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The Wichita Perspectives 2014 Course with 68 participants from 12 churches has now concluded.  

If you are interested in being part of the Coordinating Team for the next class in 2015 please contact Brian Stewart.


15 Weeks. 15 Instructors. One Epic Story.


Engage with speakers, teachers, pastors, and missionaries from across the region, country, and world from various ministries and organizations such as All Nations, Teens for Christ, New Tribes Mission, China Harvest, Mission to Unreached Peoples, the U.S. Center for World Mission, and more. 

Class meets on Thursday evenings!



 

Look at His Story From

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Perspectives


  

Biblical. Historical. Cultural. Strategic.

Get threaded into God's story this year as you experience

His heart for every tribe, tongue, people and nation and encounter the momentum of the World Christian Movement.

 


 

Who Should Enroll?

Whoever wants to plunge deeply into Scripture and God's global purpose.

 


 

Come and hear what God has to say to you.

Your mind will be challenged.

Your heart will be moved.

Your commitment will be tested.

 

This class will change your life - for the good!  The class is

about God's heart and desire since the beginning of time.

 


 Will you take part?

Where: First Evangelical Free Church, 1825 N. Woodlawn, Wichita

When: Thursday evenings from January 16th thru May 8th (off  March 20th for spring break)


 Undergraduate and graduate level credit for class

through Trinity International University.


 If you are interested in being part of the coordinating team or helping in some capacity please contact Brian Stewart at 316-516-6193 or send an email to

 

Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Wichita First Evangelical Free Church 1825 N. Woodlawn Wichita KS 67208

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    • 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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      John Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      John Zumwalt is the Cross Cultural Coach for the innovative organization, Outrageous Love. After serving as a missionary among the unreached Minnan he returned to America and for over 22 years served as the founder and Director of the Missionary Training Institute, Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. He has trained over 300 Career Missionaries. He has a Doctorate of Divinity from International University for Graduate Studies. John has authored the book, Passion for the Heart of God and travels widely, preaching and holding seminars, raising up activist to go to the ends of the earth. John and his wife, Jamie, also pastor a church in a “red light district” of Oklahoma City. They have five children, Jessica, Josiah, Jael, Jewel and James.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 16, 2014

      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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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations (http://allnations.international), a global Christian missions organization with workers making disciples and doing church planting in 44 countries. Dr. Ho is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation by sharing the love of God among every people and in parts of the world where the name of Jesus Christ is little or not known. Dr. Ho received her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, VA, U.S.A. in 2016.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 23, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Darren McClintock

      , Kechi KS



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 30, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Caleb Massey

      Ezra Ministries, Huntsville AR

      Caleb Massey has been involved in missions since his late teens by participating in short term mission trips with Teens for Christ of NW Kansas and Teen Missions International. He embarked on full time mission work in 1995, spending time with Teen Missions and Mercy Ships in various overseas and stateside locations. He and his wife, Sophie, spent five years in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, focusing on discipling indigenous Zulu believers. They returned to America in 2007 where they now reside in Arkansas. Caleb is currently involved in Ezra Ministries, a discipleship ministry focused on helping people develop a biblical worldview within their cultural context. He and his wife have three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014

      Time: 9:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Lavonne Ponstein

      TFC Connection, Phillipsburg KS

      I have worked in youth ministry for over 35 years and my passion is to equip teens to become disciples who make disciples. My vision is to reach the world from Phillipsburg, Kansas by equipping the teens in our ministry to be disciplemakers where ever they go in life.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 13, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Lisa F

      US Center for World Mission, Kansas City MO

      Lisa spent her childhood as a missionary kid in Ghana and Nepal, but it was not until coordinating Perspectives after college that she saw more fully God's motivation, promises, and intention regarding all the peoples he created - and felt free to enter into that story. She left Kansas and joined the full time staff of the Perspectives Study Program, a ministry of the US Center for World Mission (USCWM) in the National Office in Arkansas in 2005. She spent seven years serving and resourcing Perspectives coordinators and instructors there, and then moved to the Pasadena, CA, to work as Program Director at the USCWM in 2012.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Jamie Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Oklahoma City OK

      Jamie Zumwalt is the Founder and President of Outrageous Love, an organization that starts Communities of Hope among marginalized peoples. Jamie and her husband, John, served as missionaries in Taiwan among the Hakka and Taiwanese. For 22 years, John and Jamie have been training and sending missionaries out to plant the church among the unreached. She now pastors and a leads a coffee house, church community called Joe's Addiction in a "red light" district of Oklahoma City, doing life together with the poor. She has authored two books: Simple Obsession: Enjoying the Tender Heart of God and Beloved Chaos: moving from religion to Love in a red light district. Jamie travels widely, teaching and inviting more people to plant Communities of Hope. She and John have five children and one grand daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Dean Smidderks

      Adjunct Professor, McPherson KS

      Pastor for 9 yrs. Missionary to Mozambique and South Africa for 36 yrs.(In mining industry chaplaincy, Christian colportage, and theologcial training.) Professor at Central Christian College- 12 yrs, McPherson, KS, instructing in Bible & missions. Married with 4 children,9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 6, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Curt Romig

      Journey Bible Fellowship, Leander TX

      God revealed the good news of Christ's death and resurrection for my sins when I was a child. In high school, God gave me a love for missions, geography, culture, and languages. Then in 2003 I took Perspectives, and God did some amazing work in my heart and mind through it. After a year of ministry in the Amazon Jungle and 4 years living in Central Asia working with Muslims, God led me back to my hometown of Wichita to serve as the Pastor of Evangelism and Missions at First Evangelical Free Church. My wife, Michelle, and I are filled with joy to be a part of God's work among all peoples!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Dave Brunn

      International Translation Consultant, Camdenton MO

      Dave Brunn is an international translation consultant for New Tribes Mission (NTM). A missionary, translator and educator, Brunn spent over twenty years in Papua New Guinea where he served the Lamogai people through church planting, literacy training and Bible translation and consultation. He facilitated the translation of the New Testament into the Lamogai language. Dave is the author of "One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal?" (InterVarsity Press 2013)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 27, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      James Franklyn

      Act Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples), Broken Arrow OK

      James Franklyn was born in Kansas, raised in Colorado, educated at Wichita State University, William Carey International University, Fuller School of World Mission and UCLA Extension School of Entertainment Studies. Jim’s mission journey began with a short-term trip to Costa Rica, and through this and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, God expanded Jim’s vision to the unreached peoples of the world. While on staff at the US Center for World Mission, Jim authored the World View Video Library. In India he researched, wrote and produced a top running Telugu-language soap opera for social change, which changed the lives of countless numbers of Indian women and their families. He continues to serve the Lord as the South Asia Advocate for Act Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples), seeking to raise up and equip people whom God has called to establish church planting movements among unreached peoples in South Asia. As the opportunity arises, he teaches Perspectives classes where he can teach and engage others in missiological discussion.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 3, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Gary Russell

      China Harvest, Chesapeake VA

      Wheaton and Gordon-Conwell graduate, Evangelical Free pastor 1978-83, full-time East Asia ministry since 1990 including living there 3 years and frequent trips since.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 17, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Don Harris

      Palm City FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Doug Schaible

      Ethnos360, Wichita KS

      Doug & Cheryl Schaible were church planters among the Solong people of Papua New Guinea from 1991- 1998. They were able to see believers raised up as a result of learning the language and culture, building relationships and teaching and translating the Scriptures in the native language.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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