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Fall 2019 

Cairn University

200 Manor Avenue, Langhorne Manor, PA 19047

August 26, 2019 – December 9, 2019 

Monday Evenings   6:30 pm - 9:15 pm

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What is Perspectives?

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands.

15 Weeks. 15 InstructorsOne Epic Story.

 An array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. In the course, scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God's kingdom movement and redemptive purposes. 


Whether you are single, married, a student, a parent-at-home, working or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.  God is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth, and you're invited to join Him.

In the words of Floyd McClurg, International Director of All Nations Training Center: 

"Take Perspectives--it'll ruin you for the ordinary!"




Is this course only for those interested in missions? 

Absolutely not! This is a course for the Church. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. To join God in His story. If you want to grow and be challenged—want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life.  

Take the course at a level that best suits you:

Key-Reading Level:  For those who don't have a lot of time, but still want to learn.  This course level is similar to auditing a class. Still requires some reading (1-2 hours per week) and five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning). You may switch to this level should you decide that the Certificate Level is too intense.  $295 fee includes books  ($265 if paid by 8/01/19)

Certificate Level (Recommended):  2-3 hours of reading per week, homework questions, five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning), and a final project. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate a Perspectives class in the future.  $295 fee includes books  ($265 if paid by 8/01/19)

Credit Level:  Earn 3 undergraduate credits for roughly 3-5 hours of reading per week, homework questions, a mid-term exam, and a final paper. Graduate Level: 3 credits are also available through Cairn or Trinity International University. For fees, see registration link

Alumni:   Perspectives alumni are encouraged to attend the classes. Fee charged only if you are planning on increasing your program level, free otherwise. For fees, see registration link

Discounts Available: 

$30 Early Bird- Register by 08-1-19

$50 Family- applied to each member of immediate family who registers 

    



You were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!

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Class Info

Date: Monday, August 26, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Cairn University 200 Manor Ave Langhorne PA 19047

Contact: Charles Walton

(267) 229-4449

 
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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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      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 47 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 51 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 26, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      John Kless

      Pastor - Glenside Bible Church, Glenside PA

      As pastor of Glenside Bible Church in Glenside PA, John led his fellowship in the adoption of the Kyrgyz people of Central Asia in 1996 and has served as an active advocate for them ever since, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the NGO Central Asian Partners. In recent years he has helped the church develop an additional strategic focus in India touching the city of Hyderabad and an unreached tribal people, the Yenadi, through deep partnership connections. He and his wife LuAnn have 5 children and eight grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 2, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Lyn Newbrander

      International Students, Inc., Philadelphia PA

      Following 23 years of missions in Europe, Lyn and her husband Tim returned to the US to work with international students in the Philly area. Her work through the chaplain's office at the University of Pennsylvania has been rewarding. Nearly 60 nations have been represented in the Newbrander's home in Philadelphia. Lyn and Tim open their home and their hearts wide to students, many of whom consider them their family away from home.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Mark Giacobbe

      Citylight Church, Philadelphia PA

      Mark is a pastor, worship leader, and former overseas worker currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. Mark spent many years writing, recording, and performing music before being called to serve in Central Asia in the mid-2000s. While there, he was a catalyst for indigenous worship music in an unreached area. He returned to the U.S. in the late 2000s to pursue theological education, culminating in a PhD in New Testament. He serves as Community Life Pastor at Citylight Church (Philadelphia), overseeing missions, worship, and small groups. Mark is passionate for missions, the integration of head, heart, and hands in the Christian life, and the spread of indigenous expressions of worship throughout the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 16, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Larry Ray

      Philadelphia PA

      Larry Ray is a native of Philadelphia Christ drew him to Himself at the age of 17. He was introduced to evangelism by the Navigators while in the U.S Navy. The Lord also drew him to Christian Stronghold in 1995. He has served on the Evangelism Ministry. He has been involved in short term missions to Tiajuana Mexico and Nairobi Kenya The Lord called Larry, his wife Rebecca and their two children Lauren and Jedidiah to the Arab World where they served for four years. One of Larry's favorite ministry verse is Ephesians 2:10 " For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them" Larry and his family serve with Pioneers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      David Sorge

