Salem, OR S19    Spring 2019
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The Salem Perspectives course runs for 15 weeks on Monday nights starting January 21st, 2019. Each week we have top quality instructors give us different perspectives on God's work in the world--biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic. We learn what God has done, what He is doing now, and what seems to be the trend of His work for the future.

Come and get a fresh perspective on God's heart for the nations and find out where you fit in His plan to reach them.

First two nights are FREE! 

When: Monday evenings, from 6:30pm - 9:15pm

Dates: January 21 – April 29, 2019 

Where:  Church on the Hill, South Salem

Price: When registration opens, click on "Class Pricing" to the right to see the options - Certificate is the recommended level because the deeper you go, the more you get out of it.

The Reader and Study Guide are included in the registration price. If you prefer digital, you can purchase the Kindle Version of the Reader and Study Guide integrated together at Amazon.  You may take the Textbook discount off of the registration cost. But you must have both books.

At our first class we will introduce you to Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, examine class dynamics and expectations, distribute textbooks, and prepare you for the life-changing journey ahead! 

Tuition is $250 for Key Reading and Certificate level students. College credit is available through Trinity International University and Excelsior College (High Schoolers wanting early college credit) with the tuition of $500.

-- $20 Early Bird discount available to new students who register by December 15, 2018

-- $40 Textbook discount available to those who purchase Kindle version from Amazon.com or already have the Reader and Study Guide, or share with a spouse.
-- $20 Ministry discount available to pastors or full-time ministry staff
-- FIRST NIGHT FREE - You can choose this option when asked for payment.  This allows you to come to the Orientation/Registration night and the week of Lesson 1 to see if this course is God's will for you at this time.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Church on the Hill 2707 Maranatha Ct. SE Salem OR 97392

Contact: John Avery

(971) 240-0333

 
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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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      Carlos Calderon

      Partners International, Spokane WA

      Born in Central America during the time of the civil war came to faith in Jesus with some other 30 friends in the neighborhood, and became active in evangelism, eventually joined a church and was impacted by the missionary call while at the university. Came to the USA for post-grad education and moved to a Muslim country. Now cooperates with indigenous movement work in some 60 countries in the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist world, consistently resulting thousands of decisions for Christ.

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      Date: Monday, January 21, 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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      Justin Speerstra

      The Well, Portland OR

      Justin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, Justin served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 18 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 28, 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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      John Avery

      Perspectives, Monmouth OR

      John Avery is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a regular Bible devotional on www.BibleMaturity.com and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net. John is the author of The Name Quest – explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better (Morgan James Publishing, 2014). The Name Quest includes two chapters that explore the story of God's glory from the angle of the names that express that glory. Those chapters in particular supplement the material in the Biblical section of the Perspectives Course.

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      Date: Monday, February 4, 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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      A.C. Hawthorne

      Frontier Ventures, Portland OR

      Ahshuwah has been a church planter and missions team leader since 2005. He lives with his wife and 6 kids in Portland, OR.

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      Date: Monday, February 11, 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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      Gerry Breshears

      Western Seminary, Portland OR

      Gerry Breshears has been professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. He served three years with WorldVenture in the Philippines, teaching at Faith Academy and helping start Calvary Baptist Church. He received the Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. He now teaches overseas about one month per year. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He is co-author of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, and Vintage Church with Mark Driscoll, in the Relit series from Crossway. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and three wonderful grandgirls. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 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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      L. Cory Lemke

      CMF Int, and Coaching Mission Int., Bonanza OR

      We were in Crimea, Ukraine (now Russia) from 1995-2010, primarily focused on church planting and leadership development. We were also doing humanitarian aid, helped run a couple medical clinics/outreaches as well as dabbling in micro-enterprises, including building a hotel/training center. Our initial goal was to plant churches among the Crimean Tatar (nominal Muslim group), which proved harder than we expected. However, since we have left (2010) we are now seeing some Crimean Tatar groups started. Since planting the church among the Tatar group was difficult, we instead focused our efforts on establishing Russian Speaking churches throughout Crimea (over 100 at last count). Currently I'm still involved as much possible in missions. I am a professional missions life coach, with a focus on missionaries. I teach several courses as an adjunct including Cultural Anthropology and Intro to Missions at NCU in Eugene. Also I'm serving as a pastor in Klamath Falls Oregon. Those are my work days. The rest of the time, I'm a husband, dad, grandpa and have cows that I tend on our 65+ acre place. Life is never boring and the Lord is always good!

