About Perspectives

The Perspectives Study Program is a ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission - a non-denominational parachurch ministry that works with churches, mission agencies, and campus ministries around the world.

The Perspectives Program

The program is run locally around the country by teams of volunteers; alumni who have been personally impacted by Perspectives and have a desire to mobilize their community to God's global purposes. It is hosted by various churches or non-profit organizations around the country. Usually local coordinators try to have Perspectives classes hosted in a different location each year, so as to involve a network of churches and organizations that can reach out to the nations represented in their communities. These locations serve as hosts and supporters of the study program. Shifting the location from year to year helps foster the mentality of it being a neutral, community wide course.

So how does Perspectives work?

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a Christian education course designed to help believers learn more about God's heart for all nations and how believers worldwide can play an active role in the Great Commission. It is run locally, coordinated regionally, and supported behind the scenes by a national office. It is currently in over 200 locations each year around the USA with many more locations worldwide.

Who runs Perspectives?

  • The Perspectives Study Program is a ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission - a non-denominational parachurch ministry that works with thousands of churches, mission agencies, and campus ministries around the world.
  • Perspectives is run locally around the country by teams of volunteers, usually alumni, who have been personally impacted by Perspectives and have a desire to mobilize their community to God's global purposes.
  • Perspectives is hosted by various churches or non-profits around the country. Usually local coordinators try to have Perspectives hosted by a different church each year, because it is not owned or operated by a local church. The churches are serving as hosts and supporters of the study program. Shifting the location from year to year helps foster the mentality of it being a neutral, community wide course.

15 Lessons

  • Perspectives classes are 15 weeks, one night a week for about 3 hours each session.
  • There are some intensive courses that cover the material in one week and a summer intensive that lasts 3 weeks.

What happens each week?

  • Different instructors from around the country come to teach the class, depending on their areas of expertise and experience.
  • Classes normally have two one-hour teaching sessions with a break in the middle, and some time at the beginning and end to review last week's and next week's lessons.
  • Teaching formats vary each week depending on the instructor's personality. It is not uncommon to have small group discussions, short videos, incredible testimonies, Q&A, and teaching.

Course Materials

  • Perspectives Reader - a collection of hundreds of articles written by men and women from various backgrounds, denominations, and ministries. It is a unique collection of pointed articles that help you grasp what God has and is doing around the world and how you can be involved.
  • Perspectives Study Guide - a workbook with homework/quizzes and personal response sheets to help you learn and apply what you've read in the articles and heard from the lecturers.

Have more questions about the program? Visit our U.S. National web site.

   

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