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Encounter is a short, introductory course that can be taken by studying online for 20 hours over 4 weeks, either as a group or individually. The course covers the basics of cross-cultural mission through a series of online lessons and workbooks that are commented on by a member of the All Nations training team. We encourage peer learning through a discussion forum.

Why choose Encounter?

Encounter is specifically designed for those who are interested in or are considering involvement in cross-cultural ministry.

Are you:

  • Considering or about to embark on a short-term mission trip?

  • Interested or involved in cross-cultural missions in your local community?

  • 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 Encounter course may be just what you are looking for.

What Students Say

“The course is informative, whatever your experience of mission... there are absolute gems of information/guidance to learn from and ponder [as you consider] your next step.”

“I have learnt so much about myself and God’s view on mission which has given me the tools to prepare well for my short-term mission trip.”

“[Encounter] is a biblically based way of preparing for cross-cultural mission... essential.”

“[Encounter] has prepared me immensely for cross-cultural mission, opening my eyes to the sensitivity and knowledge I need in order to serve God well.”

“I feel thoroughly prepared with all aspects of mission, or at least feel I have the tools to equip me for all scenarios. There is so much preparation that one can do which I wasn’t even aware of!”

What is Encounter?

Encounter is a short course that lays 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

  4. Practical Issues

Encounter will give you the tools to make the most of a short mission trip.

What Encounter is not...

  • A substitute for in-depth training for longer term mission service if you intend to be serving abroad for more than 6 months.

  • An accredited, academic course

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 Encounter certificate.

How is the online course delivered?

The course is delivered through lessons, discussion forums and a downloadable workbook.

When can I start?

Online Express courses run throughout the academic year.  We offer flexible starting dates for individuals or small groups. 

For more information about Encounter please email

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