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Fall 2018| Southampton, PA

Davisville Church is excited to host Perspectives

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15 Weeks • 15 Instructors • One Epic Story


Biblical. Historical. Cultural. Strategic.

Get plugged into God’s story this fall as you experience

His heart for every tribe, tongue, people and nation.

Encounter the momentum of the World Christian Movement.

 


To enroll on line, use the registration button to the right


 

In the beginning—no, before there was a beginning—a story began.

Come explore the depths and riches of this story, as it has unfolded

through the pages of the Bible and beyond, into modern history.

Come learn how God's redemptive plan is reaching, stretching,

welcoming every tribe, tongue, and culture to worship before his throne.

Come disciple of Jesus, discover your unique place,

and get threaded into this cosmic story of God's glory.

Come and hear what the Holy Spirit has to say to you.

This class will change your lifefor good! 

You'll get a new perspective on God's heart and eternal desire.

 


CLASS DETAILS

Day: Sunday  Time: 5:30 - 8:30PM  Date: Aug 26 to Dec 9, 2018

Location: Davisville Church, 325 Street Rd., Southampton, PA 18966


For decades and around the world, 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.

 

Feel free to explore this site and learn more about the class. Click through the Lessons below to learn about their content and our instructors.  

Is this course only for those interested in missions?  Absolutely not! This is a course for the Church. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. To join God in His story. If you want to grow and be challenged—want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life.

Interested in getting academic or continuing education credit? 

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Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Davisville Church 325 Street Road Southampton PA 18966

Contact: Steve & Janine McLaverty

215-355-3416

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Stephen McLaverty

      Africa Inland Mission, Huntingdon Valley PA


    • Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Jack O'Brien

      Camino Global, Southampton PA

      Rev. Jack O'Brien Jack and his wife Julie have served as missionaries with Camino Global since 1979. After serving in church planting, theological education, and field leadership in Mexico for 16 years, the O'Briens relocated to the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area where they serve in Hispanic ministries and missions mobilization. Jack leads Camino Global's Northeast USA Team, serves as an adjunct professor at Cairn University teaching missions courses, and leads the Global Outreach Team at his home church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      John Kless

      Pastor - Glenside Bible Church, Glenside PA

      As pastor of Glenside Bible Church in Glenside PA, John led his fellowship in the adoption of the Kyrgyz people of Central Asia in 1996 and has served as an active advocate for them ever since, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the NGO Central Asian Partners. In recent years he has helped the church develop an additional strategic focus in India touching the city of Hyderabad and an unreached tribal people, the Yenadi, through deep partnership connections. He and his wife LuAnn have 5 children and seven grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 2, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Lyn Newbrander

      International Students, Inc., Philadelphia PA

      Following 23 years of missions in Europe, Lyn and her husband Tim returned to the US to work with international students in the Philly area. Her work through the chaplain's office at the University of Pennsylvania has been rewarding. Nearly 60 nations have been represented in the Newbrander's home in Philadelphia. Lyn and Tim open their home and their hearts wide to students, many of whom consider them their family away from home.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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).

    • Instructor

      Mark Giacobbe

      Citylight Church / Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia PA

      Mark is a New Testament scholar, worship leader, and former overseas worker currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Mark spent many years writing, recording, and performing music before being called to serve in Central Asia in the mid-2000s. While there, he was a catalyst for indigenous worship music in an unreached area. He returned to the U.S. in the late 2000s to pursue theological education, culminating in a PhD in New Testament. He serves a local church as elder while teaching New Testament Greek at an area seminary. Mark is passionate for missions, the integration of head, heart, and hands in the Christian life, and the spread of indigenous expressions of worship throughout the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Larry Ray

