Who are the courses for?

The All Nations advanced short courses are for those involved in and looking to deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of mission in diverse contexts (both in the UK and beyond). The courses are at postgraduate level and ideal for those looking to update their knowledge of cutting edge theory and practice from a biblical perspective. Participants should ideally have a minimum of two years’ relevant experience to the course they are accessing. However, the courses are also suitable for practitioners who are moving into new areas and contexts in their mission involvement. The advanced short courses are now delivered as intensive, or modular courses.

Intensive courses are 4 to 5 days long, and are classroom based and residential. The course will involve both a mixture of input and discussion, drawing on students own experience from around the world.

Modular courses involve 2 to 3 hours of lectures weekly over a period of 10 weeks, combined with self study. Courses can be accessed on campus or remotely.

    • Advanced Short Courses

      Methods and Models of Contextual Theology

      10th January - 20th March, 2020

      This course provides an introduction to Contextual Theology and allows students to study the origins of the discipline and its validity within the field of theology. Using Stephen Bevans’ Models of Contextual Theology (Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 2002) as a core text, students of this course are able to examine and evaluate the methods and models of contextual theology drawn from a multitude of Christian traditions and from different parts of the world. Particular attention is paid to...

    • Principles and Practices of Community Transformation

      10th January - 20th March, 2020
      MODULAR - Mondays 9:30am - 1:00pm
      This course provides participants with an in depth look at understandings and concepts of poverty, injustice and inequality and examines and critiques approaches to addressing these issues from both a secular and biblical perspective. The course enables participants to evaluate and critique their own experience of development from a Christian faith based perspective and deepen their understanding and practice of approaches that bring about transformational change at the level of individuals, communities and society.

    • Biblical Foundations for Mission

      11th January - 21st March, 2020
      MODULAR ​Tuesdays, 9:30am - 1:00pm NOW FULL

      This course provides participants with an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of key biblical themes and texts which have had a major influence on the churches understanding and practice of mission, enabling students to critique and evaluate their own understanding and practice of mission from a biblical perspective. The course is taught by Dr V.J. Samkutty a highly experienced Biblical scholar and teacher.     

    • Advanced Short Course


      13th January - 21st March, 2020
      MODULAR Mondays, 2pm-5pm

      This course provides participants with an in-depth examination of the theory and practice of leadership from a biblical perspective, and examines how this works out in diverse cross-cultural contexts. The course includes an overview and critique of key leadership theories, New Testament models of leadership, the role of emotional intelligence, building resilience in leadership, and the role of the leader in shaping vision, values and culture.  The course is taught by a variety of people all with extensive experience of cross-cultural leadership in a mission context.    

    • Advanced Short Courses

      Church Re-imagined for a Global Age

      13th January -  26th March, 2020
      MODULAR - Mondays 2:00 - 4:00pm

      The course is aimed at those involved in church-based ministry, including those engaged in church planting, evangelism, and theological and mission training in a variety of contexts globally. It seeks to equip students to undertake in-depth analyses of how theology, context and global forces shape ecclesiology; to understand the influence of church form on mission practice and priorities...


    • Advanced Short Courses

      Multicultural Ministry

      13th January - 26th March, 2020
      MODULAR Thursdays, 2pm-5pm

      This course is particularly aimed at those wanting to explore the opportunities and challenges of ministry in a multicultural context. It is especially relevant for those already involved in an ongoing ministry within a multicultural church or engaged in ministry within a multi-cultural context. Participants will be enabled to study the multicultural church phenomenon in depth, and interact with and learn from those experienced in the area of multicultural ministry.

    • Planning and Managing for Transformational Change

      23rd - 26th March, 2020

      This course is designed for those seeking to update their skills and knowledge in the planning and management of community based programmes, and the running of organisations which seek to have a holistic impact on their communities and wider society, both in the global North and South. The course will be facilitated by Dr Mark Galpin who has extensive experience of development programme design and management, and leadership of faith based development organisations.

    • Contextual Engagement with Islam

      23rd - 26th March, 2020
      This course brings together theoretical and practical components.  The theoretical component examines the existence and development of different movements within Islam. The practical element will look into issues encountered by Christian mission in different contexts.  The course builds on foundational knowledge in order to engage with the realities of lived Islam from a pragmatic perspective.

    • Advanced Short Courses

      Multicultural Worship

      20th - 23rd April, 2020

      This 4-day intensive course is aimed at those involved in or interested in ministry in multicultural settings. It is particularly relevant for leaders who are committed to developing multicultural forms of worship and liturgy. The course aims to give practical opportunities to explore liturgy and worship from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds and examine how local art forms can be used to shape liturgy and worship for multicultural settings.

    • Advanced Short Courses

      Missiological Issues in Contextual Theology

      Monday 27th April - Friday 31st July

      This course focuses on the missiological issues that have an impact on the shape and context of any contextual theology. The changes within World Christianity in a 100 year period are examined in order to determine their impact on mission and contextual theology. Particular attention is also paid to how contextual theologies are shaped by...

    • Mission Strategy

      21st - 24th April, 2020

      This course is suitable for those currently involved in or likely to be involved in the development of mission strategy at a church or organisational level. Delivered by experienced mission practitioners and thinkers, this course will equip participants to develop effective strategies for missional engagement in the current global context. Lessons will be drawn from historical models of mission strategy. Current global trends in mission will be examined, and strategic planning approaches, tools and frameworks explored. 

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