Corvallis, OR    Spring 2015
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God wants to use YOU in changing the world. Join Him and us as we explore God's global mission and explore how each of us fits into that mission.

Perspectives is a 17-week class focused on the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic nature of God's global mission.

Mondays, 6-9pm - January 12-May 11, 2015

Calvin Presbyterian Church
1736 NW Dixon St.
Corvallis, OR 97330

*First Night is FREE*

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Calvin Presbyterian 1736 NW Dixon St. Corvallis OR 97330

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Welcome Night!

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Guest Speaker

      The Well, Portland OR

      Our speaker was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, he served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 22 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 19, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Ron Billings

      Trinity International University, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. Ron’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother were recruited by Hudson Taylor from England and Australia, respectively, and they met and married in China (as did Ron’s grandfather and grandmother, who was from California). Ron’s mother and grandfather were both born in China. Ron’s father was born in Oregon with a Native American heritage, and he met Ron’s mother in college in Seattle. After serving with the military, Ron attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received way too many degrees: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Ron first took the Perspectives class while he was an undergraduate in 1986, and as usual it wildly transformed his plans for the future. While in graduate school, he coordinated the Perspectives class in Austin from 1987 to 1992. He also worked for twelve years in the electronics industry as an international standards negotiator and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. He then started his own software-development company. Dr. Billings has served on the faculty of Concordia University in Austin, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Oregon State University in Corvallis; the University of Oregon in Eugene; and Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. He is now an Adjunct Professor for Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has served as the Professor of Record for many Perspectives classes on the West Coast. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended. He likes to say that he married half the single women in the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bill Clark

      Lynnwood WA

      Bill Clark is currently the NW Director of Peace Catalyst International and an affiliate professor at Trinity Lutheran College. He and his wife Julie started their journey in mission in China where they lived 10 years mostly in the Muslim Northwest. He loves to listen to people’s stories, and wrote his dissertation on Uighur family change. Later they moved to the former Soviet Union and had a first hand view on the emerging church planting movements of the post-Soviet era. Since moving back to the USA in 2009 they have been active in church leadership, and peacemaking with the Muslim peoples of the Puget Sound region of Washington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

      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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      Frank Peters

      Bible College, Albany OR

      Frank & Marie Peters worked with the Christian & Missionary Alliance (C&MA) in Indonesia for over 35 years. Other than language study they were on the Island of Borneo in East Kalimantan ministering in a Jungle Bible School and later in a Bible College in a strategic city near the coast.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 9, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Miriam Adeney

      Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline WA

      With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and three sons, Miriam Adeney never stops learning. When not conducting her regular courses at Seattle Pacific University, Miriam teaches modules on five continents. She is passionate about training indigenous writers. A prolific speaker who has been invited to many campuses and national and international venues, Miriam also writes, resulting in five books and over 100 articles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      L Cory Lemke

      CMF Int, and Coaching Mission Int., Bonanza OR

      We were in Crimea, Ukraine (now Russia) from 1995-2010, primarily focused on church planting and leadership development. We were also doing humanitarian aid, helped run a couple medical clinics/outreaches as well as dabbling in micro-enterprises, including building a hotel/training center. Our initial goal was to plant churches among the Crimean Tatar (nominal Muslim group), which proved harder than we expected. However, since we have left (2010) we are now seeing some Crimean Tatar groups started. Since planting the church among the Tatar group was difficult, we instead focused our efforts on establishing Russian Speaking churches throughout Crimea (over 100 at last count). Currently I'm still involved as much possible in missions. I am a professional missions life coach, with a focus on missionaries. I teach several courses as an adjunct including Cultural Anthropology and Intro to Missions at NCU in Eugene. Also I'm serving as a pastor in Klamath Falls Oregon. Those are my work days. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, dad, grandpa and have cows that I tend on our 65+ acre place. Life is never boring and the Lord is always good!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 23, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      R. Jordan

      Beaverton OR

      R Jordan uses her 30 years experience in children's missions education to empower churches in developing global outreach strategies for their children's ministries. She makes history relevant and memorable through the use of audience participation and a variety of media. Ruth's husband John, is the World Missions Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Contact Information: (503) 952-6901; email: ruth.jordan1922@gmail.com.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 2, 2015

      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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      Marti Wade

      Pioneers, Hillsboro OR

      Marti has been teaching Perspectives since the 1990’s and serving with Pioneers since 2007, primarily in roles involving writing and editing. Previously she was part of a ministry that sent teams to conduct ethnographic research to support strategic prayer and ministry efforts in unreached cities. She is the editor and publisher of the weekly Missions Catalyst newsletter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Matt Smucker

      International Students, Inc., Independence OR

      Matt has a passion for reaching international students and scholars with the love and message of Jesus. He is currently an Area Director with International Students, Inc. (ISI), supervising staff in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. Matt also serves as Care Pastor at Monmouth Praise Assembly. He and his wife, Holly, were self-supported missionaries in Taiwan for four years before being called back to Oregon in 2010. They have two biological daughters and a son adopted from Taiwan. Matt has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      John Wilson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Hillsboro OR

      My wife Jody and I are 20 year career members with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We have served for 7 years in the Philippines in administrative support roles, with both SIL (Wycliffe) Philippines and Faith Academy. The balance of our time has been with Wycliffe USA in similiar admin support roles. Our jobs in the Philippines involved travel throughout Asia with exposure to many different mission agencies, programs, strategies and personnel.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

      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.

    • Instructor

      John Branner

      Western Seminary, Portland OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Jonathan Martin

      Black Butte Ranch OR

      Jonathan lives with his wife, Janie, in Sisters, Oregon. Jonathan taught in several colleges and Universities in China for over a decade and then spent 15 years pastoring at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, Oregon. He is now on staff with Co-Serve International and has the amazing privilege to learn from and help train leaders all over the world. He is the author of Giving Wisely and Reconstructing the Church: Paul's Letter to the 21st Century. Jonathan and Janie have three children and 3 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Julie Stoa

      Chi Alpha Campus Ministries, Corvallis OR

      Julie Stoa has been working to build bridges with university students for 8 years in her work with Chi Alpha. Her passion is for those who don't know the goodness of Jesus yet, and she works strategically to make sure every student has a chance to know the transforming power of the gospel. She has been married to her husband Jeremy for 3 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

      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.

    • 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: Monday, April 27, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Gil Harder

      Jaron Ministries International, Welches OR

      Gil Harder is a Missionary Pastor with over 30 years of evangelism & church-planting ministries in 14 nations. With a Mennonite background and theological training at Multnomah University and Western Seminary, Gil currently serves internationally with Jaron Ministries and Africa where he has started 8 Africa Hope Bible Training Schools. Gil has taught Perspectives for over 15 years. Life verse: II Corinthians 2:14 Prayer: Romans 15:13 Focus: Africa Hope Ministries Int. ;lj;lkj;lj;lkj;ljk;lj;l;lj

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      Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 11, 2015

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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