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      Date: Monday, February 25, 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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      Ron Billings

      Trinity International University, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. Ron’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother were recruited by Hudson Taylor from England and Australia, respectively, and they met and married in China (as did Ron’s grandfather and grandmother, who was from California). Ron’s mother and grandfather were both born in China. Ron’s father was born in Oregon with a Native American heritage, and he met Ron’s mother in college in Seattle. After serving with the military, Ron attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received way too many degrees: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Ron first took the Perspectives class while he was an undergraduate in 1986, and as usual it wildly transformed his plans for the future. While in graduate school, he coordinated the Perspectives class in Austin from 1987 to 1992. He also worked for twelve years in the electronics industry as an international standards negotiator and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. He then started his own software-development company. Dr. Billings has served on the faculty of Concordia University in Austin, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Oregon State University in Corvallis; the University of Oregon in Eugene; and Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. He is now an Adjunct Professor for Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has served as the Professor of Record for many Perspectives classes on the West Coast. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended. He likes to say that he married half the single women in the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 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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      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: Monday, March 11, 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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      Matt Smucker

      International Students, Inc., Independence OR

      Matt has a passion for reaching international students and scholars with the love and message of Jesus. He is currently an Area Director with International Students, Inc. (ISI), supervising staff in the Willamette Valley of Western Oregon. Matt also serves as Care Pastor at Monmouth Praise Assembly. He and his wife, Holly, were self-supported missionaries in Taiwan for four years before being called back to Oregon in 2010. They have two biological daughters and a son adopted from Taiwan. Matt has a degree in Intercultural Studies from Western Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 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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      Bruce Benson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oregon City OR

      My wife Jan and I have worked for over 37 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, 30 of those in Peru. In 2003 the Huamalies Quechua New Testament was published and distributed. In 2011, the Huallaga Quechua Bible was published and distributed. We are currently retired (as of October 1, 2015) and are looking forward to what God has for us next. Perspectives will continue to be a vital part of our lives and we are prayerfully considering other ministry opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 25, 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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      Adrienne Livingston

      Anti-Sex Trafficking, Clackamas OR

      Adrienne Livingston is the Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives with WorldVenture. She desires to help equip the church become aware of the issue of sex trafficking, understand how the intersections of a culture of sex and violence contribute to this issue and learn how they can get engaged to prevent, end the demand and take a kingdom stance against it.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 1, 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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      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: Monday, April 8, 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 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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      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: Monday, April 22, 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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      Paul Watson

      Contagious Disciple Making, Beaverton OR

      Paul grew up on an airplane. Not really, but he felt like it! He split his childhood between Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, and Singapore while his parents, David and Jan Watson, planted churches as career missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since the day God called Paul into full-time ministry, he has traveled over 200,000 miles training disciple-making teams in the UK, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, and all over the United States. From January 1, 2012, through August 15,2015, Paul served as director of Cityteam’s Rescue and Recovery Center in downtown Portland, OR. Feeding the homeless while helping alcoholics discover sobriety and Jesus taught him incredible lessons about putting feet to faith and loving those who don’t love themselves. Paul left his role at Cityteam and founded Contagious Disciple Making (http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com) to focus on catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among the unreached and under-reached peoples in the Cascadia Corridor (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska.) Paul and his family are active members at Westside Community Church in Aloha, OR. Paul and his wife, Christi, lead a growth group that meets in their home on Sunday evenings. Paul is incredibly excited by his pastor’s desire to see 10,000 churches planted in the Pacific Northwest and wants to use his experiences to help his pastor and other ministry leaders plant churches among people who would not normally attend the typical church in North America. Paul blogs at http://www.pauldwatson.com and http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com. He is the host of American Church Stories (http://www.americanchurchstories.com). He is published in ‘Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th Edition.’ He co-authored Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On a Journey of Discovery with his father, David Watson. You can reach Paul at pwatson@contagiousdisciplemaking.com.

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      Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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