Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
What is Perspectives?
Perspectives is a fifteen-week course designed around four vantage points or “perspectives” — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God’s global purpose.
The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God’s relentless work from the dawn of history until this day.
The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very “do-able” task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.
Frequently Asked Questions
Everything you need to know
God has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.
Perspectives USA is a ministry of Frontier Ventures and is responsible for the Perspectives movement in the United States. Perspectives USA is comprised of thousands of passionate volunteers. These workers are served and led by 14 regional directors, a national headquarters staff and by a team of executive leaders. Click the following links to learn more about our organization and our movement:
No, Perspectives is not really a “missions” course. To quote the Study Guide, “The point of this course is not to persuade you to become a missionary. Neither is it to train you in skills you need to serve as a missionary. … The primary idea is that God will fulfil His purposes. The certainty that He will see it fulfilled makes His invitation to join Him in His mission a matter of heart-blazing hope.”
“As the name implies, the Perspectives course is about vision. It’s about the same vision which empowered Jesus to live His life with joy, hope, and single-hearted passion. This course explores that vision and will help you respond to Christ’s invitation to live for the same purpose and significance that He did.”
Every Christian! “We are convinced that God has a ‘world-sized’ role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.”
The fifteen lessons explore God’s global purpose from four different angles: the Biblical Perspective; the Historical Perspective; the Cultural Perspectives; and the Strategic Perspective. Click here for summaries of the fifteen lessons.
The class lessons are varied, including teaching from guest instructors, prayer, case studies, videos, and more.
Course participants are required to commit to completing the essential “key reading”, reflecting upon this reading, and participating in class where possible (although 100% attendance is not required).
Perspectives has provided much of the core material for more condensed courses such as Kairos. Perspectives, which goes into more detail and depth, can be a beneficial next step for Christians who have already experienced the Kairos course. Kairos provides a great overview!
Nothing so clears the vision and lifts up the life, as a decision to move forward in what you know to be entirely the will of the Lord.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you
God isn’t looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him.
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing..
If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light