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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 15 - APRIL 30, 2018

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. 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. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: LifeBridge Baptist Church 3710 N. Holmes St Kansas City MO 64116

Contact: Matt & Lisa Vaughan

(816) 507-6303

 
    • 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

      John Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      John Zumwalt is the Cross Cultural Coach for the innovative organization, Outrageous Love. After serving as a missionary among the unreached Minnan he returned to America and for over 22 years served as the founder and Director of the Missionary Training Institute, Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. He has trained over 300 Career Missionaries. He has a Doctorate of Divinity from International University for Graduate Studies. John has authored the book, Passion for the Heart of God and travels widely, preaching and holding seminars, raising up activist to go to the ends of the earth. John and his wife, Jamie, also pastor a church in a “red light district” of Oklahoma City. They have five children, Jessica, Josiah, Jael, Jewel and James.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 15, 2018

      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.

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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

      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.

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      Eric Zander

      the Belgian Evangelical Mission, Grand-Leez AK

      Born and raised Belgian, in a post-Catholic secularized country, Eric was first trained as an Elementary school teacher, than at the Belgian Bible Institute and lately got his MTh at Spurgeon's College, London. Eric and his wife Anne are committed to developing Christian Communities within their contemporary culture. Today, Eric leads several alternative expressions of church, in a local social network, among bikers, … Eric loves reflecting on contemporary culture and acting to impact it. He also loves motorcycle riding, rock music, hiking and good food. Eric and Anne have 3 children, Samuel (23), Déborah (21) and Axelle (16). They live in Gembloux, Belgium.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

      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).

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      Chris Regas

      LifeBridge Baptist Church, Kansas City MO

      Chris is the associate pastor at LifeBridge Baptist Church (WeAreLifeBridge.com), where his teaching and equipping ministry has been focused on discipleship and world missions. He was saved at LifeBridge as a teenager and served on staff after graduating from Liberty University (B.S.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). While in school he ministered with a mission mobilization team and studied for a summer with missionaries in Mexico City. He is presently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart for the world has led to teaching ministries with Asian Americans and leading short-term teams on five continents (Romania, Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Tanzania, England, Mexico, Colombia, the Lakota Nation, and Barbuda). He is passionate about mobilizing the local church to experience the Great Commission in a well-balanced and wholehearted manner. He and his wife live in Kansas City, MO and their daughter is a freshman at John Brown University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Justin Raby

      Grace Church, Grandview MO

      Justin has been married to Amy for 13 years and they have 3 wonderful children and are involved in foster care. They have served in over 20 countries including Spain, India, Myanmar and the US in a variety of roles that include: Church-Planting, Youth, Teaching, Preaching, Discipleship, & Evangelism. Their desire is to see people and the church mobilized to reach unengaged & unreached peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

      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.

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      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, February 19, 2018

      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.

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      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up in Arkansas, and earned a degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the Director of Operations for The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. During his time on staff, he has traveled to 49 states and 3 countries and spoken to over 40,000 college students, sharing God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      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

      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up in Arkansas, and earned a degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the Director of Operations for The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. During his time on staff, he has traveled to 49 states and 3 countries and spoken to over 40,000 college students, sharing God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      Time: 6:35 PM to 9:15 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

      Justin Long

      ActBeyond, Garland TX

      Justin Long is a global missions researcher. He presently serves with ActBeyond as part of the Global Ephesus Initiative which seeks to send teams to start movements that cascade through whole People Clusters. As a researcher He maintains the Global District Survey (places to go), Movement Index, Movement Case Study archive, compiles People Cluster Forecasts, and edits The Long View weekly missions trends analysis. His website is http://www.justinlong.org.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

      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.

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      Ken

      Heart Sounds International, Harper KS

      Ken Davidson is co-founder of Heart Sounds International which exists to encourage the release of indigenous worship in the emerging church around the world. Ken graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Music degree and from Fuller Theological Seminary with a Masters of Arts in Theology and Biblical Studies. He is a music missionary, worship leader, audio engineer and videographer. He lives in Harper, KS with his wife Dana.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

      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

      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Kansas City MO

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and since 2002, reaching out to refugees with the Gospel of the Kingdom in Kansas City, Missouri.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

      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.

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      Jason Reiswig

      Olathe KS



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

      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.

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      John Weaver

      Owasso OK

      Since John experienced PSP at Bible College in the early 90's, he has been passionately praying for the nations, mobilizing believers, and sharing God's Love with Muslims. After earning a MA in 1998, he joined a team in Central Asia. John met his bride-to-be in Afghanistan and they had an Afghan-style Christian wedding there in 2005. By God’s grace, they have seen some fruit, and also birthed five children. They continue to facilitate disciple-making and kingdom work among Muslims. John is also the author of "Inside Afghanistan" and "A Flame on the Front Line."

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

      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

      Jamie Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Oklahoma City OK

      Jamie Zumwalt is the Founder and President of Outrageous Love, an organization that starts Communities of Hope among marginalized peoples. Jamie and her husband, John, served as missionaries in Taiwan among the Hakka and Taiwanese. For 22 years, John and Jamie have been training and sending missionaries out to plant the church among the unreached. She now pastors and a leads a coffee house, church community called Joe's Addiction in a "red light" district of Oklahoma City, doing life together with the poor. She has authored a book called Simple Obsession, Enjoying the Tender Heart of God and travels widely, teaching and inviting more people to plant Communities of Hope. She and John have five children and one grand daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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