Eugene, OR    Spring 2017
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EUGENE, OR  Spring 2017

God's story is written in the bible...and His word became flesh and dwelt among us!  Chances are, you already know that.  But how does that influence and move you right now?  

Question:  What is your perspective on how your faith impacts the entire world?  How do you fit into God's redemptive picture for all of creation?  Did you know we are all called to be part of a his global purpose?  

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is coming to Eugene.  Join the movement and discover what God has done, what he's doing, and how we fit in!

Over the course of 15 weeks, you will hear elements of the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic perspectives of God's heart for the nations!  The Living God is a Missionary God!  Each week, a new instructor will guide and direct our eye-opening journey!

January 24th - May 16, 2017
@ First Baptist Church Eugene

Night: Tuesday
Time: 6:30-9:30PM
Cost: $250 (certificate and key reading)
Contact: Ryan Traff,

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: First Baptist Church of Eugene 3550 Fox Meadow Rd Eugene OR 97408

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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, January 24, 2017

      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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      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, January 31, 2017

      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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      Lesson 3 Video Instruction

      Redlands CA

      Jeff Lewis

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

      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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      Daniel Collins

      Eugene OR

      I am a follower of Jesus, leader by character, social entrepreneur, husband of one, father to three, son of the most high God. I am intrigued and challenged by the writings in the Bible. I am inspired and compelled by the words, leadership, and life of Jesus the Messiah. My heartbeat is worship, that all people might know the joy of praising and following Jesus. May we be local churches of all nations for the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017

      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.

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      Jeff Johnson

      Frontiers, Gilbert AZ

      Jeff Johnson and his wife Roxanne have been working with Muslims since 1988. They have served on and led church-planting teams in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. They have witnessed firsthand the martyrdom of Muslim back-ground believers and fellow missionaries, birthed underground Christian fellowships in war torn countries, and seen the miraculous hand of God throughout the Muslim world. Jeff currently works in Frontiers' International Leadership group; Sending and Engagement - overseeing 30 sending bases and overseeing the Regional Strategy Coordinators (RSC) as the team leader. After being arrested and deported from Uzbekistan, Jeff and his wife Roxanne split their time working with Frontiers International Office in London and in Phoenix at the Frontiers US sending base (www.frontiersusa.org) as well as India, coaching CP teams. Jeff & Roxanne oversee three church planting teams, and spends several months each year in the field coaching and supporting these teams. Jeff is a popular speaker and preacher at large, specializing in training followers of Jesus to engage Muslims both domestically and globally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017

      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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      Doug Hazen

      WorldVenture, Elkton OR

      After Doug served a pastor in Eugene, OR where God called him into missions through one of his own messages! He and his family served in Congo, Africa and after several life shaping events, including the results of the Rwanda genocide, they returned to the U.S. Doug was asked by WorldVenture to take the Northwest Regional Mission Director position where he served until January, 2015 when he was appointed National Director of Mobilizing Prayer for WorldVenture. In that role, he leads a prayer team devoted to praying and implementing the truth of Matthew 9:36-38. He and his wife, Ruth, have four grown kids with thirteen grandchildren and in 2015 adopted "arrows" for God to use in expanding the gospel. Doug and his family live in Elkton, Oregon and attend Elkton Baptist Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

      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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      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, March 7, 2017

      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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      J W Matt Hennessee

      Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland OR

      Pastor Hennessee is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has had the distinction of serving in a variety of leadership capacities locally, nationally, and internationally in public administration; private business; non-profit boards and commissions focused on diversity, economic development, primary, secondary, high school, higher education; and faith-based organizations for the past thirty years. He has been the Senior Pastor of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland since January 2005. He has been blessed to have a working relationship with each of the Governors of Oregon, Mayors of Portland, Presidents of Metro, Multnomah County Chairs, and Legislative Leaders in Washington DC and Salem since his arrival in Oregon in 1988. Pastor Hennessee is active in the faith-based community at-large engaging leaders of all faiths and being “present” as it relates to increasing the opportunities for people to live life, raise their families, and see their dreams come true. He is the 3rd VP of the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest and President & CEO of the GBC Inc. He is passionate about finding opportunities for young people to lead productive lives and devotes personal time to reducing gang violence in Portland and providing scholarships as young people make decisions about their after-high school careers. He earned his BA in Sociology/Anthropology & Religion at Oberlin College; Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California; and is currently earning a Doctorate of Ministry in Portland, Oregon. He is expected to graduate in the Winter of 2013. He has a son & daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico for business and pleasure and to multiple cities in the following locations around the world: Israel, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, England, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Egypt, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Thailand, France, Italy, Belgium, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2017

      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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      Ron Billings

      Perspectives, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. After serving with the military, he attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received 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. While in graduate school, Ron 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 he 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, Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon, and Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

      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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      Ron Whisler

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Eugene OR

      Ron Whisler and his wife Jacqui began their translation work with Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1984 - until present. Their desire was to work among the unreached peoples of southeast Asia. They first worked among the Sawai people of eastern Indonesia, but after being displaced by war, the Lord has now expanded their roles into training, mentoring and facilitating Indonesian Bible translators. They continue to work directly with teams of Indonesian Bible translators, helping in the areas of administrative leadership, Bible translation and Bible translation consulting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017

      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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      Orin Kidd

      Grace Bible Fellowship, Albany OR

      Orin & Rosa Kidd Grace Bible Fellowship Biographical Sketch Orin and Rosa came to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ in 1971. At that time Orin was working in forestry with the United States Forest Service on the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. From the very outset of their new faith in Christ, there was a strong desire to serve the Lord in a cross-cultural context amongst people who had not yet had the opportunity to hear the gospel. In order to prepare for cross-cultural ministry, Orin and Rosa attended Prairie Bible College from 1972 to 1976. In 1977, following graduation from Prairie and linguistic training at the University of Washington, Orin and Rosa, along with their two sons, Orin Jr. and Joshua, left for Irian Jaya, Indonesia, (now West Papua) where they spent 22 years working with the Kimyal tribe in the Eastern Highlands. Orin spent most of those years in church planting, discipleship, and leadership development. The last four and a half years on the field Orin served as Field Director. Rosa was involved in women's ministry and some literacy work. In 1994, Rosa began work on the Kimyal New Testament completing it in November of 2009. The New Testament Dedication took place on March 16, 2010. Although the Kidd’s are now in the United States, they continue their involvement with the church in West Papua through regular visits. Orin also served with World Team for 5 years as the Northwest Regional Director of a ministry arm of World Team called ChurchLink. The focus of this ministry was serving local churches through building relationships, casting vision and providing resources for strategic impact locally and globally among unreached people groups. Orin’s teaching and preaching gifts, his deep love for the church, and 22 years of cross-cultural experience uniquely equipped him for this ministry. After 30 years with World Team, Orin and Rosa resigned from World Team to begin a new ministry role as the Pastor of Global Outreach at Grace Bible Fellowship in Tangent, Oregon, where they currently serve.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017

      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, April 18, 2017

      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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      Lesson 13 Video Instruction

      Kansas City MO

      Pam Arlund (pictured) and Bobby Gupta

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2017

      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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      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, May 2, 2017

      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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      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: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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