      Philadelphia PA

      Larry Ray is a native of Philadelphia Christ drew him to Himself at the age of 17. He was introduced to evangelism by the Navigators while in the U.S Navy. The Lord also drew him to Christian Stronghold in 1995. He has served on the Evangelism Ministry. He has been involved in short term missions to Tiajuana Mexico and Nairobi Kenya The Lord called Larry, his wife Rebecca and their two children Lauren and Jedidiah to the Arab World where they served for four years. One of Larry's favorite ministry verse is Ephesians 2:10 " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" Larry and his family serve with Pioneers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      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: Sunday, September 30, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Judy Severns

      TCK Education Coordinator/ SEND International, Horsham PA

      Judy Severns spent 25 years as a staff member at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines. She currently is the Third Culture Kid Education Coordinator for SEND International and is also part of the Globalization Leadership Team where her focus is member care and multicultural teams. As an adjunct faculty member at Cairn University, she works with education majors who desire to do part of their student teaching in an International setting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Edwin Hernandez

      Word Christian Fellowship International, Princeton NJ

      Pastor Edwin's vision is to see the Filipino diaspora (wave of overseas workers and migrants) mobilized to declare God's glory among the nations. An engineer by profession, he quit his job in 1999 to pastor a church in the Philippines. He completed his Masters in Divinity at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries in Manila, Philippines in 2004. In 2006, he was sent to Singapore where he trained ministry leaders and coordinated efforts in the planting of churches in key cities in Asia and Oceania. He came to the US in 2013 to pastor a church in Hopewell, NJ where he brings the same vision. He is also an instructor in a training institute based in NY city that equips lay leaders in biblical studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea in 1963, but immigrated to the States in 1972. 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 Masters in Biblical Exposition 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 the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. He is happily married to Faith, and they have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. Her primary area of responsibility includes serving as the Perspectives National Program Director. She has also been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Jan

      Compassion Corps & UrbanPromise Int'l, Chester Heights PA

      Jan serves as a passionate advocate for those who are suffering in some of the most volatile, harsh, and impoverished regions of Africa. Along with a colleague, in 2007 she founded Compassion Corps, a charitable nonprofit headquartered in Glen Mills, PA, intent on alleviating suffering and advancing economic development. Jan served as Executive Director of Compassion Corps for 10 years, during that time mobilizing over 30 short-term teams for service in Africa while furthering Christian community development initiatives in 6 countries. She still serves CC as President and international social enterprise consultant, however in fall 2016 she joined the team of UrbanPromise International as Executive Assistant to the President and Student Sponsorship Coordinator. Jan holds a BA in French from American University and a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. Over the past two decades, Jan has gained field experience in community development and discernment of best practices in holistic programs in Africa. Most recently, Jan has been endeavoring to pursue expansion of ministry capacity and impact through the means of social enterprise.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Joseph Suozzo

      Pastor Joe, Freehold NJ

      Joe Suozzo currently serves with Immanuel Bible Church as the Senior Pastor. From 1989-1999, he and his wife were involved in church planting in India. During that time God used Joe and a Christar team to establish a network of house churches among the Chamar people of North India which has now grown to over 50 groups. Joe has been married to Dianne for 25 years and has two daughters, Anna Marie (23) and Danielle (21).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Dr. Ed Scheuerman

      Director of Intercultural Studies, Lancaster PA

      Dr. Ed & Carol Scheuerman served with PIONEERS in Southeast Asia for 23 years. They returned to PA in the summer of 2010 for Ed to take up the role of Director of the Intercultural Studies major at Lancaster Bible College. They are excited about their ministry and continuing to help those God has called to serve Him on the mission field. Dr. Ed (as he’s known on campus) has a heart to see students catching God’s heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Joseph Steinitz

      GraceXtensions, Towson MD

      After ministering in a Muslim context, Joe served as missions pastor at his church in Maryland for 8 years. Since 2001, he has been co-director of unmissions.net, a ministry that helps churches more effectively engage in world missions. Joe is married and has 6 children. For obvious reasons he has no hobbies.

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      Date: Sunday, December 2, 2018

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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