Bloomington, MN    Spring 2016
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 Spring 2016

SouthWest Metro Area Perspectives Class      held at Bethany International            Bloomington, Minnesota! 
 
You are invited to join a unique discipleship course. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it.  Perspectives  will change the way you view the world. 
 
We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural & strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.  Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. 
 
When:  Mondays, 6:30 - 9:15 PM – January 11, shortened night 6:30-7:30 (Registration and Information) Classes run January 18  thru April 25, 2016.  May 2, 2016 will be a celebration day.
 
Where:  Bethany International Chapel, 6820 Auto Club Drive Bloomington, Mn
 
Cost:  $250, includes Reader & Study Guide; Buy the eBook Reader 
                   and Study Guide from Amazon and receive a $30 discount!
Additional Family Members taking the class together receive $25 off!
Alumni Pricing:  All Alumni have free registration. $30 Grader fee to upgrade from Key Reading to Certificate Level.
College Credit:  $500 Available from Trinity College Deerfield Illinois
Coordinator:  Kathie Pederson 218-760-0029
                         


Class Info

Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Bethany Global University 6820 Auto Club Rd. Bloomington MN 55438

Contact: Kathie Pederson

218-760-0029

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Mike Neterer

      SALT Somali Adult Literacy Training, Minneapolis MN

      Michael Neterer serves as the director of SALT - Somali Adult Literacy Training, with Arrive Ministries in Minneapolis, affiliated with World Relief. https://arriveministries.org/salt/. SALT supports 20+ weekly outreach teams that train and mobilize over 100 volunteers every year to “share Jesus with our Somali neighbors through literacy & friendship.” Michael and his wife Sara met at Bethany Global University in Minnesota. In 1993, they served an 8-month internship in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They intended to return to the “field” after completing training, but in 1999 the Lord made it clear that their calling was literally “across the street.” Michael taught ESL at various Twin Cities institutes until he started SALT at the invitation of a Somali pastor in 2003. In 2010 he published his MA thesis, “Love Our Somali Neighbors,” as the capstone for the Organizational Management graduate degree at Concordia University St. Paul. He is working on a second MA in Applied Anthropology from the Wycliffe affiliated Dallas International University focused on the “bible-less” languages of Somalia. Michael and Sara are raising three boys to love and serve the Lord in the inner city of Minneapolis where they live, work and go to school.


    • Date: Monday, January 11, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Tom Shetler

      Bethany Global University, Bloomington MN

      Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at Bethany College of Missions since 1991. MA (CE) from Providence Seminary in Winnipeg, MB; BA from Bethany College of Missions; BA from University of Colorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 18, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Kathie Pederson

      Bethany International, Bloomington MN

      Kathie grew up in a Christian home but it wasn’t until the age of 19, when she gave her life to Jesus Christ while completing a degree in Education at Eastern Illinois University. Campus Crusade was instrumental in discipling Kathie and alerting her to the needs of the Nations. During that time she made a commitment to God which led her to serve with TEAM in Venezuela with her husband John from 1981-1993. Since moving to Bemidji Minnesota in 1993 with her three children, Kathie has been involved in mobilizing short-term mission teams. In 2000 John and Kathie led Short term Mission teams through STEM and Bethany International. She enjoys sharing the gospel through many avenues including mime, evangecube, drama, and tracts. She has shared in 9 nations. John and Kathie currently reside in Bloomington MN where she mobilizes and leads teams for short-term missions, works in Member Care and teaching Partnership Development for potential mission candidates.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 25, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 1, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Dan Germo

      Bloomington MN

      Dan Germo International Director—BIM Nancy and I graduated from BCOM in 1991 and were married 6 days later. I was also able to complete a BA in Organizational Studies from Bethel University, and am nearing completion of an MBA in Strategic Leadership from Amberton University. Nancy and I have three children: Graham (19) who is a graduate of Bethany Global University new LEAD program, and Cailin (14) & Ellie (10) who were both born in Kenya and are attending school in America for the first time. Following graduation I served seven years on staff with the BCOM and BIM. In 1999, Nancy and I returned to Kenya where we both served on internship. We were invited by Kenyan leaders to help train Africans for cross cultural work and to mobilize these workers to the unreached. We also served as Bethany’s Africa Area Coordinators for a number of years. On August 1, 2014 I officially began the position of Director of BIM. My role as the BIM International Director is strategic leadership to BIM with a focus on the development of Bethany's global personnel and initiatives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 8, 2016

