Las Vegas, NV Fall 2018    Fall 2018
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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement returns to Las Vegas for the Fall, 2018 semester.  This incredible worldview-altering class will be hosted by Hope Church on the south side of town (Silverado Ranch area).  We are looking forward to a wonderful experience attended by young people, older saints, college students and any Jesus follower who wants to learn more of God's heart for His world and how you can be part of what He is doing.

Perspectives is a 15-week discipleship experience taking you through the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic ways to live life as a world Christian.  Each week features a different guest lecturer who is an expert in his/her ministry.  

This year we are also hosting a city-wide kick-off event called MOVE: A Night of Worship & Prayer for the Nations the week before our first class.  This special evening on Tuesday, August 7 will feature a worship team from several different churches, prayer for the nations and a special message by Vance Pitman, Lead Pastor of our host church.  

We look forward to YOU participating with us this Fall!

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Hope Church 850 E. Cactus Ave Las Vegas NV 89183

Contact: Bret Johnson

(702) 306-3056

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      MOVE- A Night of Worship & Prayer for the Nations

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Vance Pitman

      Hope Church Las Vegas, Las Vegas NV

      Vance Pitman is the Senior Pastor of Hope Church, a family of believers in Las Vegas, NV, who are focused on the mission of connecting people to live the life of a Jesus follower. As a seasoned church planter who has commissioned more than 50 churches in the western United States, a national mobilizer for NAMB, and a national resource leader for The 6:4 Fellowship, Vance speaks across the country and all over the world to inspire people to join in God’s eternal, redemptive mission of making disciples and multiplying the church among every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. Vance resides in Henderson, NV, with his wife Kristie. He and Kristie have two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter in the world.


    • Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

    • 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

      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: Tuesday, August 14, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bret Johnson

      The Hastening, Henderson NV

      Bret Johnson is a Jesus Follower, Husband, Dad & Pastor in that order. Bret is a veteran Pastor, Youth Pastor and church planter. He presently leads The Hastening, a ministry designed to raise up a new generation of zealous senders and goers for Christ's global purpose.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018

      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

      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: Tuesday, September 4, 2018

      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).

    • Instructor

      Dan O

      , Henderson NV



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Greg Cochran

      Riverside CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Bryan Hurlbutt

      Lifeline Community, South Jordan UT

      Dr. Bryan Hurlbutt is the Lead Pastor of Lifeline Community in West Jordan, Utah. He has a Bachelor of Religious Education degree from Davis College, a Master of Theology degree from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Talbot School of Theology focused in how worldview, philosophy and culture relate to the local church. He is also the author of "Tasty Jesus: Liberating Christ From The Power Of Our Predilections" www.tastyjesusbook.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, October 2, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Joanna Schiestl

      Pasadena CA

      Joanna teaches college Cultural Anthropology, volunteer teaches ESL, and has recently adventured into foster parenting. She owes much of the unfolding journey of her life to the Perspectives movement, and has been involved for the past 18 years as a coordinator, instructor, area administrator, and curriculum developer. She has also spent 5 years in Indonesia involved in disaster relief, community development and teaching at an international school.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, October 16, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      David Miller

      , Las Vegas NV



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Mike Bell

      Healing Nations, Draper UT

      Pastor Mike Bell is the Executive Director of Healing Nations (www.healingnations.net), a ministry that has been described as “E-Harmony for church missions”. He is an energetic communicator who recently contributed a chapter to the book, “There’s Got To Be More: Rediscovering The Kingdom” which addresses the wholistic nature of Jesus’ Gospel. Mike and his family live in Draper, Utah where they moved in 1998 as part of a church planting team. He serves on staff at his church in a part time capacity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 6, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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.

    • Instructor

      C S

      Scottsdale AZ

      Chansamone is the President of the Mekong Evangelical Association. He has an amazing testimony of God’s grace and blessing. His family fled their homeland as refugees from the Vietnam War and settled in the USA. A church visited them in the “projects” and, eventually, everyone in the Saiyasak family converted from Buddhism to faith in Christ. Years later, Chansamone surrendered to God’s ministry call, earned a doctor’s degree in missiology, and returned to Southeast Asia to share the truth of God’s Word.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Brian Hogan

      Youth With A Mission, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 27, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      John King

      Hope Church, Henderson NV

      John serves as Cross-cultural Mobilization Pastor for Hope Church in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started to develop a heart for the nations as a military kid, bouncing around the globe with his family. He and his wife, Angela, served as mid-term (3 years) missionaries in the Middle East, where the oldest of their three children was born. Their focus, for this season, is on helping the American church engage strategically in God's global Kingdom activity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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