Fulton/Columbia, MD    Spring 2014
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Perspectives at Grace Community Church
Spring 2014

"We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God."
- John Stott
Who becomes a global Christian?
What is God's plan for the world?
How does His plan involve me?

If you've ever asked these questions before, then we have a class for you! Perspectives is a 15-week journey filled with eye-opening instructors and inspiring readings that lead directly to the heart of God. Come hear how He has worked, and continues to work, in the world He loves through a Biblical, Historic, Cultural and Strategic point of view.


Who should take Perspectives?
Anyone who desires to grow in a deeper knowledge of God and a greater understanding of His plan of redemption

When and where will class take place?
Place: Grace Community Church in Fulton, MD
Date:  Tuesday nights beginning with Orientation on January 7, 2014 at 7:00 to 9:45 PM
The first 2 weeks are FREE! Check it out with no strings attached!

How do I sign up?
Click the link on the right and prepare to be "ruined for the ordinary"! -->


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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

Location: Grace Community Church 8200 Old Columbia Road Fulton MD 20759

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Joseph Steinitz

      GraceXtensions / unmissions.net, Towson MD

      After ministering in a Muslim context, Joe served as missions pastor at his church in Maryland for 8 years. Since 2001, he has been co-director of unmissions.net, a ministry that helps churches more effectively engage in world missions. He is also on staff at his local church helping to lead it’s local and international outreach efforts. Joe is married and has 6 children. For obvious reasons he has no hobbies.


    • Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

    • 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.

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      Mitchel Lee

      Grace Community Church, Ellicott City MD



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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.

    • Instructor

      Bruce Heckman

      Brownstown PA

      Bruce and Joyce Heckman met while serving the Lord in the Middle East. Their nearly twenty years of service in that region equipped them to prepare others for ministry among the world’s unreached peoples. They have given their lives to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Julian Dangerfield

      Shalom Outreach, Inc., Woodbridge VA

      Pastor J. Julian Dangerfield is the Executive Director of Shalom Outreach Inc., a Christian based non-profit organization dedicated to achieving worldwide propagation of the essentials of the historic Christian faith. He has a Bachelors degree in Business Management and has completed his Master of Arts degree in Leadership, Evangelism and Mobilization at Columbia International University in Columbia, South Carolina. He is completing his doctoral work and will graduate from Virginia Union University in May 2020. In the United States he has organized the mission efforts of over 25 churches, ministries and not for profit organizations, which has resulted in over 50,000 people coming to Christ. Julian's perspective is informed by over 29 years of ministry experience and he has traveled to over 40 countries executing strategies that lift humanity while expanding God’s Kingdom.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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).

    • Instructor

      Jim Rhodes

      Cru, Malvern PA

      Jim has served on the full time missionary staff of Cru for 38 years. Over the years, Jim has directed the Hampton Beach Summer Project for 15 years and has helped initiate ministries in Japan, the former Soviet Union, Egypt, and throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Jim's favorite lessons to teach in the Perspectives course are Lessons #4 & #5. Jim has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1979. They currently live in Malvern, PA. They have two grown children, Becky and Mike, who are both now serving as missionaries, also.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Glenn Kauffman

      Capital Christian Fellowship, Laurel MD

      Glenn Kauffman with his wife June served in Hong Kong for 15 years with a number of those years in Asia wide ministry with Eastern Mennonite Missions. Currently Glenn and June live in the Washington D C suburbs where Glenn continues to minister cross-culturally as a bishop in an Anabaptist network of churches and ministries in the Washington - Baltimore area and Lead Pastor of Capital Christian Fellowship, Lanham, MD an international congregation of over 20 nationalities. Glenn also identifies with the downtrodden as a Baltimore Orioles baseball fan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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.

    • Instructor

      Douglas Batson

      Global Frontier Missions, Cross Junction VA

      Douglas Batson is a retired Defense Department geographer. With award-winning research and publications, he was an expert on land tenure and international migration. Also a National Certified Career Counselor, Doug is on the Board of Directors of Global Frontier Missions, which operates missionary training schools in Richmond, VA, and Atlanta, GA. He has been a Perspectives coordinator, instructor, and Professor of Record in the DC area for 25 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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.

    • Instructor

      K.

      Frontier Ventures, Columbia MD

      Karen has been involved in coordinating and instructing in Perspectives for 31 years. She currently serves with Frontier Ventures in Baltimore, and as an associate with Common Ground Consultants. Her focus is on mobilizing and training followers of Jesus to share Him with their Muslim friends. Her love for and appreciation of Muslims has taken her to Turkey 19 times. As a result, she has many Turkish friends both in Turkey and in the U.S. She is also known as the "fun captain" by her grandchildren and she loves spending time with them.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 47 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 51 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Charlie Klepadlo

      Campus Crusade, Towson MD

      -Baltimore/Washington representative with Faculty Commons Ministry of CRU International -Evangelism & Disciplesip with Graduate Students & Professors -Have been on several sort mission trips to Middle East, South Africa, and Venezuela

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 11, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      David Meeks

      Interserve, Leesburg VA

      David was called to Turkey as a senior at the US Naval Academy in 1984. He married Pamela in 1993. The Meeks left for Turkey in 1994, spending 11 years teaching English, starting Bible Studies, encouraging Christian Communities and answering questions of Bible Correspondence students. David earned an MAR in Biblical Studies in 2007. Then began as strategy coordinator with Anglican Frontier Missions in 2008, mobilizing outreach to unreached people groups. He began in 2010 to recruit professionals and churches to mission in the hard places in Asia and the Arab world with Interserve. He currently lives in Leesburg, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 18, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Isabel Lee

      Gaithersburg MD

      Isabel graduated from Washington Bible College and Columbia International University in Bible/missions. She served with SEND International for 22 1/2 years involved in church planting: evangelism, disciple-making, mentoring, seminary teaching, leadership training in Taiwan & in China. She also served in various leadership roles throughout the years, ministered in Ukraine, Ulan Ude, Korea, Egypt, India, Uganda, Thailand and among the Afghans and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Macedonia, Clarkston, GA. Currently Isabel is the Minister of Global Outreach & Women's Ministries at CBCM, a Perspectives' instructor, and serves on the Boards of SEND's U.S. & International and Standards of Excellence on Short-term Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Tony Sheng

      The Ember Cast, Columbia MD

      I mentor, resource and inspire the next generation in the areas of global missions, world cultures, and leadership development with a tribe called The Ember Cast - we help students mark human history. I'm also a technology professional and live in Columbia, MD, USA with my wife and two daughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 1, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Charlie

      Asian Access, Potomac Falls VA

      Charlie is presently directing the work of Asian Access in Vietnam. He has served as the Director of Outreach and Missions at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia and as the Pastor of Missions and Outreach at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia as well as many years of ministry on the field.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

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      Partners International, Severn MD

      Since 1990, Matt has been involved in church planting among Muslims in Southeast Asia. He has worked closely with national leaders to recruit, train and send national church planting teams throughout the region.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      AJ P.

      INIM Inc., Forest VA

      AJ is the Director & General Secretary for INIM established 1964. The sole focus of this indigenous Mission remains Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting. AJ, who was born & raised in New Delhi India is an alumnus of Liberty University. AJ shares responsibility for INIM's church planting & field evangelism efforts in South Asia. He serves as the Men's Pastor at his home church. AJ & his wife have been married for over 20 years and blessed with five children ranging from 16 years old to 6 yrs old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

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