      Seven Mile Road Church, Philadelphia PA

      David spent most of the first 18 years of his life in South Asia, living among Hindus and Muslims. He currently lives in Philadelphia, where he is working on a PhD in Sociology, focusing on conflict escalation and resolution. When not working on his dissertation or teaching, he enjoys cycling, reading history, philosophy, and theology, and sharing life with his beloved wife Larissa, and their young son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 30, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Judy Severns

      TCK Education Coordinator/ SEND International, Horsham PA

      Judy Severns spent 25 years as a staff member at Faith Academy, Manila, Philippines. She currently is the Third Culture Kid Education Coordinator for SEND International and is also part of the Globalization Leadership Team where her focus is member care and multicultural teams. As an adjunct faculty member at Cairn University, she works with education majors who desire to do part of their student teaching in an International setting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Edwin Hernandez

      Word Christian Fellowship International, Princeton NJ

      Pastor Edwin's vision is to see the Filipino diaspora (wave of overseas workers and migrants) mobilized to declare God's glory among the nations. An engineer by profession, he quit his job in 1999 to pastor a church in the Philippines. He completed his Masters in Divinity at the Asian Seminary of Christian Ministries in Manila, Philippines in 2004. In 2006, he was sent to Singapore where he trained ministry leaders and coordinated efforts in the planting of churches in key cities in Asia and Oceania. He came to the US in 2013 to pastor a church in Hopewell, NJ where he brings the same vision. He is also an instructor in a training institute based in NY city that equips lay leaders in biblical studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Doug

      Calvary Community Church, Williams Bay WI

      Pastor Doug Anderson grew up on the mission field as son of missionary parents. Following College and several years in business, God led Doug to back into missions as Church Planter / Medical Administration / Missionary leadership. Following foreign service, Doug then served in Missions leadership and presently serves on the Board of Directors of a Missions organization. He has served as Senior Pastor of three churches in the USA since his return from foreign missionary service.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. Her primary area of responsibility includes having served as the Perspectives National Program Director. She has also been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 11, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Guy Eshelman

      Missionary in Residence, Penndel PA

      In 2001 Guy, Carolyn, and their 4 young children moved to Tirana, Albania to become part of the Christar team serving in the Balkans. For many years Dr. Guy has helped direct a multi-cultural team of Christian primary-care physicians, nurses, and physical therapists at ABC Health Foundation in providing a wide range of primary healthcare and medical education services in Albania. Guy and Carolyn are currently serving as Missionaries in Residence at Cairn University where they help to promote God’s global perspective on campus and provide support to the community of MKs and international students studying there. Guy enjoys biking, building things, and hands-on equipping of students and young professionals.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 18, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Joseph Suozzo

      Pastor Joe, Freehold NJ

      Joe Suozzo currently serves with Immanuel Bible Church as the Senior Pastor. From 1989-1999, he and his wife were involved in church planting in India. During that time God used Joe and a Christar team to establish a network of house churches among the Chamar people of North India which has now grown to over 50 groups. Joe has been married to Dianne for 25 years and has two daughters, Anna Marie (23) and Danielle (21).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      BJ

      Philadelphia PA

      BJ was born in Seoul, and grew up in NYC. He pastored youth and adults for 6+ years there before turning his attention to Bible-less peoples. BJ and his family lived in a conservative province, facilitating Bible translation using a community-based approach, involving local theological instructors.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Elizabeth Givens

      , New Holland PA

      Elizabeth Mason Givens, and her husband, David Givens, have served with SEND International since 1977 in Asia as church planters and English professors, and media and communications globally. They have often taught Perspectives as well as coordinating Perspective courses.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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