PTS - Summer Intensive    Intensive 2013
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Perspectives Leader’s Intensive in Pittsburgh, PA

August 4-10, 2013

Registration is now closed!  For more details, contact Jen.   

The Perspectives course, typically taught over 15 weekly sessions, intensely packaged in 7 days for pastors, missionaries, and students. Class sessions are taught by a variety of speakers representing different backgrounds, education and experience, including pastors, missionaries, and professors. Class sessions are complemented by discussions, cross-cultural activities, and opportunities to discern implications for local congregations.

* This course will be followed by a PCW (Perspectives Coordinator Workshop) to prepare leaders to start a Perspectives class in their community! Learn more about the PCW at this link.   For details and special discounts/requirements, please contact Jen, . 

When?

  • Begins Sunday August 4, check-in opens at 3 pm with our first session beginning at 6:30 pm
  • Classes run 9am—12pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm each day, with optional cross-cultural excursions in the evenings.
  • Concludes Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm.  We encourage participants to make travel plans for Sunday, with the option of staying to worship together in Pittsburgh.  

Where?

 Cost?

  • Basic registration is $375, which includes the textbooks. Early Registration & Family Discounts available!
  • Guest rooms cost $50/night at the weekly rate, or $60/night for daily rate.  Single or double occupancy available.  Contact PTS Housing to make reservations, (412) 362-5610.
  • Lunch is included in the price.  Breakfast is available on campus, cost $3-5/day. Dinner at local restaurants with the class is an encouraged option, cost $7-15/day. 

 How does the Leaders’ Intensive version work?

  • Certificate, Undergraduate, & Graduate study levels available.
  • Required study through the first 5 lessons prior to the start of class.
  • Completion of all readings, reviews & a projects is extended to November 25, 2013.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 4, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Pittsburgh Theological Seminary 616 N. Highland Ave. Pittsburgh PA 15206

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    • Instructor


    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

    • Instructor

      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus. He has served in missions mobilization since 1987, recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey and he's lived among Muslim migrants in Europe. Shane writes a weekly email called Muslim Connect that helps Christians think about Muslims the way God does and love them like Jesus does. He works with Healing Nations and he and his family live in southern Colorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 4, 2013

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

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      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus. He has served in missions mobilization since 1987, recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey and he's lived among Muslim migrants in Europe. Shane writes a weekly email called Muslim Connect that helps Christians think about Muslims the way God does and love them like Jesus does. He works with Healing Nations and he and his family live in southern Colorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 5, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

    • Instructor

      Jannie Swart

      Oil City PA

      Dr. Johannes (Jannie) Swart initiated Partnership for Missional Churches in South Africa (with a group of other pastors) and was involved in the first phases of PMC there. He received his PhD in Congregational Mission and Leadership at Luther Seminary, St Paul MN. Jannie is currently serving as assiciate professor of mission and evangelism at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 5, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

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      Robert Weingartner

      The Outreach Foundation, Franklin TN

      Rob Weingartner is Executive Director of The Outreach Foundation, a validated mission support group of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Outreach engages Presbyterians and others in Christ-centered evangelistic mission, building relationships between Presbyterian congregations and global partners. Rob’s ministry takes him across the country and around the world. Prior to coming to The Outreach Foundation, Rob pastored congregations in Indiana and Ohio. www.theoutreachfoundation.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

    • Instructor

      Kang Na

      New Castle PA

      Rev. Kang Na is a professor in the Department of Religion, History, Philosophy, and Classics at Westminster College. He teaches courses on the Bible, biblical interpretation, and Reformed theology. His area of specialty is the New Testament, particularly Paul’s letters. The son of first-generation Christian parents, he was baptized in South Korea and brings special perspectives to the course. Kang studied at Princeton and Emory Universities

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

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      Richard Noble

      Center for Missional Engagement, Pittsburgh PA

      Rich is a husband and father who is committed to developing people, which is seen in his roles as missions mobilizer, college professor, pastor, and writer. Most importantly, he is on a journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. He is passionately committed to missions and has been on many short-term ministry trips to various places in the world (mostly Eastern & Central Europe and Africa). He earned his Doctor of Ministry in Missions & Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2004 and is the author of "On Mission Together: Integrating Missions into the Local Church".

