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 SPOKANE PERSPECTIVES 2017

CAUTION: Taking this class may RUIN you for the ordinary!!!

Welcome to the website of Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
class for Spokane! The Perspectives course, developed by the U.S. Center for
World Missions, has been running in the Spokane area since 2004, helping to
mobilize and train every believer to fulfill their role in the Great Commission mandate. Listen to one of our local pastors…


“Even after attending Bible school and seminary, I didn’t have the “big picture” of God’s incredible work until I took Perspectives. This course will challenge your thinking and will stir your heart. And it may set you on the path of the greatest adventure of all time—partnering with the triune God and millions of His servants in furthering and fulfilling His kingdom agenda.”

—Pastor John Underhill, South Hill Bible Church.

The course will feature 15 different top-level instructors, some of them local and others from outside our area. The class can be taken at three levels: Key Readings, Certificate, or Credit (graduate or undergraduate). If you want to discover your strategic place of service, this class is for you!


When:

Mondays 6:30-9:30 PM

Jan 16 - May 8, 2017 (no class April 10)

Where:

Faith Bible Church

600 W. Cora Ave, Spokane, WA 99205

Contact:


Downloads

Click here to go to our class downloads page for brochures, bulletin inserts, and other resources.


Class Sponsorship

The following are financial sponsors of Spokane Perspectives. Their sponsorship is a great help in bringing the class to Spokane each year!

  • Faith Bible Church
  • Spangle Community Church
  • Dr. & Mrs. Blake McKinley
  • Life Center Church, Spokane

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Faith Bible Church 600 W Cora Ave Spokane WA 99205

Contact:

 
    • Instructor


    • 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: Monday, January 16, 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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      Floyd Schneider

      Moody Bible Institute, Spokane, WA, Spokane WA

      Husband (of one wife), Father (of two sons), Grandfather (of six grandchildren), Missionary, Church planter, College professor.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 23, 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.

    • Instructor

      Craig Langhans

      Greenacres WA

      Craig Langhans is the pastor of Mirabeau Chapel in Spokane Valley WA where he has served since 1986. He has planted 2 other churches and pastored in the Northwest since 1977. He has been a missionary on a short term basis numerous times. In addition, he has sent and supported missionary individuals and teams many times over the years. He and his wife, Cyndi, have 3 married sons and 9 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 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).

    • Instructor

      John Underhill

      South Hill Bible Church, Spokane Valley WA

      Education: A.A Spokane Falls Community College; B.A. Eastern Washington University; M.A. Dallas Theological Seminary Work experience: Pastor, Springhill Community Bible Church 1984-1990; Associate Pastor, Valley 4th Memorial Church 1990-1996; Senior Pastor, Valley 4th Memorial Church 1996-2011 Pastor, South Hill Bible Church, 2011 - present

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 6, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      Ian Downs

      International Students Inc., Pullman WA

      Ian Downs serves as a team leader with International Students Inc. In Pullman, WA. Before moving to Pullman, Ian and his wife served in Los Angeles, CA with ISI for 14 years. Previously, he served as an assistant editor with Mission Frontiers magazine.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 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.

    • Instructor

      Jonathan Armstrong

      Spokane WA

      Jonathan J. Armstrong is a graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in the Chicago area (M.A., 2001) and Fordham University in New York City (Ph.D., 2006). He has served as a postdoctoral researcher at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany and has lectured at Wycliffe Hall as a full member of the theology faculty of the University of Oxford. Jonathan now serves as Assistant Professor of Bible and Theology at Moody Bible Institute - Spokane. Jonathan’s passion is to serve the church by providing seminars for pastors and laypeople throughout the global evangelical community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 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.

    • Instructor

      Jeanette Sheeran

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Cheney WA

      Jeanette has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1986, first in Guatemala as an elementary teacher, and then at the JAARS Center in North Carolina. She and her husband Chris moved back to the NW in 2007 to serve in mobilization. They have 2 grown children and 1 grandchild.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 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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      Roger Mohrlang

      Whitworth University, Spokane WA

      Professor of Biblical Studies at Whitworth University, where he teaches New Testament, Old Testament, Paul's Letters, New Testament Greek and Introduction to the Global Christian Movement. He has also taught in Nigeria, Cameroon, Kenya, England, the Philippines, Japan, India, Nepal, and China. Roger and his wife Dottie have a real heart to reach the world with the good news of Jesus Christ. From 1967-74 he served with the Wycliffe Bible Translations in Nigeria, working on the translation of the New Testament into the Kamwe (Higi) language. From 1993-97 he coordinated the revision of this translation. Roger was also a member of the translation team for the New Living Translation. He is currently serving as consultant for the team translating the Kamwe Old Testament. Roger and Dottie are active members of Northview Bible Church on Spokane's north side.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 6, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Allen

      Pacific Rim Exchange Services, Spokane Valley WA

      Steve Allen is the current Director of Outreach at Valley Real Life Church and the Executive Director of Pacific Rim Exchange Services in Spokane, Washington. He is a passionate mobilizer and loves to help people pursue the calling that God has placed on their lives. Steve has a deep burden for China as evidenced through the adoption of three of his kids and his leading of teams into China each year.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 13, 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.

    • Instructor

      David Beine

      Moody Bible Institute, Spokane WA

      Dr. Dave serves as Professor of Intercultural Studies at MBI-Spokane where he has taught since 2006. From 1987-2013 the Beines were also members of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International where they served in various capacities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 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.

    • Instructor

      Betty Sue

      Fuller Seminary - Retired, Vancouver WA

      Senior Associate Professor of Language and Culture Learning, Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. and language learning consultant

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 27, 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.

    • Instructor

      Karen Stoufer

      Christian Veterinary Mission, Shoreline WA

      Dr. Karen Stoufer served with her family in Nepal for 13 years in rural community development, animal health training and women's empowerment with the United Mission to Nepal and World Concern/CVM. She currently serves as Director of Training and Asia programs for Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in Seattle WA and has previously served as an adjunct professor of Community Development at Northwest University in Kirkland WA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 17, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mark Kadel

      formerly with World Relief, Spokane WA

      Mark is the former Spokane Office director for World Relief. World Relief's Mission is to empowering the local Church to serve the most vulnerable. Their vision: in community with the local Church, World Relief envisions the most vulnerable people transformed economically, socially, and spiritually.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 24, 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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      Tom Steffen

      Biola University, Coeur D'Alene ID



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      Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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