Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
The Presbytery of Northumberland is proud to help sponsor a 15 week Bible Course that will help transform your understanding of being a disciple of Jesus Christ. This same class is offered at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary as an elective for its students.
Location: Northway Presbyterian Church, 1520 Northway Road, Williamsport, PA 17701.
Date & Time: Tuesday, (6:00-9:00) – September 6, 2015-December 15, 2015
To register and pay go to: http://www.perspectives.org
The Perspectives course is a biblical, historical and cultural analysis of the impact of the world Christian movement, with specific attention given to strategy and the imperative of bringing the gospel to groups that have yet received it.
The material covered in Perspectives follows four sections:
1. Biblical: A study of the Bible exploring God’s eternal three-fold purpose of kingdom victory against evil, redemption and blessing for the nations, and global glory and worship for Himself.
2. Historical: A study of how God’s purpose has moved relentlessly from Abraham’s day until the present moment. It looks at different eras of history, pioneers of the world Christian movement, and the task remaining.
3. Cultural: A study of how culture interfaces with the spread of the gospel and of the incarnation as a model of missionary humility.
4. Strategic: A study of current world need, and the goal of spontaneous multiplication of churches in unreached areas of the world. It looks at what it means to live a life integrated with Christ’s global purpose.
There are four enrollment types:
• Key Reader: Students attend class, read a few key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what they are learning) throughout the semester. 4.5 Continuing Education Credits will be applied for Teaching and Ruling Elders
• Certificate Level: earns a certificate of completion from the US Center for World Mission. The work involves 2-3 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, and a project due at the end of the class. 4.5 Continuing Education Credits will be applied for Teaching and Ruling Elders who complete the certificate level.
• Undergraduate Credit is 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.
• Graduate Credit is 5-7 hours of reading per week, with weekly quizzes on the reading, 2 exams, and a paper 18-20 pages due at the end of the class.
How much does Perspectives cost?
Key Reader and Certificate Level: $285.00 or Early Bird registration $260.00 by August 25th
Undergraduate is $650.00 and Graduate Credit: $750.00
A scholarship of $150.00 can be applied to your registration costs for clergy and laity who are members of a Northumberland Presbytery congregation under 150 members, when you register use the scholarship code PRESBY1 to get a $150.00 credit applied to your tuition provided by the Synod of the Trinity Small Church Leadership Fund. Continue reading