Midland, MI S18    Spring 2018
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God has a "world-sized" role for every Christian in His global purpose.Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

Why Perspectives?

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

What is it?

Perspectives is a fifteen week course designed around four vantage points or "perspectives" — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose. The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day. The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very "do-able" task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.

When is it?

Thursday nights beginning January 4, 2018 from 6:00-9:00pm.

Where is it?

The class will be hosted by Midland Evangelical Free Church in Midland, MI.

Who is Perspectives for?

The short answer is anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord, who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to strategically invest their lives in seeing God glorified; for anyone who wants to gain insight and direction that will help them to impact their generation. If this describes you, no matter what your age or position, Perspectives is for you!

Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Midland Evangelical Free Church 7221 N. Jefferson Rd. Midland MI 48642

Contact: Grant Schutte

989-254-2478

 
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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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      Jake B.

      The Traveling Team, Olathe KS

      Jake grew up in Kansas and earned a degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University. For the past 4 years, he has been on staff with The Traveling Team, serving as a team leader. The Traveling Team is a ministry that speaks to students all across the country to cast missions vision and challenge them to get involved in finishing the Great Commission. During his time on staff, Jake has spoken to over 17,000 students on 300 campuses in 30 states. He’s also spent time doing ministry in India and hopes to do long-term ministry in the Middle East in the near future.

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      Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

      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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      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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      Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

      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.

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      Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

      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).

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      Craig Johnson

      Grand Rapids MI

      Craig and his wife Dorothy spent twenty wonderful years in the Philippines with SEND International. During their time there they assisted in church planting, national leadership development, and mission administration. The Johnsons returned home to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2010, and the Lord has led them along a different path: Craig now works as a financial advisor, partnering with families and businesses to help them strengthen their financial plan. Craig and Dorothy are excited to serve as coaches, mobilizers, and missionary encouragers through their home church, Calvary Church in Grand Rapids. The Johnsons have four children--all of whom were born and raised in "The Pearl of the Orient"--and two grandchildren.

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      Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018

      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.

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      Luke Fetters

      Huntington University, Huntington IN

      Luke Fetters is professor of Ministry & Missions and founder/director of Huntington University's Institute for TESOL Studies. Luke served in Macau from 1986 until 1997 as the director of the English Language Program, a conversational English program for adults in Macau. While in Macau, he helped to establish the United Brethren Mission and plant two local churches. Luke serves as a consultant in English teaching methodology to numerous school districts and universities in China.

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      Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

      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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      Brad Gill

      Frontier Ventures, Livonia MI

      Brad and his wife, Beth, helped launch the U.S. Center for World Mission after meeting at the early Perspectives course in 1975. They served in student mission mobilization and in 1980 gave leadership to the Int'l Student Consultation on Frontier Missions in Edinburgh, Scotland. They then served among the Muslims of North Africa for 13 years. They returned to the States (Detroit) in 1998 due to medical needs, and worked initially in the development of training programs for Muslim ministry. Brad is presently the senior editor of the International Journal of Frontier Missiology and has served as president of their society. He speaks and teaches on mission history and Muslim culture in campus and church settings.

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      Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018

      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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      Bruce Winter

      , Midland MI



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      Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018

      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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      Barbara Yandell

      Hope for the Nations, Holland MI

      President Hope for the Nations, director of Engage Course and teacher at Horizons International,ordained RCA minister area director Interserve USA, Student Volunteer Movement USA, founder of Legacy Muslim Ministry conference

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      Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

      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.

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      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up and studied in Arkansas, earning a degree in history. For the past 8 years he has served with The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. Hudson has taught over 40,000 college students at universities in 49 states and 3 countries, encouraging them with God's heart for the world.

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      Date: Thursday, March 1, 2018

      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.

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      Samuel Vinton, Jr.

      Grand Rapids MI

      Dr Sam Vinton Jr was born and raised in Congo, Africa, where his parents served for 76 years. After graduating from Grace Bible College in 1955, he and his wife Rebecca were married and five months later left for Congo where they served for 21 years: training pastors, writing textbooks, and heading a Swahili translation project. From 1976 to 1990 Dr Sam taught missions and theology at Grace, was the academic dean for 2 years, and the president for 5. He then assumed the presidency of Grace Ministries International from 1990 to 2010. Dr Sam earned two masters degrees from Grand Rapids Seminary and a doctorate in missiology from Trinity Seminary.

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      Date: Thursday, March 8, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Andrew Minch

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dixon IL

      Andy Minch has spent 20 years working as a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. For the past decade he was an international administrator helping oversee about 20% of the world's remaining translation needs. Presently he is part of Wycliffe’s National Speaker’s bureau speaking on college campus’ and other venues.

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      Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Jeff Whitaker

      Pastor, Kalamazoo MI

      I came to faith in Christ late in High School, and began walking with Christ as a university student. I met my wife, Linda, while we were both at Moody Bible Institute preparing for cross-cultural ministries. The Lord directed us to a church planting ministry with SEND International in Taiwan, where we served for 18 years. We served another 7 years in SEND's interanational office in Personnel and Member Care. Since Dec. of 2008 we have ministered together in our home church, mobilzing the congregation for obedience to our Lord's mandate to declare His glory among the nations.

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      Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have four children: Camden, Brody, Axel and Quincy.

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      Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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