Las Vegas, NV F17    Fall 2017
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Perspectives is presently in its Fall 2017 session until Thursday, December 7.  Class is held Thursday nights from 6:30 to 9:15 at Calvary Chapel Las Vegas, 7175 W. Oquendo Road, 89113.  Guests are welcome to attend two of our sessions for free.  

The next scheduled Perspectives on the World Christian Movement class is for the Fall 2018 semester.  This class will be held at Hope Church near Cactus & Maryland Parkway in Silverado Ranch on the southwest side of the Las Vegas Valley.  Our kick-off night is Tuesday, August 14, 2018.  It would be great to have you join us.


Class Info

Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Calvary Chapel Las Vegas 7175 W. Oquendo Rd Las Vegas NV 89113

Contact: Bret Johnson

(702) 306-3056

 
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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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      Vance Pitman

      Hope Church Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV

      Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church in Las Vegas, NV, a family of believers focused on the mission of connecting people to live the life of a Jesus follower. As a seasoned church planter who has commissioned more than 40 churches in the western United States, and now as a national mobilizer for NAMB and a national resource leader for The 6:4 Fellowship, Vance speaks all over the nation to stimulate awareness that the Gospel is very needed in our own country as well as all over the world. Vance resides in Henderson, NV with his wife Kristie. He and Kristie have two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and one brand new granddaughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

      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.

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      Mike Brown

      Redeemer Burbank, Burbank CA

      Mike began his ministry by pastoring a local church in Los Angeles, then spent several years on the mission field in Mexico, where he started a training ministry called 'El Puente', which served as a bridge to equip short term missionaries and enable the local Body of Christ in Mexico to become self supporting apart from American funds. In 2008, Mike planted a church in Los Angeles, CA (Redeemer), and teaches Biblical Theology & Church Planting at Radius International, a 12 month training program in Tijuana, designed to equip missionaries to the unreached with the cultural, linguistic and Biblical skills necessary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

      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.

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      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with the U.S. Center for World Mission since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017

      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).

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      Derek Neider

      Las Vegas NV



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017

      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.

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      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen & her husband have a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations. Together, they have a heart to see families live out their blessed lives and become a blessing to the nations as families. They seek to minister together as a couple and family whenever possible and have frequently traveled together as a family to live and minister overseas. David’s gift for leading worship and Colleen’s gift of teaching and heart for intercession have allowed them to minister together in various speaking roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 21, 2017

      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.

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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 28, 2017

      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.

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      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017

      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.

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      Bryan Hurlbutt

      Lifeline Community, South Jordan UT

      Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt is the Lead Pastor of Lifeline Community in West Jordan, Utah. He has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Davis College, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot School of Theology focused in how worldview, philosophy and culture relate to the local church. He is also the author of "Tasty Jesus: Liberating Christ From The Power Of Our Predilections" www.tastyjesusbook.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017

      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.

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      Ron Binder

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Santa Ana CA

      Ron and his wife, Kathy, worked in Panama and Colombia for 23 years with Wycliffe. They completed a New Testament translation among the Wounaan people and also did extensive work in developing literacy materials, training pastors, teachers and artists, community development and ethnomusicology. They have published some 80 books in the Wounaan language besides the New Testament and have seen God raise up some 15 churches, all of which are led by Wounaan pastors without the presence of missionaries. Ron has been a speaker in Perspectives classes since 1994, has coordinated several classes himself and is Professor of Record for many of the classes in which he teaches. In the U.S. he is a speaker and events coordinator for Wycliffe, but he and Kathy also help facilitate ongoing ministry goals determined by the Wounaan church leaders by traveling to Panama 2-3 times a year. These goals include training teachers and implementing a literacy-based outreach strategy using recently developed media and written materials in their language as well as spearheading new church plants in Panama City and a missionary outreach to their own people in Colombia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017

      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.

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      Richard Thompson

      Henderson NV



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017

      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.

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      Jamie Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      Jamie Zumwalt is the Founder and President of Outrageous Love, an organization that starts Communities of Hope among marginalized peoples. Jamie and her husband, John, served as missionaries in Taiwan among the Hakka and Taiwanese. For 22 years, John and Jamie have been training and sending missionaries out to plant the church among the unreached. She now pastors and a leads a coffee house, church community called Joe's Addiction in a "red light" district of Oklahoma City, doing life together with the poor. She has authored a book called Simple Obsession, Enjoying the Tender Heart of God and travels widely, teaching and inviting more people to plant Communities of Hope. She and John have five children and one grand daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 2, 2017

      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.

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      Mike Bell

      Hungry For Life, Draper UT

      Pastor Mike Bell is the National Director of Hungry For Life USA (HFL) (www.hungryforlife.org), a ministry that has been described as “E-Harmony for church missions”. He is an energetic communicator who recently contributed a chapter to the book, “There’s Got To Be More: Rediscovering The Kingdom” which addresses the wholistic nature of Jesus’ Gospel. Mike and his family live in Draper, Utah where they moved in 1998 as part of a church planting team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017

      Time: 6:25 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.

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      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Frontiers, Rye CO

      Shane has served in missions mobilization since 1987, primarily recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey. He co-authored Exploring the Land, a guide to researching unreached peoples and writes regularly for Missions Catalyst ezine. He is currently dreaming and scheming for God's kingdom among Muslim immigrants in Europe. Shane, his wife, Ann live in Colorado. Four of their children live with them and one is in college in Arizona.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017

      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.

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      Steve Nehlsen

      Nyack NY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

      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.

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      Lindsey Gray

      Africa Inland Mission, Henderson NV

      Lindsey Gray lives in Nairobi, Kenya, where she serves as Chief Pilot for AIM AIR. AIM AIR is a branch of Africa Inland Mission which exists to establish Christ centered churches among Africa's unreached peoples. Lindsey holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Science and a B.A in Religious and Philosophical Thought from Rocky Mountain College. She completed her studies at Liberty University obtaining certification as an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic. She few her first solo flight at the age of seventeen and holds a FAA Commercial single/multi-engine pilot certificate, instructor ratings, and is a certified airplane dispatcher. She enjoys being outdoors and has cycled cross-country; in addition to being the youngest female accepted to compete in the Furnace Creek 508, known as the "Toughest 48 Hours in Sport." When she's not flying an airplane, or office chair, she enjoys baking, hosting friends, and time with family. Most importantly, she's passionate about her role in spreading the Gospel to the unreached and works tirelessly to recruit other to the cause.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

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