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Richard Noble

      Center for Missional Engagement, Pittsburgh PA

      Rich is a husband and father who is committed to developing people, which is seen in his roles as missions mobilizer, college professor, pastor, and writer. Most importantly, he is on a journey of faith as a follower of Jesus Christ. He is passionately committed to missions and has been on many short-term ministry trips to various places in the world (mostly Eastern & Central Europe and Africa). He earned his Doctor of Ministry in Missions & Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2004 and is the author of "On Mission Together: Integrating Missions into the Local Church".

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

      Time: 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

    • Instructor

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Hatboro PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

    • Instructor

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Hatboro PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

    • Instructor

      Charlotte Stemple

      within C&MA, Fort Myers FL

      Charlotte has been a missionary to Vietnam and Malaysia, Pastor's wife,national women's leader short-term administrator. Her current passion is missions mobilizing through speaking and teaching. She authored MY VIETNAM in 2010 and speaks over 50 times a year to diverse secular, church and college groups. She has traveled to 57 countries and spoken in many of these. She and her husband Woody have two sons, both of whom currently serve overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

    • Instructor

      Jennifer Haddox

      ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians), Jerome ID

      Jen first took the Perspectives class at Eastern College, and since then has been passionate about mobilizing the church for frontier mission. Jen served as a Perspectives class coordinator in Western, PA from 2002-2016. She currently serves as the Director of Global Engagement for ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians). In this role, she is a resource for mobilizing and equipping congregations for meaningful and effective global mission engagement.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 8, 2013

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

    • Instructor

      Graham Hodgetts

      Wexford PA

      Eileen Hodgetts is a much traveled writer. For ten years she directed a humanitarian mission in East Africa. She and her husband Graham, an engineer and president of Fidelity Flight Simulation on Pittsburgh's North Side, are involved in Ugandan Gold, a Ugandan coffee company/community development project.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, August 9, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

    • Instructor

      Steve Niphakis

      OMF International, Dallastown PA

      Steve Niphakis, has served in various leadership roles for OMF USA since 1999 after 17 years as a church planter with OMF in Thailand (5 years as Superintendent of language, orientation and training for new missionaries). In the US he developed a ministry of mobilizing seminaries to adopt un-reached people groups. He is presently focusing his efforts in helping churches develop creative strategies in reaching East Asia's peoples and coaching potential long term missionaries. He has been involved in Perspectives since 2001.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, August 9, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

    • Instructor

      Bill Young

      The Antioch Partners, Chattanooga TN

      Bill was working as an electrical engineer when God called him to gospel ministry. All through his pastorates, in an older congregation and then as a new church development pastor, he and Judi felt called to serve cross-culturally. From 1989-1998 they served as Presbyterian missionaries. They began in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. After evacuation, return, and continued turmoil, they then went to Fuller Seminary, where Bill earned a ThM in Missiology. Their next assignment was in Ghana at a lay training center, in a part of the country with many unreached people groups. Bill then served 7 years, coordinating International Evangelism for the PC(USA). Bill served Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship as the Executive Director from 2005-2014. From 2014-2016 he served as the initial Director of Global Engagement for ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians). And since 2007 he has served The Antioch Partners in a variety of ways, including on the Board. Bill and Judi have 3 married children and 8 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

    • Instructor

      Don Dawson

      World Mission Initiative and New Wilmington Mission Conference, Gibsonia PA

      Rev. Dr. Don Dawson is the director of World Mission Initiative at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and also director of the New Wilmington Mission Conference. Don had 24 years of pastoral experience leading churches in mission involvement before beginning as director of WMI and NWMC in 2000. Learn about these mission organizations at www.WorldMissionInitiative.org and www.NWMCmission.org.

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      Date: Saturday, August 10, 2013

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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