September 1, 2015

A Matter of Perspective

By Bill MacLeod

Last night, I taught my first “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement” class of the year.

bill-macleod-mission-connexion-2013As I drove to the class, I thought of the first time that I took the 15-week Perspectives course, twenty years ago. At that time, I was a newly-appointed missions pastor. I had studied and earned undergrad and grad degrees from solid, nationally-recognized Biblical institutions. But, what I encountered in those 15 weeks in the Perspectives course surpassed anything I had experienced before.

For the first time, I learned about the “World Christian movement.” More importantly, I learned that, as a believer, I had an epic role to play in this movement.

When I went to that first Perspectives class, I had no idea how it would impact my life and my ministry. Now that I look back twenty years later, I seriously doubt I would have seen the results I did as a missions pastor or launched Mission ConneXion if I had not taken this course.

Based on my experience, I am convinced that EVERY believer needs to take the Perspectives course, to discover the role that he or she can play in the World Christian movement. No other course has impacted the world for missions on the lay-level like this course.

That’s why Mission ConneXion supports Perspectives whenever it can. Here are some ways that you can get involved:

  • We’re sponsoring a *FREE* Taste of Perspectives” event for pastors and ministry leaders, to be held from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 1, at Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland. All pastors and ministry leaders are invited to attend at no charge. A complimentary lunch will be served.  Click here to register for this event. Based on my experience, I believe this will change your ministry and expand the global impact of your church.
  • If you have attended a Mission ConneXion event and want to learn more about where God may have you serve, taking the Perspectives course is absolutely the next best step. There are manySteve Hawthorne, Mission Connexion Perspectives courses offered around the Pacific Northwest.  For more information or to register for a course near you, click here.
  • Come to our Missions ConneXion Northwest event in January to hear Steve Hawthorne, one of our plenary speakers. Steve is the co-author of the Perspectives course curriculum in collaboration with Dr. Ralph Winters. I know you’ll find Steve to be an exciting speaker with an important perspective on what is happening in the World Christian movement today.

If you want to change the world for Christ but are uncertain about where and how God wants you to serve, I urge you to take the Perspectives course. As they say, it will “ruin you for the ordinary”… and the lives of many others whom God will bring into your path in the years ahead.

To All Pastors and Christian Leaders!

Save the Date!



Thursday, Oct. 1st, 8:30am – 1:00pm

Sunset Presbyterian Church