topics are built around 3 key questions:

  1. What is mission?
  2. Why get involved in cross-cultural mission?
  3. How can I work well with those from other cultural backgrounds?

There are also four cross-cutting themes that run throughout the course to help focus the learning. These are:

  1. Biblical Foundations
  2. Cultural Awareness
  3. People Skills, and
  4. Practical Issues

What Express is not...

  • A substitute for in-depth training for longer term mission service if you intend to be serving abroad for more than 1 year.
  • An accredited, higher academic course.

What are the entry criteria?

There are no prior academic requirements for Express. 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. 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 qualifications will I get?

The All Nations Express certificate.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered through interactive workshop style sessions, presentations, case studies, and group activities.

Further Information

For more details about express please contact the express administrator, Tina at express@allnations.ac.uk.

Key Information

  • Course Fees
  • Course Dates
  • 2023-2024:

    Standard Residential Rate: £427
    Group Residential Rate (2 or more people): £378
    Concessionary Residential Rate (full time student or All Nations partner*): £324
    Course deposit: £15 (non-refundable)


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

    *All Nations Partner: an organisation that uses Express Residential exclusively for the cross-cultural training of its short-term mission partners.

  • The Express course is available in December and July every year.


    Monday 4 December - Friday 8 December 2023
    Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July 2024

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