Ventura, CA Spring 2019    Spring 2019
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///What is Perspectives?


Perspectives is a unique, advanced discipleship course which will change the way you view the world and ignite your passion to be a part of God's plan. We will hear from 15 different speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the Biblical, Historical, Cultural & Strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations. We invite you to join us on the adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for your participation.



///Class Vision

To see individuals experience spiritual growth as they come to understand the missionary heart of God and His global purposes.

To see many take the next step through the leading of the Holy Spirit, and commit themselves more fully to "Pray, Give, and Go' cross-culturally with the good news of the gospel, both locally and globally.

To see this class be a catalyst for raising up future Perspectives volunteers for other classes in this area.


///Class Information


When: Tuesdays 6:30-9:30 pm

            February 5-May 14, 2019


Location: Reality Ventura

                1954 Goodyear Ave.

                Ventura, 93003


Cost: $265 (Includes Book and Study Guide)


///Contact

Jordan Marshall
Email:
Phone: (805) 256-5264


Class Info

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Reality Ventura 1954 Goodyear Ave. Ventura CA 93003

Contact: Jordan Marshall

(805) 256-5264

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Jeff Lewis

      California Baptist University, Redlands CA

      Chief Mobilization Officer for Radical. Our focus is on mobilizing church through their pastors and mobilizing 18-25 years olds. For 17 years I was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, and for three years Director of Mobilization at CBU. (1999-2019) A few ministry highlights:, Mobilizer, Church planter. Instructor/Trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of "God's Heart for the Nations". I have been in 56 different countries helping with mobilization and field strategies. Married to Elaine McClary, for45 years. We have seven children and 17 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 5, 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.

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      Mike Brown

      The Family Table, Chatsworth 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. In 2018, he transitioned out of local church ministry to start The Family Table, a non profit mobilizing churches to care for vulnerable children in the foster care system.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 12, 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

      Markos Zemede

      Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission, Clovis CA

      I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I immigrated to the USA as a refugee in 1984. When I took the Perspectives class in 1999, it ruined me for the ordinary. In addition to my busy medical practice, I now serve in many missions organizations, a few of which were birthed out of the Perspectives class, including Horn of Africa Mission (www.hornofafrica.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 19, 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).

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      John

      Pastor at Large - Frontiers, Sacramento CA

      20 + yrs. in outreach to Muslim World. Pastoral care of workers, mentoring national leaders, recruiting and fund-raising for children's relief. Ministered in 90 nations. Leadership development/mentoring. Church planter in USA prior to involvement internationally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 26, 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

      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, March 5, 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.

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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 12, 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.

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      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., San Gabriel CA

      In his role as Area Director for International Students, Inc., Andy mobilizes and trains volunteers to share Christ's love with international students through one-one- one friendships, Bible studies, and activities. He also recruits, trains, and supervises a team that includes 22 staff members. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in International Development from William Carey International University. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 19, 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

      Viji Cammauf

      Little Flock, Oakland CA

      Viji Nakka- Cammauf is the President of Little Flock Children’s Homes a ministry to orphans and widows. She has served as an adjunct professor for The American Baptist Seminary of the West, Fuller Northern California, and Logos Evangelical Seminary in El Monte California. She is a lecturer and Professor of record for the Perspectives Study Program in Northern California. She currently teaches In the Department for Christina Studies for a doctoral program in Allahabad India for a Christian University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 26, 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

      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 29 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, April 2, 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

      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, April 9, 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

      Cecil Stalnaker

      Greater Europe Mission, Valencia CA

      Cecil grew up in SoCal and has 34 years of missionary experience in Europe related to equipping church leaders, church planting, and evangelism. He trained pastors and missionaries at the French-speaking Institut Biblique Belge in Belgium and at Tyndale Theological Seminary in the Netherlands. He currently helps as a mobilizer with Greater Europe Mission; teaches and preaches on missions in local churches, and equips new missionaries for cross-cultural work. Cecil has a PhD in Missiology and has written a number of articles and chapters for mission publications. He lives in Santa Clarita, CA and often watches the squirrels fight over fruit in his backyard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 16, 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

      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 23, 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

      Renod Bejjani

      iHOPE Ministries, Huntington Beach CA

      While growing up as a Christian child in the Muslim Middle East and North Africa, Renod endured intense persecution for his faith. He suffered kidnappings, torture and war before fleeing to the US alone at the age thirteen. An angry young man full of hate, Renod left God. But God never left him. After a long journey, God transformed Renod’s heart. Now Renod serves the God he once denied, dedicating his life to sharing the Gospel with the people he once hated. A Perspective Alumni, Renod is co-founder and Executive Director for IHOPE Ministries, a non-profit organization that equips and mobilizes the Church to help Muslims find and follow Jesus. Renod and his wife, Karen, reside in Southern California. (www.ihopeministries.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 30, 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 7, 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

      Scott White

      Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena CA

      For over 20 years Scott White was in business in the San Gabriel Valley region, operating a contracting business that he began and built while attending UCLA, where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. In addition to operating his business, in 1999, Scott joined the staff of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Ca and pioneered the role of Missions Mobilization Coordinator. In 2003, he joined their pastoral team as Pastor of Global Outreach and oversees a missions program with 61 sent workers and global partnerships. He holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Scott's ministry focus has been on mission mobilization since the mid 80s. That role has taken him to 40 nations on 5 continents. He has served the Perspectives Movement in many ways having Coordinated over 20 classes, cohosted a Perspectives DVD series, as well as being a popular Perspectives instructor himself. Scott chairs two different Non-Profits focused on advancing the gospel among Least Reached Peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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