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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
will be offered at Bellevue Presbyterian Church, 
Beginning September 5, 2017!

We need you there!  Why?  Because great things happen when our hearts align around God's global purpose.  Perspectives will take you on a journey of exploration as you take a deep dive into Scripture, explore His global purpose of redemption as we see that thread down through History, expand our understanding of reaching across Cultures, and engage Strategically in the present work He is doing in the world.

All this and more in 15 weeks with 15 experienced instructors, teaching in their areas of expertise.  

The Bel Pres Class begins with Lesson One, "The Living God is a Missionary God", on September 5th and finishes with Lesson Fifteen, "World Christian Discipleship", on December 19th.  The location for the class is UC - 105.

Class Update:  

This is the last week to register for the Bel Pres Class.  Registration will close on September 18th!  www.perspectives.org/belpres2017

Perspectives can be taken at the Certificate, Credit, and Key Reading level.  

Key Reading Level: This level requires about 3 -5 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. Cost:  $275.00

Certificate Level: This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves a weekly 10 question Review assignment, five "Personal Reflections", and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires approx 7 hours of work per week.  Cost:  $275.00

*The Certificate level is recommended for students to get the full impact of the course and be kept accountable to read, as 90% of the course is in the text. Further, several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. require this level for candidacy; as does Perspectives for those wanting to coordinate a class in the future.

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 8 hours of work per week. The credit will come through Trinity International University and Excelsior University.  Cost:  $525.00

Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register!  ACSI credits are also available.

Please note you can attend the first two nights free!  You'll need to register by the end of the second week of class.

Begin planning now to make your Tuesday nights free for this experience of learning in a safe community.  To learn more, contact: Margie Gilchrist, Coordinator, at:

For more information about Perspectives, visit:  www.perspectives.org

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church 1717 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004

Contact: Margie Gilchrist

(510) 708-8271

 
    • 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.

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      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: Tuesday, September 5, 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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      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 12, 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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      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: Tuesday, September 19, 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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      Rich Leatherberry

      Bellevue WA

      Rich Leatherberry has served as Missions Pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian church for 18 years. He received his MDIV from Fuller Seminary and came to Belpres in 1999. One of Rich’s main interests has been to develop local and global partnerships to equip indigenous leadership for community transformation. Rich helped found Jubilee REACH Center in southeast Bellevue. Rich has been married to his wife, Kristen, for 32 years. They have three children and one grandson.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 26, 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.

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      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen & her husband have a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations. Together, they have a heart to see families live out their blessed lives and become a blessing to the nations as families. They seek to minister together as a couple and family whenever possible and have frequently traveled together as a family to live and minister overseas. David’s gift for leading worship and Colleen’s gift of teaching and heart for intercession have allowed them to minister together in various speaking roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 3, 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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      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 10, 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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      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: Tuesday, October 17, 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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      Nan Van Zwol

      Bible Teacher, Kirkland WA

      Nan served with her family in Indonesia with Mission Aviation Fellowship (2004-2008). Since her return, she has been an instructor for Women at the Well, a bible study of Bellevue Presbyterian Church. Nan serves on the board of Eastside Academy, a high school for children in crisis. She lives at home with her husband and three extraordinary sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 24, 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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      Viji Cammauf

      Little Flock, Oakland CA

      Viji Nakka- Cammauf is the President of Little Flock Children’s Homes a ministry to orphans and widows. She also serves as an adjunct professor for The American Baptist Seminary of the West, Fuller Northern California, and Logos Evangelical Seminary in El Monte California. She is a lecturer and Professor of record for the Perspectives Study Program in Northern California.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 31, 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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      Robroy Ranger

      Little Folks School., Redmond WA

      Robroy Ranger is an Australian who is the Senior Lead Pastor of Redmond Assembly of God, a multicultural church with 33 people groups from all over the world. His primary passion is to breathe Christ in the world and set people free. As well as leading Redmond AG, he has lead Business As Mission projects, which are sources for amazing “God stories”. He will draw from his many and varied experiences around the world - from singing for the Queen of England to being in the mud with children in Haiti. He is an innovative presenter clearly communicating the gospel with history, accuracy of context, and fun.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 7, 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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      Bobby

      HBI Ministries International, Forest VA

      Dr. Paul Gupta is a missionary statesman who has served the nation of India in building transformational leaders to disciple the nation. He serves as the Chairman and President of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India and the President of HBI Global Partners in the USA. He has served as a national missionary in mobilizing and envisioning the church in India and around the world. Dr. Gupta completed his Master of Divinity in 1980 from Talbot Seminary, and his Master of Theology and Ph.D in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, in 1992 In 1985 he pioneered a church planting movement called the Indian National Evangelical Church (INEC) that currently has 844 indigenous pastors who have planted 10,118 churches in 23 states of India and in Nepal. In 1987 Paul enabled a movement called "the Council on National Service" (CONS) that is committed to discipling the whole nation by envision, mobilizing and equipping the Church to disciple India. In 1985 India had less than 114,000 and after envisioning and mobilizing the local churches with a strategy of saturation church planting, it is estimated that India has over 750,000 churches presently. Paul Gupta has been honoured as the Alumnus of the year for 2005 by Fuller Seminary, California, USA In March 2006, Dr. Paul Gupta co-authored a book entitled, “Breaking Tradition to accomplish vision” with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter. He has co-authored a series of books titled "Unfinished Task" for the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition to Dr.Gupta’s teaching at HBI & College, he regularly teaches for the U.S. center for World Missions (Venture Missions) in their perspective courses; and the Haggai Institute of leadership development. Bobby and Linnet Gupta are married for 41 years and are blessed with three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 14, 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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      Mark Lamb

      World Relief, Woodinville WA

      Mark is the Church Partnership Director at World Relief. His favorite part about his day job is seeing normal people in the local church love people in extraordinary ways. His favorite part of his personal life is spending time with his two beautiful daughters and wife.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 28, 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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      Edward Aw

      Community Vision International, San Tan Valley AZ

      Ed and Rachel have three thrusts to their ministry activities. (1) They train and coach church planters and pastors, helping them to raise up new leaders and reproduce their churches, resulting in transformed lives and communities. This includes many insights into making their ministries more sensitive to local cultures. (2) They are committed to practicing and guiding others in "tent-making", supporting themselves so that they are free to serve communities in areas of the world where authorities may be hostile and churches too weak to support them. (3) They are focused on accomplishing the above two in culturally relevant ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 5, 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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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations Family, Inc., Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted simple churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 12, 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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      John Kim

      Bellevue WA

      John Kim and his wife, Sol, and their three kids, Ethan(18), Audrey(16), and Emma(12), make up the Kim family. John and Sol have been married 21 years. John is a 1994 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and 2001 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Theology (Th.M). John has been in ministry for over 20 years as a student pastor, missions pastor, children’s pastor, college pastor, lead pastor, church planter, and other various capacities. John also has been a leader in commercial property management (10 years) and recently has pioneered a Food Truck business/ministry model here in Seattle. When John isn’t trying to change the world, he loves to hike, run, and bike around the trails in Seattle. He is a consummate foodie, so you might see him at a hole in the wall munching on the best eats in and around the city. 

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

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