Bellevue, WA F18    Fall 2018
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Hosted at Bellevue Presbyterian Church
Thursday Nights starting August 30th 2018

What is Perspectives?  Most students agree that Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for your participation.

Perspectives is unique; a discipleship course which will change the way you view the world.  Join us as we learn from 15 different instructors as they share from their experiences and teach on the Biblical, Historical, Cultural & Strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.  

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 to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. 

First Night is always FREE.  
You can register for the first night at no cost!  Come join us on August 30th to check it out.  



Perspectives can be taken at 3 levels: Key ReadingCertificate, and Credit.

Certificate*

Key Reading

Credit**

Homework Time

7 hours of reading per week

3-5 hours of reading per week

8 hours of reading per week

Assignments

·        Weekly 10-question review assignment

·        5 'Personal Reflections’

·        1 research project due at course end

·        No written homework

·        5 'Personal Reflections' assigned during the course

·        Mid-term and final exam

·        Integrative project

·        Regular weekly assignments

Cost

$275

$275

$525


*The Certificate level is recommended for students to get the full impact of the course and be kept accountable to read, as 90% of the course is in the text. Further, several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. require this level for candidacy; as does Perspectives for those wanting to coordinate a class in the future.

**Credit comes through Excelsior College.  Cost:  $525.00

Discounts are available!
Early Bird Discount of $25 if you register and pay by August 13th
The 2nd Family Member that registers for the same class $25

Perspectives alumni are welcome and encouraged to register!  ACSI credits are also available.

Have questions? FAQ's

Class Info

Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Bellevue Presbyterian Church 1717 Bellevue Way NE Bellevue WA 98004

Contact: Carson Jones

(206) 743-1485

 
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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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      Matthew Ellison

      Sixteen:Fifteen, Albuquerque NM

      Matthew was rescued by Jesus when he was twenty-three. Shortly after, he found himself in Ghana, West Africa on the first of what would be many ventures to the mission field. That first trip, Matthew says, "ruined me for anything less than a life lived for God's global purpose." In 1993 he began serving at Calvary of Albuquerque, in New Mexico, where he attended and graduated from their School of Ministry. He worked as the missions pastor at Calvary for nine years, developing and launching a strategic church-wide missions ministry. There he founded LifeLine Missions, an international short-term mission ministry that gave thousands across the country the opportunity to experience the mission field firsthand. Through these ministry opportunities he became extensively involved in short and long-term mission endeavors in countries around the world. Now, he devotes his time to serving local churches across the country by coaching them in strategically focused missions and helping them to discover and use their unique gifts in partnership with others to make Christ known among all nations. Matthew is the President and co-founder of Sixteen:Fifteen, and currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Renee, and their three children, Matthew, Caleigh, and Landin.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 30, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Len Bartlotti

      Frontiers, Springfield MO

      Leonard N. (Len) Bartlotti, Ph.D. is a well-known speaker, author, mobilizer, educator and strategy consultant to faith-based organizations in the Middle East/Asia. He and his wife Debi served 14 years among one of the world's largest Muslim people groups. Dr. Len is a passionate communicator who combines a love for students with deep empathy and understanding of other cultures. He and his wife Debi, a nurse midwife and licensed Spiritual Director, have been married for over 45 years, and have three married adult children, and six grandsons, and live in Springfield, Missouri.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 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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      Lynne Ellis-Gray

      Serve the World Ministries, Woodinville WA

      Dr. Lynne Ellis-Gray is the missions pastor at Overlake Christian church. She is passionate about being an adoptive mom, pastor, catalyzer of people and resources for the kingdom, partnership builder, and social justice advocate. Beside teaching this lesson, Lynne has served as coordinator and host church, believing deeply in the ministry of Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Rich Leatherberry

      Bellevue WA

      Rich Leatherberry has served as Missions Pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian church for 18 years. He received his MDIV from Fuller Seminary and came to Belpres in 1999. One of Rich’s main interests has been to develop local and global partnerships to equip indigenous leadership for community transformation. Rich helped found Jubilee REACH Center in southeast Bellevue. Rich has been married to his wife, Kristen, for 32 years. They have three children and one grandson.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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: Thursday, September 27, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Diane Kina

      Perspectives On the World Christian Movement, Poulsbo WA

      Short bio: • Teacher • Mobilizer • Mission director, emeritus • Involved with Perspectives since 1991

