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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      • Class Info

        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 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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        Date: Monday, October 9, 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

      • 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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        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: Monday, October 23, 2017

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

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        Matt Smucker

        International Students, Inc., Independence OR

        Matt has a passion for reaching international students and scholars with the love and message of Jesus. He is currently an Area Director with International Students, Inc. (ISI), supervising staff on seven campuses between Salem and Eugene, Oregon. Matt also serves as a Campus Pastor at Praise Assembly in Monmouth. He and his wife, Holly, were self-supported missionaries in Taiwan for four years before being called back to Oregon in 2010. They have two biological daughters and are in the process of adopting from Taiwan. Matt has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        Date: Monday, November 13, 2017

        Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

      • 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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        Date: Monday, November 20, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        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: Monday, November 27, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        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: Monday, December 4, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        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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        Date: Monday, December 11, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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        Paul Watson

        Contagious Disciple Making, Beaverton OR

        Paul grew up on an airplane. Not really, but he felt like it! He split his childhood between Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, and Singapore while his parents, David and Jan Watson, planted churches as career missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since the day God called Paul into full-time ministry, he has traveled over 200,000 miles training disciple-making teams in the UK, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, and all over the United States. From January 1, 2012, through August 15,2015, Paul served as director of Cityteam’s Rescue and Recovery Center in downtown Portland, OR. Feeding the homeless while helping alcoholics discover sobriety and Jesus taught him incredible lessons about putting feet to faith and loving those who don’t love themselves. Paul left his role at Cityteam and founded Contagious Disciple Making (http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com) to focus on catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among the unreached and under-reached peoples in the Cascadia Corridor (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska.) Paul and his family are active members at Westside Community Church in Aloha, OR. Paul and his wife, Christi, lead a growth group that meets in their home on Sunday evenings. Paul is incredibly excited by his pastor’s desire to see 10,000 churches planted in the Pacific Northwest and wants to use his experiences to help his pastor and other ministry leaders plant churches among people who would not normally attend the typical church in North America. Paul blogs at http://www.pauldwatson.com and http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com. He is the host of American Church Stories (http://www.americanchurchstories.com). He is published in ‘Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th Edition.’ He co-authored Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On a Journey of Discovery with his father, David Watson. You can reach Paul at pwatson@contagiousdisciplemaking.com.

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        Date: Monday, December 18, 2017

        Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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