Cedar Rapids, IA // S18    Spring 2018
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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 22ND - MAY 7TH, 2018

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 PM

Location: Stonebridge Church 1829 Stoney Point Rd. SW Cedar Rapids IA 52404

Contact: Dennis Spencer

(319) 573-3083

 
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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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      Greg

      Candeo/SALT, Waterloo IA

      My name is Greg. I grew up in a great Christian home in the great state of Oklahoma! My parents led me to Christ. It was their vision and passion for Jesus that helped me cultivate a heart for God, His word, and His world. In college I took Perspectives and loved it. Perspectives is one of the biggest catalyst in my life to propel me to pursuing the lost in the world. I met my wife Shannon at college and enjoyed talking to her about what we were learning in Perspectives and how we can apply it. As we were in so much agreement in so may ways we got married making a commitment to live one year overseas in the first three years of our marriage. This one year commitment led to 6 years. We had the privilege of leading a missions team of 15 people for 6 years focusing on college students and church planting in Asia. We saw God do many things and our hearts grew even more for Him and the lost. I love sharing the gospel where ever I am at and I love raising up my two daughters to do the same. The Biblical basis for missions has become my purpose. As I sit here and update this now in an airport going back overseas to see if God would have my family start a church planting movement in South East Asia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Wes Taber

      Life in Messiah International, Lansing IL

      Since joining AMF International in 1975, Wes has served in Jewish ministry in Miami/Miami Beach, Jerusalem, and Chicago, focusing on evangelism, discipleship, and equipping others. He has been privileged to lead multiple short-term teams to Israel, and present God's heart for the lost on four continents, with an emphasis on the Jewish people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Adam Steinbock

      Crossroads Community Church, Sheboygan WI

      Adam currently serves as the Staff and Counseling Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Sheboygan, Wis. - an 11-year-old, 3rd generation church plant that meets at a local elementary school. He and his wife, Tabitha, have a passion for church planting, both here in Wisconsin, but also around the world. Over the past seven years he has been on short-term church planting mission trips to Ecuador, Israel and Russia with e3 Partners Ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Brooks A Simpson

      Grace Community Church, North Liberty IA

      Brooks Simpson is Pastor for Teaching and Preaching at Grace Community Church in North Liberty, IA. Brooks came to faith in Christ as a college student athlete while attending Grace in 1988 and has been on staff since 1998. Brooks’ heart is to see Christ magnified and exalted in the lives of people. The spiritual battle described in Ephesians 6 is real and Brooks’ passion is to equip people to take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Too many Christians see this battle as defensive and miss the fact that there is an offensive component as well. Brooks took Perspectives in 2008 and is excited to be a part of the team which equips the saints to offensively take the sword of the Word to the ends of the earth. Brooks has been married to his bride Stacy since 1989. They have two children, Ryan and Katelyn.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 19, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Terry Riley

      Harvest Project, Kansas City KS

      Terry has served with the Frontier Ventures formerly the U.S. Center for World Mission, Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse, ReachGlobal and ReachNational of the Evangelical Free Church. Terry is a world level expert on the unreached peoples as he developed the first database of unreached peoples from an ethnolinguistic perspective while working with the AAP Clearinghouse. This research was published in 1993 in a book entitled, "A Church for Every People", and was the platform for the Joshua Project database of unreached peoples. He served in the Dakotas for 8 years ministering to various Native American tribes engaging in evangelism, discipleship and community development. Also, he's been engaged in ministry to various people groups from the Middle East and in India. Currently, Terry is a licensed marriage and family therapist, mission mobilizer, and a co-pastor at an urban core church in Kansas City.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Global Perspectives Movement, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for 25 years as a local class coordinator, regional director, instructor, author and Perspectives Global trainer. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and numerous short-term trips into over 35 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Paul Hansen

