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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


FALL 2019

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


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Class Info

Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Canaan Baptist Church 5409 Baumgartner Rd St. Louis MO 63129

Contact: Rebecca Skinner

(314) 681-5275

 
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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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      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last decade traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 9, 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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      Jackson Crum

      Park Community Church, Chicago IL

      Jackson and his wife, Donna, have lived in the city of Chicago since 2004 where he serves as the lead Pastor of Park Community Church. Park’s demographic is currently 60% single with an average age of 31 and is located five minutes from the Loop. Park currently has 14 services in 10 locations in Chicago. Jackson received his Masters from Westminster Theological Seminary. He enjoys spending time with Donna, traveling (especially to Biblical sites), reading, sports and Mexican food.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 16, 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.

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      Leroy Armstrong

      Proclaiming the Word Ministries, Mckinney TX

      Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr. is a native of Kansas City, MO and resides in the Dallas area with his wife Genena and family. Leroy holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B. S. Electrical Engineering) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He is Lead Servant of Proclaiming the Word Ministries (www.proclaimingtheword.com) and Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church, McKinney, TX (www.firstmckinney.com). Leroy has been teaching in the Perspectives Movement since 2007. Leroy served as a Senior Pastor for 13 years. He was Director of the International Conference on Expository Preaching, sponsored annually by E. K. Bailey Ministries, Inc. for 5 years. He also owns Charis Communications, LLC, an umbrella business focused on acquiring income producing assets.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 23, 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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      Matt Clark

      All Nations Refugee and Immigrant Services STL, St Louis MO

      Matt serves as the Executive Director of All Nations in St. Louis. All Nations was launched in September of 2017. Prior to that time, Matt and his wife, Kim, were working among the immigrant and refugee population in St. Louis and had partnered with their church at that time to provide holistic services to this underserved community. All involved parties saw the value in creating an organization dedicated exclusively to the work so that organizations throughout the St. Louis area could pool resources and contribute volunteers towards this effort. All Nations was thus formed to bring together people from all over the Metropolitan St. Louis area to embrace our new neighbors and make certain that they thrive here mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 30, 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.

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      Martin Winslow

      Bethlehem Christian Academy, Arnold MO

      Martin Winslow is the Pastor of Families and Children at Canaan Baptist Church in St. Louis, Mo. With a passion for Christian education, church planting and the poor, Martin has co-founded three Christian schools (Bethlehem Christian Academy www.bcazambia.com). Each school includes a feeding program for orphans and impoverished children. Two schools are in Zambia and one in the 10/40 window of West Africa. At each campus of BCA a church has been planted. Martin was married in 1998 to Amy and has five children, Noah, Anna, Emma, Laura and Nati.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 7, 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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      Gene Daniels

      Run Ministries, Jacksonville AR

      "Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, most of that time as church planters in Central Asia. He is now the Director of Fruitful Practice Research, multi-agency network of missiologists who are studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including “Searching for the Indigenous Church” and "Margins of Islam." (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 14, 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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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 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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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

      Time: 8:00 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.

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      David Taylor

      USCWM, Charlottesville VA

      David served for ten years as a missionary in the Philippines with the Frontier Mission Fellowship. He is the author of Eternal Vision and senior editor of the Global Mission Database. He serves as chairman of the Coalition on the Support of Indigenous Ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 28, 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.

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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 4, 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.

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      Mark Akers

      Oasis International, Saint Louis MO

      Mark Akers, along with his wife Joani founded Oasis International Ministries located in South City St. Louis 30 years ago. He continues to serve as CEO of the organization with the mission of loving and caring for those seeking refuge from a war-torn nation with the heart of Jesus. His heart is to connect the local church with refugees and help refugees become thriving & happy members of their new community. Love and prayer are the foundations of his ministry. Prior to starting Oasis he served as Missions Associate Pastor for 18 years. He and Joani took Perspectives Class in 2000 and felt God telling them the church needs to get out of the building and be the church. They realized God was sending the nations to St. Louis and inviting the church to respond with welcome & love and the heart of Jesus!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 11, 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.

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      Cliff Peters

      Paraclete Mission Group, Siloam Springs AR

      Cliff is an inventor, trainer, and missionary with Paraclete Mission Group. He comes alongside missionaries and national workers to help them meet basic human needs and share Christ’s love in tangible ways. He has worked with the Navigators and REACH Ministries in the Philippines, with UWM in Bolivia, with Servants in Faith and Technology in Alabama, and the Inst. for Biblical Community Development in Arkansas. He's been married to Jeannie for 35 years, and has 4 children, one with the Lord.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 18, 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.

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      John Vernon

      Cape Girardeau Baptist Association, Marble Hill MO

      John Vernon married his wife Janet in December 1985 while attending School of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. They completed their bachelor degrees in May 1987. Upon graduation, they moved to Little Rock, AR where John worked as a computer programmer. They have three daughters: Jessica, 1990; Brittany, 1993; and Amanda, 1995. John attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from August 1993 through December 1994. In May 1995 their family moved to Central Asia where they spent almost fourteen years coordinating church planting strategies among Muslim peoples. They returned to the United States in January 2008 and served at Miner Baptist Church as their associate pastor of family and children ministries until March 2013. They now serve as the Director of Missions for the Cape Girardeau Baptist Association.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM

    • 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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      Abhishek Barla

      Presbyterian Theological Seminary - India, Creve Coeur MO

      Abhishek Barla currently serves on the faculty at Presbyterian Theological Seminary (PTS). The school is strategically set in the heart of the Hindu holy land and river. He also has experience planting two churches in India. He is currently involved in the training of many more church planters in India through the seminary. Abhishek mobilizes across India to develop a grass roots level Christian workers for church planting. He enjoys watching Indian Cricket and sipping tea with friends. He is married to Niangzachin and they have two daughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 2, 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.

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      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 30,000 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: Monday, December 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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