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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 15 - MAY 7, 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 15, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Citylight Church Omaha 4383 Nicholas St Omaha NE 68131

Contact: Ben Kelderman

(402) 699-9172

 
    • Instructor


    • 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

      Eric Smith

      Omaha NE

      Eric Smith, Ph.D., is the Founder & President of The Pillar Seminary, a seminary specializing in the continued development of pastors and ministry leaders. His passion is developing influencers, both in the church and the corporate world. This passion led him to launch an executive coaching and leadership development practice. Eric's academic expertise is in Old Testament and Sumerian mythography. He is the author of Jesus Prequel and also has forthcoming publications on Genesis 1-11, biblical leadership, and a textbook on the Pentateuch.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 15, 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

      Lincoln Murdoch

      Step Up To Life, Omaha NE

      Lincoln is the Executive Director of Step Up To Life which is a training and equiping ministry and one that distributes Step Up To Life literature around the world. Lincoln has served as a youth pastor, missions pastor, worship leader, unreached people group advocate, church planter, lead pastor and global networker. He has traveled to 30+ nations to serve, teach and encourage. He has particular experience in Central Asia. Lincoln is also an accomplished endurance athlete and a two-time national champion triathlete who had been ranked as high as 6th in the world in his age group. He is a 3x Ironman finisher including the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 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

      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 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).

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      Doug Schaible

      Ethnos360, Wichita KS

      Doug & Cheryl Schaible were church planters among the Solong people of Papua New Guinea from 1991- 1998. They were able to see believers raised up as a result of learning the language and culture, building relationships and teaching and translating the Scriptures in the native language.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 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

      Mike D Schmidt

      Global Friends Omaha, Omaha NE

      Mike is the director of Operations for Global Friends Omaha, an evangelistic ministry reaching out to international students in Omaha. From 2012 to 2018 he served as an associate professor and director of the Intercultural Studies department at Grace University. Before coming to Grace, Mike served with his family in Niger for 18 years with SIM. His ministry experience includes church planting among different Muslim groups, overseeing food security ministries, giving leadership to a large mission hospital and discipling Nigerien church leaders. He did his undergraduate studies at Grace University, a ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and a D. of Missiology at Biola University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 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

      Jenni Paul

      Elevate Lives, Springfield MO

      Jenni has served the Lord since 1984 in a multitude of ministry leadership positions. She especially enjoys beginning ministries and passing them on to others to grow so she can start or help another ministry. Jenni obtained her Masters Degree in Intercultural Ministries in 2013 and was immediately invited to attend, instruct, and coordinate Perspectives courses. Currently, she works as the Mobilization Director for Elevate Lives helping and training neighborhood churches to work together, with the city, and other ministries to succeed at neighboring, which is working to successfully love their neighbors and elevate lives out of poverty. Jenni has been married to her husband Bob for 38 years and they have been blessed with four wonderful children, of whom, have blessed them with delightful spouses and a growing number of grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 19, 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.

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      Andrew Herbek

      Perspectives, Deerfield IL

      Born and raised on the family farm in Nebraska, Andrew inherited a frontier mindset from the prairie pioneers he descended from. In light of this, God took this farm boy from the middle of nowhere and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia. While practicing ethnographic research among rural villages there, the Lord began cultivating a passion in Andrew to mobilize and equip the body of Christ to co-labor in His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Perspectives U.S. National Staff and serves in the Instructor Development Department. With a BA in Intercultural Studies and field experience in twelve countries, his heart is that of a cross-cultural educator and discipler. His desire is to see God's people raised up, trained well and sent out to pursue Christ's promise fulfilled among the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 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

      Brent Kelderman

      Omaha NE

      Brent Kelderman is a licensed minister with Open Bible Standard Churches and has had many opportunities to be a part of short-term missions. He is currently a math teacher at Millard West High School and an adjunct professor at Grace University. Since taking Perspectives in 2017, he has found a different outlook in looking at world missions and is glad to be a part of what Perspectives is doing.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 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

