Summit Grove Intensive    Intensive 2018
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The Perspectives Course, typically taught over 15 weekly sessions, is presented in 6 days for those whose schedules more easily accommodate a one-week format - such as college students, missionaries, and church leaders. Class sessions are taught by a variety of speakers representing different backgrounds, education, and experience, including pastors, missionaries, and professors. Lectures are complemented by discussions, prayer, and cross-cultural activities. Those attending an "Intensive" have the same 15-week period afterward to complete the work for the Course. (see below)

When?

Starts:  Sunday, January 7, 2018 with check-in beginning at Noon 

Session Schedule:    Sunday                       6:00-9:00 PM 

                              Mon. Wed. Fri.            9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

                              Tues. Thurs.               9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

                              Saturday                    8:30 AM – Noon


Where?

The Lodge at Summit Grove Camp and Conference Center 

140 South Front Street, New Freedom, PA 17349

View conference center facilities:

          http://www.summitgrovecamp.org/  


Cost?

Registration is $495.00 to enroll at either Certificate or Key Reader level. This price includes the Perspectives Reader and Study Guide, lunch Monday-Friday, and dinner Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when we have evening sessions. A plan for additional meals (breakfast, Tues/Thurs dinners) is available through Summit Grove Camp - details below.

Alumni Registration is $175, and includes the above meals. College Credit level, through Trinity International University, is $754.00 for Undergraduate students, and $800 for Graduate level. At the Credit Level, students are under the supervision of the Professor of Record.

Credit can also be earned through Excelsior, and the Association of Christian Schools International (continuing education credits).


If you require lodging?

For those traveling from a distance, housing is available in the comfortable Summit Grove Lodge at an additional cost. Rooms have a private bath, and bed and bath linens are included. Wifi is available. A plan for additional meals not included in the Course cost is also available.

Contact Earl Peace - or 610-352-4884 for further information and reservations. 


How does the Intensive work?

Lectures are heard in class throughout the week. Students will then have an additional 15 weeks to complete the Readings, Reviews, Personal Responses, and Project (Certificate/Credit Level). Key Readers need only complete five Personal Responses to the reading.

Work is submitted online, which requires access to a computer and internet connection. It is recommended, but not required, that study through the first five Lessons be completed prior to the start of the course


Who do I contact?

For further information about the 2018 Summit Grove Perspectives Intensive, please contact:

Joyce Hilt -  

Earl Peace -  


Is this course only for those interested in missions?

Absolutely not! "Perspectives" is, at its heart, a discipleship course. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. If you want to grow and be challenged - want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life, plan to join us at the beginning of this new year to get threaded into His story.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: Summit Grove Camp 140 Front St. New Freedom PA 17349

Contact: Pam Myers

 
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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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      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 44 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 48 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 44 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 48 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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      Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Jim Rhodes

      Cru, Malvern PA

      Jim has served on the full time missionary staff of Cru for 38 years. Over the years, Jim has directed the Hampton Beach Summer Project for 15 years and has helped initiate ministries in Japan, the former Soviet Union, Egypt, and throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Jim's favorite lessons to teach in the Perspectives course are Lessons #4 & #5. Jim has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1979. They currently live in Malvern, PA. They have two grown children, Becky and Mike, who are both now serving as missionaries, also.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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      Francis Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. Graduate work at Penn State in Public Administration 1976-7. Helped to coordinate the first Perspectives class at Penn State in 1980. Began hosting and coordinating Perspectives classes in 1984. Have coordinated at least 100 classes. Joined the staff of Frontier Ventures (formerly the USCWM) in 1981. Regional director of Eastern Regional Office of Frontier Ventures 1988-2017. Church elder for 15 years. Part of leadership for church planting teams 1998-2004. Training workers to serve on Muslim fields 2004 to present. Chairman of the Board and CEO of Frontier Ventures 2016. Appointed CEO of Frontier Ventures January 2017

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 9, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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      Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Lane

      English Language Institute, Alexandria VA

      This speaker is the Director of an English language program which offers English instruction in Washington, DC, as well as the pastor of an international church. He has worked extensively within the Muslim community for over 20 years. His wife is also an English language instructor, has taught English in the US and overseas, and has worked broadly among Muslim women.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

      Time: 6:00 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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      Grace Fabian

      Douglassville PA

      Grace tells her amazing story in a new book, Outrageous Grace. You’ll be inspired to hear how our Almighty God brings life out of death. Grace Fabian, whose missionary husband was slain while translating the New Testament into a Pacific island language, could easily be excused if she were to carry to her grave the conviction that the loss was meaningless. “Couldn’t I also, in a gesture of adoration and faith, offer my husband’s blood as a precious ointment to my Savior?” she asked after reading in God’s word about a woman who, in an act of worship, poured out expensive perfume over Jesus’ head. She along with her husband, Edmund, lived in an isolated Nabak-speaking village in Papua New Guinea, learned the language, devised an alphabet, produced literacy materials and translated the Scripture for the 25,000 people speaking this language. God’s kindness was poured out on this family, and after Edmund’s death, Grace, along with dedicated Nabak men and women completed the translation. In 1998 the Nabak New Testament was dedicated to the glory of God. Now Grace resides in Pennsylvania where she speaks, teaches and writes, hoping that others will be inspired to join in the work of reaching Bibleless people groups around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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      Isabel Lee

      Gaithersburg MD

      Isabel graduated from Washington Bible College and Columbia International University in Bible/missions. Isabel served with SEND International for 22 1/2 years involved in church planting: evangelism, discipleship, mentoring, seminary teaching, leadership training in Taiwan and in East Asia. Isabel also served in various leadership responsibilities in SEND and ministered in Ukraine, Republic of Buryatia of Russia, Korea, Egypt, India, and among the Afghans and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon, Jordan, Macedonia, and Clarkston, GA. Currently Isabel serves as Minister of Women's Ministries at Chinese Bible Church of Maryland, a regular instructor of Perspectives, and also serves on the U.S. and International Boards of Directors, International Executive Committee, Human Resources and Member Care Committee of SEND International, www.send.org.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Tony Sheng

      The Ember Cast, Columbia MD

      I mentor, resource and inspire the next generation in the areas of global missions, world cultures, and leadership development with a tribe called The Ember Cast - we help students mark human history. I'm also a technology professional and live in Columbia, MD, USA with my wife and two daughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, January 12, 2018

      Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 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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      Date: Friday, January 12, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Steve Sanford

      Ethnos360 , Jersey Shore PA

      Tribal Church Planter with Ethnos360 (NTM) since 1993. Lived and worked with the isolated Joti people of Venezuela, S.A. for 12 years. Returned to U.S. in 2005 after NTM was forced to leave all tribal works by the Venezuelan government. Currently serving on NTM's Executive Leadership Team and working as an instructor for NTM in Pennsylvania.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, January 12, 2018

      Time: 6:00 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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      Earl Peace

      New Freedom PA

      Earl Peace serves to Engage People Globally as an international facilitator and reconciler. He is a retired Pastor with the C&MA, having served for 40 years in a variety of settings. His last church, the Philadelphia International Alliance Church combined ethnic peoples from around the world. Earl has been a missions mobilizer for years. He received his D.Min. from Biblical Theological Seminary where he focused on the cultural aspects of generational reconciliation

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018

      Time: 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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