What is it?
- A 2-part ministry tool: first, discover why they believe what they believe. Second, go more in depth with Continue the Conversation cards and explain about the good news of God’s love and forgiveness.
- Contains a deck of 54 colorful cards.
- A pocket-sized tool to engage people in spiritual conversations, understanding a person’s worldview.
- Watch a video that explains more on Perspective's Facebook fan page.
How to use it?
- Read Barry’s story of how he used it on a plane with David.
- Ask their permission to engage in a spiritual conversation.
- In part 1 of Perspective, you walk through 5 categories of spiritual questions. They choose the card that most reflects their view about the Nature of God, Human Nature, Meaning of Life, Identity of Jesus and Source of Spiritual Truth. This part takes about 20 minutes.
- Before continuing the conversation, ask for their permission again to keep talking.
- In part 2, you explain the gospel and the Christian worldview by showing them what you believe and why. Go through the 5 categories of cards and show what represents your Christian worldview.
- Then you ask them about their response with The Next Step cards. “What is the next step you want to take in your spiritual journey?”
Why use it for evangelism?
- Provides a disarming approach to evangelism by focusing on the other person’s worldview perspective.
- Abstract concepts are explained in a concrete and visual way.
- Contains “meaty questions” that allows you to explain the gospel in a conversational way.
Why use it for mentoring?
- Also useful as a mentoring tool to help believers have a more solid understanding of what they believe.
Where to get it:
- Order the cards.
- If you would like to adapt Perspective Cards to your language and culture and you have the approval of your national Cru leadership to lead this process, you can find helpful information about the adaption process at http://perspective.uscm.org.
What people think:
“One of the guys I talked to was an exchange student from Paris. He grew up with a nominal education of Christianity, but had decided that God does not exist. I was able to share my faith story with him. After that, I asked him if God did exist and it was possible to know Him, would he want to? He said absolutely and I was able to give him one of the skeptic's prayer cards and challenge him to ask God to reveal Himself. He said he was willing to do it. I really left that conversation a lot more encouraged than most conversations I have had with people professing to be atheists.” -Kris Hodges, Kennesaw State
“The two guys I shared it with were new believers. They said it helped them understand what they believe and how clearly the Bible addresses things. It could be a good tool not only for evangelism, but also for discipleship of new believers.” -Shane, Texas A&M University
“Jess, a student leader, and I went to our student center to try out Perspective. It became clear really quickly that the two girls we shared with were Christians and one had even attended our meeting the night before. As we continued the conversation we had a chance to hear their beliefs and they had the chance to see that sharing the gospel could be interactive and fun. The night before we went sharing we were challenged at our weekly meeting to share our testimonies with 5 people in the next 2 weeks. By using Perspective it led Jess into an opportunity to share her story with the girls. As we walked away Jess was really glad she got to help me try out Perspective and wants one of her own. I'm grateful for any tool that helps my students feel equipped and excited to share their faith.” -Londa, UW Eau Claire
“I was able to share with a Christian who was really unsure about which cards were correct and, because of his poor theology, was able to share with him more accurately what a Christian believes. He was really thankful and grasped more fully what it meant to be accepted and forgiven by Christ.” -Blake, Purdue