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Amy Law

      YWAM, Cody WY

      Amy Law is a popular speaker, mobilizer and trainer, formerly with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After graduating from Williams College, she took Perspectives and it changed the course of her life. Amy served at Caleb Project and supervised over 40 Perspectives courses. Amy has served in positions including, the Director for YWAM Frontier Missions, Board Member for Frontiers USA, President of the International Society of Frontier Missiology, Project Director with Teen Mania and church Missions Director. She has served overseas in multiple capacities in Asia and the Middle East. She is married, has two energetic boys and lives in Cody, WY.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with Frontier Ventures since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Richard Nakamura

      Japanese Diaspora Ministries, Renton WA

      Richard Nakamura was born and raised in a Buddhist home in Seattle, WA. At the age of 19 (1979), Richard received Christ through the influence of his older brother, who converted a year earlier. Richard joined SEND International in 1988 and served as a church planter in Japan until 2011. He is now doing a Japanese Diaspora Ministry outreach out of Bellevue, WA. through SEND and RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 1, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Bobby

      HBI Ministries International, Broken Arrow OK

      Dr. Paul Gupta is a missionary statesman who has served the nation of India in building transformational leaders to disciple the nation. He serves as the Chairman and President of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India and the President of HBI Global Partners in the USA. He has served as a national missionary in mobilizing and envisioning the church in India and around the world. Dr. Gupta completed his Master of Divinity in 1980 from Talbot Seminary, and his Master of Theology and Ph.D in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, in 1992 In 1985 he pioneered a church planting movement called the Indian National Evangelical Church (INEC) that currently has 844 indigenous pastors who have planted 10,118 churches in 23 states of India and in Nepal. In 1987 Paul enabled a movement called "the Council on National Service" (CONS) that is committed to discipling the whole nation by envision, mobilizing and equipping the Church to disciple India. In 1985 India had less than 114,000 and after envisioning and mobilizing the local churches with a strategy of saturation church planting, it is estimated that India has over 750,000 churches presently. Paul Gupta has been honoured as the Alumnus of the year for 2005 by Fuller Seminary, California, USA In March 2006, Dr. Paul Gupta co-authored a book entitled, “Breaking Tradition to accomplish vision” with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter. He has co-authored a series of books titled "Unfinished Task" for the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition to Dr.Gupta’s teaching at HBI & College, he regularly teaches for the U.S. center for World Missions (Venture Missions) in their perspective courses; and the Haggai Institute of leadership development. Bobby and Linnet Gupta are married for 41 years and are blessed with three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Erin Lamb

      Woodinville WA

      I love teaching to both young and old. As a former high school English teacher and non-profit community speaker, I have a heart to share with others about our broken and incredibly beautiful world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Edward Aw

      Community Vision International, San Tan Valley AZ

      Ed and Rachel have three thrusts to their ministry activities. (1) They train and coach church planters and pastors, helping them to raise up new leaders and reproduce their churches, resulting in transformed lives and communities. This includes many insights into making their ministries more sensitive to local cultures. (2) They are committed to practicing and guiding others in "tent-making", supporting themselves so that they are free to serve communities in areas of the world where authorities may be hostile and churches too weak to support them. (3) They are focused on accomplishing the above two in culturally relevant ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 29, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Miriam Adeney

      Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline WA

      With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and three sons, Miriam Adeney never stops learning. When not conducting her regular courses at Seattle Pacific University, Miriam teaches modules on five continents. She is passionate about training indigenous writers. A prolific speaker who has been invited to many campuses and national and international venues, Miriam also writes, resulting in five books and over 100 articles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, December 6, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      John Kim

      Bellevue WA

      John Kim and his wife, Sol, and their three kids, Ethan(18), Audrey(16), and Emma(12), make up the Kim family. John and Sol have been married 21 years. John is a 1994 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and 2001 graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master’s in Theology (Th.M). John has been in ministry for over 20 years as a student pastor, missions pastor, children’s pastor, college pastor, lead pastor, church planter, and other various capacities. John also has been a leader in commercial property management (10 years) and recently has pioneered a Food Truck business/ministry model here in Seattle. When John isn’t trying to change the world, he loves to hike, run, and bike around the trails in Seattle. He is a consummate foodie, so you might see him at a hole in the wall munching on the best eats in and around the city. 

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, December 13, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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