Upcoming Nations Courses

The 2020 Chiang Mai course has now been postponed until next year due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions in many countries.

The Nations Course is now scheduled for

13thJune – 23rdJuly 2021

The Nations Course will:

  • Train you for effective cross-cultural ministry
  • Equip you to bring Jesus to unreached people groups
  • Promote a culture of life-long learning

The Nations Course has been developed to equip new missionaries with tools to ensure their first term is successful and fruitful. The course is also valuable for missionaries already on the field.

Nations is largely based on the World Harvest Institute course material, which has a proven record of effectively equipping cross-cultural workers to quickly reach maximum effectiveness. Without pre-field training, it can take seven years to reach maximum effectiveness, but research has shown that with pre-field training, this time can be reduced to only three years.

This course is run by World Outreach, but it is not exclusive to workers within the organisation. Nations is taught by experienced WO missionaries as well as guest lecturers with a proven track record of effectiveness in the field.

It is a six-week, full-time course, with five hours of lectures and four to five hours of reading and assignments per day. The comprehensive, intense structure of the course maximises value in the shortest possible time, while maintaining a focus for effective long-term mission service. Didasko Academy’s Discovering Missions series or Kairos course are helpful but not essential courses to complete before starting Nations.

Nations Tutors

Dr Lorraine Dierck

Lorraine served in Thailand with World Outreach for 35 years. She pioneered ministries including the Good News Team, Muangtong Life Church, and the Bangkok Mission Centre. Her work focused on developing and training leaders to initiate church-planting movements among Buddhist people groups in Thailand. Lorraine continues to mentor these leaders as they plant new churches in unevangelised areas of Thailand.

Lorraine’s academic qualifications include Master of Religious Education, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Missiology. Lorraine has served World Outreach in many leadership roles and continues to serve on the World Outreach Board.

Dr Malcolm and Wendy Taylor

Malcolm and Wendy spent a number of years on the field with their children/teens, in a children’s ministry. Since then, they have been upgrading their skills at Bible college. Currently, Malcolm is a Senior Lecturer at Canterbury University, and Wendy is a Professional Teaching Fellow at Laidlaw College. They are the Principals of The Nations Course.

Paul and Sue Fosse

Paul and Sue Fosse are Field Leaders for Mozambique, Malawi, and Zambia. They worked in Mozambique for 27 years mentoring leaders and helping establish many churches. They are now based in South Africa where they run a small guesthouse for missionaries. They also visit the field each year.

Patki Kharmujai

Pakti is a trainer with Reach Educational Foundation, a WO partner ministry, and began his missions journey in 2007 with the Kairos course and currently serves as South Asia Global Region Coordinator for Simply Mobilizing International. He has also served as Assistant in Charge of his church’s Assam mission team that served the Patti Rabha people of Northeast India for over five years, and is still involved in raising and training teams. He lives in Shillong, India and is married to Rifimea Doreen Laloo.

Course Subjects

Animism and Mission

An in-depth study of animistic worldview and the expression of this in the lives and rituals of the people. Particular emphasis will be given to Christian evangelism, discipleship, and church development in its confrontation with animistic practices and institutions: witchcraft, sorcery, shamanism, possession, priesthoods, ancestor beliefs, and prophetic movements, etc.


This topic gives an introduction to cultural anthropology and applies the insights of anthropology to the communication of the Gospel cross-culturally. The course focuses on cultural processes and cultural patterning. Particular attention is given to the processes of cultural change and their use in the transmission of the Christian message and the growth of Christian communities.

Cross-cultural Church Planting

An overview of church planting principles to inspire, inform, and equip cross-cultural workers to be effective church planters, so that chains of churches can be planted in a way suited to the targeted culture, using methods that the local believers can use to facilitate continued growth.

Cross-cultural Communication

A study of the principles and processes of communication, including communicating from one culture to another. In particular, this topic will focus on the communication of the Gospel, with special attention being paid to the incarnation as God’s example of how to communicate cross-culturally.

Cross-cultural Leadership

Students will develop an understanding of the social and organisational context in which leadership takes place, the role of a leader in an organisation, and what designates Christian leadership. They will also explore theory, processes, and practical outworking of Christian leadership development.

Culture and Language Acquisition

The main function of a missionary is to make disciples. In order to do this, the missionary has to be effective in communicating, which usually means learning a foreign language and culture. Students will understand why they need to learn a language, and how closely language and culture are related. Students will be given techniques for language learning and will develop the confidence to know they can learn a language!

Historical Insights

An overview of the development of the Christian movement, focusing on how the church has grown and developed, and how Christians can use these insights in present mission and church work.

Interpersonal Relationships

Understanding ourselves as individuals and as a part of a team is crucial in cross-cultural ministry. Insights, tools, and strategies will prepare cross-cultural workers to handle the complex interpersonal relationships and resolve interpersonal conflict that arises when working together with people from different backgrounds.

Mission Structures

An overview of the importance of Mission Structures that uses World Outreach as a case study, looking at the history, philosophy, practice, processes, vision, and direction of the organisation.

Missionary Life

Missionary life has unique pressures. If we have been prepared for these pressures, then they can strengthen us and our families and facilitate effective ministry. Students will be given tools to help them to handle these pressures and have a fulfilled first term on the field, and to see the possibilities of greater achievements in the future.

Missionary Strategy

Reaching those who have not yet heard the Gospel cannot be done randomly. It is important to strategise so that the job can be completed as fast and effectively as possible. Missionary Strategy is designed to help us learn a process of effective strategisation, including learning from the successes and failures of others.


Seventy per cent of the world’s population lives in oral cultures. How do we reach these people with the Gospel? This subject is very practical and gives students the opportunity to practice in small groups how to present biblical truths by telling Bible stories and asking questions.

Signs and Wonders Cross-culturally

This course is a sequel to the animism topic. Signs and Wonders Cross-Culturally provides tools to minister in situations where overt spirit-world beliefs, contact, and operation are endemic. It teaches how to do this in a way that results in stable church growth and brings maximum glory to God.

World Religions

Most nations do not have only one prominent religion. World Religions gives an overview of the worldviews and philosophies held by the major world religions, looking for points of connection.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions, get in touch with The Nations Course principal, Malcolm Taylor, for more information.