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Perspectives page!

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Being held at South Dayton Presbyterian Church

Every day around the world billions of stories are being written...
Are you ready to find your part in God's epic story?  

Get threaded into the story!


God has a "world-sized" role for every Christian in His global purpose!  Discover a vision to live with purpose--God's purpose--for your life.  This course is valuable, perhaps even crucial, for any Christian seeking to live a purposeful life.

 

What is Perspectives? 

Perspectives is far beyond just a class, it's a journey. Perspectives will help you develop a vision for the heart and purpose of God. This is a course for the Church.


Why should I take Perspectives? 

Experience God’s heart for every tribe, tongue, people and nation. Around the world, for decades, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement has drawn everyday people deeper into God's purpose for the world. People of all ages, walks of life, and backgrounds have come out of the class with an expanded vision of God's work in the world and a new grasp of their part in it - revitalizing their walk with the Lord and strengthening their faith.

 

What denomination is Perspectives through?

Perspectives is a community effort and an interdenominational course. You will learn firsthand from 15 highly-regarded missions leaders and mentors. 


What are students learning?

Each student will be challenged to see the world through God’s eyes in 4 perspectives:

  Biblical - God’s plan and purpose revealed in Scripture

  Historical - How God has revealed Himself from the beginning

  Cultural - Overcoming cultural barriers to introduce Jesus

  Strategic - Your gifts and passions can be used to fulfill God’s plan


Who are the instructors?

We bring 15 speakers from all over the country to teach. Each week enjoy a different dynamic instructor sharing from their knowledge and experience (ministry founders, pastors, lay leaders, field workers, mobilizers, senders). 


Is this course only for those interested in missions?
 

Absolutely not! Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose and to join God in His story. 



Where is the class currently being held?

South Dayton Presbyterian Church 

1180 E. Alex Bell Rd, Centerville OH 45459

Tuesdays, January 10th  - May 9, 2017 ~ 6:30-9:15 PM

 

Contact: Larry Sapp -


"Perspectives helped me understand the heart of God for the nations as a part of the story of the ENTIRE Bible - not just the Great Commission. The class is a beneficial experience for every believer - a great opportunity to learn, grow and be challenged and refreshed."  Susan


Here's what to expect each evening
  • Fellowship with many globally-minded believers
  • Hearing from experts regarding how to reach the world by going, giving, sending, praying and involving.  
  • Experience an ever-widening global vision and finding your place in the puzzle of global evangelism and discipleship
  • Be refreshed as you hear God stories of intersecting His power with man's gifts and abilities He has entrusted to us 

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: South Dayton Presbyterian Church 1180 East Alex Bell Rd. Centerville OH 45459

Contact: Larry Sapp

(937) 469-3120

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 17, 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.

    • Instructor

      Luke Kuepfer

      The Truth Made Simple, Wilmore KY

      Luke Kuepfer is founder and former Field Director of Global Tribes Outreach, a non-profit organization based in Southeast Asia committed to church planting and social work. He has a Masters in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary and currently resides in Wilmore, KY with his wife Amy and their three children—Brittany, Courtney, and Jamin. Luke is dedicated to motivating the church toward missional thinking and practice in all areas of life. He firmly believes that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change. Luke has extensive experience in missions mobilization, leadership training, and team development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 24, 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.

    • Instructor

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 31, 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).

    • Instructor

      Samya Johnson

      Call of Love Ministries , Cincinnati OH

      Samya was born into a Christian family in Beirut, Lebanon. She accepted Christ at age six. As a result of living for 14 years in the Lebanese Civil (1975-1989), Samya grew up to hate Muslims. God saved her from actual death three times. Healing from bitterness took place during college when Samya worked in a Christian radio ministry. She started corresponding with Muslim listeners, answering their questions about Christianity and getting to know them personally. She could see them, for the first time, as people needing Jesus, just like her. Samya lived in three Middle Eastern countries serving among Muslims before to the US with her family in 1999. She is the co-founder of Call of Love Ministries. She hosts English TV and radio programs. She continues to author publications and teach seminars that equip believers to reach Muslims. Samya’s 20+ years of Islamic research, writing, teaching, and working among Muslims bring a fresh and enthusiastic outlook about evangelism to Muslims. Samya resides with her family in Ohio. www.calloflove.org | samya@calloflove.org | 832-220-4040

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 7, 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.

    • Instructor

      Richard Mendola

      International Friendships, Hilliard OH

      Rich was born in Buffalo, NY, the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God. Through reading the New Testament he learned that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news. Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation . At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling. In 1979 Rich and Janet attended.the Urbana Mission Conference. There Rich sensed a call to full time cross-cultural ministry. In 1980 he began to work full-time with international students in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Janet attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. In 1987 they moved to Athens, Ohio to open a new ministry to international students while Janet fulfilled her obligation to the National Health Service Corp – a program placing physicians in shortage areas. In 1991, Rich and Janet moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director. He also leads Bible studies and does 1-1 discipleship with students. He has written several Bible studies for internationals. He has served as the Chairperson for the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals. Rich has also helped to plant two churches. He currently serves as lead pastor for All Nations Christian Fellowship. During Rich’s 29 years of service among internationals hundreds have come to know Jesus and many have returned as effective witnesses of Jesus among their own people. The kingdom of God is advancing among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists because of the ministry to internationals. Jesus can share many wonderful and dramatic stories of God’s work among internationals. Rich is a regular speaker at missions conferences, evangelistic outreaches, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and is a lecturer at Vineyard Leadership Institute. Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats. Rich’s spiritual gifts are leadership, exhortation, and evangelism.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 14, 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.

