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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 14 - APRIL 29, 2019

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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.

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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Skyline Church 870 Milburn School Rd. O'Fallon IL 62269

Contact: Kirsten Ober

(314) 302-2829

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work 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 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

      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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      Jackson Crum

      Park Community Church, Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

      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

      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: Monday, January 28, 2019

      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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      Matt Clark

      All Nations Refugee and Immigrant Services STL, Saint Louis MO

      Matt serves as the Director of Operations for All Nations Refugee and Immigrant Services-STL. All Nations Refugee and Immigrant Services STL was launched in September of 2017. Prior to that time, Matt and his wife, Kim, were working among the immigrant and refugee population in St. Louis and had partnered with Church at Affton to provide holistic services to this underserved community. All involved parties saw the value in creating an organization dedicated exclusively to the work so that organizations throughout the St. Louis area could pool resources and contribute volunteers towards this effort. All Nations Refugee and Immigrant Services STL was thus formed to bring together people from all over the Metropolitan St. Louis area to embrace our new neighbors and make certain that they thrive here mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last decade traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Doug Banwart

      Bunker Hil IL

      Doug Banwart is a high school history teacher at Bunker Hill High School, a rural school one hour northeast of St. Louis. He teaches five courses there, coaches Scholastic Bowl, announces home basketball games, and drives a bus for the school district. He is also active in assisting the school’s FCA in their various activities throughout the school year. Doug is in his twelfth year in public education, and has used teaching and coaching opportunities to share the love of Christ to students, staff, and community in rural Illinois and Southern California. He created a business for one of his students using the Business as Mission model, and continually seeks to advance God’s kingdom in his capacity as an educator. He is a proud husband and father of five (including two sets of twins), an avid runner and sports enthusiast, voracious reader, and a mobilizer for Perspectives in the Metro East!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Lesson 7 Video Instruction

      Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho (pictured) and Andrew Pearce

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Ed Pollasch

      ReachGlobal, Newburg MO

      Ed Pollasch, and wife Janet, have served the Lord in missions since 1996. Their passion and call is to see the gospel advance into unreached and unengaged peoples. They were part of a church planting team in Tanzania; coordinated a pastoral training and repatriation ministry with South Sudanese; and served as mobilizers and trained in the Middle East/North Africa region. Ed believes strongly in an equipping ministry to Majority World movement leaders. He is equally committed to teaching and training the US church to engage in global missions – “there is fit for anyone and everyone.” Ed is a student of mission history and gospel movements throughout the church age. He and Janet married in 1979 and are currently living in the St Louis area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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, March 11, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Brad Wos

      Evangelical Free Church America, Eureka MO

      Brad came to faith through the Navigator Ministry at Minnesota State University. He met his wife Patty while serving with the Navigators in St Louis. Brad and Patty love to multiply disciple makers through Campus Ministry, Sport Ministry, Church Planting, and Theological Education. They have raised their 5 Children in South Africa.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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, March 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Lindy Backues

      Eastern University, Philadelphia PA

      Dr. Backues is Associate Professor of Economic Development at Eastern University, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His publications, writings, and public speaking events have explored the connection between theology and community development, especially as the two interface in the midst of practical, implemented, participatory involvement. Dr. Backues came to Eastern University after nearly two decades of direct involvement in development work in Indonesia, where, among other accomplishments, he founded a multidisciplinary, multi-faith community empowerment, non-government organization. He also served as program supervisor between 2005–2007 for tsunami response in the province of Aceh Jaya in north Sumatra. Living in Indonesia from 1989–2007, Dr. Backues worked primarily in the region of West Java amongst the Sundanese, and served as Indonesia Country Director for Millennium Relief & Development Services out of Houston, Texas USA. Dr. Backues teaches a wide variety of courses at Eastern University, such as ”Epistemological Insights for Anthropological Practice,” “Faith and Economic Justice,” ‘Economic Development of Third World Countries,” “Economic Reasoning Seminar,” and “Theology of Poverty.” Dr. Backues is presently working on two books: one on interfaith dialogue and understanding (in cooperation with a close Muslim friend and religious studies scholar from Indonesia), and another on the intersection of Christian faith and the political economy.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      John Vernon

      Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, Marble Hill 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: Monday, April 8, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Scott Michael

      Mt Vernon IL

      Scott and his family served for nearly 20 years in Central Asia, doing pioneer church planting among an unreached Muslim people. He now mobilizes others to go to the unreached and unengaged of the Muslim world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Josh Howard

      Indianapolis IN

      Josh has been living in India since 2008 and has a passion to see the Kingdom of God spread throughout the world. He desires to raise up disciples who make disciples, leaders who create leaders, and churches that plant churches. In order to see this happen, Josh is overseeing the Bible college at Central India Christian Mission (CICM), which prepares church planters to go to unreached areas in India and the surrounding countries. Besides God’s grace through Jesus, He is most thankful for his wife Lashi and his two sons, Josiah and Jeremiah and daughter Zara.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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