BlairBedford, PA S19    Spring 2019
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Welcome to Perspectives Blair/Bedford Co., PA - Spring 2019

You are invited to join us for a unique class of Christian study and discipleship that will leave you going, "Wow! I get it! And I get to be a part of it!"

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will give you fresh eyes to see God, His story, His world, and His heart. Come learn how He wants to include YOU in His plans and purposes to bring all nations to Himself! 

This 15-week class is designed to equip the people of God for strategic participation in His plan to reach all peoples, tribes, and nations. It presents the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of fulfilling the Great Commission:

  • Biblical Lessons (1-5): The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation. See how it all fits together!
  • Historical Lessons (6-9): Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is full of examples of the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations. See how He is weaving His epic story!
  • Cultural Lessons (10-11): The peoples of the world come alive as we eventually see, through Christ Jesus, the expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people, and language. See how He uses all of us to reveal His glory!
  • Strategic Lessons (12-15): Find your place in God's story. See the endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission!

Classes are offered each Monday night from January through April and will include lectures from 15 different live instructors (e.g. pastors, professors, ministry experts), interactive learning experiences, and a great closing celebration. If you need to miss a class, you are welcome to attend a duplicate session in State College on Tuesday evenings. The weekly readings include selections from 170 articles written by 150 authors such as John Piper, John Stott, William Carey, and more. Homework assignments are specifically designed to engage every aspect of a Christian’s life and encourage you in utilizing YOUR unique abilities to obey the Great Commission both locally and globally.

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Enrollment options

Alumni state again and again how the course was worth the investment in time and resources! If you don't agree, we'll give you a refund!

Key Reading Level:  Prepare for great speakers and their material with light reading. This level requires about 1-2 hours of reading each week with minimal written homework.  Five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the term will require about an hour each to complete. COST $275.

Certificate Level:  This is the recommended level for a much richer experience.  It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections" and one research project due at the end of the term. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week. COST $275.

Credit Level: Undergraduate and graduate credit is available through Trinity International and Excelsior University, which can be transferred to the school of your choice. Excelsior University offers undergraduate college credit to high school students who take Perspectives. COST $650 for high schoolers through Excelsior University, $675 for others through Trinity International University.

Discounts are available for early registration by Dec. 1, multiple family members, church leaders, and more. Scholarships are available for attendees through some area churches. Contact Amy Keith or Terry Ruhl for additional information.

Select CLASS PRICING tab on right for more details. PAY BEFORE DEC. 1 TO LOCK IN THE BEST RATE! Full refunds are available until Jan. 20 if you need to change your plans.

FIRST TWO NIGHTS FREE! Join us for the first two nights for free (January 7th and 14th). No commitment is necessary;  invite your friends! However, do please register using the "First Night Free" option under CLASS PRICING, far right side. This will help us plan seating, snacks, and materials. THANKS!

Contact Amy Keith with any questions on Facebook at "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement-Central PA" or text 814-327-7524.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church 300 South Mulberry Street Martinsburg PA 16662

Contact: Amy Keith

814-327-7524

 
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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 is revealed in His promise to Abraham. Explore God's purpose for the nations: blessing to the nations described.

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      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 7, 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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      Shirley Innis

      International Students, Inc., Hawthorne NJ

      Shirley grew up in a Christian home and at the age of 12 dedicated her life for missionary service. After graduating from Cairn University (Philadelphia College of Bible). She and her husband served as directors with Word of Life Ministries in Ecuador for 17 years and have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. She has recently been certified to teach Dog and Cat Theology material for lessons 1 and 2 and share lesson 2 with her husband. She is on full-time staff with International Students, Inc. as a City Director. She teaches in English or Spanish.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 14, 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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      Mimsie Robinson

      Bethel Gospel Assembly Missions, New York NY

      As the missions pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly in New York City, Pastor Robinson has been involved in disciple-making efforts in India, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and several islands in the West Indies. Through involvement with Evangelism Explosion International as a teacher/trainer, he has been able to help many believers become effective witnesses at home and abroad. His involvement with Perspectives includes serving as a class coordinator. Presently, he is working on a Doctor of Missiology through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In 2009, Pastor Robinson helped plant Living Water Christian Center, a bilingual French and English congregation, affiliated with Bethel Gospel Assembly which serves the spiritual needs of the growing number of French-speaking West African immigrants in New York City. Pastor Robinson and his wife, Beverly Lynn, reside in the Harlem community. They have two single adult children, Michelle and David, who are both followers of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 21, 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 with 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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      Howard Sloan

      St. Paul's Reformed Church, Bedford PA

      Howard is the pastor of St. Paul's Reformed Church in Bedford, PA since 2003. He claims taking the Perspectives course "wrecked him" and does not see ministry the same. He has a wife Michele, and they have one son, Jacob. Lessons 4 and 9 are Howard's favorite. He also serves as a occasional volunteer at the Lighthouse for Christ in Mombasa, Kenya.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 28, 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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      Matt Geiger