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Garry Morgan

      Retired, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Spokane WA

      Garry Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies and former Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul, where he taught from 1999-2016. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in Kenya, serving in a variety of ministry settings. He is the author of Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day, published by Baker. He has been married to Connie since 1981, and they have a married daughter and two grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 15, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Tim Freeman

      Bethany International, Bloomington MN

      Tim is Bethany International’s Executive Vice President overseeing the organization’s international partnerships. This includes Publish 4 All, a three year startup with Great Commission print on demand technology placed in more than 30 countries. Tim earned his MA in Intercultural Leadership from Bethany Global University. He and his wife Carol served for 15 years in the Philippines among the Ilokano people in church planting and leadership development. They have five children and one grandchild. Tim serves as the International Coordinator for GlobeServe, a partnership of 280 missionary training schools with workers serving in 269 people groups in more than 60 countries. GlobeServe’s goal is to increase that number to engage a total of 500 unreached people groups within the next five years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 22, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and is now the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) resettling and serving refugees in the Twin Cities. Bob has two MA degrees in Cross-Cultural Communications (Wheaton College) and Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary). Bob served on the faculty and administration at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya for 24 years teaching in the areas of Intercultural Studies, Islamics and Cross-Cultural Communications. He has traveled to more than 55 countries and has led church teams to Macedonia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and India. Bob is married to Donna, the daughter of missionaries to Liberia. They have 5 children, including two adopted sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 29, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent almost two decades traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children: Camden, Brody, Axel, Noble, Quincy and Cruz!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

      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.

    • Instructor

      Scott Countryman

      Global Training Network, Lakeville MN

      Scott serves as an International Training Consultant with Global Training Network. His focus is to equip and encourage leaders in the majority world. Scott began his career in southern Germany and has served in over 45 countries on 5 continents. Pastor Scott received his M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Global and Contextual Leadership at Bethel University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Jim Raymo

      Burnsville MN

      I was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!) in a non-Christian home. Following high school I joined the Army and while in Germany became a Christian through the Navigators. After attending Officers Candidate School I spent a year in Vietnam where I met missionaries from the Christian and Missionary Alliance and God birthed missions in my heart. Later I attended college graduating from Bethel College followed by work in a local Minneapolis church (assistant pastor). I spent 5 years oversees in Europe as coordinator of street ministry teams located in London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. In 1987 we joined WEC International a church planting mission. I have taught in WEC's missionary training college in Tasmania Australia, and spent 7 years as the US Director for WEC most recently based out of Philadelphia. Currently I remain with WEC and I teach at University of Northwestern-St. Paul and Bethany College of Missions. My wife Judy and I have 7 children-3 older biological children who are married/working and 4 younger adopted African-American boys. I love fitness events (marathons, obstacle races) and doing activities with the boys.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Don

      World Team, Orlando FL

      Canadian-born, Don received Christ at a YFC rally in 1952 and later graduated from Prairie Bible Institute and Wycliffe's SIL course. From 1962-1977 Don and his late wife, Carol Joy [Soderstrom], an RN, served in Irian Jaya (now Papua, Indonesia) among the Sawi, a Stone-Age cannibal-headhunter tribe. After Don designed a Sawi alphabet, he and Carol taught literacy, planted churches, healed the sick and translated the New Testament. More than half the tribe came to Christ. Author of six books, including "Peace Child" and "Eternity in Their Hearts," Don holds an honorary doctorate from Biola University. He represents World Team at missions conferences and in churches, teaches seminars, and lectures for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 17 months after his late wife's passing, Don wed Carol Joyce Abraham, who now serves with him in ministry by speaking to women's groups, singing solos, mentoring, and providing hospitality.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 28, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Paul Hartford

      Bethany Global University, Plymouth MN

      Paul brings both a decade-long field experience from his service as a church planter and trainer in Southeast Asia and two decades of experience as a trainer of missionaries. He currently serves with Bethany Global University - a missionary training university located in Bloomington, MN. Paul holds a BA in Theology and Missions, an MA in Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Post-secondary and Adult Education. He and his wife Theresa have three adult children and nine grandchildren. They live in Plymouth, MN

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 2016

      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.

