Columbus, OH S18    Spring 2018
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God wants to turn your world upside down and bless the nations

Welcome to the

Columbus Spring 2018 

Perspectives Class

 

What is Perspectives? 

Perspectives is far beyond just a class, it's a journey. Perspectives will help you develop a vision for the heart and purpose of God. This is a course for the Church.


Why should I take Perspectives? 

Experience God’s heart for every tribe, tongue, people and nation. Around the world, for decades, 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.

 

What denomination is Perspectives through?

Perspectives is a community effort and an interdenominational course. You will learn firsthand from 15 highly-regarded missions leaders and mentors. 

 

What will I Learn?

You will be challenged to see the world through God’s eyes in 4 perspectives:

  Biblical - God’s plan and purpose revealed in Scripture

  Historical - How God has revealed Himself from the beginning

  Cultural - Overcoming cultural barriers to introduce Jesus

  Strategic - Your gifts and passions can be used to fulfill God’s plan

 

Rosedale International Center  

2120 E Fifth Ave.

Columbus, OH 43219

Wednesdays, January 17 - May 2, 2018 ~ 6:30-9:30 PM


Book Pick-up January 10 6:30 - 9:30 PM



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Contact: Mike Krajnak

Class Info

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Rosedale International Center 2120 E. Fifth Ave. Columbus OH 43219

Contact: Mike Krajnak

614-314-3692

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Orientation Open House

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Pavi Thomas

      Westerville OH

      Lead Pastor, Heritage Christian Church Pavi grew up in India, came to the US as an international student and obtained a PhD from The Ohio State University. He also serves as the Executive Director of The Bridge Community Center which is a volunteer service organization focused on the refugee population on the West side of Columbus. Pavi loves discovering how the gospel of Jesus is being incarnated in new and creative ways while remaining deeply true to the faithful past. He finds the biblical text endlessly generative and formative, and considers jazz a fascinating model for interpretation and incarnation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 17, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Matt Chittum

      Hilliard OH

      Matt hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he spent his high school years and has since resided upon graduating from Liberty University in 2001. Matt pastors New Life Church Hilliard, a church he was part of starting in 2002. In addition, he teaches a “Contemporary Worldviews” class for Liberty University Online. He also is very involved within his community and coaches and mentors leaders locally, nationally, and abroad. By nature, Matt is very relational, and has been blessed by supportive parents, a loving spouse, an enthusiastic son, and an upbringing in a church that had a global disciple-making vision. Proclaimed was a “Possible Dream” that involved raising up multiplying leaders and churches in strategic urban centers around the globe. This vision gripped his heart, and has taken him all around the world to gain a bigger picture of the purpose and plan of God. After a 3rd visit to Kenya, Matt felt led to return to school, having recognized that he was more familiar reproducing his church culture than his Christianity. He graduated from Western Seminary’s Doctor of Intercultural Studies program in 2014 where he focused his dissertation efforts on “Unmasking Consumerism for the Practice of Relational Discipleship.” While his graduation has been short lived, he has already seen significant fruit as those he has mentored have grasped and put into practice a more relational understanding of the Christian Gospel.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Robert Coleman

      Wilmore KY

      Robert E. Coleman, author of Master Plan of Evangelism, is a distinguished professor of evangelism and discipleship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. For many years he served as dean of the Billy Graham International Schools of Evangelism as well as director of the Billy Graham Center Institute of Evangelism at Wheaton College. He was also professor of evangelism at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he directed the School of World Mission and Evangelism. Twenty-four books and hundreds of articles have come from Dr. Coleman's pen. His books have been published in many languages around the world. A seasoned teacher, pastor, and evangelist, he hopes to be remembered simply as a disciple of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      La Fayette Scales

      Columbus OH

      La Fayette Scales is a native of Columbus, Ohio where he grew up in the home of Christian parents. He received the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of twenty-one and was licensed to preach the Gospel in 1973. His greatest desire and focus is to see God’s people grow into their full potential and mature in their character.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Elizabeth Himsworth

      Columbus OH

      Beth, her husband James and young children lived in the Northern Brazilian Amazon region for 6 years. Her focus was on meeting the felt need of people in indigenous villages – medical and dental clinics – and Bible study and training for discipleship. Another dozen years were spent in Southern Brazil and International ministry focused on leadership development and discipleship with World Team. In 1995, she started a discipleship network – writing a four-year training curriculum and raising up a dozen national workers. This network continues today in its fourth generation of training groups. Among other projects, Beth developed a 2 weekend Seminar to train pastors how to develop their own adult education for their churches and ministries. Her current focus is on personal discipleship in the local church context and teaching parenting classes to equip young parents in the discipleship of their children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Jon Showalter

      Irwin OH

      Jon Showalter was born to parents who had moved cross-culturally to work in rural Appalachia as church planters. As an adult he has lived and taught in South America, Asia and North Africa. His formal studies at Ohio State University and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School have nurtured his life-long interest in understanding how the world--and the church--have come to be like they are. Jon and his wife, Dawn, are the parents of four young-adult sons and live currently in Rosedale, Ohio, where Jon serves as president of Rosedale Bible College.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Estera Pirosca Escobar

