Alamo, CA S19    Spring 2019
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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is coming to Alamo, CA January 2019!



Discover that your are made for more

Perspectives is an incredible 15 week experience that will expand your vision and grow your passion. You will gain new insight and a deeper understanding of God's plan and how you can be more involved in it.

During this unique advanced discipleship course you will hear 15 outstanding instructors from different ministry backgrounds share their personal experience to provide instruction on the Biblical, Historical, Cultural & Strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.


Logistics

  • When: Sunday nights, 6:00 to 9:00 PM (January 13 to June 2, 2019)
  • Where: Creekside Community Church, Alamo, CA
  • Cost: $260 includes the Reader and the Study Guide
  • Early Bird Discount: $25 off registration if paid in full by 11:59pm January 13

Registration Information

  • On-line Registration now open
  • Orientation/information session on January 13 at 6:00pm
  • Visit first class session on January 20th at no charge

Contact

Trace Thornberry (Coordinator)
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  • phone: (503) 927-1275

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Creekside Community Church 1350 Danville Blvd Alamo CA 94507

Contact: Trace Thornberry

503-927-1275

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      John Becker

      AIM/GACX, Redwood City CA

      John serves as Global Strategy Director for AIM and the Vice President for Global Networking and Partnerships for GACX. Currently residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, John Becker has lived and ministered in Africa and the United Kingdom with his wife and four children. John and his family love to live in community, practice hospitality and practically display God’s love in the community, especially to those displaced by war and violence. John has been a contributing author of several books, two of which are: From Seed to Fruit: Global Trends, Fruitful Practices and Emerging Issues Relating to Muslims and Where There Was No Church: Postcards From Followers of Christ in the Muslim World. John has a heart for Kingdom collaboration and has co-founded a dozen global networks and regional partnerships to serve the least reached communities of the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Ziad Srouji

      San Mateo CA

      Pastor Z. Samuel Srouji came out of war torn Lebanon in the ‘70s and encountered Jesus at the age of 16 through the truth that “the grave is empty and Jesus is alive.” Since then he has been captured with the Father’s heart of love for the nations, and miracles have followed his ministry of worship and preaching around the world. For twenty five years he has pastored on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Petra Van de Water

      Sunnyvale CA

      In the Summer of 2004 Petra moved with her family from the Netherlands to California. She became part of Crosswalk Community Church. There she deepened her personal faith. From 2008 to 2012 Petra and her husband Cor served as tentmaking missionaries to India. In India she volunteered as a Christian counselor, trained indigenous missionaries and pastors, and was active in local church ministry. Cor and Petra partnered with NGO Hope for Today in starting an English medium Christian school, impacting a rural and poor community. Since her return to California Petra has served the community as a healthcare chaplain, as a volunteer trauma counselor, and as a group leader for Fuller students. Petra and Cor have two adult children, Arike and Yorick. Petra has a Master in Christian Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and did her CPE at Stanford Healthcare.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Samuel Nandakumar

      San Jose CA

      Samuel Nandakumar (a.k.a. Nanda) was born in Tamilnadu, South India and received both a B.S. and a B.Ed. from Indian universities before completing a B.S. from San Jose Bible College, a Master's in Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. September 1998 saw the beginning of a new venture for Nanda at Crossroads Bible Church when he began to lead and mentor Global Outreach and Life Groups. After having served as CBC's Interim Lead Pastor for several months, Pastor Nanda was confirmed as Lead Pastor in the spring of 2009. His most identifiable trait is his quick wit and ready smile. His passion for ministry is to see CBC truly become a multi-cultural body of believers. He has been a dedicated Perspectives teacher for many years and is looking forward to sharing his passion for the Gospel with you.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    • 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

      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., Alhambra 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 now includes 20 staff members. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

    • 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 also serves 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Ron Speer

      Lead Pastor, Oakdale CA

      Ron is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BA in Speech Communication including minors in English and US History from San Jose State University. He received his MDiv in Pastoral Studies from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He has served as a local and global pastor and is presently the founding Lead Pastor of Mountain View Church in Oakdale, CA. There he lives with his wife Carol. His daughter is in college.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Joanna Schiestl

      Pasadena CA

      Joanna teaches college Cultural Anthropology, volunteer teaches ESL, and has recently adventured into foster parenting. She owes much of the unfolding journey of her life to the Perspectives movement, and has been involved for the past 18 years as a coordinator, instructor, area administrator, and curriculum developer. She has also spent 5 years in Indonesia involved in disaster relief, community development and teaching at an international school.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      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: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Tim Svoboda

      Youth With A Mission, San Francisco CA

      Timothy Svoboda is currently the International Urban missions Director for Youth With A Mission and also serves as the City Coordinator for YWAM San Francisco and the Bay Area. Tim, his wife and children have served in India from 1983 to 2007. Tim was the National Director for YWAM India, the South Asia Urban Ministry Coordinator and the Chennai City Coordinator. YWAM Chennai has developed into a decentralized movement of 17 focused teams that are living incarnationally and reaching out to leprosy patients, slum dwellers, university students, urban middle class people, Muslims, and into other sectors of society. Tim also was one of the founders for Chennai Transformation Network which is a movement that unites the Christians of the city for transformational ministry. Tim and his family currently live in San Francisco giving leadership to the ministry of YWAM there and around the world in cities. Tim also serves on the Global Leadership Team for YWAM international, the Global Urban Missions Network which is a broad consortium of City Missional leaders from various organizations around the world and locally Tim serves on several San Francisco faith initiatives. Tim earned his Doctorate in Ministry from the Bakke Graduate University in 2007 and is an adjunct professor for BGU for their courses in San Francisco and India.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Viv Grigg

      Urban Leadership Foundation, La Verne CA

      Dr Viv Grigg, has been a prophetic voice, living among the poor and slums in Manila, Calcutta, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles... Lead by the Spirit, he has catalyzed several networks of churchplanters who choose to live in the slums of over 40 emerging mega-cities, creating a plethora of organizations that transform poverty. He coordinates the Encarnação Alliance of urban poor movement leaders. With training in theology, community organization and urban anthropology, he catalyzed the MA in Transformational Urban Leadership with partnering seminaries, and grassroots training networks of slum pastors in over 40 cities. He is author of Companion to the Poor, Cry of the Urban Poor, Spirit of Christ and the Postmodern City and others. Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific and Director of Urban Leadership Foundation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Hermie Smit

      San Jose CA

      Hermie grew up in South Africa, moved to the US in Nov. 1999 and started working for Cityteam International in 2001. He got exposed to the Disciple Making Movements (DMM) principles in 2006 and since then has dedicated his life to seeing disciple making movements take root in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. By the grace of God, his team has seen significant multiplication over the past 7 years, with hundreds of new discovery groups/churches that have consistently multiply in multiple generations as God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. The movement has spread far, not only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also to Washington State, Central California, the Los Angeles area, Missouri, Texas, as well as cities in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Argentina and Cuba. He’s married to Linda, a Bay Area native, for more than 14 years and has a son Daniel who is 16 months old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      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: Sunday, May 5, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      John Dupree

      the Harvest Group, Oakdale CA

      Rev. John Dupree is a Church Mobilization Minister. Former Pacific Regional Director for the PERSPECTIVES Study Program with Frontier Ventures; former Adjunct Professor, William Jessup University Inter-Cultural Studies Dept. and ACMC Regional Director.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, June 2, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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