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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 21 - MAY 6, 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: Sunday, January 21, 2018

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Parkade Baptist Church 2102 N Garth Ave Columbia, MO Columbia MO 65202

Contact: Monica Miller Brown

(620) 285-9171

 
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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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      Luke Hettinger

      The Salt Company, Columbia MO

      I received a degree in pastoral ministries at Vennard Bible college in 2003, after which my wife and I began ministering to youth in Brashear Missouri for two years. After this God opened the doors for us to pastor a small church in Sumner, Iowa for the next six years. It was during this time that God began to show us his heart for the nations through books, people, and Perspectives. We moved from Sumner to Iowa City in 2011 to join Every Ethne and in 2013 we joined the Salt Company where seek to continue mobilizing students to their most strategic role in completing the great commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Jeff Adams

      Missional Impact/Graceway, Kansas City MO

      Jeff was Graceway’s lead pastor for 33 years, having spent the previous ten years pastoring in Latin America with his wife Cheryl and daughters Sarah and Rebekah. He continues on Graceway's team as Teaching Pastor. He shares his passion for the Word of God in English and Spanish at Graceway and as an international conference speaker. He holds a Ph.D from Trinity Theological Seminary. He enjoys the cultural and dining diversity of Kansas City and is an active supporter of Kansas City's active arts scene. Having traveled and ministered in approximately 70 countries he is an avid student of culture. He trains leaders in cultural competency through cultural immersion experiences in Paris and Amsterdam and is also a certified Paterson LifePlan facilitator, a powerful tool that he uses in equipping and coaching leaders

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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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: Sunday, February 4, 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).

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      Chris Regas

      LifeBridge Baptist Church, Kansas City MO

      Chris is the associate pastor at LifeBridge Baptist Church (WeAreLifeBridge.com), where his teaching and equipping ministry has been focused on discipleship and world missions. He was saved at LifeBridge as a teenager and served on staff after graduating from Liberty University (B.S.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). While in school he ministered with a mission mobilization team and studied for a summer with missionaries in Mexico City. He is presently pursuing his Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart for the world has led to teaching ministries with Asian Americans and leading short-term teams on five continents (Romania, Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Tanzania, England, Mexico, Colombia, the Lakota Nation, and Barbuda). He is passionate about mobilizing the local church to experience the Great Commission in a well-balanced and wholehearted manner. He and his wife live in Kansas City, MO and their daughter is a freshman at John Brown University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Justin Raby

      Grace Church, Grandview MO

      Justin has been married to Amy for 13 years and they have 3 wonderful and are involved in foster care. They have served in over 20 countries including Spain, India, Myanmar and the US in a variety of roles that include: Church-Planting, Youth, Teaching, Preaching, Discipleship, & Evangelism. Their desire is to see people mobilized to unreached peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Scott Sunquist

      Fuller School of Intercultural Studies, Pasadena CA

      Scott W. Sunquist is the W. Don McClure Professor of World Mission and Evangelism at Pittsburgh Theolgoical Seminary. Previously he taught at Trinity Theological Seminary for 8 years in Singapore and prior to that he worked for Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship for six years. His area of scholarship is mission theology and the history of World Christianity. He is the editor of the Dictionary of Asian Christianity, the co-author of The History of the World Christian Movement, Volumes I and II, and the co-editor (with his daughter) of A History of Presbyterian Missions, 1944-2007.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations Family, Inc., Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted simple churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Rodney L. Casey

      TEI of Central Missouri, Columbia MO



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 1, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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      Ken Shackelford

      Lumenations, Grandview MO

      Ken Shackelford was in pastoral ministry for 14 years, mostly in California and Arkansas. in the past ten years, he and his wife, Tanja and their four children have been missionaries in Central Asia, Albania and Ken has also worked with the Perspectives Global team. Most recently, Ken has formed a new organization called Lumenations, which gathers God-stories around the world and develops media based training resources to connect disciples to their co-mission with Jesus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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

      John Vernon

      Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, Jackson MO

      John Vernon married his wife Janet in December 1985 while attending School of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. They completed their bachelor degrees in May 1987. Upon graduation, they moved to Little Rock, AR where John worked as a computer programmer. They have three daughters: Jessica, 1990; Brittany, 1993; and Amanda, 1995. John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from August 1993 through December 1994. In May 1995 their family moved to Central Asia where they spent almost fourteen years coordinating church planting strategies among Muslim peoples. They returned to the United States in January 2008 and served at Miner Baptist Church as their associate pastor of family and children ministries until March 2013. They now serve as the Director of Missions for the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association. In addition to this, John serves as an adjunct professor for Hannibal-Lagrange University, teaching Biblical Worldview, Fundamentals of Intercultural Missions, Discipleship, and Christian Apologetics among Muslim Peoples. He is also founder/owner of Rival Roast, a local coffee roasting company established as a Business As Mission model.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Brian Hogan

      Youth With A Mission, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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

      Dave Percy

      Ministry Advancement, Roach MO

      I Served on the field of Thailand for 14 years. God allowed me to be involved in many facets of ministry. I see myself as an ORDINARY MAN SERVING AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD! I am a firsthand witness of a God who moves in incredible ways. God has given me a passion for his people, a love for his word and a desire to encourage and strengthen the church in this task of seeing a church birthed and matured among the unreached people of this world. My wife and I are presently located at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) located in central MO. I serve as a Teacher/ Trainer and Speaker for the MTC and we also serve together as advisors to students as they train for serving overseas.

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      Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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