Arlington, WA    Spring 2017
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Welcome to Perspectives


Why take Perspectives? What is this course?

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
is a 15 week discipleship course designed to challenge your current view of the world around you.

Because it is often hard to sense the accelerating pace of God's work in history,
Perspectives will open your eyes to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can find your place in His work all over the world, from right where you are now or to distant nations. This unique experience will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it!

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Who should take Perspectives?
Anyone and everyone who wants to better know the heart of God and His work in His world! Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a minister, a professional or a retired person, you will explore God's heart to restore His Glory among All Nations, ransoming His people from every tribe, language and culture! (Rev 5:9) Whatever your current involvement in the church or its ministries, this class is for you! (It is recommended for high school seniors and up).


What will I learn?
You will be challenged to see the world through God's eyes in 4 different perspectives:
  • Biblical- God's plan and purpose revealed in Scripture
  • Historical - How God has revealed himself from the beginning
  • Cultural - Overcome cultural barriers to introduce Jesus
  • Strategic - Your gifts & passions can be used to fulfill God's plan
Perspectives is a community effort of the church body. The course material represents a diversity of writers.

Who are the instructors?
We will have 15 different, dynamic and diverse instructors sharing from their knowledge and experience each week. (Ministry founders, pastors, lay leaders, missionaries, equippers, senders & go-ers).

What is the time investment?
Our class meets for 3 hours, one night per week - on Wednesdays. And, you can attend lessons one and two - FOR FREE!
(Just register for this so we can reserve a place for you)

The Perspectives course offers 3 levels:

Key Reading Level: This level requires about 1 to 2 hours of reading per week with no written homework. There are five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete.

Certificate Level: This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections", and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week.

Credit Level: This level can be taken for undergraduate or post graduate credit. This involves a mid-term and final exam plus an integrative project in addition to regular weekly assignments. This level requires about 6-8 hours of work per week. The credit will come through Trinity International University unless other arrangements are made.

*An orientation/registration session will be held on Wednesday January 11, from 6-8pm to introduce you to Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, examine class dynamics and expectations, distribute textbooks, and prepare you for the life-changing journey ahead! This is not required to take the class.

Study Materials:
The study materials (both the Reader and the Study Guide) are included in the tuition cost. They are also available from Amazon in the Kindle format. If you would prefer to use the Kindle version instead of the paper volumes, you may take the Kindle discount during registration of $30.00 and you will need to buy the e-books from Amazon on your own (there is the link for doing so on the discount pages under registration).

Class Info

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Smokey Point Community Church 17721 Smokey Point Blvd Arlington WA 98223

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

      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

      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Frontiers, Rye CO

      Shane has served in missions mobilization since 1987, primarily recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey. He co-authored Exploring the Land, a guide to researching unreached peoples and writes regularly for Missions Catalyst ezine. He is currently dreaming and scheming for God's kingdom among Muslim immigrants in Europe. Shane, his wife, Ann live in Colorado. Four of their children live with them and one is in college in Arizona.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017

      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.

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      Daniel Douglas

      English Teacher, Arlington WA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2017

      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

      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with the U.S. Center for World Mission since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

      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).

    • Instructor

      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: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

      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

      Chuck Lindley

      Frontier Ventures, Tacoma WA

      Chuck and his wife, Janis, joined Frontier Ventures (FV) in 2004. Before FV Chuck had been a public school teacher and administrator, small business owner, and pastor. With Frontier Ventures he served as Director of INSIGHT, Adjunct Professor at William Carey International University, and continues as a member of Band Barnabas. In 2007, he was seconded as Director of East West Educational Foundation in New Delhi, India. In 2008, he and Janis co-founded Made to Create, a project of the Art for Change Foundation, a New Delhi foundation. They returned to the U.S. at the end of 2011. They were part of the initial team in 2013 exploring a Perspectives class in the Tacoma area. Chuck now serves as South Sound Area Mobilizer for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

      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.

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      Dr. Glen Basey

      Northwest Church, Edmonds WA

      I served Puget Sound Christian College as faculty member and president for a total of 24 years. I served Pioneer Bible Translators as borad member and chair of the board for 10 years. I served as Chair of the Education department of William Jessup University/San Jose Christian College for 6 years. I served the Christians Haven ministry to steet children and orphans in the Philippines for two years. I have been involved in serving local congregations for the past three years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

      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.

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      Craig Campbell

      Wycliffe Bible Translators/Seed Company, Kirkland WA

      After growing up in Australia and the USA, Craig attended University of Washington, spent 5 years active duty in the Navy, then 20 years working as a civil engineer. In 2000 he quit his job to join Wycliffe Bible Translators and relocated wife (a nurse) and children to work in Papua New Guinea. In 2007 they returned, spent 8 years in mobilization and is now a field coordinator with the Seed Company.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

      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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      John Ruhlman Sr.

      Mount Vernon WA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

      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

      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with the U.S. Center for World Mission since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

      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

      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 i