What is Perspectives?

Beyond a course of study, Perspectives is for everyone who wants to understand God, His Kingdom, and their place in the world.

  • 15 powerful and unique lessons taught by 15 diverse instructors that have equipped thousands of every day believers with greater vision, hope, and passion.

  • Discover how scripture, history, and culture converge to reveal the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes.

CLASS info

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Who should sign up?

Everyone who has a desire to impact their world (from High School age and up). Any Christians in the South Bay, not just Venture attendees, are welcome.


The Venue (aka Venue 2) @ Venture Christian Church. Available in another 3 locations in the Bay Area: Palo Alto, Oakland, and Alamo (go here for details)


Info session: Jan 7 2019, Monday, 6:15 - 7:45 pm

Class: Jan 21- May 20, 2019, Mondays, 6:15 - 9:15 pm

How much?

Certificate and Key Reading students: $260; Credit students: $540

Visit the class page for different discount options.

Financial assistance available for Venture attendees.

See the FAQ section below for the explanation of different enrollment levels and how to apply for financial assistance.

I’m enthusiastic about Perspectives because my life and our church are devoted to spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ. God means to be known and enjoyed by every tribe tongue and nation (Rev. 5:9). Perspectives has been essential in mobilizing hundreds of lay people in our church to be World Christians.
— Rev. John Piper, Senior Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis MN, Author
The Perspectives course succeeds in communicating that God has always had a plan for the world, that He is carrying out that plan, and that He invites us to have a part in what He is doing. Many people looking to see where they fit into God’s plan find the Perspectives course to be an eye-opener. whether they are involved in their local church or helping to build God’s Kingdom among the least reached.
— John Bush - Director of Specialty Mobilization, Wycliffe Bible Translators



Q: Who should take Perspectives?

A: The short answer is anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord, who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to strategically invest their lives in seeing God glorified; for anyone who wants to gain insight and direction that will help them to impact their generation.

Q: What makes Perspectives unique?

A: There are many answers to that question. Perspectives has a unique focus. Perspectives has a long and singular track record in the business of opening students' eyes to the Bible, world history, international culture, and God's purpose for it all in a way that no other course can offer.

Perspectives is also unique in that a different expert teaches each of the 15 sessions. This allows you to be exposed to people who specialize in the area they cover.

Q: Who will teach the class?

A: Perspectives instructors are professors, missionaries, ministry experts and pastors from all over the US, in addition to local missions experts and pastors. Go to perspectives.org/LosGatos for the complete list of scheduled instructors.

Q: What are the enrollment types?

A: Certificate level earns a certificate of completion from the US Center for World Mission. It is the recommended level (over key reading) for getting the full impact of the course. The instructors are fantastic, but about 90% of the course is in the text, and at this level students are kept accountable to read. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate Perspectives in the future. The work involves about 2 - 3 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, and a project due at the end of the class.


Key Reading allows students to attend class, read a few key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what they are learning) throughout the program.

Undergraduate credit is roughly 3-5 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, 2 exams, and a paper (10-15 pages) due at the end of the class. As with graduate credit, if students are planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

Graduate credit is roughly 5-7 hours reading per week, with weekly quizzes on the reading, 2 exams (including several essay questions), and a paper (18-20 pages) due at the end of the class. Depending on the credit-granting school, there may be additional work required. As with undergraduate credit, if students planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to see ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

Q: Will childcare be provided?

A: No

Q: Is the class only offered to Venture attendees?

A: Absolutely not. It is open to any Christians in the South Bay to attend.

Q: Are there other locations in the Bay Area offering the Perspectives class?

A: Yes, there are another 3 locations: Palo Alto, Alamo, and Oakland that will offer the class in the same period. Visit here for details.

Q: Why does Perspectives cost so much?

A: The fees for the class are based on the travel expenses for speakers, administrative costs, costs for class materials, etc. This is necessary to ensure the quality of the program. The class offers different discounts including early bird. Visit the class page to learn more.

If you are a Venture attendee and need financial assistance. please contact Daniel Downey.

Q: I am still not sure whether it is the right class for me. What should I do?

A: Come to our info session on January 7. Also, you can attend Lesson 1 on January 21 for free before you need to register for the class to continue the study.

Q: More questions?

A: Email us: perspectivesventure@gmail.com.