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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 rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional, or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.

Join us on Thursday nights
at Park Community Church's Near North Campus
6:30-9pm
from January 26th- May 11th


Register by January 7th for a discount!

Not sure yet? Attend the first 2 classes for FREE!

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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Park Community Church 1001 N. Crosby Chicago IL 60610

Contact: Lindsey Rice

 
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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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      David Choi

      Church of the Beloved, Naperville IL

      Pastor David Choi is currently the pastor of Church of the Beloved, which was planted in 2012 in the city of Chicago. Since then, the church has grown to 700 people from about thirty five nations, worshiping in five locations in Chicago, Seattle, and Northern Virginia. You can find more information at www.thebelovedchurch.org.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 26, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Jackson Crum

      Park Community Church, Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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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      Paco Amador

      New Life Community Church, Chicago IL

      Paco Amador is pastor of New Life Community Church in the Little Village community on Chicago's west side. Paco has served as a missionary, a public school teacher, and is currently a pastor at the mexican immigrant of Little Village. He and his wife, Sylvia, have seven children and live in Chicago.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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).

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      Sam Naaman

      Moody Bible Institute, Carol Stream IL

      Sam serves as professor of Intercultural Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is also founding director of south Asian Friendship Center in Chicago since 1997. Sam was born and raised in Pakistan, served with OM and Cru. in Pakistan. Studied Theology and Missiology in Korea and USA. he is married to Debbie and they have two adopted sons Blaise and David from Pakistan. They are members of Wheaton Bible church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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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      John Fuder

      Moody Graduate School, Chicago IL

      Dr. John Fuder (PH.D., Biola Univ.)is a prof. at Moody Bible Inst's. Grad. Sch. in Chicago since '94. He spent 12 years with CityTeam Mins. in San Jose, CA and did his doctoral research in skid row in LA. He lives on Chicago's northside and has 3 children and 1 grandchild. He is the author/editor of 3 bks:Training Students For Urban Min.; Heart For The City; & Heart For The Community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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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      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: Thursday, March 2, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Joe Gerber

      Loving Shepherd Ministries, Mahomet IL

      I am honored to be a servant of Jesus Christ. My wife and I have 5 children. God has blessed us with a number of experiences that have given us a deep appreciation for the work of God around the world. It is our joy to play a small part in making His glory known locally and abroad. It's all about Him!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Andrew Herbek

      Perspectives, Deerfield IL

      Born and raised on the family farm in central Nebraska, Andrew inherited a frontier mindset from the prairie pioneers he descended from. God took this farm boy from the middle of nowhere and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia. While there, he did ethnographic research among rural villages. It was during this time that the Lord began cultivating a passion in Andrew to mobilize and equip the body of Christ back home to be active co-laborers with God in His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Perspectives U.S. National Staff and serves in the Instructor Development Department. He has a BA in Intercultural Studies and is currently working on a Masters of Divinity and a MA in Intercultural Studies. He has field experience in thirteen countries and his heart is that of a cross-cultural educator and discipler. His desire is to see God's people raised up, trained well and sent out to pursue Christ's promise fulfilled within all nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 16, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Michael

      International Teams, Antioch IL

      Michael and his wife and four children have live much of the past 23 years in the former Soviet Union. Presently they are on staff with International Teams overseeing the MWorld and acting as Security Officer for the Middle East and Russia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 23, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Andy

      This instructor's personal information is not shared due to the sensitive nature of his ministry., Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 30, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Ginny Feldmann

      Outreach/Mentoring, Elgin IL

      Ginny Feldmann is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Illinois State University, earning her B.S.ed (elementary education) in 1980. She earned her M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School in 1995. She was raised by missionary parents in Pakistan and returned to serve with SIM (Serving In Mission) for 18 years, mentoring young girls in Bible teaching and evangelism to nomads. She also conducted Bible studies with believing women, neighborhood visitation and children’s evangelistic Bible classes, often using “Javed”, her ventriloquist dummy. She served on SIM’s Pakistan Area Council for several years. Since 2003 she has been reaching out to South Asians in the Chicago area while mentoring local believers to do so, as part of SIM’s Chicago Culture ConneXions team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 6, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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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      Eric

      Dignity Coconuts, St. Paul MN

      At 23, Eric boarded a plane bound for the Middle East that changed the direction of his life. Thinking this would only be a year of helping the poor before returning to the business world, he did not expect this would turn into a life calling. After returning, he resolved to marry his best friend and commit the rest of his life to helping the unreached know Jesus. Eric has been involved in community development work among Muslims in many countries including Tunisia, Yemen, Cameroon, Iraq, Turkey, Russia, Ethiopia, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, and the Philippines. In 2012, Eric re-entered the for-profit business world in a Kingdom Business in order to use the untapped power of business to transform communities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Bradley Buser

      Founder 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. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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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      Robert Nordstrom

      OMF, Wheaton IL

      Robert works in partnership with local churches and campus ministry organizations in Chicago to reach and disciple international students (with a focus on East Asian students). This involves evangelism and discipling, preparing returnees, and developing training.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children.

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      Date: Thursday, May 11, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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