Olathe - Life Church    Spring 2014
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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a dynamic 16 week course where you’ll get an opportunity to discover what God is doing around the world and consider your part in His purposes. Give Him a chance to grip your heart with the things so close to His. Register today!


Life Church 

16111 S. Lone Elm Road

Olathe, KS 66062


Sundays, Jan 12 - May 4

6:00-9:00 p.m.



Contact:  DeAnn Garrett at 913-232-1097
Al or Chelle Wilkinson at 785-341-8023


Class meets in the Family Life Center which is the building on the southwest side of campus.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Life Church 16111 S. Lone Elm Road Olathe KS 66062

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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.

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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: Sunday, January 12, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 19, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 26, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Eric Zander

      the Belgian Evangelical Mission, Grand-Leez AK

      Born and raised Belgian, in a post-Catholic secularized country, Eric was first trained as an Elementary school teacher, than at the Belgian Bible Institute and lately got his MTh at Spurgeon's College, London. Eric and his wife Anne are committed to developing Christian Communities within their contemporary culture. Today, Eric leads several alternative expressions of church, in a local social network, among bikers, … Eric loves reflecting on contemporary culture and acting to impact it. He also loves motorcycle riding, rock music, hiking and good food. Eric and Anne have 3 children, Samuel (23), Déborah (21) and Axelle (16). They live in Gembloux, Belgium.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 2, 2014

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 9, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Jay Grimwood

      Executive Pastor, Raytown MO

      Before joining the staff of Graceway, Jay traveled extensively throughout East Asia as the Director of Operations for a large Korean owned Telecommunications company. Currently he continues his international travel serving individuals and organizations through educational and humanitarian efforts around the world. He teaches a variety of classes locally and has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from Emporia State University, a Biblical Studies Degree from Shepherd School of Ministry, and a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Trinity. He has led international teacher training teams to South Korea, the Philippines, and Mongolia, and been involved with educational and humanitarian programs in Egypt, Zambia, Japan, Taiwan, and Kurdistan. Jay is also responsible for local outreach teams that focus on the homeless, community service, refugees, and language development as well as serving on the board of the Language and Culture Training Center.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 16, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Stephen Doggett

      Frontiers, Saint Cloud FL

      Cru staff for 11 years - Campus Director at Bethel University, Indiana University and the University of Missouri. Missionary - Brussels, Belgium with ReachGlobal, seven years. Associate Executive Director, Director of Recruitment for ten years with ReachGlobal. Regional Director Central Asia with ReachGlobal, Executive Director for Converge International Ministries - four years. Presently, Director of Development for the USCWM.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Jeff Adams

      Missional Impact/Graceway, Kansas City MO

      Jeff was Graceway’s lead pastor for 33 years, having spent the previous ten years pastoring in Latin America with his wife Cheryl and daughters Sarah and Rebekah. He continues on Graceway's team as Teaching Pastor. He shares his passion for the Word of God in English and Spanish at Graceway and as an international conference speaker. He holds a Ph.D from Trinity Theological Seminary. He enjoys the cultural and dining diversity of Kansas City and is an active supporter of Kansas City's active arts scene. Having traveled and ministered in approximately 70 countries he is an avid student of culture. He trains leaders in cultural competency through cultural immersion experiences in Paris and Amsterdam and is also a certified Paterson LifePlan facilitator, a powerful tool that he uses in equipping and coaching leaders

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 9, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Tim Garrett

      Frontiers, Gardner KS

      Tim is the Heartland Area Director of mobilization for a mission organization focusing on unengaged, unreached peoples. He has a passion to assist others in finding their place in missions. He and his family have lived in Ireland and Scotland and are now based in Kansas. Tim has been traveling regularly to Europe, setting up new initiatives and connecting people in North America with ministries there. But, after twenty years of working to strengthen the dying Church in Europe, God began to speak to him about helping establish His Church where it hasn’t yet been.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 23, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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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: Sunday, March 30, 2014

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    • 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 6, 2014

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      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: Sunday, April 13, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Mark Bruner

      Avant Ministries, xxx Not in USA

      A veteran missionary of 30 years, Mark has served in an extensive variety of ministry capacities in four African countries, the UK, Canada and the USA. Currently serving as VP for Selection & Training, Mark leads Avant's recruiting, training and the development of their Short-Cycle Church Planting ministry. In his previous ministry assignment from 1998 to 2004, he and his wife Denise provided leadership for multiple ministry teams sharing the gospel in the Horn of Africa. During that time they helped establish a healthy, reproducing church among one of the world’s least reached people groups. Mark and Denise have been married 34 years and have three children and two grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 20, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 30,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 27, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Graduation and Commissioning

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      Date: Sunday, May 4, 2014

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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