Tacoma, WA S19    Spring 2019
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Hosted at City Central Church in Tacoma, WA 
Beginning January 7, 2019

A 15-week class experiencing a creative God on mission for His glory. It will lead you to...


See more clearly...


...revealing God’s global purpose to reach the nations for His glory.


Live more passionately...


...moving you to encounter and experience this Creator God, launching you into a deeper, ever-developing life of discipleship - a life of ever-growing meaning, value, purpose and strategy.


Run more purposefully...

...in a movement as this catalytic course equips you to partner with God in His mission to reach all peoples, tongues, tribes and nations.


Perspectives is all this and more!

See and apply the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of fulfilling God's global mission.

Hear from a variety of today's dynamic evangelical leaders, professors, cross-cultural thinkers, local and global visionaries, who will challenge and inspire you.

Interact with other students in a creative, interactive environment.
It is not for just one type of person or calling - professionals, business leaders, high school or college students, military personnel, pastors, missionaries, mission leaders, retirees, and other - all have a role!

Perspectives will show you a new way to be engaged, whether at work, in your neighborhood, in your region, or abroad.

15 Interactive Sessions
15 Dynamic Speakers
1 Epic Journey!


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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: City Central Church 2520 6th Ave Tacoma WA 98406

Contact: Emily Branch

208-818-0419

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Orientation Evening

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      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: Monday, January 14, 2019

      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

      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 21, 2019

      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

      Jay Palmer

      Crossroads Church, Tacoma WA

      I am the Pastor of Crossroads Church, a non-denominal congregation in the SE Tacoma area. For the past sixteens years, we have focussed our missions outreach upon unreached Muslims in the Balkan region of SE Europe; sending two families for the long term and more than 35 folks from our congregation for the shorter term. I have an M-Div with a Minor in missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. I am joyfully married to Wendy with three children in college.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

      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

      Keith Hook

      Missions Fest Seattle, Mukilteo WA

      Keith has served in three churches as pastor and has spent 20 years working in and teaching missions. He and his family lived in Hong Kong for two years serving workers in China. They have hosted 80+ international students in their home. Keith is currently the executive director(part-time) of Missions Fest Seattle. He and his wife, Judy, have 3 married daughters and 8 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 2019

      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

      Tyler Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      Tyler Pease currently serves as the Local & Global Outreach Pastor of Sunset Bible Church in University Place, WA. Though he felt called to ministry at a young age, he never planned to be a pastor. Tyler grew up in a military family and spent a major portion of his childhood living overseas. In his teens, Tyler become interested in serving in places only accessible through secular skills, so he earned a degree in computer science and spent several years working in the I.T. field. During this time he was involved in short-term ministry trips. Later, after attending seminary, he began serving at Sunset Bible Church. This has afforded him many opportunities to travel overseas, developing partnerships and equipping local leaders. Tyler’s wife, Karen, spent six full years and many summers teaching in China. She is currently heavily involved in ESL ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

      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

      Reg Overstreet

      LAKE CITY COMMUNITY CHURCH, Lakewood WA

      About Reg Overstreet Reg is on the pastoral staff at Lake City Community Church, in Lakewood, WA, overseeing small groups, missions, and adult ministries. Since 2009 he has had the joy of leading the "Tam*j*q Task Force" which does all the exciting behind the scenes work on their church's adoption of this Unreached People Group in Niger, West Africa. He is the husband of Sarah and father of five daughters. EDUCATION: B.S. in Business Administration at Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater FL. Master of Theological Studies at Northwest Baptist Seminary, Tacoma, WA. Doctor of Ministry at Corban University's School Of Ministry, Salem, OR.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

      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

      R. Jordan

      Beaverton OR

      R Jordan uses her 30 years experience in children's missions education to empower churches in developing global outreach strategies for their children's ministries. She makes history relevant and memorable through the use of audience participation and a variety of media. Ruth's husband John, is the World Missions Pastor at Village Baptist Church in Beaverton, Oregon. Contact Information: (503) 626-3337; email: jrdmjordan@aol.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

      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

      Betty Sue

      Fuller Seminary - Retired, Vancouver WA

      Senior Associate Professor of Language and Culture Learning, Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Also: language learning consultant

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 2019

      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

      J W Matt Hennessee

      Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland OR

      Pastor Hennessee is a native of Columbus, Ohio and has had the distinction of serving in a variety of leadership capacities locally, nationally, and internationally in public administration; private business; non-profit boards and commissions focused on diversity, economic development, primary, secondary, high school, higher education; and faith-based organizations for the past thirty years. He has been the Senior Pastor of Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland since January 2005. He has been blessed to have a working relationship with each of the Governors of Oregon, Mayors of Portland, Presidents of Metro, Multnomah County Chairs, and Legislative Leaders in Washington DC and Salem since his arrival in Oregon in 1988. Pastor Hennessee is active in the faith-based community at-large engaging leaders of all faiths and being “present” as it relates to increasing the opportunities for people to live life, raise their families, and see their dreams come true. He is the 3rd VP of the General Baptist Convention of the Northwest and President & CEO of the GBC Inc. He is passionate about finding opportunities for young people to lead productive lives and devotes personal time to reducing gang violence in Portland and providing scholarships as young people make decisions about their after-high school careers. He earned his BA in Sociology/Anthropology & Religion at Oberlin College; Masters of Divinity at Golden Gate Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, California; and is currently earning a Doctorate of Ministry in Portland, Oregon. He is expected to graduate in the Winter of 2013. He has a son & daughter-in-law and three grandchildren. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico for business and pleasure and to multiple cities in the following locations around the world: Israel, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, England, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Belgium, Australia, Denmark, Finland, Egypt, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, The Netherlands, The Philippines, Thailand, France, Italy, Belgium, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Hong Kong.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 11, 2019

      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

      Karen Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      I have been "multi-cultural" for most of my life - from my childhood neighborhood in the California Bay Area to my college major (Intercultural Studies), which took me to China to serve as an English teacher for 6 years before returning to the States. Since then, God has opened up doors for ESL ministries at our church and local library, and for ministry to Muslim women and their families. He is also giving me opportunities to mobilize believers to reach beyond their comfort zones to befriend and share the love of Christ with everyone - no matter how "different" they seem.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 2019

      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

      Darrell Whiteman

      Asbury Theological Seminary 1984-2005; The Mission Society 2005-2014; Global Development 2017-present; , Gig Harbor WA

      Darrell Whiteman is semi-retired as VP and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society. Darrell served in cross-cultural ministry for nine years in Melanesia and Central Africa, then was one of the founding professors of Asbury Seminary School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he taught for 21 years and served as dean in the later years. He’s given leadership to many professional societies researching the intersection of cultures and biblical worldviews. Darrell annually equips hundreds of long-term workers to understand God at work all over the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

      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

      Karen Stoufer

      Christian Veterinary Mission, Shoreline WA

      Dr. Karen Stoufer served with her family in Nepal for 13 years in rural community development, animal health training and women's empowerment with the United Mission to Nepal and World Concern/CVM. She currently serves as Director of Training and Asia programs for Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in Seattle WA. She has a special interest in Missionary Kids (TCKs) and fostering of refugee teens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      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 15, 2019

      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

      Tim Lewis

      Bellingham WA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

      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

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Celebration

      Evening of Celebration

      Celebration

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      Date: Monday, May 6, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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