    • Instructor

      Dan Farr

      Circle Pines MN

      Dan, his wife Kelly and their 3 children work with Engage Global and minister among immigrants, refugees, and international students in the United States in Minneapolis, MN. We mobilize churches, train disciples, and send out those disciples all over the world to reach the unreached peoples of the world.Our heart is to get the Western Church impassioned to see how they can be a part of the great commission by welcoming unreached people groups to the U.S, and getting involved in the lives of those who up until this point have been left without a witness to the Love that is Jesus Christ. Our passion is to reach out and help newcomers that have recently arrived in the US by helping with English, tutoring, paperwork, job placement, etc. Many of these internationals have escaped persecution, genocide, and political unrest. By training people here to meet the physical needs of those coming from overseas, we can meet their even greater spiritual needs. The goal is to share the gospel and help develop full devoted followers of Christ. We have hope of seeing those that have entered into the Kingdom return to their home countries as apostolic leaders where still 1.9 Billion people remain without the Good News of Christ. Prior to coming to Minneapolis our family spent 4 years in Oaxaca, Mexico reaching out to the unreached Indigenous Mixteco people groups, then the last 5 years working in very diverse US cities training the local church and indigenous believers to reach out to those coming to America. The goal and passion of our organization is to see Matthew 24:14 come to pass and that all unreached peoples of this earth will have the opportunity to hear the Gospel of this Kingdom.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Stephen Lonetti

      Beacon of Hope / LifeGate Worldwide, Stillwater MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 18, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      John Pederson

      From Scattered to Gathered (FS2G) Twin Cities, Little Canada MN

      JOHN PEDERSON spent 12 years in Venezuela with his wife, Kathie, serving with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) before returning to the U.S. to mobilize others to reach the least, the last, and the lost. Since 2000, he has recruited, trained, and led teams for STEM (Short Term Evangelical Missions) and Bethany Global Teams. John served as President of STEM Share (short-term teams to restricted-access nations) from 2006-2009. Currently John serves as Director of Mobilization for Bethany International, a mission sending agency in Bloomington, MN serving in 25 countries. Bethany International’s main vision is to Take the Church to Where it is Not. A ministry of Bethany to train the next generation to serve the Unreached is Bethany Global University / Bethany College of Missions. Bethany also partners with more than 200 international Mission Training Schools. The Pedersons have 3 adult children and live in Bloomington, MN. John’s passion is networking and mobilizing others in the “task remaining” to impact Unreached People Groups with the Hope of Christ. He has led Prayer Journeys to Turkey as well as 4 trips to the Unreached on the Silk Road in China. John has a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Global Leadership.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 25, 2016

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • Celebration

      Graduation and Commissioning

      Celebration

    • Instructor

      John Pederson

      From Scattered to Gathered (FS2G) Twin Cities, Little Canada MN

      JOHN PEDERSON spent 12 years in Venezuela with his wife, Kathie, serving with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) before returning to the U.S. to mobilize others to reach the least, the last, and the lost. Since 2000, he has recruited, trained, and led teams for STEM (Short Term Evangelical Missions) and Bethany Global Teams. John served as President of STEM Share (short-term teams to restricted-access nations) from 2006-2009. Currently John serves as Director of Mobilization for Bethany International, a mission sending agency in Bloomington, MN serving in 25 countries. Bethany International’s main vision is to Take the Church to Where it is Not. A ministry of Bethany to train the next generation to serve the Unreached is Bethany Global University / Bethany College of Missions. Bethany also partners with more than 200 international Mission Training Schools. The Pedersons have 3 adult children and live in Bloomington, MN. John’s passion is networking and mobilizing others in the “task remaining” to impact Unreached People Groups with the Hope of Christ. He has led Prayer Journeys to Turkey as well as 4 trips to the Unreached on the Silk Road in China. John has a Master’s Degree from Azusa Pacific University in Global Leadership.

    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 2, 2016

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

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