      Grace Community Church, North Liberty IA

      Paul was born and raised on the East coast, but moved out to the Midwest and graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1993. He has been on staff and a vocational elder with Grace Community Church (www.graceb3.org) since 2001. Paul loves it when people “get it” – and understand their role in God’s global plan. He serves the collective elder team of Grace Community as the Pastor of Ministry Development. That means overseeing the staff, mobilizing the church, and refining vision. He has ministered and trained on 4 Continents over the past 15 years. Paul has been married to his soul mate Amy for 18 years. Together they have 4 beautiful kids (all like their mother).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Joshua Johnson

      All Nations Family, Kansas City MO

      Joshua Johnson trains and coaches others to ignite movements to Christ. He is a former English teacher and college basketball coach. He and his wife Meredith dubbed themselves Two Cubed (www.twocubed.net) based on 2 Timothy 2:2. He is thrilled by the idea of exponential multiplication and has spent seven years living in the Middle East and Asia catalyzing Disciple Making Movements. He has a Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and is now the Director of Training and Coaching at All Nations Family.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Kansas City MO

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 12 years in Kansas City, MO, reaching out to refugees with the love of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Joe Lieway

      St. Louis Christian College, Florissant MO

      Joe Leiway was born in Liberia, West Africa. He married Marie and God blessed them with three children and a grandchild. Joe accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of 14. Joe received a Master of Arts in Religion, a BA in Biblical Studies, and diplomas in Missiology, Biblical Interpretation, and Agriculture. He serves as Professor of Intercultural and Urban Ministry at St. Louis Christian College. Joe travels twice a year to serve as General Superintendent of Bible Faith Christian Church in Liberia, West Africa and also oversees several Liberian churches. Joe authored, “The Name Is The Story” in 2007. He has also worked in youth ministry, campus ministry, and as a Minister, as well as in Christian extension ministries and agriculture. Joe’s favorite hobby is global football, or as he says, the ‘real’ soccer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      John King

      Final Command Ministries, Murfreesboro TN

      John King based in Murfreesboro Tn has been training missionaries and church planters in teaching a simple, easily-reproduced, inductive Bible study method called Discovery Bible Stuidies that encourages obedience-based discipleship. A 2004 short-term mission trip to Sierra Leone, Africa altered the course of his life. Witnessing the power of transformation in that nation exposed him to the kinds of truths examined in the Perspectives course. John returned to Sierra Leone in 2005 to support a developing Church Planting Movement (CPM). He was commissioned to train indigenous church planters to teach others to do simple inductive Bible studies .The approach he taught has been used throughout the sub-Saharan Africa and has contributed to the planting of thousands of new churches there. In June of 2011 John transitioned from pastoral ministry to full-time missions training with Final Command Ministry. He works for the spread of the gospel through indigenous believers in the least reached nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Mike

      Kettlebrook, West Bend WI

      Mike is the founder and Lead Pastor of Kettlebrook Church, a multi-site church in Washington County, Wisconsin made up of small groups. It is the vision of Kettlebrook to see lives changed as people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Before this, Mike and his wife Kara served for eight years in Siberia as church planters with Church Resource Ministries (CRM). Mike graduated from UW Madison in 1990 with a degree in Business management and marketing. Mike & Kara were married in 1994 and have four children. Mike is a hack triathalete, which means he enjoys biking and swimming, and endures running.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 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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      Jason Blackley

      Grace Community Church | Downtown Iowa City, Iowa City IA

      Jason Blackley is one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church Downtown Iowa City location. He and his wife Dollie have 4 young boys. Jason's main ministry responsibilities include preaching, counseling and leadership development. Graduating from Perspectives in 2008 changed the course of he and Dollie's life and ministry as God used it to convince them to be senders instead of goers for the foreseeable future. Jason is currently enrolled in the Biblical Studies Program at Midwest Baptist Theological Seminary. His other ministry training has come from on the job experiences since age 19 and through certification as a Biblical Counselor. Jason has spent short amounts of time in Mexico, Jamaica, South Asia, and Italy.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

      Time: 6:20 PM to 9:20 PM

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