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Missions.  What exactly is this concept that all Christians are faced with?

When we dig into scripture, the Bible is clear: it is the calling of all Christians to spend themselves on behalf of the global Christian movement.  And when we look at the unfolding of history, we see how God has been advancing the love of Jesus Christ to all the nations, whether we choose to partner with Him or not.  Partnering with Him, however, involves an investment in and appreciation of the different cultures of the world as well as the implementation of different strategies to reach the unreached.

These are the components of Perspectives - the Biblicalhistoricalcultural, and strategic perspectives that all Christians should know in order to be an effective part of God's command to all of us: The Great Commission.

Come join us as we unpack God's plan and call for missions - Sunday, January 7, 2018

Class runs every Sunday 1:30pm to 4:30pm from January 7th to May 6th (Class will break for Superbowl and Easter)

Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley, La Puente, CA

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: La Puente, CA 323 Workman Mill Road La Puente CA 91746

Contact: Alan Perera

(626) 529-4060

 
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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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      Greg Mah

      South Bay Community Church, Torrance CA

      Greg is a native of the South Bay area and graduated from UCI. He received his MDiv degree from Talbot Theological Seminary and serves as the teaching and preaching pastor at South Bay Community Church in Torrance, CA. Although Greg and his wife Monica originally planned to be overseas missionaries in Taiwan, they currently sense God's calling to equip and mobilize disciples in the local church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      Mike Brown

      Redeemer Burbank, Burbank CA

      Mike began his ministry by pastoring a local church in Los Angeles, then spent several years on the mission field in Mexico, where he started a training ministry called 'El Puente', which served as a bridge to equip short term missionaries and enable the local Body of Christ in Mexico to become self supporting apart from American funds. In 2008, Mike planted a church in Los Angeles, CA (Redeemer), and teaches Biblical Theology & Church Planting at Radius International, a 12 month training program in Tijuana, designed to equip missionaries to the unreached with the cultural, linguistic and Biblical skills necessary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      John Lo

      Epicentre Church, Pasadena, Glendale CA

      John was led to pastoral ministry in his quest to help people. During his 13 years with FEC Glendale (Epicentre’s mother church), John served as youth pastor for 8 years and as young adult pastor for 5 years before planting Epicentre Church Pasadena in 2003. As a visionary leader, John’s primary role is preaching & teaching, leading new initiatives, and igniting strategic, apostolic leaders. John has both a M.Div and a Doctorate of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. John and his wife Evelyn live in Glendale, where they enjoy really good sushi, time at the beach Their son, Josh, is a Junior at Baylor University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      DawnEllen Jacobs

      Riverside CA

      DawnEllen Jacobs is an administrator and professor at California Baptist University where she has been an active participant in the International Service Project program since 1998. She has a passion for discipling others with a desire to share the gospel with the nations and as led or been a part of more than 15 short-term ministry project teams around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen & her husband have a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations. Together, they have a heart to see families live out their blessed lives and become a blessing to the nations as families. They seek to minister together as a couple and family whenever possible and have frequently traveled together as a family to live and minister overseas. David’s gift for leading worship and Colleen’s gift of teaching and heart for intercession have allowed them to minister together in various speaking roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 11, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., Alhambra CA

      In his role as Area Director for International Students, Inc., Andy mobilizes and trains volunteers to share Christ's love with international students through one-one- one friendships, Bible studies, and activities. He also recruits, trains, and supervises a team that now includes 20 staff members. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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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      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Bruce Koch

      Perspectives Global Service Office, Pasadena CA

      Bruce Koch has contributed to the Perspectives Study Program as a class coordinator, author, editor, and lecturer. Currently he is helping national initiators to launch Perspectives study programs in strategic settings worldwide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Ron Binder

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Santa Ana CA

      Ron and his wife, Kathy, worked in Panama and Colombia for 23 years with Wycliffe. They completed a New Testament translation among the Wounaan people and also did extensive work in developing literacy materials, training pastors, teachers and artists, community development and ethnomusicology. They have published some 80 books in the Wounaan language besides the New Testament and have seen God raise up some 15 churches, all of which are led by Wounaan pastors without the presence of missionaries. Ron has been a speaker in Perspectives classes since 1994, has coordinated several classes himself and is Professor of Record for many of the classes in which he teaches. In the U.S. he is a speaker and events coordinator for Wycliffe, but he and Kathy also help facilitate ongoing ministry goals determined by the Wounaan church leaders by traveling to Panama 2-3 times a year. These goals include training teachers and implementing a literacy-based outreach strategy using recently developed media and written materials in their language as well as spearheading new church plants in Panama City and a missionary outreach to their own people in Colombia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Mike Soderling

      Centre for Health in Mission, Pasadena CA

      I am a US trained MD who spent 11 years in Central America where I worked initially with many short term medical outreaches. After about 3 years of this I stopped doing these because they were not having a long term impact. I met Dr Dan Fountain and for the next 10 years he mentored me and helped me to see how westerners can be most effective in missions. He was a community health and development expert. Probably the worlds most foremost expert in this field. Most of what I teach comes from what he imparted to me.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Stacey Syrocki

      Harvest Alliance International , Riverside CA

      Stacey Syrocki served as a missionary in Northern Uganda, Africa. She is currently on the board for a missions organization that specializes in second career missionaries and active in mobilizing and encouraging others to follow the great commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Viv Grigg

      Urban Leadership Foundation, La Verne CA

      Dr Viv Grigg, has been a prophetic voice, living among the poor and slums in Manila, Calcutta, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles... Lead by the Spirit, he has catalyzed several networks of workers who choose to live in the slums of over 40 emerging mega-cities, creating a plethora of organizations that transform poverty. He coordinates the Encarnação Alliance of urban poor movement leaders. With training in theology, community organization and urban anthropology, he catalyzed the MA in Transformational Urban Leadership with partnering seminaries, and grassroots training networks of slum pastors in over 40 cities. He is author of Companion to the Poor, Cry of the Urban Poor, Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City and others. Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific and Director of Urban Leadership Foundation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Scott White

      Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena CA

      For over 20 years Scott White was in business in the San Gabriel Valley region, operating a contracting business that he began and built while attending UCLA, where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. In addition to operating his business, in 1999, Scott joined the staff of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Ca and pioneered the role of Missions Mobilization Coordinator. In 2003, he joined their pastoral team as Pastor of Global Outreach. He holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Scott's ministry focus has been on mission mobilization since the mid 80s. That role has taken him to 38 nations on 5 continents. He has served as National Chairman of the Executive Coordinators Council for the Perspectives Movement, cohost for a Perspectives DVD series, as well as being a popular Perspectives instructor himself. Scott chairs two different Non-Profits focused on advancing the gospel among Least Reached Peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 6, 2018

      Time: 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM

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