South Glens Falls, NY S18    Spring 2018
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Perspectives is coming to South Glens Falls, New York in January, 2018!
Join us for an important spiritual journey that will change the way you walk, think, pray, give!

Sundays 2:00pm-5:00pm beginning January 7, 2018 at Pine Knolls Alliance Church, 614 Gansevoort Road in South Glens Falls.  

Over 17 Weeks
With 15 Instructors from all walks of life
(see who they are on the slider below)
We will show you God at work in the world in ways you have never considered, in Biblical stories, in history and today, and help you find your place in that work.  
Appropriate for high school students through adults.

Most students take Perspectives at the Certificate Level. Cost: $285
This college-level experience is available for Undergraduate Credit at Excelsior College and Trinity International University.   Cost: $625
Graduate Credit at Trinity Costs: $800
Also provides ACSI CEUs for teachers at accredited Christian schools.  

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Pine Knolls Alliance Church Potter's House 614 Gansevoort Road South Glens Falls NY 12803

Contact: Tricia Andrews

518-744-9804

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Sarah Maynard

      Fort Ann NY

      Sarah and Kevin Maynard are Perspectives class alumni and trained coordinators who have been on fire for this class and the Kingdom of God as a result of the "Perspectives" experience. Sarah and Kevin are involved in local ministries and just started "The Hands and Feet of Hope Ministry" which assists impoverished families in Kenya through Christ like love, discipleship, fair trade opportunities and community development.


    • Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Robbie Lankford

      Queensbury, NY NY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Shirley Innis

      International Students, Inc., Hawthorne NJ

      Shirley grew up in a Christian home and at the age of 12 dedicated her life for missionary service. After graduating from Cairn University (Philadelphia College of Bible). She and her husband served as directors with Word of Life Ministries in Ecuador for 17 years and have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She has recently been certified to teach Dog and Cat Theology material for lessons 1 and 2 and share lesson 2 with her husband. She is on full-time staff with International Students, Inc. as a City Director. She teaches in English or Spanish.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Stephen Vannah

      SIM USA, Lee MA

      Stephen Vannah is an ordained pastor, has been the field leader for SIM in Senegal for about ten years. He is presently the Northeastern Regional Director for SIM. He and his wife live in Western MA. They have two daughters. He holds a Masters in New Testament Studies, an MDiv. and a DMin. His current responsibilities involve a considerable amount of traveling to churches, Christian colleges and institutions to preach, teach seminars and workshops on missions, leadership and synergetic teamwork. He teachers Missions, at Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Randy Curtis

      Word of Life, Pottersville NY

      In 2006, I came to Schroon Lake, NY to attend the Word of Life Bible Institute. After two years there, I finished my B.S. degree in Religion from Liberty University while working various intern positions for WOLBI. Currently, I am serving at WOLBI as the Dean of Men, where I spend most of my days discipling, counseling, teaching chapels, and organizing other aspects of student ministry. My wife, Kylie, and I have the privilege of leading short-term mission trips each year with our students. We had a daughter on May 9, 2016.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Michael Neigh

      Durkeetown Baptist Church, Argyle NY

      Michael grew up in a missionary home in Vienna, Austria, the son of Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) missionaries. He married Alison in 1993 and they have thirteen children, and one grandson. After serving with CEF for 10 years Michael moved his family to Argyle, NY to serve at Durkeetown Baptist Church. He has ministered at Durkeetown for 13 years, and currently oversees Congregational Care and Ministry Apprenticeship, and is currently establishing a regional church-planting network, Antioch Vision. Michael is also a member of the leadership team of Gospel Advance. Michael enjoys gardening, riding motorcycle, and spending time with his family.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Katie Torchetti

      New Hope Community Church, Queensbury NY

      I am a stay at home mom,, homeschooling my 2 children. I have a Bachelor's Degree in History and a Masters Degree in Education. I have been a short term missionary in the Bahamas, writing curriculum for The Adventure Learning Center. I am active in several Ministries in my local church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Tricia Andrews

      Comstock NY

      I obtained an MA in Missions from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a BA in International Politics and Sustainable Development from Brandeis University, all in preparation for overseas ministry. God had other plans and is using my gifts through Perspectives as a class Coordinator and Area Leader. I am very eager to see more World Christians in Upstate NY who are ready to take some risks and get involved with what God is doing in our neighborhood as well as our world. Some people call that mobilization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Fanny Basta

