Issues to Consider Before Exploring Culture is a two week Grow2Serve online course that lays a solid foundation for intentional cross-cultural learning. Studying culture is an extremely valuable and strategic time investment for missionaries and cross-cultural ministry teams. Researching your host culture will open the door for greater levels of personal reflection and effective contextualization of the Gospel. But before you jump in and start collecting information and interpreting what you are seeing and hearing, we’d like to recommend a few preparatory steps. This course asks you to make an investment of 6-8 hours of learning time over the 14-day period.