Perspectives Class hosted at Midland Free
January 4 through April 26 2018
Register by December 31, 2017
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.
Enhance your understanding of God's global purpose through lectures, activities, and selected readings. Receive individualized feedback upon completing weekly homework, personal response sheets and the semester project, deepening your understanding. If you are not interested in receiving credit, we recommend this as the best option for getting the most out of Perspectives.
You receive the same teaching and lectures as the certificate level, and are expected to read one or two key articles a week and complete several personal response sheets during the semester to help you process the material. You will not receive a grade, but it will be recorded if you completed the level. No certificate for completion of Perspectives is given at this level.
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 Frontier Ventures, formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission - a non-denominational parachurch ministry that works to catalyze kingdom breakthrough among the unreached.
- 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.
- 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.
- See Lesson Summaries.
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.
- 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/reviews and personal response sheets to help you learn and apply what you've read in the articles and heard from the lecturers.