      DiscipleMakers, State College PA

      Matt attended Penn State and studied architectural engineering with a desire to apply his education in overseas missions. After he had worked for a few years in Washington, D.C. as an engineer, God opened the door to campus ministry with DiscipleMakers. Matt has served there for 12 years, equipping students to a life of ministry and casting vision for taking the good news of Jesus where it has never been preached—indeed to the uttermost parts of the world. He lives in State College with his wife and three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 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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      Francis Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. Graduate work at Penn State in Public Administration 1976-7. Helped to coordinate the first Perspectives class at Penn State in 1980. Began hosting and coordinating Perspectives classes in 1984. Have coordinated at least 100 classes. Joined the staff of Frontier Ventures (formerly the USCWM) in 1981. Regional director of Eastern Regional Office of Frontier Ventures 1988-2017. Church elder for 15 years. Part of leadership for church planting teams 1998-2004. Training workers to serve on Muslim fields 2004 to present. Chairman of the Board and CEO of Frontier Ventures 2016. Appointed CEO of Frontier Ventures January 2017

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 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 is comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

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      Fanny Cruz

      7,000 Knees, Ambler PA

      Fanny Basta has a Ph.D in Managerial Economics and served for more than 25 years planting churches in Italy. She leads the WEC International Latino Branch and the Pathways (Tentmaking/ BAM training). She helps churches to develop mission strategies and projects and train long and short term missionaries to the unreached. Fanny is also the author of the book "The One Who Breaks Through". It recounts Fanny’s journey from the plantains’ ranch in her natal Dominican Republic to a diplomatic career in sophisticated Europe and the calling that led her to embrace a life of faith, serving among drug addicts and mafia bosses. Fanny has been married to Gianni Basta for 30 years and, together with their children, Francesco, Melissa and Jonathan, live at WEC International headquarters in Fort Washington, PA (USA).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

      Time: 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM

    • 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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      Daryl Cyrus

      Martinsburg PA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 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.

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      John Pitterle

      Advocates for the Unreached; Volunteer with Cafe 1040, State College PA

      John is a Penn State grad and currently works at Penn State. John's family spent several months in South Africa and Namibia with YWAM. With the Assemblies of God, his family lived in Madagascar for four years as the Lord used them to help bring the story of Jesus (Book of Hope) to children and then to help start the first Malagasy study Bible. John has been on short-term trips to Ukraine (with YWAM), India (with Global Awakening), and Zambia twice (with Dynamis World Ministries). He has written about (http://www.LausanneWorldPulse.com/perspectives-php/1242/01-2010) and shares regarding the urgency to prioritize the unreached (http://AdvocatesForTheUnreached.com). He recently published his first e-book (http://AdvocatesForTheUnreached.com/ebook.pdf) and is a volunteer with Cafe 1040.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 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 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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      Ramy

      Bellefonte PA

      Ramy comes from a Christian family in the Middle East, but has lived in the U.S. for many years. He is in ministry in the Northeast, seeking to reach international students from the Middle East for Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 12, 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

      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. Her primary area of responsibility includes having served as the Perspectives National Program Director. She has also been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 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

      Jim Hocking

      Winona Lake IN

      Jim Hocking grew up in the Central African Republic as a "missionary kid", claiming he spoke French first, then the local language Sango and eventually English. Faye grew up in Ohio, and they met during their college years at Grace College in Winona Lake, IN. They married Dec. 31, 1976. They returned to CAR with 2 small children (Jay & Jenny) and had 2 more while there (Joel & John), all now grown & married, with 2 of their sons joining Jim part-time in the business. Jim & Faye served with Grace Brethren International Ministries for 20 years. In 2004 Jim had the opportunity to purchase well-drilling equipment already in use in the CAR, so he founded Water for Good, a non-profit organization working to alleviate poverty from the village up in central Africa by empowering and equipping local people with sustainable transformational community development solutions. Water for Good works and trains central Africans to drill wells, rehab old wells along with other projects to improve communities. Over 100 central Africans and 15 Americans work for Water for Good.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 25, 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

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 8, 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.

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      Steve Sanford

      Ethnos360 , Jersey Shore PA

      Tribal Church Planter with Ethnos360 (NTM) since 1993. Lived and worked with the isolated Joti people of Venezuela, S.A. for 12 years. Returned to U.S. in 2006 after the mission was forced to leave all tribal works by the Venezuelan government. Steve now serves on Ethnos360's Executive Leadership Team and works as an instructor/mobilizer in Pennsylvania.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 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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      Terry Ruhl

      T Peoples Resource Network, Duncansville PA

      Dr. Ruhl has filled many roles as a missions mobilizer while practicing as a full time family physician. He has served as a short term worker in Asia and Africa. He has devised missions curricula and taught in a number of locations. He was one of the founding board members of an innovative missions support network, focused on the T people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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