Bellevue, WA    Spring 2015
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Class was awesome last Thursday. There were some who were not able to attend class due to conflicts. We look forward to those students attending.

Please complete the Lesson 4 articles before coming to class on Thursday. That will provide the best results listening to Dr. Alphonse's presentations and the integrated class activities.

Bring a 3x5 card with a quote, or something from an article you want to share during table discussions.

Please e-mail with any questions.

Class begins at 6:30 in Room 130. Come a little early (6:00 - 6:25) to get a light meal/heavy snack before class. 

NOTE: The instructors for this class are simulcast from Multnomah University in Portland. We will have class groups and activities in Bellevue to enrich our learning.

Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Crossroads Bible Church 15815 SE 37th St Bellevue WA 98006

Contact:

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Roger Trautmann

      Multnomah Biblical Seminary, Portland OR

      Dr Trautmann is passionate about encouraging the people of God to live into the mission of Christ. He has served as a pastor over 20 years as well as extensive service training ministry leaders in east Africa. He is associate Professor of Pastoral ministry at Multnomah Biblical Seminary and directs Mentored Ministry formation program and Chaplaincy track program He is married to his lovely wife Iola and they have three grown children and five grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Dr. Paul Johnson

      Asociate Professor of Intercultural Studies and Bible, Salem OR

      Jenny and I ministered in central Mexico for ten years. The Lord used our efforts, along with our coworkers, to plant the “Abundant Life Bible Church” in San Juan del Río Mexico (90 miles north of Mexico City). During these years, I also taught courses at the “Puebla Bible Seminary;” training leaders in local churches, while we initiated and developed a missions movement among the Bible churches of central Mexico. I became the “Field Director” and served to advance Camino Global’s ministry during our last three years in Mexico. I have taught missions, Christian ministry, Bible, and theology courses at Corban University for nine years. I have also had the privilege of developing a student missions organization to develop and grow a cross-cultural missions focus in the lives of our students and staff (annual conference, retreats, short-term mission trips, local outreach, and other on-campus missions-focused activities). I earned my Doctor of Ministry degree (D.Min.) from Western Seminary (Portland, OR). The Lord has blessed us with three children (all born in Mexico).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Kent Parks

      Beyond. Formerly "Act Beyond" and "Mission to Unreached Peoples", Plano TX

      http://beyond.org/president/ Kent Parks is President and CEO of Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & "Mission to Unreached Peoples"). See beyond.org for a powerful video. This mission sending organization is focused on launching Disciple-Making Movements (also called Church Planting Movements) among the Unreached People Groups of the world. This 29% of the world does not have even access to witness of word or deed about Jesus in any kind within their culture. Act Beyond is focused on global collaboration to change this spiritual injustice. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Muslims in Asia for 20 years. They continue to lead regular Disciple-Making Movement trainings around the world. He continues to occasionally teach graduate courses in mission strategy. Previously, he coordinated outreach strategies for Unreached People Groups, and developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. Kent also pastored in Texas for 7 years before going to the mission field. He has been a seminary professor, the academic dean of a seminary and has taught internationally in a graduate school. Kent is Co-Facilitator for the Ethne (a global network of UPG-focused leaders; is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and is Senior Assoc. for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015

      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).

    • Instructor

      Martin Alphonse

      , Portland OR

      Martin Alphonse, a native of India has a passion for world evangelization. Beginning as a church planter in a village of India in 1976, Alphonse's ministry expanded to global proportions. Alphonse has been a missionary, served as a pastor of Methodist churches, and taught in evangelism related institutes and seminaries in India, Singapore, and the United States. A gifted speaker, Alphonse has been featured as a plenary presenter in major global gatherings of evangelicals, including one sponsored by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Alphonse teaches missions and evangelism in Multnomah's Intercultural Studies Department

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 12, 2015

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Joshua Ryan Butler

      Local & Global Outreach, Portland OR

      Joshua Ryan Butler serves as pastor of local and global Outreach at Imago Dei Community, a church in the heart of Portland, Oregon, and is author of "The Skeletons in God's Closet" (Thomas Nelson, 2014). Joshua oversees the church's city ministries in areas like foster care, human trafficking and homelessness and develops international partnerships in areas like clean water, HIV-support and church planting. Joshua is also a worship leader who enjoys writing music for the life of the church. Joshua's wife Holly, daughter Aiden and son Jake enjoy spending time with friends over great meals and being a foster family for vulnerable children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Sarita D. Gallagher

      Tualatin OR

      Sarita D. Gallagher, Ph.D., is assistant professor of religion at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon. She served as a missionary with the Christian Revival Crusade International movement in Papua New Guinea and Australia, and has taught courses in biblical theology, missiology, intercultural communication, and anthropology. Her forthcoming book is Abrahamic Blessing: A Missiological Narrative of Revival in Papua New Guinea (Pickwick, 2014).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Philip Johnson

      Gresham OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 5, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Marti Wade

      Pioneers, Blythewood SC

      Marti Wade has been serving Pioneers since 2007, focusing primarily on projects involving research and writing. Before joining Pioneers she spent time in more than a dozen countries supporting cultural research teams sent to explore unreached communities and mobilize efforts to reach these groups. Since 2004 she has been the editor of Missions Catalyst weekly email newsletter. Marti wrote "Through Her Eyes," a book about the lives of missionary women in the Muslim world and in 2016 completed a Master's thesis on trends and tensions in how agencies train new workers. She began teaching Perspectives, primarily the history lessons, in the late 1990’s.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 12, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      John Jordan

      Village Baptist Church, Beaverton OR

      As pastor of World Missions at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon, John's responsibilities include overseeing the care of 39 missionary families as well as another 22 adults preparing for long-term service. John also trains and sends over 50 people a year on short-term missions trips to restricted access countries. John is an instructor for both the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course and for Developing Global Vision.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 19, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bruce Benson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oregon City OR

      My wife Jan and I have worked for over 37 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, 30 of those in Peru. In 2003 the Huamalies Quechua New Testament was published and distributed. In 2011, the Huallaga Quechua Bible was published and distributed. We are currently retired (as of October 1, 2015) and are looking forward to what God has for us next. Perspectives will continue to be a vital part of our lives and we are prayerfully considering other ministry opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Roshini G

      , Beaverton OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Clark Blakeman

      Lahash International, Portland OR

      After 20 years as a pastor in the Portland area, Clark Blakeman has a strong conviction of missional life expressed in local and global practices. He founded Second Stories and also works for Lahash International, training pastors, missionaries, and students in theology and practice of Christian community development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Dave DeVries

      OC International, Bellevue WA

      Dr. Dave DeVries is a missionary with OC International. He leads Missional Challenge - which is focused on advancing missional movements globally (church multiplication/disciplemaking) by coaching and training pastors, church planters, and missional leaders to embrace missional practices and to strategically make disciples who make disciples who make disciples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Jim Stevens

      Fr., Portland OR

      Training in Biology and Environmental Science Worked as agricultural consultant and water quality specialist 6 years in Uganda in late 80's early 90's as agriculture development specialist. 4 years in Kyrgyzstan (06 thru 09) teaching in national ag university and doing projects outside of capitol. Currently Pac NW area director for recruiting and mobilization for a mission agency.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bill MacLeod

      Mission ConneXion, Hillsboro OR

      Bill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland. He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men's movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/executive director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Graduation and Commissioning

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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