Providence, RI//S18    Spring 2018
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You were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!


Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a parent-at-home, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.

Where: Christian Hill Community Church, 56 Tiogue Avenue, West Warwick

When: 15 Thursdays starting January 25, 2018 - May 10, 2018, 6:30PM-9:30PM

Note: Orientation & Registration, Thursday, January 18th, 2018, 6:30PM-8:30PM

Orientation (1/18) and First Class (1/25) Free!

Get an early bird discount of $25 if paid in full by 1/14/2018

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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Christian Hill 56 Tiogue Ave West Warwick RI 02893

Contact: Todd and Ann Hampson

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      David Gadoury

      TOGETHER, Cranston RI

      David Gadoury served as Lead Pastor of the Cranston Christian Fellowship for 42 years, a missions focused church that invested heavily in its global partners and directly engaged in numerous projects among the world's unreached peoples. He and his wife have ministered to cross-cultural workers in nine foreign countries. In 2017 he became Executive Director of TOGETHER, a multi-church, multi-denominational partnership formed in 2010 to advance the gospel in the greater Rhode Island area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 25, 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.

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      Aaron Cieply

      Youth With A Mission Boston, Burlington MA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 1, 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

      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: Thursday, February 8, 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).

    • Instructor

      Philip Curtis

      Exeter Chapel, Exeter RI

      By the grace of God, I committed my life to Jesus Christ in 1970. Oberlin College (BA in Religion). Master of Divinity: Columbia International University (SC). Youth Minister/Christian Ed. Director of Quidnessett Baptist Church (QBC) in RI: 1974-1979. Asst. Pastor (QBC): 1979-1982. Founding Pastor of Exeter Chapel: 1982-2018. Married my wife Karen in 1976. Three married children: Nathaniel, Joy, Randall. Eight grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 15, 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

      Rebecca Kim

      New England Perspectives Study Program, South Hamilton MA

      Rebecca Kim has been involved in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement for 20 years. She has coordinated and taught classes in the Chicago and Boston area. She has a passion to see God's glory throughout all the earth. Besides mobilization, she has gone on numerous short-term trips and spent a year in India with her family. She has also had extensive involvement with internationals and immigrants/refugees. Currently, she and her husband live in South Hamilton, MA with their two wonderful daughters. She homeschools and serves as the New England Regional Director for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 22, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Todd Johnson

      , South Hamilton MA

      Todd M. Johnson is Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity and co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 3rd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 1, 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.

    • 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: Thursday, March 8, 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

      Michele C

      International Church at Yale, New Haven CT

      Michele serves in an oversight role for a Christian humanitarian organization working among the poor in North Africa. She also serves part-time as co-pastor with her husband, Joseph, at the International Church at Yale - an outreach to international scholars and their families - in New Haven, Connecticut, where she and her husband are based living in an inner city neighborhood while also spending time each year in North Africa and other Muslim-majority regions. Michele and her family lived and worked for over 15 years in North Africa in one of the poorest nations on earth. For several years she directed a Maternal-Child Health program providing health education, nutritional monitoring and supplementation to 15,000 malnourished children and mothers. She also helped to oversee their organization’s wider work in agriculture, literacy, education and microcredit. In addition to her oversight responsibilities in North Africa, she also does consulting for NGOs in other nations. Her areas of expertise and interest include public health and nutrition in developing nations, cross-cultural communication issues in Islamic societies, and the concerns and challenges of Muslim women. During their 15 years in North Africa, Michele and her family lived among the poor as the poor. Michele and her husband rented two small rooms in an urban dwelling with two local families, without running water or electricity, sharing an outdoor latrine with them. It was a transformative experience for her and for her friends and neighbors. Michele holds a B.S.N. in nursing from Duke University and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (concentration: Islamic Studies) from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Through hard work and God’s grace she speaks fluent Arabic and French, and has some knowledge of German, Spanish and Koiné Greek. Michele and her husband Joseph are parents of twins – a daughter and a son – born in 1992. She homeschooled her twins from kindergarten through eighth grade. By God’s grace she has learned to live with the challenges of endometriosis and ADHD and so to say, “…we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      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 Superplan: a journey into God's story (thesuperplan.com), and 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: Thursday, March 22, 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

      Grace Fabian

      Douglassville PA

      Grace tells her amazing story in her book, Outrageous Grace. You’ll be inspired to hear how our Almighty God brings life out of death. Grace Fabian, whose missionary husband was slain while translating the New Testament into a Pacific island language, could easily be excused if she were to carry to her grave the conviction that the loss was meaningless. “Couldn’t I also, in a gesture of adoration and faith, offer my husband’s blood as a precious ointment to my Savior?” she asked after reading in God’s word about a woman who, in an act of worship, poured out expensive perfume over Jesus’ head. She along with her husband, Edmund, lived in an isolated Nabak-speaking village in Papua New Guinea, learned the language, devised an alphabet, produced literacy materials and translated the Scripture for the 25,000 people speaking this language. God’s kindness was poured out on this family, and after Edmund’s death, Grace, along with dedicated Nabak men and women completed the translation. In 1998 the Nabak New Testament was dedicated to the glory of God. Now Grace resides in Pennsylvania where she speaks, teaches and writes, hoping that others will be inspired to join in the work of reaching Bibleless people groups around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

      Time: 6:30 AM 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

      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. She has served as a Perspectives Regional Director (13 years) and as the Perspectives National Program Director (7 years). Her current assignment is Director of Diaspora Initiatives with FV. She has been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980, and Hindus since 2005. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 12, 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

      Craig Parker

      The Navigators, Winthrop MA

      Craig Parker is the city leader for the Navigators in Boston, seeking to transform the city through life-to-life discipleship. Craig has worked for the Navigators for 37 years, with previous staff assignments in New Hampshire, Germany, and Virginia. He served as campus director at Boston University for 7 years, and at Dartmouth College for 17 years. As founding board member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Lwala Community Alliance, he has engaged in international development in western Kenya. He has also worked among Roma people in Croatia, helping to create a long term Croatian partnership with the Northeast Collegiate Navigators. Craig and his wife, Nancy have four children and seven grandchildren. Many years ago he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 19, 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

      Robert Antonucci

      Frontiers/EPC, Wenham MA

      Robert has worked in Church-planting and Development work in Central Asia in a war torn country 15 of the last 20 years. He and his wife and 3 children have led Frontiers Church-planting teams in new areas most of that time. Rob has an MA in World Christianity and teaches Christians insights useful in understanding Islam/Muslims in the world today. He is working on an MDiv. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is Assistant Director of the Dr J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 26, 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

      Paul Martindale

      Pioneers, Lynnfield MA

      Paul Martindale worked for 18 years in North Africa in church planting and as a tent-maker with Arab World Ministries(AWM). He was AWM's Morocco Country leader and Area Director for North Africa. Paul currently serves as Islamicist and ministry consultant for Pioneers in the USA where he trains churches how to reach Muslims living in their communities. Paul is the director of the Summer Institute on Islam in Philadelphia and has a D.Min in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies. He is Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Cross-Cultural Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife Michele have three children. They live in the Boston area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 3, 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

      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, 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 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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      Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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