      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: Monday, March 12, 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

      Andrew Minch

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dixon IL

      Andy Minch has spent 20 years working as a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. For the past decade he was an international administrator helping oversee about 20% of the world's remaining translation needs. Presently he is part of Wycliffe’s National Speaker’s bureau speaking on college campus’ and other venues. He is author of the book 'Words Can Not Express'.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 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

      Brother Elijah

      Tempe AZ

      Brother Elijah *** Lessons taught: 4 & 11 *** * Missionary to Muslims * Islamist – Researcher, Writer, and Blogger * Co-Editor/Co-author/Translator * Guest Lecturer/Speaker on Islamic Studies & Apologetics * Adjunct Professor of Islamic Studies at numerous Bible colleges and Seminaries * Invited guest speaker and trainer at churches and mission agencies * Invited Guest Analyst on the topics of the Middle East & Radical Islam * Host of the faith talk radio show, "Let Us Reason. A Christian-Muslim Dialogue with Al Fadi" on KPXQ 1360 AM [ http://soundcloud.com/let-us-reason ] Elijah is a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia. He is a researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous ministries, including "Answering Islam", “Desiring God”, “The Gospel Coalition”, and “Jesus On Line”. Elijah is the founder & director of an outreach training & equipping Ministry (The Center for Islamic Research & Awareness – CIRA) which focuses on bringing awareness about Islam, building bridges with Muslims, training on outreach and evangelism to Muslims (i.e. immigrants, refugees, & international students), and to provide expert opinion and consultations on issues related to Muslim evangelism, Academic training, Political Islam, & Sharia Law. From 2008 – 2013, Elijah was also involved as a co-editor, co-author and contributor of "The Qur'an Dilemma" (English Book – Vol. 1) - a critical analysis book of the Qur'an. His responsibilities included overseeing and managing TheQuran.com blog & social media. Elijah holds a Masters in Engineering and an M.Div. in Biblical Communications.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 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

      Pamela Franks

      Embrace the Nations, Founder, in Omaha, NE, Omaha NE

      Pam began her call to missions in Guatemala, Central America. She led medical missions for a large Christian organization during a time of civil war in that country. Both of her children were born there. As Missions Director at Glad Tidings Church since 1998, Pam has been able to share her passion to see Jesus lifted up among the nations. Her career as a Registered Nurse and her experience and knowledge of the international community led to instructing professionals and other groups concerning these international populations. In 2009, Pam began a Christian non-profit called Embrace the Nations. The main focus of this ministry is the refugee groups living in the city including Sudanese, Bhutanese, Syrian and refugees from Burma. The needs of refugees are multi-level and complex; Embrace the Nations ministers holistically with evangelism always the priority. Pam also speaks publicly to raise awareness of refugees.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 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

      Darrell Racey

      Christar, Lincoln NE

      Darrell and Ruth worked in the Middle East for 26 years, witnessing and gathering believers into fellowship groups. They now work with Arabic speaking refugees in Lincoln, NE, from Muslim, Yazidi, Christian and Sabean (followers of John the Baptist) backgrounds.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 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

      Jim Capaldo

      Converge Heartland, Sioux Falls SD

      Jim Capaldo and his family spent 11 years serving in a pioneering church planting movement among the Tuvan tribe of Siberian Russia, a land where Shamanism and Buddhism have the prominent religions for centuries. Jim took a holistic approach to church planting that involved both the spiritual elements of evangelism and discipleship as well as addressing the the physical elements through community development and business as mission. Following his missionary career, Jim has served as as the Outreach and Teaching Pastors at ChangePoint Church in Anchorage, AK and Central Baptist Church in Sioux Falls, SD. He currently serves as the District Executive Minister of the Converge Heartland District (formerly known as Baptist General Conference) working to see a gospel-centered church bringing transformation to every Heartland community. The Converge Heartland District spans from ND to KS, Jim and his family are based in Sioux Falls, SD.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 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

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Graduation & Commissioning

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      Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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