Avon, CT//S18    Spring 2018
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YOU WERE MADE FOR MORE!


Use what's in you to bless the world around you!


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. 

               Where: Valley Community Baptist Church, 590 W. Avon RD, Avon CT 06001

               When: On Tuesdays from January 23, 2018-May 15, 2018

               Time: 6:30 pm-9:00 pm  

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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Valley Community Baptist Church 590 W. Avon Rd. Avon CT 06001

Contact: Arshi Paul

(336) 287-7193

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Treash

      Fairfield CT

      Steve Treash is the senior pastor of Black Rock Congregational Church in Fairfield, CT. After Wheaton College and Gordon Conwell Seminary, Steve earned a Ph.D. in theology and church history from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Steve and his wife Jen live in Newtown, CT with their fourteen year old twins, Caileigh and Parker.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

      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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      Peter Smith

      Trumbull CT

      Originally from Connecticut, Peter attended Furman University in Greenville, SC. It was at Furman that Peter met his wife, Kasie. They were married after graduation, lived in Greenville for several years and then moved to North Carolina, where Peter attended Wake Forest University School of Law. After receiving his J.D., Peter practiced law in Jacksonville, FL but felt God calling him to full-time pastoral ministry. He attended and graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a ThM in pastoral ministry. Peter's ministry experience includes serving on staff at The Howard Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and in pastoral roles at churches in metro-Atlanta, and Savannah. Peter presently serves as Lead Pastor at Calvary Church in Trumbull, CT. Peter and Kasie have four children ranging in ages from 5 to 13.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

      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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      Jay Abramson

      Valley Community Baptist Church, Avon CT

      Jay is the senior pastor of Valley Community Baptist Church in Avon, CT, where he and his wife Liz have ministered for nearly 28 years. Jay has an undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, a master's degree from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN., and a PhD in Educational Philosophy from the University of Connecticut. Jay’s primary passion is teaching and preaching God’s Word but he is also seriously engaged in discipling and training pastors throughout Africa. Jay and Liz have three adult sons, Nate, Jesse and Adam. Adam and his wife Adi and their three children live in Israel.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

      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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      Victoria Kowarick

      Walnut Hill Community Church, Bethel CT

      Vicky combines a passion for evangelism, a concern to reach out to the local community and a commitment to the worldwide Church. As Pastor at Walnut Hill Community Church she gets to encourage all three! Vicky studied Theology at Durham University, a secular college in her home country of England. She later did her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies (majoring in Theology and Missions & Intercultural Studies) at Wheaton College, IL. With a breadth of cross-cultural experience in international development, Vicky has worked among the poor in India, and with those living with HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Rwanda and the UK. She has so far lived in four continents. She is also author of 'Illusions of Grandeur,' speaker and loves hiking. Having moved to Connecticut in 2007, she is enjoying discovering parts of New England that she didn't know existed!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

      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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      Chris Clayman

      Global Gates Network, NYC West African Outreach, Bronx NY

      Chris Clayman is an Associate Director and Co-Founder of Global Gates (www.globalgates.info), a mission organization focused on reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. He has been involved in pioneer church planting in urban and rural West Africa and New York City among unreached Muslim peoples. Chris is also the author of Superplan: a Journey into God's Story, and ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York (unreachednewyork.com). Chris lives with his wife and three children in the Bronx.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

      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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      Todd Johnson

      , South Hamilton MA

      Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

      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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      Glenn Sunshine

      Every Square Inch Ministrieswww, Newington CT

      Glenn is professor of early modern European history at Central Connecticut State University and specializes in the Reformation. He teaches in the Centurions program, a worldview training program set up by Chuck Colson, and has consulted for and appeared in a variety of worldview DVD series. He is also the founder and president of Every Square Inch Ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

      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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      Ellen Livingood

      Catalyst Services, Newtown PA

      Ellen Livingood is a missions mobilization writer, consultant and trainer who helps mission agencies and local churches to collaborate more effectively in expanding global impact.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      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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      John Pitterle

