At the Urbana ‘73 student missions conference, 28% of those attending indicated that they were eager to commit their lives to missions. Realizing that students would base their decision to serve in missions on the information they had available, Dr. Ralph Winter, then a professor at the School of World Mission at Fuller Seminary, designed a course which would help fill in the information gaps which likely existed for these students.
The first course called the Summer Institute of International Studies (SIIS) was held in Wheaton, IL. In 1980 it was realized that more students could be reached if classes were held in several locations. The name was officially changed in 1986 to become the Perspectives Study Program.
Perspectives is a ministry of the U.S. Center for World Mission, a non-denominational ministry that exists to enhance the effectiveness of the mission movement among the world’s least reached peoples based in Pasadena, California.
Since 1974, Perspectives has been changing lives. Over 100,000 people have taken Perspectives in North America. There are more than 200 classes held yearly, with an average 8,000 or more people taking the class.