Peoria Area - Morton, IL S19    Spring 2019
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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SPRING 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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We would like to offer on-site childcare for families wishing to take this course. If you are interested in this option, please emailto let us know how many children you are planning on participating.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM

Location: Grace Church Morton 1325 E. Jefferson St. Morton IL 61550

Contact: Justin Zimmerman

260-849-0267

 
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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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      Ken Cuffey

      Urbana Theological Seminary, Champaign IL

      Professor of Biblical Studies, President at Urbana (IL) Theological Seminary. Pastoral experience in IN and NJ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Tabitha McDuffee

      World Relief, Glen Ellyn IL

      Tabitha McDuffee is the Founder of FaithandForcedMigration.com, an online resource for Christians who are serving refugees both vocationally and voluntarily. She holds a double BA in Biblical and Intercultural Studies from Moody Bible Institute and is pursuing an MA in Refugee Law and Forced Migration Studies from the University of London. Tabitha also works in nonprofit communications, helping organizations like World Relief inform and inspire their volunteers and donors. She lives with her husband in the Chicago suburbs and can’t imagine life without tea.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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

      Andy Huette

      Christ Community Church of Gridley, Gridley IL

      Andy has been Sr. Pastor at Christ Community Church of Gridley since 2009, where he had been youth pastor since 2005. He attended Taylor University (B.A. Biblical Literature), Urbana Theological Seminary (M.A. Religion), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min, Applied Theology). He first took Perspectives in 2007 with his wife, Abby, and since those days they've added four children to their family: Elly (9), Silas (8), Mercy (8) and Hudson (6). They enjoy riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, and playing Ticket to Ride as a family. They hope to encourage their children and church family to joyful, faithful participation in the commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Samya Johnson

      Call of Love Ministries , Cincinnati OH

      Samya was born into a Christian family in Beirut, Lebanon. She accepted Christ at age six. As a result of living for 14 years in the Lebanese Civil (1975-1989), Samya grew up to hate Muslims. God saved her from actual death three times. Healing from bitterness took place during college when Samya worked in a Christian radio ministry. She started corresponding with Muslim listeners, answering their questions about Christianity and getting to know them personally. She could see them, for the first time, as people needing Jesus, just like her. Samya lived in three Middle Eastern countries serving among Muslims before to the US with her family in 1999. She is the co-founder of Call of Love Ministries. She hosts English TV and radio programs. She continues to author publications and teach seminars that equip believers to reach Muslims. Samya’s 20+ years of Islamic research, writing, teaching, and working among Muslims bring a fresh and enthusiastic outlook about evangelism to Muslims. Samya resides with her family in Ohio. www.calloflove.org | samya@calloflove.org | 832-220-4040

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Wes Taber

      Life in Messiah International, Lansing IL

      Since joining AMF International in 1975, Wes has served in Jewish ministry in Miami/Miami Beach, Jerusalem, and Chicago, focusing on evangelism, discipleship, and equipping others. He has been privileged to lead multiple short-term teams to Israel, and present God's heart for the lost on four continents, with an emphasis on the Jewish people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Wesley Ooms

      Community Bible Fellowship, El Paso IL

      Wesley W. Ooms Wes serves as the Lead Pastor of Community Bible Fellowship in El Paso, Illinois, a church he planted in 1990. He holds a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Wes is an adjunct professor, having taught Homiletics as well as Church History at the New Life Bible College in Moscow, Russia. He has trained pastors in Russia, Estonia, and Kenya. He has been a “Perspectives” instructor since 2006. Wes and his wife Norma have been married for 41 years, and have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. In his spare time, Wes enjoys camping and collecting vintage fishing lures.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Robert Nordstrom

      OMF, Wheaton IL

      Robert currently helps equip Christians for ministry to Chinese in the US with OMF, an organization founded by Hudson Taylor to serve the people of East Asia with the love of Christ. He served in Thailand for a decade and loves journeying with individuals and churches as they engage with the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Joe Gerber

      Loving Shepherd Ministries, Mahomet IL

      I am honored to be a servant of Jesus Christ. My wife and I have 4 children. God has blessed us with a number of experiences that have given us a deep appreciation for the work of God around the world. It is our joy to play a small part in making His glory known locally and abroad. It's all about Him!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Jeff Leman

      Morton IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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

      John Fuder

      Moody Graduate School, Chicago IL

      Dr. John Fuder (PH.D., Biola Univ.)is a prof. at Moody Bible Inst's. Grad. Sch. in Chicago since '94. He spent 12 years with CityTeam Mins. in San Jose, CA and did his doctoral research in skid row in LA. He lives on Chicago's northside and has 3 children and 1 grandchild. He is the author/editor of 3 bks:Training Students For Urban Min.; Heart For The City; & Heart For The Community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Ginny Feldmann

      Outreach/Mentoring, Elgin IL

      Ginny Feldmann is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Illinois State University, earning her B.S.ed (elementary education) in 1980. She earned her M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School in 1995. She was raised by missionary parents in Pakistan and returned to serve with SIM (Serving In Mission) for 18 years, mentoring young girls in Bible teaching and evangelism to nomads. She also conducted Bible studies with believing women, neighborhood visitation and children’s evangelistic Bible classes, often using “Javed”, her ventriloquist dummy. She served on SIM’s Pakistan Area Council for several years. Since 2003 she has been reaching out to South Asians in the Chicago area while mentoring local believers to do so, as part of SIM’s Chicago Culture ConneXions team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Jenni Mate

      Youth With A Mission, Tiskilwa IL

      Jenni is from Sydney Australia. She has been a Missionary with Youth With A Mission since 1982. She has ministered in 55 countries, has been a Perspectives Coordinator and taught every lesson. She is also a RN and has a degree in Social Work. Jenni has a passion for evangelism and missions and is a gifted speaker. Her stories and zeal for the Lord will challenge you to pursue God's adventure for your life!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      Cody Lorance

      Borderless, Aurora IL

      Rev. Cody C. Lorance is the President and CEO of Borderless, a family of ministries, organizations, churches and businesses committed to breaking barriers in a borderless world for the sake of Kingdom transformation. He and his wife, Katherine, have three children and live in Chicagoland.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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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      John Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      John Zumwalt is the Cross Cultural Coach for the innovative organization, Outrageous Love. After serving as a missionary among the unreached Minnan he returned to America and for over 22 years served as the founder and Director of the Missionary Training Institute, Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. He has trained over 300 Career Missionaries. He has a Doctorate of Divinity from International University for Graduate Studies. John has authored the book, Passion for the Heart of God and travels widely, preaching and holding seminars, raising up activist to go to the ends of the earth. John and his wife, Jamie, also pastor a church in a “red light district” of Oklahoma City. They have five children, Jessica, Josiah, Jael, Jewel and James.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 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

      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children.

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      Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

      Time: 2:00 PM to 4:45 PM

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