    • Instructor

      Edward Speyers

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Saugatuck MI

      Ed and Linda joined the Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1976 and spent 20 years (1979-1999) in Suriname, South America doing Bible Translation for the Suriname Javanese people group, culminating in the dedication of the Suriname Javanese New Testament in March 2000. The Old Testament was dedicated in 2018. Since then they have been recruiters for Wycliffe in the Midwest and Mid South. Their translation project, the Suriname Javanese New Testament, marks a transition in the way Bible translation is done. Most projects prior to this were done by generalists, or, people who handled nearly all of the logistics of a translation project: linguistics, literacy, translation, distribution, and Scripture Use. Their project was on the cusp of doing translation in a new way: training local speakers to become proficient in Bible translation techniques. The new methodology also meant using teams of people involved in the entire process, ensuring a quicker and more accurate result. The expatriate frequently becomes a facilitator in this scenario, as was the case in the translation that they were responsible for.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 21, 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.

    • Instructor

      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, 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, February 28, 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.

    • Instructor

      Barbara Yandell

      Hope for the Nations, Holland MI

      President Hope for the Nations, director of Engage Course and teacher at Horizons International,ordained RCA minister area director Interserve USA, Student Volunteer Movement USA, founder of Legacy Muslim Ministry conference

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Nathan J'Diim

      TOAG Internship and Frontiers, Tempe AZ

      Nathan J'Diim (pen name) is the Founder of TOAG (www.TOAG.net) and Consultant, Instructor and Coach for Frontiers (www.FrontiersUSA.org) in their Training department. TOAG is a year long after-hours internship preparing beautiful feet to serve in the Unreached World. Offered in cities across the US, TOAG has apprenticed hundreds of interns, many who serve or will soon serve the least reached world wide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 14, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dave Carroll

      Revolutionary Love Ministries, Englewood OH

      Dave is the founder of Revolutionary Love Ministries, with a passion to see many in Uganda find life, healing and freedom through a life-transforming understanding of the love of the Father through Jesus Christ. Apart from a three-year house church planting stint in Cleveland, Dave has served in Uganda since 1997, where he has worked in pastoral ministry and discipleship at a large orphanage, established a training centre to mobilize and equip Ugandans for cross-cultural ministry, equipped church leaders, and mentored university students and young adults. Dave and his wife, Jen, along with their four children, love to open their home to share their lives with people who are hungry for love. He has authored two books: The Father’s Heart: His Delight, Your Destiny, and a children’s book, Designed by Father God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Charlotte Stemple

      within C&MA, Fort Myers FL

      Charlotte has been a missionary to Vietnam and Malaysia, Pastor's wife,national women's leader short-term administrator. Her current passion is missions mobilizing through speaking and teaching. She authored MY VIETNAM in 2010 and speaks over 50 times a year to diverse secular, church and college groups. She has traveled to 57 countries and spoken in many of these. She and her husband Woody have two sons, both of whom currently serve overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 28, 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.

    • Instructor

      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Frontiers, Rye CO

      Shane has served in missions mobilization since 1987, primarily recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey. He co-authored Exploring the Land, a guide to researching unreached peoples and writes regularly for Missions Catalyst ezine and Muslim Connect. He is currently helping to launch an effort to catalyze discipleship multiplication movements among Muslim migrants in Sicily. Shane and his wife Ann live in Colorado. Three of their children are at home and two are married.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 4, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dr. Michael Manna

      Youth for Christ International, Columbus IN

      Dr. Mike is a Global Trainer with Youth for Christ (YFC) International. YFC serves in over 100 countries around the world. From 2002 to 2012, Mike and his wife, Judy, lived in Kiev, Ukraine training youth pastors and raising their four children. Mike was the founder/director of the National Center for Youth Ministry at Kiev Theological Seminary where they trained over 100 youth ministers. In 2013, he gave his Ukraine ministry over to national leadership and moved back to the U.S. to take an international training role. Mike received a PhD in Intercultural Studies from Biola University, and has taught Bachelors and Masters level youth ministry and missions courses at seminaries around the world. Mike and Judy's oldest three children are married, and their youngest child, Katya (adopted from Ukraine) is studying Social Work at Huntington University. They also have 2 grandchildren and 2 more on the way. The Manna's live in Columbus, Indiana (the same town with their grandkids) and serve globally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 18, 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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      Paul Pennington

      Journey Services, Cincinnati OH

      Paul Pennington and his wife Margaret have been married for 36 years. They have three grown and married children and seven grandchildren. Paul and Margaret are engaged with Indian colleagues in helping Hindus follow Jesus in culturally natural ways as incarnational believers within their own communities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 25, 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.

    • Instructor

      Estera Pirosca Escobar

      International Friendships, Inc., Wyoming MI

      With a calling from God and a gift for writing and speaking, Estera uses her voice for such a time as this. Originally from Romania, Estera came to the US as an international student. Estera has been involved in international student ministry in various forms over the past 12 years and has seen tremendous fruit among internationals both here in the US and when they return home or in other places as God leads them. In her role as National Field Director for International Friendships Inc. or IFI, Estera assists and manages 17 ministry leaders to strengthen and grow all the existing locations. She is also a writer for Our Daily Bread. Estera is married to a global nomad, Francisco, who is originally from Chile. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and enjoy showing hospitality to people from all over the world.

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      Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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