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/// WHY PERSPECTIVES?


God has a "world-sized" role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.


/// WHAT IS PERSPECTIVES?


Perspectives is a fifteen week course designed around four vantage points or "perspectives" — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose.

The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day.

The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very "do-able" task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.

FCBC Walnut is excited to host Perspectives on Sunday afternoons 2-5pm from 1/20-5/5.  We have lined up some excellent and experienced teachers and communicators who will challenge and inspire you to become a World Christian!  First class on 1/20/19 is free of charge.  You can come check it out and decide to join us.

*Bonus session and class celebration on Saturday (5/11) from 9 am-1 pm. We have invited Mr. Ron Binder (Wycliffe Bible Translators) to do a Monolingual Demonstration before the celebratory lunch.  The monolingual demonstration shows how linguistics helps to begin understanding another language even when the missionary linguist and the speaker of some language don't use any common language of communication.  You will see how any language can immediately be written down with the International Phonetic Alphabet. It will be lots of fun!

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: FCBC Walnut 1555 Fairway Drive Walnut CA 91789

Contact: Susan Chow

(626) 643-6598

 
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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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      Mike

      Torrance CA

      Mike and his wife, along with their three children, live and serve among one of the least reached people groups, with a Christian population around 0.002%. They are involved in discipling local believers, equipping national missionaries for more effective cross-cultural work, as well as coordinating various education and medical projects. Their hope is to see the reign of Christ transform individual lives and impact various segments of society.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Steve Weemes

      OMF International (U.S.), Placentia CA

      Steve and Kathi served with OMF International in Japan for 22 years. After teaching at Christian Academy (CAJ) for 8 years, Steve changed ministries and found great joy in house church network in the Tokyo area. Steve now leads OMF’s national movement to equip US churches to maximize their missions impact. Focusing on unreached people groups and mobilizing members to use their gifts for God’s glory are at the heart of this consulting ministry. He and Kathi have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Daniel Lim

      International Students, Inc., Torrance CA

      Daniel has worked with international students since 1996, and currently serves with International Students, Inc. as an Area Mobilizer, partnering with local churches to develop, equip and train church based teams to engage in the highly strategic missions field of international student ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      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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      Cecil Stalnaker

      Greater Europe Mission, Valencia CA

      Cecil grew up in SoCal and has 34 years of missionary experience in Europe related to equipping church leaders, church planting, and evangelism. He trained pastors and missionaries at the French-speaking Institut Biblique Belge in Belgium and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands. He currently helps as a mobilizer with Greater Europe Mission; teaches and preaches on missions in local churches, and equips new missionaries for cross-cultural work. Cecil has a PhD in Missiology and has written a number of articles and chapters for mission publications. He lives in Santa Clarita, CA and often watches the squirrels fight over fruit in his backyard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen and her late husband, David, lived out their dream to live and serve others overseas. Sharing a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations, Colleen’s love of teaching and heart for intercession, along with David’s gift of leading worship, enabled them to minister to multi-cultural families in countries abroad. A teacher, author, and seminary graduate with a Master’s in Cross Cultural Studies, Colleen provides ongoing emotional and spiritual care and support for God’s global workers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Keith Carey

      Frontier Ventures, Pasadena CA

      I has been on staff with Frontier Ventures since 1986. My main task is producing and editing the Global Prayer Digest (GPD), a daily prayer guide for unreached people groups. This prayer guide has been in existence since 1982, and it is printed in four languages. My fascination with history is weaved into every GPD issue.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 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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      Wade Harlend

      Montebello CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Wendy Strong

      Arcadia CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      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, March 17, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Alan McMahan

      Biola University, La Mirada CA

      Dr. Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development, and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, bible school teachers, pastors, and denominational leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, and much of southeast Asia Henow works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Program.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Ann Choe

      Epicentre Church, Alhambra CA

      Ann is a Bay Area native who spent the first years of her adult life teaching in public schools. During a Perspectives class, God rocked her life and gave her a clear step to move to LA and attend Fuller Seminary in order to best equip her for the nations. After getting her degree in Intercultural Studies, she followed God and served as a church planter amongst the Yawo Muslims in Malawi. Since returning home, she's been serving at Epicentre Church as Discipleship School Director and pastoral staff for Young Adults. Her and her husband Yong hope to continue to see the nations impacted through their work in the local church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      Mike Brown

      The Family Table, 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. In 2018, he transitioned out of local church ministry to start The Family Table, a non profit mobilizing churches to care for vulnerable children in the foster care system.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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.

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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, April 14, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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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      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, April 28, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      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 and oversees a missions program with 61 sent workers and global partnerships. 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 40 nations on 5 continents. He has served the Perspectives Movement in many ways having Coordinated over 20 classes, cohosted 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, May 5, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    • Celebration

      Monolingual demonstration

      Celebration

    • Instructor

      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 creating new media and written resources in their language for evangelism and outreach ministries. Currently working on Old Testament translation and discipleship materials.

    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019

      Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

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