Our History and Ministry Vision
Since 1974 Perspectives has been changing lives. Over 100,000 in the U.S.A. and 130,000 worldwide have taken the course.
A Ministry of Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission)
Perspectives is a ministry of the Frontier Ventures, a non-denominational ministry that exists to enhance the effectiveness of the mission movement among the world’s least reached peoples based in Pasadena, California.
Perspectives originated in the U.S.A., but many countries have developed their own Perspectives programs, such as South Korea, Australia, India, and others. They are all served by the Perspectives Global Service Office.
We affirm the Lausanne Covenant
The Perspectives National Office is located in Pasadena, CA with regional offices located across the country. The Perspectives Study Program runs almost completely through a network of volunteers. The organization consists of a national staff team (most of which raise their full financial support), regional directors, area supervisors, over 200 class coordinators, and over 1,000 volunteer coordinating team members.
Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.
The Perspectives Reader is a collection of the best articles by a wide variety of Biblical scholars, historians, missiologists, and practicioners. The Perspectives Study Guide helps students navigate through the Reader and ushers students through the study of God’s mission and character through the Bible, Christian history, culture, and the task remaining in world evangelization. Class activities and our unique instructor format bring the class alive to explore what God is doing in the world today.
The most unique aspect of the course is the diversity and quality of our instructors. Generally, every class schedules a lineup of Biblical scholars, missionaries, pastors, professors, and mobilizers who bring a wealth of experience and passion to each lesson. Some are flown in and some are local. You just may meet a businessman who’s using his company to bless an impoverished African country, a pastor from a local church, or a missionary fresh back from Timbuktu (that actually is a city in North Africa!).
Three Levels Available
With students ranging from 16 to 92, we know everyone is at a different season of life. While the course is accredited for Undergrad and Graduate Level Credit, most aren’t looking for credit and opt for the Certificate Level of study. This includes the best articles, weekly reviews graded by alumni who give feedback to help you grasp the concepts, and an integrative project which ties all you have learned together. The Key Reading Level is a more basic level of a few selected articles each week and some journal responses. We highly recommend everyone taking it for Certificate Level unless you are seeking college credit.