Going the distance makes a difference. The apostle Paul obviously thought understanding the worldview and customs of those in Athens was necessary to communicate the message of the risen Christ. It is just as important in our time. The gospel doesn’t change, but learning how to connect with people in their own culture is still critically important.
The Advanced School of Missions is a four or nine-month program of advanced, targeted training in missions to equip mission teams to effectively share the gospel in the culture they have chosen. The instructors in the Advanced School of Missions were missionaries
themselves. They provide not only theoretical knowledge but also hands-on experience and hearts for world evangelism.