Salem, OR    Fall 2017
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The Salem Perspectives course runs for 15 weeks on Monday nights starting September 11th, 2017. Each week we have top quality instructors give us different perspectives on God's work in the world--biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. We learn what God has done, what He is doing now, and what seems to be the trend of His work for the future.

Come and get a fresh perspective on God's heart for the nations and find out where you fit in His plan to reach them.

First two nights are FREE! 

When: Monday evenings, from 6:30pm - 9:15pm

Dates: September 11 - December 18, 2017 

Where: Trinity Covenant Church, Salem

Price: When registration opens, 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 the registration cost. But you must have both books.

At our first class on September 11, 2017 we will 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.

-- $20 Early Bird discount available to new students who register by September 4, 2016
-- $40 Textbook discount available to those who purchase Kindle version from Amazon.com or already have the Reader and Study Guide, or share with a spouse.
-- $20 Ministry 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: Monday, September 11, 2017

    Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

    Location: Trinity Covenant Church 5020 Liberty Rd. S Salem OR 97306

    Contact: John Avery

    (971) 240-0333

     
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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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        Bradley Buser

        Director 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.

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        Date: Monday, September 11, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        John Avery

        Perspectives, Monmouth OR

        John Avery is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a regular Bible devotional on www.BibleMaturity.com and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net. John is the author of The Name Quest – explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better (Morgan James Publishing, 2014). The Name Quest includes two chapters that explore the story of God's glory from the angle of the names that express that glory. Those chapters in particular supplement the material in the Biblical section of the Perspectives Course.

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        Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        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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        Date: Monday, September 25, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        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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        Date: Monday, October 2, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        L. Cory Lemke

        CMF Int, and Coaching Mission Int., Bonanza OR

        We were in Crimea, Ukraine (now Russia) from 1995-2010, primarily focused on church planting and leadership development. We were also doing humanitarian aid, helped run a couple medical clinics/outreaches as well as dabbling in micro-enterprises, including building a hotel/training center. Our initial goal was to plant churches among the Crimean Tatar (nominal Muslim group), which proved harder than we expected. However, since we have left (2010) we are now seeing some Crimean Tatar groups started. Since planting the church among the Tatar group was difficult, we instead focused our efforts on establishing Russian Speaking churches throughout Crimea (over 100 at last count). Currently I'm still involved as much possible in missions. I am a professional missions life coach, with a focus on missionaries. I teach several courses as an adjunct including Cultural Anthropology and Intro to Missions at NCU in Eugene. Also I'm serving as a pastor in Klamath Falls Oregon. Those are my work days. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, dad, grandpa and have cows that I tend on our 65+ acre place. Life is never boring and the Lord is always good!

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        Date: Monday, October 16, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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