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Welcome to Perspectives On The World Christian Movement

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Why take Perspectives?  What is this course?

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You are invited to join a unique discipleship  course. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement  is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it.  Perspectives  will change the way you view the world. 

We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural & strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.  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 to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. 

6 Ways to Reach God's World: Learn, Pray, Go, Send, Welcome, or Mobilize

When:  Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Where:    Jan. 8 - May 21 - Dolores Park Church, Fellowship Hall, 
              455 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 95110
 
Key Class dates:

    Orientation and Discount Registration

          -- Sunday Jan. 8, 2017 at 2:00- 3:00


    First Class

          -- Sunday January 22, 2017 at 2:00 - 5:00


    Graduation and Celebration

          -- Sunday May 21, 2017 at 2:00 - 5:00


Cost:  $260, includes Reader & Study Guide; 
  • eReader Book Discount:     Buy the eBook  Reader  and Study Guide from Amazon and receive a $30 discount!  Go here.

  • Early Bird Discount  Register and pay by Jan. 9 to get  $25 off! 

  • Additional   Family Members:  When one family member pays full price the second and additional family member(s) in the same household may claim this discount and receive  $25 off!

  • Alumni Pricing:   All alumni are welcome to register for Perspectives class for free.  For those alumni who have previously taken a Perspectives course at Key Reading level or have not passed a Perspectives course at a Certificate Level and wish to enroll for Certificate Level at this time, the Grader fee is $40.   Please note  that the fee does not include the Reader & Study Guide, and the above discounts are not applicable.

First class visit, free to all. 

Contact:  Kevin & Bryn Woodward - (415) 710-8821 - 

Click on the numbered boxes to see the instructors' biographies.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Dolores Park Church Fellowship Hall 455 Dolores St San Francisco CA 94110

Contact: Kevin Woodward

415-710-8821

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Sunday, January 8, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Len Bartlotti

      Frontiers, Springfield MO

      Leonard N. (Len) Bartlotti, Ph.D. is a well-known speaker, author, mobilizer, educator and strategy consultant to faith-based organizations in the Middle East/Asia. He and his wife Debi served 14 years among one of the world's largest Muslim people groups. Dr. Len is a passionate communicator who combines a love for students with deep empathy and understanding of other cultures. He and his wife Debi, a nurse midwife and licensed Spiritual Director, have been married for over 45 years, and have three married adult children, and six grandsons, and live in Springfield, Missouri.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Ziad Srouji

      San Mateo CA

      Pastor Z. Samuel Srouji came out of war torn Lebanon in the ‘70s and encountered Jesus at the age of 16 through the truth that “the grave is empty and Jesus is alive.” Since then he has been captured with the Father’s heart of love for the nations, and miracles have followed his ministry of worship and preaching around the world. For twenty five years he has pastored on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Markos Zemede

      Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission, Clovis CA

      I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I immigrated to the USA as a refugee in 1984. When I took the Perspectives class in 1999, it ruined me for the ordinary. In addition to my busy medical practice, I now serve in many missions organizations, a few of which were birthed out of the Perspectives class, including Horn of Africa Mission (www.hornofafrica.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 5, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      John Christie

      International Leadership Institute, Sunnyvale CA

      John was reared in a Christian home, and made a personal commitment to Christ as a senior in High School. He graduated from Chico State University, and then from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For 39 years John has served as pastor of 5 different churches. For six years, he and his family were missionaries in Ghana, West Africa. He has served on several Boards, and for three years was an adjunct professor at San Jose Christian College. Since November of 1998, John has served as Senior Pastor at Crosswalk Community Church in Sunnyvale, CA. John is on the faculty of International Leadership Institute, and has taught intensive leadership courses in Nepal, India, Burundi, Kenya, Ghana, Paraguay, and Bhutan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 12, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen and her late husband, David, lived out their dream to live and serve others overseas. Sharing a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations, Colleen’s love of teaching and heart for intercession, along with David’s gift of leading worship, enabled them to minister to multi-cultural families in countries abroad. A teacher, author, and seminary graduate with a Master’s in Cross Cultural Studies, Colleen provides ongoing emotional and spiritual care and support for God’s global workers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 26, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Alvern Vomsteeg

      International Leadership Institute, Diamond Springs CA

      Al served 24 years as a pastor in USA, 7 years missionary pastor in Brazil, and 7 years leading The Mission Society, and retired after 16 years serving with the Int'l Leadership Institute (ILI) training but still active. Christian leaders worldwide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 12, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Joanna Schiestl

