Gaithersburg, MD F17    Fall 2017
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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Made for More

Use What’s Inside You To Bless The World Around You



Be Awakened  |  Be Realigned  |  Be Transformed


The 15-week class is divided into 4 units (Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic) which investigates how God has, is, and will continue to work to make His great name known among the nations. Each unit provides a new lens in which students will continually see the common theme of God's heart for His people. The most unique aspect of the course is the diversity and quality of the instructors. A new instructor every week keeps the course fresh and exciting as you can expect at any given week to hear from Biblical scholars, missionaries, pastors, professors, and mobilizers - all who bring a wealth of experience and passion to each lesson!



Details

Dates:    August 22 - December 12 2017 (no class 11/21)

Time: Tuesdays*, 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM

*Week 4 will be Monday 9/18 & Week 11 will be Monday 11/6

Place:  Covenant Life Church, Gaithersburg, MD


Are you ready to Learn, Engage, Advance, and Persevere?

Join us, not in making history but fulfilling history! 



What does the Perspectives class entail?

First Night FREE: Register at no cost to give the class a try. Everyone is welcome to hear the first two weeks before deciding to commit to the course.

Key Reading Level ($285):  Prepare for great speakers and great material with light reading.  Be challenged to consider your own role in world missions.  This level requires about 1-2 hours of reading each week with minimal written homework.  Five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the term will require about an hour each to complete. 

Certificate Level ($285):  This is the recommended level for a much richer experience.  It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections" and one research project due by the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week. 

College Credit Level (See Pricing List):  A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours given through Trinity International University, Excelsior College, or Lancaster Bible College.  It involves additional reading and two research projects. It can be taken at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Please Note:  If you would like to take the class for credit through Lancaster Bible College, but are not currently enrolled at LBC, you may do so as follows.

 

First register for the class by clicking on the "Register for this class" link to the right.

 

Once you have completed that process, please go to the link below (you may copy/paste it into your browser) to submit a form for Lancaster Bible College. If you have trouble accessing the link, please email (class administrator’s name and e-mail address)

https://lbc.formstack.com/forms/perspectives_lbc_credit

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

Location: Covenant Life Church 7501 Muncaster Mill Road Gaithersburg MD 20877

Contact: Jeannine Ferrel

402-319-3493

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • 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.


    • Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Jim O'Neill

      Frontier Ventures, New Cumberland PA

      Missionary to Asia 1982 to 1995 Director of Missions, Liberty University and Seminary, 1995-2000 President, CrossWorld Mission, 2000-2009 Executive VP Tennessee Temple University 2009-2010 Interim President, TTU, 2011 President, The Center for Global Mission, 2009 to present Associate General Director for Frontier Ventures 2016 to present

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Donald Rodgers

      Frontier Ventures (formerly USCWM), Newark DE

      In 1978 Don Rodgers graduated from Penn State with an advanced degree in engineering and then worked for the university part time while being heavily involved with CRU (formerly Campus Crusade). In 1980, after taking the Perspectives class, he took a position with CRU serving in Guam, the Philippines, Japan, and China eventually becoming a National Administrator, and for a short while an acting National Director. In 1983 he returned to the U.S. and began to work with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) first in mobilization and then as a division manager. He and his wife Anne moved to the Eastern Regional Office in 1992 where they have been involved in administration, mobilization (coordinating numerous Perspectives classes) and international outreach. Currently Don is completing a M.A. in Theological Studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      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: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Alan MacDonald

      Pastor of Global Engagment, Fairfax VA

      Prior to becoming the Pastor of Global Engagement at Fairfax Community Church I served with Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL International for 32 years. I directed SIL's China Program for eight years and served in various senior leadership roles in the organizations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 18, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Mimsie Robinson

      Bethel Gospel Assembly Missions, New York NY

      As the missions pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly in New York City, Pastor Robinson has been involved in disciple-making efforts in India, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and several islands in the West Indies. Through involvement with Evangelism Explosion International as a teacher/trainer, he has been able to help many believers become effective witnesses at home and abroad. His involvement with Perspectives includes serving as a class coordinator. Presently, he is working on a Doctor of Missiology through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In 2009, Pastor Robinson helped plant Living Water Christian Center, a bilingual French and English congregation, affiliated with Bethel Gospel Assembly which serves the spiritual needs of the growing number of French-speaking West African immigrants in New York City. Pastor Robinson and his wife, Beverly Lynn, reside in the Harlem community. They have two single adult children, Michelle and David, who are both followers of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      K.

      Frontier Ventures, Columbia MD

      K. has been involved in coordinating and instructing in Perspectives for 23 years. She currently serves as Regional Representative for Frontier Ventures in Baltimore. Her passion is for cultivating a missional mind-set and practice in the North American church. She loves engaging with her Muslim friends and finding common ground.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Douglas Batson

      Froniter Ventures Volunteer, Cross Junction VA

      Douglas Batson is a combat veteran and retired cultural geographer. With award-winning research and publications, he was a Defense Department expert on toponomy, migration, and land tenure in international development. Also a National Certified Career Counselor, Doug is passionate about alternative education for missions mobilization and living history. He has been a Perspectives coordinator, instructor, and Professor of Record in the DC area for over 20 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      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: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Robert DuHart Sr.

      Perspectives , Fort Washington MD



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 24, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      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: Tuesday, October 31, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 6, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Glenn Kauffman

      Capital Christian Fellowship, Laurel MD

      Glenn Kauffman with his wife June served in Hong Kong for 15 years with a number of those years in regional ministry. Currently Glenn and June live in the Washington D C suburbs where Glenn ministers as a bishop in the Washington - Baltimore District of Lancaster Mennonite Conference and Lead Pastor of Capital Christian Fellowship, Lanham, MD.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 14, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Derek

      Beyond, Allison Park PA

      East Asia Director for Beyond, overseeing missionary strategy for discipleship and church planting movements among least reached, and unengaged unreached people groups. Teaches extensively on church planting movements to locals in numerous Asian countries. World Wide Coordinator for Church Planting for KRIN, a North Korea focused Ministry. Author of "Innovation in World Mission" through William Carey Library. Started several companies for business as mission. Holds a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and Foresight from Regent University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      Paul Michaels

      Finish The Mission, Harrisburg PA

      Paul has been a pastor/evangelist for over thirty years and has been involved in evangelism and church planting both in Russia and Southeast Asia. He now serves as director of Finish The Mission (ftm2030.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 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

      GS

      Derwood MD

      GS is a pastor at the church where he has been a member since 1987. He has served in various kinds of ministry over the past 25 years -- editing publications, serving as teacher and administrator of a Christian school, pastoring families with teens, leading a Middle School ministry, and participating on an overseas team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:45 PM

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