      WEC International, Ambler PA

      Fanny Basta has a Ph.D in Managerial Economics and served for more than 25 years planting churches in Italy. She leads the WEC International Latino Branch and the Pathways (Tentmaking/ BAM training). She helps churches to develop mission strategies and projects and train long and short term missionaries to the unreached. Fanny is also the author of the book "The One Who Breaks Through". It recounts Fanny’s journey from the plantains’ ranch in her natal Dominican Republic to a diplomatic career in sophisticated Europe and the calling that led her to embrace a life of faith, serving among drug addicts and mafia bosses. Fanny has been married to Gianni Basta for 30 years and, together with their children, Francesco, Melissa and Jonathan, live at WEC International headquarters in Fort Washington, PA (USA).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Joey Aponte

      South Glens Falls NY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Chris Clayman

      Global Gates Network, NYC West African Outreach, Bronx NY

      Chris Clayman is an Associate Director and Co-Founder of Global Gates (www.globalgates.info), a mission organization focused on reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. He has been involved in pioneer church planting in urban and rural West Africa and New York City among unreached Muslim peoples. Chris is also the author of ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York (unreachednewyork.com). Chris lives with his wife and three children in the Bronx.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      David Bouffard

      Fort Ann NY

      Dave is the husband of Andrea and father of 5 children. After 15 years of experience in Christian camp & conference center ministry primarily serving youth from both inner city and rural environments, Dave and family served for 2 and a half years in Uganda, East Africa. In establishing ministries to orphans through camp ministry with New Hope Uganda, they fell in love with their neighbors and gained a new perspective on poverty and God’s heart for the marginalized and defenseless people of society. Upon returning to the US, Dave became the pastor of Cornerstone Bible Church in rural Fort Ann, NY and also serves as the Program Director at the Open Door Mission in Glens Falls, NY where he oversees a homeless shelter and fills chaplain and case management roles providing spiritual and practical care for under resourced people in the area. He received a Bachelor’s in Bible from Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia Biblical University) and also worked on a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership there.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Don

      Clifton Park NY

      Don is founder (1988) and executive director of an investment advisory firm that manages approximately $140 million for individuals and institutions. He leverages his personal commitment to a better world and his corporate experience to drive others to be generous – and not just with their money. An entrepreneur for almost 3 decades, Don has successfully started and run numerous businesses. For the past 10 years Don has also served with an economic development fund which provides mezzanine level funding to businesses throughout the Arab world and Asia. He serves as both a mentor, coach and board member to numerous BAM projects in that region. He currently acts as Director of Strategic Operations for the economic development fund.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Joel Rissinger

      Newington CT

      Pastor Joel L. Rissinger Pastor Joel is the lead pastor of Mill Pond Church, in Newington, Connecticut. Pastor Joel has been in fulltime ministry since 1992. In this capacity, he has led several congregations through major transitions prior to planting Mill Pond Church in 2007. Pastor Joel has a BA in theology from Ambassador University, as well as MAs in both religion and religious education from Liberty University. He is currently pursuing a D.Min. from the Antioch School in Ames, Iowa.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

      Time: 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM

    • 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

      Harry Vellekoop

      Elim Bible Institute & College, Lima NY

      Ordained with Elim Fellowship, member of Elim Fellowship Council of Elders. 14 years pastoral and missionary service Argentina & Paraguay, 7 yrs Director Elim World Mission Agency, 20 yrs instructor & leadership Elim Bible Institute & College. Currently pastoring Livonia Community Church, Livonia, NY. For several years annual seminar ministry to pastors throughout Paraguay on behalf of the Paraguayan National Association of Evangelical Pastors.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Sarah Maynard

      Fort Ann NY

      Sarah and Kevin Maynard are Perspectives class alumni and trained coordinators who have been on fire for this class and the Kingdom of God as a result of the "Perspectives" experience. Sarah and Kevin are involved in local ministries and just started "The Hands and Feet of Hope Ministry" which assists impoverished families in Kenya through Christ like love, discipleship, fair trade opportunities and community development.

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      Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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