West Linn, OR    Spring 2017
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Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you.  In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world... from the urban streets of America to the paved or dusty terrains of distant lands. Each week a combination of international missiologists and instructors will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences of just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. 

Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction so that you will bless others. Join friends from churches across the Portland metro area to experience the ever increasing momentum of God's central priority - calling all nations into worship for His glory.

First two nights are FREE! 

When: Tuesday evenings, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Dates: January 24 - May 16, 2017 (with a break on March 28) 

Where: New Life Church (Riverfalls) - 1984 McKillican Street, West Linn, OR 97068 - Map  (across from West Linn High School)

Price: Click on "Class Pricing" to the right to see the options - Certificate is the recommended level because the deeper you go, the more you get out of it.

The Reader and Study Guide are included in the registration price. If you prefer digital, you can purchase the Kindle Version of the Reader and Study Guide integrated together at Amazon.  You may take the Textbook discount off of their registration cost.

An orientation/registration session will be held on January 24, 2017 to introduce you to Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, examine class dynamics and expectations, distribute textbooks, and prepare you for the life-changing journey ahead! 

Tuition is $250 for Key Reading and Certificate level students. College credit is available through Trinity International University and Excelsior College with the tuition of $500. Alumni who wish to take the course at Certificate level may do so for $80, or Key Reading Level for $50, or Credit Level for $330 (minus $30 if already possessing the Reader and Study Guide).

-- $25 Early Bird discount available to new students who register by January 4, 2016
-- $25 Family discount available for each additional family member after one full tuition family member
-- $30 Textbook discount available to those who purchase Kindle version from Amazon.com or already have the Reader and Study Guide.
-- $50 Church Leader discount available to pastors or full-time ministry staff
-- FIRST NIGHT FREE - You can choose this option when asked for payment.  This allows you to come to the Orientation/Registration night and the week of Lesson 1 to see if this course is God's will for you at this time.

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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: New Life Church 1984 McKillican St. West Linn OR 97068

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration/Overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      John Wilson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Hillsboro OR

      My wife Jody and I are 20 year career members with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We have served for 7 years in the Philippines in administrative support roles, with both SIL (Wycliffe) Philippines and Faith Academy. The balance of our time has been with Wycliffe USA in similiar admin support roles. Our jobs in the Philippines involved travel throughout Asia with exposure to many different mission agencies, programs, strategies and personnel.


    • Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Justin Speerstra

      The Well, Portland OR

      Justin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, Justin served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 18 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 31, 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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      Bill MacLeod

      Mission ConneXion, Hillsboro OR

      Bill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland. He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men's movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/executive director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 7, 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

      J.W. Matt Hennessee

      Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland, OR, Portland OR

      Bio of: J.W. Matt Hennessee Senior Pastor, Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church 3138 No. Vancouver Ave., Portland, Oregon Pastor Hennessee was elected as the fourth Senior Pastor of Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church on December 29, 2004. He began his pastorate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2005 and was formally installed on May 29, 2005. Prior to his installation at Vancouver Ave. 1st Baptist he served as Associate Pastor at Portland’s St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church from January 15, 1989 to January 15, 2005. He is a native of Columbus, OH; lived in Michigan and moved to Oregon in 1988. He had a very distinguished career in senior leadership roles in city and state government in Ohio, Michigan, and Oregon. He then entered the private sector as an executive in a variety of positions at Nike, Inc., CEO of a small private financial/technology business; Vice President of Streamlined Solutions, a division of the Rentrak Corporation; (presently) Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Energy Film, a division of Artscape Inc., all located in Portland, OR. He has also served in a variety of volunteer roles in the non-profit world locally, nationally, and internationally for many years including medical boards, alternative education boards, higher education boards, and a number of commissions whose mission was superior service in education and economic development. Pastor Hennessee has traveled nationally and internationally for business and speaking engagements. He has spoken on a variety of subjects including: economic empowerment, diversity, the importance of pre-school education, and organizational and financial development. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH in Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology; the Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; and is presently enrolled at Portland Seminary a part of the George Fox University Campus earning the Doctorate of Ministry degree (EDG: Spring of 2018). He is very active working in the Portland community across denominations to engage and create an active model for peace. He leads several initiatives to bring faith, community, and law enforcement together in all dimensions. He is passionate about building on the success of the past, loves history, loyal to the importance of honoring those who came before us, making the path for the next generation, generating funds for continuing education for all who wish to pursue it, determined to do everything he can to help everyone succeed, and enjoys bringing people of diverse races, cultures, and backgrounds together. He has one son Matt Jr. (Lisa); they have three children and reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 14, 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

      Gilbert Gleason

      Portland OR

      Gilbert Gleason's initial exposure to missions came as a missionary kid on with the Navajos of Northern Arizona. He witnessed their passion for reaching others in their tribal group with the Gospel. Following his training at Biola University and Western Seminary, he has served for more than thirty years in the pastoral ministry at Grace Bible Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. He has made four trips to Peru to encourage and support the church's missionary team there.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 21, 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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      Jim Stevens

      Fr., Portland OR

      Training in Biology and Environmental Science Worked as agricultural consultant and water quality specialist 6 years in Uganda in late 80's early 90's as agriculture development specialist. 4 years in Kyrgyzstan (06 thru 09) teaching in national ag university and doing projects outside of capitol. Currently Pac NW area director for recruiting and mobilization for a mission agency.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 28, 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

