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National College Credit Recommendation Service
Perspectives Study Program
Perspectives Study Program, an NCCRS member since June 2014, is based in Pasadena, California. When originally founded in 1974, the program was called the Summer Institute of International Studies (IIS) which became part of the United States Center for World Mission (renamed Frontier Ventures in March 2015). In the 1990's, IIS was called the Perspectives Study Program in order to more closely align with the course, "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement". Approximately 9,000 students complete the program each year.
The Perspectives Study Program offers a 15-week "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" course that focuses on various perspectives as outlined below:
- Biblical perspective: offers narrative in light of the larger view of the Biblical text as declaration of purpose for the World Christian movement;
- Historical perspective: traces the progress of the World Christian movement from the time of the Biblical narrative to present day;
- Cultural perspective: explores the breadth of cultural diversity and the impact of culture relative to expansion of the World Christian movement;
- Strategic perspective: defines factors related to the expansion of the World Christian movement and where the World Christian movement has not yet taken root.
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Perspectives Study Program
Pasadena, CA 91104
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Various approved locations throughout the United States and internationally.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: trace the expansion of the Judeo-Christian movement; explain the Biblical rationale for development and social change; identify the unique problems and skills involved in communicating cross-culturally; evaluate the strategic nature of avenues for involvement in affecting positive social change; and integrate Biblical, cultural, historical, and strategic components into a plan for effective participation in the complex tasks of international development and sharing Biblical teachings cross-culturally through word and deed.
The delivery format is offered as traditional classroom-based, online, or hybrid format (on-line/classroom) instruction. The objective of the course is to provide students with an in-depth look of the historical development and impact of Christianity as an international social and cultural movement, with special emphasis on its role in development and social change among non-Western cultures. Major topics include: Biblical rationale and imperative for world evangelization, unique problems and skills involved in communicating the gospel cross-culturally, the expansion of the Christian movement across the world from the time of Christ to the present and the task yet to be accomplished, and basic components necessary for strategic and intelligent planning in the missionary task of the Church. Instructional methods include: lecture, discussions, study guide, required text, essays, midterm exam, final exam, homework, and required interaction with coordinator/discussion monitor (for online version).
In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category OR in the graduate degree category, 3 semester hours in Bible, Christian/Church History, Ecumenism/Ecumenicalism, Evangelism/Evangelization, Global Studies, History of Christianity, Missiology/Missions, Pastoral Theology, Practical Theology, Religion and Culture, Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, or Theology (8/14) (8/19 revalidation).