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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Where: Faith Chapel in Billings, Montana 

When: September 19, 2017 – February 6, 2018

 Why should you join us for the Perspectives movement? The answer is simple – because great things happen when our hearts align around God's global purpose.  Perspectives will take you on an explorative journey as you take a deep dive into scripture, explore His global purpose of redemption threaded throughout history, expand your understanding of reaching across cultures, and engage strategically in the present work He is doing in the world.

 You’ll be exposed to 15 weeks of highly qualified instructors, teaching in their areas of expertise with real-world, global experience.  

 

Dates to Know:

September 19 – Registration, Information & Introductions

October 3 – First Lesson (Chapter 1) “The Living God is a Missionary God”

January 30 – Last Lesson (Chapter 15) “World Christian Discipleship”

February 6 – Celebration

 

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 require approximately an hour each to complete. Cost: $250.00

 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 approximately 7 hours of work per week. Cost: $250.00

 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 is offered through Excelsior University. Cost: $500.00

 Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register! (There is no cost for alumni unless you “upgrade” your commitment level.)

 Plan on scheduling Tuesday nights for a truly life-changing experience. You will love discovering God’s heart for the nations and neighborhoods in this safe community of learners. For more information and questions, contact: Megan Erickson, coordinator: 

 To learn more about Perspectives, visit: www.perspectives.org

 Learn more: https:vimeo.com:176800231


Class Info

Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Faith Chapel 517 Shiloh Rd. Billings MT 59106

Contact: Megan Erickson

406-655-1536

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration/overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      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, October 3, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      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 10, 2017

      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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      William Parsons

      Helena MT



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

      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).

    • Instructor

      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 24, 2017

      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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      Steve Poetzl

      Billings MT



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

      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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      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, November 7, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      Amy Law

      YWAM, Cody WY

      Amy Law is a popular speaker, mobilizer and trainer, formerly with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After graduating from Williams College, she took Perspectives and it changed the course of her life. Amy served at Caleb Project and supervised over 40 Perspectives courses. Amy has served in positions including, the Director for YWAM Frontier Missions, Board Member for Frontiers USA, President of the International Society of Frontier Missiology, Project Director with Teen Mania and church Missions Director. She has served overseas in multiple capacities in Asia and the Middle East. She is married, has two energetic boys and lives in Cody, WY.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      Betty Sue

      Fuller Seminary - Retired, Vancouver WA

      Senior Associate Professor of Language and Culture Learning, Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Also: language learning consultant

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      Jeff Richards

      Helena Valley Faith Center, East Helena MT

      Pastor Jeff Richards along with his wife Colleen, have served as Lead Pastors at Helena Valley Faith Center in East Helena, Montana, USA since 1999. Pastor Jeff also serves as a jail Chaplain for Lewis & Clark County, Montana and is the Disaster Spiritual Care lead for the MT/ID Region of the American Red Cross. Over the last 4 years, Jeff has taught in Bible Schools and Seminars in Russia, Moldova, Transnistria and Romania and has a heart for the unreached Gypsy peoples of E. Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      William Kieselhorst

      Foursquare Missions International, Damascus OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

      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.

    • Instructor

      Miriam Adeney

      Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline WA

      With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and three sons, Miriam Adeney never stops learning. When not conducting her regular courses at Seattle Pacific University, Miriam teaches modules on five continents. She is passionate about training indigenous writers. A prolific speaker who has been invited to many campuses and national and international venues, Miriam also writes, resulting in five books and over 100 articles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 19, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Brian Hogan

      Youth With A Mission, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan 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, January 9, 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.

    • Instructor

      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, January 16, 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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      Glen Grove

      Billings MT



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 23, 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.

    • Instructor

      Kaj Martin

      Seattle Foursquare church, Seattle WA

      Kaj is the Lead Pastor at Seattle Foursquare Church in northern part of the city and the Lead District Missions Rep for Foursquare Missions Int. His wife Janell and he have three kids Phoebe, Asha and Luke.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Celebration

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      Celebration

    • Instructor

      Glen Grove

      Billings MT

    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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