      Bill Vermillion

      Canby OR

      Brief Vita/ C.V. for Rev. Dr. William H. Vermillion, PhD. Born: August 31, 1946, Seattle, Washington Married: Diana M Waggoner March, 16 1968 Children: Benjamin and Joel, who are in Heaven. Academic Degrees: BA in English with Honors from Washington State University, 1968 MA, PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Washington, 1972, 1979 (PhD dissertation: Critical Comparison of the Latin Life of Saint Martin of Tours with Anglo Saxon and Icelandic Translations) M.Div. in Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 Post-Doctoral Studies: Jerusalem University College, Israel Military Service: US Army 1968-1978 (3 years active duty, 7 in reserves) Brach: Infantry. Final Rank: Captain; Duty Stations: various Posts in USA, 11 months in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese forces. Academic Positions Held: Professor of Bible and Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 – 1990. Academic Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1984-1988 Professor of Christian Ministries, Western Evangelical Seminary 1995-7 Transition Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary merger with George Fox University 1996-7 Church Positions Held: Youth Pastor: Village Chapel Evangelical Free Church, Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1972-1976 Interim Pastor: Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1976-7 Pastor: First Evangelical Methodist Church 1977-1980 Associate Pastor, Valley View Evangelical Church 1980-1990 Pastor Oregon City Evangelical Church 1990-1995 Pastor Valley View Evangelical Church 1997-2000 General Superintendent of The Evangelical Church 2002-2006 Conference Superintendent, Pacific Conference, The Evangelical Church 2006-2009 Mission Involvement: One Mission Society (OMS): Rector of Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary 2000-2003 Vice-President of Theological Education 2009- (I manage a team of 12 with contacts in 35 partner schools around the world.) Printed works: Various articles in denominational periodicals, bible dictionaries and study bibles, Pastoral Letters in Asbury One Volume Commentary, Unpublished notes for captivity Letters in NASB Study Bible, Courses Taught: English Bible both Old and New Testament; Hermeneutics, Greek language and exegesis, Latin language and Latin Fathers, Wesleyan Theology, Homiletics. Worship, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mentoring, Leadership, Fourfold Gospel and Comparative Study of Statements of Faith of OMS and Partner Denominations. Administrative areas presented: Curriculum Design, accreditation, strategic planning, board development, president/rector/faculty assessment, advance standing, conflict resolution, team development, distance learning, etc.

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      Date: Tuesday, March 7, 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

      R. Jordan

      Beaverton OR

      R Jordan uses her 30 years experience in children's missions education to empower churches in developing global outreach strategies for their children's ministries. She makes history relevant and memorable through the use of audience participation and a variety of media. Ruth's husband John, is the World Missions Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Contact Information: (503) 626-3337; email: jrdmjordan@aol.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 14, 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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      R. Jordan

      Beaverton OR

      R Jordan uses her 30 years experience in children's missions education to empower churches in developing global outreach strategies for their children's ministries. She makes history relevant and memorable through the use of audience participation and a variety of media. Ruth's husband John, is the World Missions Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Contact Information: (503) 626-3337; email: jrdmjordan@aol.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 21, 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

      Bruce Benson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oregon City OR

      My wife Jan and I have worked for over 37 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, 30 of those in Peru. In 2003 the Huamalies Quechua New Testament was published and distributed. In 2011, the Huallaga Quechua Bible was published and distributed. We are currently retired (as of October 1, 2015) and are looking forward to what God has for us next. Perspectives will continue to be a vital part of our lives and we are prayerfully considering other ministry opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 4, 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

      Dee Duke

      , Jefferson OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 11, 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

      Adrienne Livingston

      Anti-Sex Trafficking, Happy Valley OR

      Adrienne Livingston is the Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives with WorldVenture. She is the past Co-Chair of Multnomah County’s Victims Services Implementation Team. She desires to help equip the church become aware of the issue of sex trafficking, understand how the intersections of a culture of sex and violence contribute to this issue and learn how they can get engaged to prevent, end the demand and take a kingdom stance against it.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 18, 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

      Jonathan Martin

      Gresham OR

      Jonathan has lived in Central Asia for seven years and East Asia for five where he had the privilege to work among Muslims. He has been a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church since 2004 where he oversees outreach all over the world. He has written two books "Giving Wisely" and the "King Saul Syndrome", and is working on a third with his father called "The Letter of the Apostle Paul to the 21st Century". All three books offer solutions that deal with the chronic problems that plague the church worldwide. Jonathan is married to Janie and has three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 25, 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

      Galen Currah

      Community Vision International, Portland OR

      Galen & Jennifer Currah served as pioneer church planters in West Africa in the 70s, community developers in the 80s, teachers in the 90s, and CPM trainers in the 2000s. Galen currently coaches CPM workers by distance and edits training materials upon request.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 2, 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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      Brian Hogan

      YWAM's Church Planting Coaches, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and his wife Louise, have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 9, 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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      Kevin Williamson

      Tigard OR

      Kevin Williamson is a graduate of Multnomah University, the University of Utah, and did graduate studies at Harvard University. He has served as a pastor, a project and program manager of international relief and development in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and is currently a Senior Project Manager in the energy industry. He and his family are active in outreach to international students and refugees and in mobilizing and mentoring others. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THEIR OUTREACH, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE HIS PICTURE OR POST HIS NAME ONLINE.

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      Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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