Information about the Course: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Many of us were significantly developed in our mission vision through taking the course, Perspectives On The World Christian Movement. We need to promote it to the people whom we are mobilizing in order that they, too, may grow in their understanding of and commitment to missions. How do you get the average Christian to pay good money and commit three hours a week of his precious time to take a course on missions? Amy Barstad, who has coordinated Perspectives classes for the state of Colorado, says that it is like evangelism--people may need to be invited nine times before they are ready to come.

Perspectives is a powerful tool for mobilizing Christians to complete world evangelization. In a conversation I had with a recruitment director for Frontiers, he said that the number one source of candidates for his mission was Perspectives graduates. However, it is not simply for "Goers", but also for Senders, Intercessors, Ministers to Internationals, and Mobilizers. (It is even more important for the later ones, as their roles, while vitally important, are less defined and affirmed in the church.) For a list of course locations or for information on how to host a class in a new location, contact <>--NW


Describe the new "Worldwide Perspectives" notebook---What is the difference between the Lewis manual and yours? How can we get a copy?

ANSWER From: (Meg Crossman) I'll use the abreviations WM for Jon's World Mission Manuals and WWP for our book, Worldwide Perspectives.

Both these books are attempts to make the principles of the Perspectives material more accessible to more people. Both have 15 lessons, with the same general outline.

WM has questions throughout and integrative projects. Each lesson is in 3 sections because Jon often uses it in Third World settings, doing only one section a week and makeing the material cover 3 semesters. It is set up in 3 bound books.

WWP is set up in a notebook format. There are 5 homework questions each week. Couples can share a book and make copies of the homework to turn in for grading. WWP is organized to contain no more than 30 pgs of study reading per week. The Case Studies are spaced out (instead of being a single chapter of their own) over 4 different lessons. None of the Case Study material is going to be covered in tests, so it in included as "enrichment material" hoping to put flesh on the principles we have studied.

There are Tests available with WWP: Objective Tests to follow Book One and Book Two. A Comprehensive Final with essay questions for Grad and Undergraduate students. Answer Keys and Review Sheets are available for those teaching the course.

It is recommended with both WM & WWP that students complete an Unreached Peoples PRofile. The material to do that is integrated into WM. It is available separately for WWP.

Both books draw largely from the original Perspectives Reader developed by Dr Winter and Steve Hawthorne, (with a lot of help from Brad Gil, Darrell Dorr and others who were at the USCWM at that time. Linda Woodward did an excellent update several years ago.)

WM has added several articles such as one on Two Thirds world missions by Bill Taylor and Theo Williams and another by Steve Hoke on Culture Shock, as well as a mobilizing article by Bill & AMy STearns.

WWP has added articles on Women in Missions, Biblical principles in Development, urban issues, the poor, and the multiple roles Christians can take in furthuring World Evangelization.

Both sets also add Tim Monsma's article on the Intersecting Veins of the City, Harry Larsons article on living in the Transition between Eras, Paul Filidis article on Migration of Peoples, and a summary of the lives of the 4 pioneers of the Eras of Modern Missions--Carey, Taylor, Townsend & McGavran.

WM includes the Ellison article and some of Ladd which WWP does not, in the Biblical section. That's a summary but a bit longer than a paragraph. Sorry! Both available from William Carey Library 1-800-mission.