      Pasadena CA

      Joanna teaches college Cultural Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Immersion, volunteer teaches ESL, and has recently adventured into foster parenting. She owes much of the unfolding journey of her life to the Perspectives movement, and has been involved for the past 18 years as a coordinator, instructor, area administrator, and curriculum developer. She has also spent 5 years in Indonesia involved in disaster relief, community development and teaching at an international school.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 19, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      John Becker

      AIM/GACX, Redwood City CA

      John serves as Global Strategy Director for AIM and the Vice President for Global Networking and Partnerships for GACX. Currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Becker has lived and ministered in Africa and the United Kingdom with his wife and four children. John and his family love to live in community, practice hospitality and practically display God’s love in the community, especially to those displaced by war and violence. John has been a contributing author of several books, two of which are: From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices and Emerging Issues Relating to Muslims and Where There Was No Church: Postcards From Followers of Christ in the Muslim World. John has a heart for Kingdom collaboration and has co-founded a dozen global networks and regional partnerships to serve the least reached communities of the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 26, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      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: Sunday, April 2, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Tim Svoboda

      Youth With A Mission, San Francisco CA

      Timothy Svoboda is currently the International Urban missions Director for Youth With A Mission and also serves as the City Coordinator for YWAM San Francisco and the Bay Area. Tim, his wife and children have served in India from 1983 to 2007. Tim was the National Director for YWAM India, the South Asia Urban Ministry Coordinator and the Chennai City Coordinator. YWAM Chennai has developed into a decentralized movement of 17 focused teams that are living incarnationally and reaching out to leprosy patients, slum dwellers, university students, urban middle class people, Muslims, and into other sectors of society. Tim also was one of the founders for Chennai Transformation Network which is a movement that unites the Christians of the city for transformational ministry. Tim and his family currently live in San Francisco giving leadership to the ministry of YWAM there and around the world in cities. Tim also serves on the Global Leadership Team for YWAM international, the Global Urban Missions Network which is a broad consortium of City Missional leaders from various organizations around the world and locally Tim serves on several San Francisco faith initiatives. Tim earned his Doctorate in Ministry from the Bakke Graduate University in 2007 and is an adjunct professor for BGU for their courses in San Francisco and India.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Viv Grigg

      Urban Leadership Foundation, La Verne CA

      Dr Viv Grigg, has been a prophetic voice, living among the poor and slums in Manila, Calcutta, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles... Lead by the Spirit, he has catalyzed several networks of churchplanters who choose to live in the slums of over 40 emerging mega-cities, creating a plethora of organizations that transform poverty. He coordinates the Encarnação Alliance of urban poor movement leaders. With training in theology, community organization and urban anthropology, he catalyzed the MA in Transformational Urban Leadership with partnering seminaries, and grassroots training networks of slum pastors in over 40 cities. He is author of Companion to the Poor, Cry of the Urban Poor, Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City and others. Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific and Director of Urban Leadership Foundation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Hermie Smit

      San Jose CA

      Hermie grew up in South Africa, moved to the US in Nov. 1999 and started working for Cityteam International in 2001. He got exposed to the Disciple Making Movements (DMM) principles in 2006 and since then has dedicated his life to seeing disciple making movements take root in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. By the grace of God, his team has seen significant multiplication over the past 7 years, with hundreds of new discovery groups/churches that have consistently multiply in multiple generations as God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. The movement has spread far, not only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also to Washington State, Central California, the Los Angeles area, Missouri, Texas, as well as cities in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Argentina and Cuba. He’s married to Linda, a Bay Area native, for more than 14 years and has a son Daniel who is 16 months old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Ron Binder

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Santa Ana CA

      Ron and his wife, Kathy, worked in Panama and Colombia for 23 years with Wycliffe. They completed a New Testament translation among the Wounaan people and also did extensive work in developing literacy materials, training pastors, teachers and artists, community development and ethnomusicology. They have published some 80 books in the Wounaan language besides the New Testament and have seen God raise up some 15 churches, all of which are led by Wounaan pastors without the presence of missionaries. Ron has been a speaker in Perspectives classes since 1994, has coordinated several classes himself and is Professor of Record for many of the classes in which he teaches. In the U.S. he is a speaker and events coordinator for Wycliffe, but he and Kathy also help facilitate ongoing ministry goals determined by the Wounaan church leaders by traveling to Panama 2-3 times a year. These goals include creating new media and written resources in their language for evangelism and outreach ministries. Currently working on Old Testament translation and discipleship materials.

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      Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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