by Bradley Long, Associate Director
Full confession—I am a crier. I tear up watching TV, especially when watching movies that are sweet or sappy. I cried tears of joy when the Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021. My mom—who gave me this trait—and I have a rule: at funerals, we don’t sit together for fear that we’ll run out of tissues.
The really sad thing for me, however, is that it’s hard for me to think of many times when I’ve cried simply because of how I’m experiencing God. I’ve had moving and powerful experiences throughout my faith journey, certainly, but these times somehow seem few and far between. Except when I was taking the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.
I openly wept more than once during this 15-week study of the heart of God’s mission and how we are called to be involved. I wept to hear stories about God redeeming unthinkable tragedy. I wept for the joy of God’s “big picture”— the redemption of all the peoples of the world. I wept out of conviction that I’d not been more fully activated for God’s Kingdom. The Perspectives course remains the best discipleship opportunity I’ve ever encountered! So, what is Perspectives*?
Perspectives is a Movement: Perspectives is a global movement that is awakening the Body of Christ to pursue the fulfillment of God’s global purpose within every people group for His glory.
Perspectives is an Education Course: Perspectives is an awe-inspiring comprehensive study course that is rooted in the Scriptures. It’s a multi-faceted learning experience that has profoundly impacted over 250,000 alumni.
Perspectives is an Organization: Perspectives USA is the governing organization that oversees and facilitates the Perspectives course in the United States.
Who should take Perspectives? Perspectives is a course that is open to any followers of Jesus who want to get closer to God and discover how God can use each of us in His mission.
Every person has a unique role to play in making the Good News of Jesus known among the nations. Perspectives isn’t a course solely about world missions; it’s a study program rooted in God’s Word, clarifying each believer’s remarkable opportunity to join God in His global purpose. You have an integral role to play in God’s story. He delights when His people respond to His invitation to be a blessing to all peoples of the earth.
Winter/Spring Perspectives classes begin later this month. To learn more about Perspectives or to sign up for a course in your area, visit perspectives.org.
*Information about Perspectives provided by PerspectivesUSA.