Portland, OR    Fall 2016
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Portland, OR Fall - 2016

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you.  In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world... from the urban streets of America to the paved or dusty terrains of distant lands. Each week a combination of international missiologists and instructors will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences of just how big God is and how much He desires that all might come to know Him.

Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.  Join friends from churches across the Portland metro area to experience the ever increasing momentum of God's central priority - calling all nations into worship for His glory.

When?

Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dates: August 30 - December 13 (with a break on November 22)


Where?

Hinson Baptist Church

1137 SE 20th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (map here)


Who do I contact?

For further information about the 2016 Portland, OR Fall Course, please contact:

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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Hinson Baptist Church 1137 SE 20th Ave Portland OR 97214

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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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      Justin Speerstra

      The Well, Portland OR

      Justin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, Justin served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 18 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

      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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      Pete Luedemann

      Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, Happy Valley OR

      I've nurtured a passion for missions since first connecting with the urban poor in college. I took the Perspectives class back then and it super-charged my understanding, prayer life, and effectiveness. My primary perspective is as a local church pastor in the U.S. working to support missions both locally and overseas. I've also participated in the Lausanne Conference on World Evangelism in 2005 and have trained pastors in Kolkata, India, and will train pastors in Uganda this summer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

      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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      Gerry Breshears

      Western Seminary, Portland OR

      Gerry Breshears has been professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. He served three years with WorldVenture in the Philippines, teaching at Faith Academy and helping start Calvary Baptist Church. He received the Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. He now teaches overseas about one month per year. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He is co-author of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, and Vintage Church with Mark Driscoll, in the Relit series from Crossway. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and three wonderful grandgirls. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016

      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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      Gilbert Gleason

      Portland OR

      Gilbert Gleason's initial exposure to missions came as a missionary kid on with the Navajos of Northern Arizona. He witnessed their passion for reaching others in their tribal group with the Gospel. Following his training at Biola University and Western Seminary, he has served for more than thirty years in the pastoral ministry at Grace Bible Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. He has made four trips to Peru to encourage and support the church's missionary team there.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

      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.

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      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: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

      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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      Garry Morgan

      University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Spokane WA

      Garry Morgan is a recently retired Professor of Intercultural Studies and 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, including disciple-making among Muslims, urban church planting, community-based development, and missionary training. For twelve of those years the Morgans lived in a Muslim village on Kenya's southern coast and learned both Swahili, Kenya's national language, and the vernacular language of the Digo people group they lived among. Garry earned a Doctor of Missiology degree from Western Seminary in Portland, OR and is an ordained Baptist minister. He has been married to Connie since 1981, and they have a married daughter, Kristina. The Morgans live in Spokane, WA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 4, 2016

      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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      Ginny Jensen

      WorldVenture, Beaverton OR

      Ginny serves with WorldVenture mobilizing churches in member care and development of future workers. She is passionate about preparing individuals and the church body for cross-cultural partnership.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

      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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      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) 626-3337; email: jrdmjordan@aol.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

      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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      J.W. Matt Hennessee

      Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland, OR, Portland OR

      Bio of: J.W. Matt Hennessee Senior Pastor, Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church 3138 No. Vancouver Ave., Portland, Oregon Pastor Hennessee was elected as the fourth Senior Pastor of Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church on December 29, 2004. He began his pastorate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2005 and was formally installed on May 29, 2005. Prior to his installation at Vancouver Ave. 1st Baptist he served as Associate Pastor at Portland’s St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church from January 15, 1989 to January 15, 2005. He is a native of Columbus, OH; lived in Michigan and moved to Oregon in 1988. He had a very distinguished career in senior leadership roles in city and state government in Ohio, Michigan, and Oregon. He then entered the private sector as an executive in a variety of positions at Nike, Inc., CEO of a small private financial/technology business; Vice President of Streamlined Solutions, a division of the Rentrak Corporation; (presently) Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Energy Film, a division of Artscape Inc., all located in Portland, OR. He has also served in a variety of volunteer roles in the non-profit world locally, nationally, and internationally for many years including medical boards, alternative education boards, higher education boards, and a number of commissions whose mission was superior service in education and economic development. Pastor Hennessee has traveled nationally and internationally for business and speaking engagements. He has spoken on a variety of subjects including: economic empowerment, diversity, the importance of pre-school education, and organizational and financial development. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH in Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology; the Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; and is presently enrolled at Portland Seminary a part of the George Fox University Campus earning the Doctorate of Ministry degree (EDG: Spring of 2018). He is very active working in the Portland community across denominations to engage and create an active model for peace. He leads several initiatives to bring faith, community, and law enforcement together in all dimensions. He is passionate about building on the success of the past, loves history, loyal to the importance of honoring those who came before us, making the path for the next generation, generating funds for continuing education for all who wish to pursue it, determined to do everything he can to help everyone succeed, and enjoys bringing people of diverse races, cultures, and backgrounds together. He has one son Matt Jr. (Lisa); they have three children and reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

      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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      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: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

      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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      Trevis Smith

      Dundee OR

      Trevis worked as a civil engineering consultant in the northwest for 15 years after graduating in 1997. During that time, the Lord began to stir a desire in his and his wife's hearts to be involved in taking the gospel to places where it was not as well known. The Perspectives course was a significant part of that journey. In 2010, they joined a ministry that took them to the Middle East where they have resided for the past 6 years. Trevis and his wife Rebecca, who is originally from Shreveport, have four children ages 8 to 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 8, 2016

      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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      Jonathan Martin

      Gresham OR

      Jonathan has lived in Central Asia for seven years and East Asia for five where he had the privilege to work among Muslims. He has been a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church since 2004 where he oversees outreach all over the world. He has written two books "Giving Wisely" and the "King Saul Syndrome", and is working on a third with his father called "The Letter of the Apostle Paul to the 21st Century". All three books offer solutions that deal with the chronic problems that plague the church worldwide. Jonathan is married to Janie and has three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

      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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      Paul Watson

      Contagious Disciple Making, Beaverton OR

      Paul grew up on an airplane. Not really, but he felt like it! He split his childhood between Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, and Singapore while his parents, David and Jan Watson, planted churches as career missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since the day God called Paul into full-time ministry, he has traveled over 200,000 miles training disciple-making teams in the UK, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, and all over the United States. From January 1, 2012, through August 15,2015, Paul served as director of Cityteam’s Rescue and Recovery Center in downtown Portland, OR. Feeding the homeless while helping alcoholics discover sobriety and Jesus taught him incredible lessons about putting feet to faith and loving those who don’t love themselves. Paul left his role at Cityteam and founded Contagious Disciple Making (http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com) to focus on catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among the unreached and under-reached peoples in the Cascadia Corridor (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska.) Paul and his family are active members at Westside Community Church in Aloha, OR. Paul and his wife, Christi, lead a growth group that meets in their home on Sunday evenings. Paul is incredibly excited by his pastor’s desire to see 10,000 churches planted in the Pacific Northwest and wants to use his experiences to help his pastor and other ministry leaders plant churches among people who would not normally attend the typical church in North America. Paul blogs at http://www.pauldwatson.com and http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com. He is the host of American Church Stories (http://www.americanchurchstories.com). He is published in ‘Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th Edition.’ He co-authored Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On a Journey of Discovery with his father, David Watson. You can reach Paul at pwatson@contagiousdisciplemaking.com.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2016

      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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      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: Tuesday, December 6, 2016

      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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      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: Tuesday, December 13, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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