      International Friendships, Inc., Grand Rapids MI

      With a calling from God and a gift for writing and speaking, Estera uses her voice for such a time as this. Originally from Romania, Estera was blessed to pursue higher education as an international student in the US. Estera has been involved in international student ministry in various forms over the past 10 years and has seen tremendous fruit among internationals both here in the US and when they return home or in other places as God leads them. In her role as National Field Director, Estera assists staff leading IFI ministry locations, to be successful in their ministries by providing care, accountability, and an administrative connection with the headquarters. She is also significantly involved in coaching staff start new ministries. She also is a writer for Our Daily Bread. Estera is married to a global nomad, Francisco, who is originally from Chile. They live in Grand Rapids, Michigan and enjoy showing hospitality to people from all over the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Andrew Workman

      Columbus OH

      Andrew Workman, from Columbus, Ohio, attended The Ohio State University and in 2006 obtained a Masters Degree. After receiving a calling from the Lord, in 1993 Andrew and Martha Workman moved overseas to share the love of God. In 2011, they moved back to Ohio with their two daughters to continue this ministry coaching team and mobilizing more workers for the harvest.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Don

      World Team, Orlando FL

      Canadian-born, Don received Christ at a YFC rally in 1952 and later graduated from Prairie Bible Institute and Wycliffe's SIL course. From 1962-1977 Don and his late wife, Carol Joy [Soderstrom], an RN, served in Irian Jaya (now Papua, Indonesia) among the Sawi, a Stone-Age cannibal-headhunter tribe. After Don designed a Sawi alphabet, he and Carol taught literacy, planted churches, healed the sick and translated the New Testament. More than half the tribe came to Christ. Author of six books, including "Peace Child" and "Eternity in Their Hearts," Don holds an honorary doctorate from Biola University. He represents World Team at missions conferences and in churches, teaches seminars, and lectures for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 17 months after his late wife's passing, Don wed Carol Joyce Abraham, who now serves with him in ministry by speaking to women's groups, singing solos, mentoring, and providing hospitality.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Jeff Johnson

      Frontiers, Gilbert AZ

      Jeff Johnson and his wife Roxanne have been working with Muslims since 1988. They have served on and led church-planting teams in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. They have witnessed firsthand the martyrdom of Muslim back-ground believers and fellow missionaries, birthed underground Christian fellowships in war torn countries, and seen the miraculous hand of God throughout the Muslim world. Jeff currently works in Frontiers' International Leadership group; Sending and Engagement - overseeing 30 sending bases and overseeing the Regional Strategy Coordinators (RSC) as the team leader. After being arrested and deported from Uzbekistan, Jeff and his wife Roxanne split their time working with Frontiers International Office in London and in Phoenix at the Frontiers US sending base (www.frontiersusa.org) as well as India, coaching CP teams. Jeff & Roxanne oversee three church planting teams, and spends several months each year in the field coaching and supporting these teams. Jeff is a popular speaker and preacher at large, specializing in training followers of Jesus to engage Muslims both domestically and globally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Scott Arnold

      Columbus OH

      Scott has been the Executive Director of Central Ohio Youth for Christ since 1997. Scott is a graduate of OSU with a B.A. in Psychology, and has an M.A. in Biblical studies from Ashland Seminary. He lives in west Columbus with his wife and two daughters. Scott is an Elder and ordained teaching pastor in Xenos Christian Fellowship where he has served in various leadership and teaching roles since 1985. He is on the national board of YFC/USA and is a member of the YFC/USA City Life team. Locally, he is chairman of the board of Family Comes First, and a founding member of the Mission Columbus Advisory Team and a member of the Franklinton Partnership Advisory Team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 4, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Rakesh Mehta

      Westerville OH

      Rakesh is currently serving in a Church in Ohio as the Director of Global Ministries. He was born in India to parents who planted fellowships in both remote villages and urban areas. He has been married to Prithi, an Indian architect, for 20 years. Together they have served in a number of capacities with YWAM-India including: directing a research and support center for c planters; and leading South Asia C Planting, among which they have seen incredible fruit.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      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: Wednesday, April 18, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Richard Mendola

      International Friendships, Hilliard OH

      Rich was born in Buffalo, NY, the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God. Through reading the New Testament he learned that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news. Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation . At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling. In 1979 Rich and Janet attended.the Urbana Mission Conference. There Rich sensed a call to full time cross-cultural ministry. In 1980 he began to work full-time with international students in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Janet attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. In 1987 they moved to Athens, Ohio to open a new ministry to international students while Janet fulfilled her obligation to the National Health Service Corp – a program placing physicians in shortage areas. In 1991, Rich and Janet moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director. He also leads Bible studies and does 1-1 discipleship with students. He has written several Bible studies for internationals. He has served as the Chairperson for the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals. Rich has also helped to plant two churches. He currently serves as lead pastor for All Nations Christian Fellowship. During Rich’s 29 years of service among internationals hundreds have come to know Jesus and many have returned as effective witnesses of Jesus among their own people. The kingdom of God is advancing among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists because of the ministry to internationals. Jesus can share many wonderful and dramatic stories of God’s work among internationals. Rich is a regular speaker at missions conferences, evangelistic outreaches, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and is a lecturer at Vineyard Leadership Institute. Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats. Rich’s spiritual gifts are leadership, exhortation, and evangelism.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Celebration Dinner

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      Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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