Ipswich, MA//F18    Fall 2018
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What is the Perspectives Course?
-- 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.

Class Information (Fall 2018 Ipswich, MA) 
-- 15 weeks with dynamic speakers
-- Sunday afternoons, 2:00 -- 4:30 PM
-- September 9 -- December 16, 2018
-- Hosted at First Presbyterian Church Northshore (Ipswich MA)
-- Multi-Level Options available include Key Reading, Certificate, Undergraduate Credit
and Graduate Credit, High School Credit, and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
-- Register Online. Cost is $275 for Key Reading and Certificate and $600 for Credit. 

Class Info

Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: First Presbyterian Church Northshore 179 County Road Ipswich MA 01938

Contact: Sarah Jones

 
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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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      Paul Borthwick

      Development Associates International, Lexington MA

      Paul Borthwick, along with his wife Christie, serves on the staff of Development Associates International (www.daintl.org) focusing on leadership development in the Majority World. As such, they spend two or more months every year in overseas ministry. In addition, Paul teaches missions at Gordon College (Wenham, MA), serves as an Urbana/Missions Associate with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and mobilizes others for cross-cultural missions. Rick Warren, author of Purpose-Driven Life cites his books A Mind for Missions and How to be a World-Class Christian as books that should be read by every Christian.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 9, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      David Herring

      Cornerstone Church of Plaistow, Plaistow NH

      Dave Herring is Pastor for Preaching & Vision at Cornerstone Church of Plaistow (NH) and has served in pastoral roles at First Baptist Church of Haverhill (MA) and Haverhill Community Church. He is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div), The Master’s College (B.A.), and Word of Life Bible Institute (Diploma) and has served in ministry for over 16 years having worked in church planting, church revitalization, and church mergers. He specializes in biblical training, leadership development, and organizational health.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea in 1963, but immigrated to the States in 1972. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, where in 1983 he committed his life to be Christ’s ambassador to the Muslims. He worked 10 years as an electrical engineer before pursuing Masters in Biblical Exposition at Columbia Biblical Seminary in South Carolina. He and his family served 10 years in Central Asia (Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan) as church planting missionaries, and are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims here. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. He is happily married to Faith, and they have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      AJ P.

      INIM Inc., Forest VA

      AJ is the Director & General Secretary for INIM established 1964. The sole focus of this indigenous Mission remains... Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting. AJ who was born & raised in New Delhi India who is an alumnus of Liberty University. AJ shares responsibility for INIM's church planting & field evangelism efforts in South Asia. AJ & his wife have been married over 20 years and are blessed with 5 children ranging from 15 years old to 5 yrs old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 7, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Todd Johnson

      , South Hamilton MA

      Todd M. Johnson is Associate Professor of Global Christianity and 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.) 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: Sunday, October 14, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Dan Darko, PhD

      Wenham MA

      A New Testament Professor at Gordon College. A native of Ghana, Dan served as a Director in Youth for Christ (Ghana), Dean of Students at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Croatia), Seminary and University chaplain in Croatia and Ghana, and local church pastoral positions in Ghana, Croatia, England (Fulham–London) and the Poconos (PA) United States. He was educated in Ghana, Croatia and England. Dan and his family (Maryl his wife and two daughters, Esther and Debbie) live in South Hamilton, MA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 21, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Lesson 8 Video Instruction

      Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend (pictured) and Mary Ho

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 28, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      I spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students and another 4 mobilizing for PIONEERS. My wife and I just returned from serving on a church planting team in Central Asia where we served in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 4, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      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: Sunday, November 11, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      Judy A.

      Pioneers, South Yarmouth MA

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 18, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      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: Sunday, November 25, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      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: Sunday, December 2, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      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, 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: Sunday, December 9, 2018

      Time: 2:00 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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      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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      Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM

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