      Advocates for the Unreached; Volunteer with Cafe 1040, State College PA

      John is a Penn State grad and currently works at Penn State. John's family spent several months in South Africa and Namibia with YWAM. With the Assemblies of God, his family lived in Madagascar for four years as the Lord used them to help bring the story of Jesus (Book of Hope) to children and then to help start the first Malagasy study Bible. John has been on short-term trips to Ukraine (with YWAM), India (with Global Awakening), and Zambia twice (with Dynamis World Ministries). He has written about (http://www.LausanneWorldPulse.com/perspectives-php/1242/01-2010) and shares regarding the urgency to prioritize the unreached (http://AdvocatesForTheUnreached.com). He recently published his first e-book (http://AdvocatesForTheUnreached.com/ebook.pdf) and is a volunteer with Cafe 1040.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

      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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      Dr. A. R. Javed

      Calvary Baptist Church, New York NY

      Dr. Javed was born and raised in Pakistan and has served in Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Greece (where he planting a church among Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs) and the US as a full time missionary for 12 years. He is on the faculty of New York School of the Bible, offering and heading the department of Missions and Understanding Islam. He is a lecturer at Davis College's NYC site and regularly gives lectures on Islam, Missions, Christian Theology nationally and internationally. He is serving as an outreach pastor at Calvary Baptist Church, New York City. He has written a few books dealing with Islam, Mission, Evangelism and Outreach, and leadership. His research publication on Muslim in New York City has been viewed and used tremendously and is considered a scholarly work in recent times addressing the treatment Muslims receive in NYC school system. Please explore different pages of his life by simply using: www.arjaved.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

      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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      Robert Antonucci

      Frontiers/EPC, Wenham MA

      Robert has worked in Church-planting and Development work in Central Asia in a war torn country 15 of the last 20 years. He and his wife and 3 children have led Frontiers Church-planting teams in new areas most of that time. Rob has an MA in World Christianity and teaches Christians insights useful in understanding Islam/Muslims in the world today. He is working on an MDiv. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is Assistant Director of the Dr J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

      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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      Craig Parker

      The Navigators, Winthrop MA

      Craig Parker is the city leader for the Navigators in Boston, seeking to transform the city through life-to-life discipleship. Craig has worked for the Navigators for 37 years, with previous staff assignments in New Hampshire, Germany, and Virginia. He served as campus director at Boston University for 7 years, and at Dartmouth College for 17 years. As founding board member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Lwala Community Alliance, he has engaged in international development in western Kenya. He has also worked among Roma people in Croatia, helping to create a long term Croatian partnership with the Northeast Collegiate Navigators. Craig and his wife, Nancy have four children and seven grandchildren. Many years ago he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

      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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      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Pusan, Korea, in 1963, but grew up in the States. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, where in 1983 he committed his life to be Christ’s ambassador to the Muslims. He worked 10 years as an electrical engineer before pursuing missions/biblical training (MDiv) at Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina. He and his family served 10 years in Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) as church planting missionaries, and are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims here. He is happily married to Faith, and they have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

      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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      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, May 8, 2018

      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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      Douglas Christgau

      World Outreach, Farmington CT

      Rev. Doug Christgau Pastor of World Outreach, Valley Community Baptist Church, Avon, CT Doug has served as mission pastor in three churches over the past 30 years. During that time his churches have sent 38 long-term missionaries. Doug has led 75 short-term mission trips in thirty-three countries and has engaged almost half of the congregants he has served in missionary prayer partnerships. Two of the churches served by Doug have been listed in Tom Telford’s books on outstanding U.S. mission churches. Doug is a former board member of ACMC, the National Association of Missions Pastors and Project MedSend. He is co-founder and current chair of the Connecticut Mission Consortium. Doug is a presenter for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and speaks at church mission conferences. 5/15

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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