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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.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Stonebridge Church 1829 Stoney Point Rd SW Cedar Rapids IA 52404

Contact: Andrea Murphy

(319) 331-4611

 
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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

      Luke Hettinger

      The Salt Company, Columbia MO

      I received a degree in pastoral ministries at Vennard Bible college in 2003, after which my wife and I began ministering to youth in Brashear Missouri for two years. After this God opened the doors for us to pastor a small church in Sumner, Iowa for the next six years. It was during this time that God began to show us his heart for the nations through books, people, and Perspectives. We moved from Sumner to Iowa City in 2011 to join Every Ethne and in 2013 we joined the Salt Company where seek to continue mobilizing students to their most strategic role in completing the great commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      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, January 20, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      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: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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).

    • Instructor

      Randy Scheil

      Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids IA

      I've served as Lead Pastor at Stonebridge Church for 27 years. I've had the privilege of serving Christ in many areas of the world including Haiti, Guatemala, Germany, Poland, Bosnia, Ukraine, France and Thailand. It is amazing to have brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Adam Steinbock

      Crossroads Community Church, Sheboygan WI

      Adam currently serves as the Staff and Counseling Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Sheboygan, Wis. - an 11-year-old, 3rd generation church plant that meets at a local elementary school. He and his wife, Tabitha, have a passion for church planting, both here in Wisconsin, but also around the world. Over the past seven years he has been on short-term church planting mission trips to Ecuador, Israel and Russia with e3 Partners Ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Orville Erickson

      Greenhill Baptist Church, Cedar Falls IA

      Orville served as a campus missionary for 5 years before becoming pastor of Greenhill Church in Cedar Falls, a small church intently focused on sending to unreached people groups, after a few members of the congregation took Perspectives and were ruined for the ordinary! Other exciting missionary opportunities were teaching at a Bible school in Ukraine, as well as leading short term teams of college students into inner city Dallas/Ft. Worth. He and his wife Jennifer have 3 daughters, Mikayla, Marissa and Taylor.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      Andrew Herbek

      Perspectives, Deerfield IL

      Born and raised on the family farm in Nebraska, Andrew inherited a frontier mindset from the prairie pioneers he descended from. In light of this, God took this farm boy from the middle of nowhere and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia. While practicing ethnographic research among rural villages there, the Lord began cultivating a passion in Andrew to mobilize and equip the body of Christ to co-labor in His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Perspectives U.S. National Staff and serves in the Instructor Development Department. With a BA in Intercultural Studies and field experience in twelve countries, his heart is that of a cross-cultural educator and discipler. His desire is to see God's people raised up, trained well and sent out to pursue Christ's promise fulfilled among the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      Robin Ludeking

      Grace Evangelical Free , Eldridge IA

      Robin developed a heart for other cultures and missions at a young age. After graduating from college, she had the opportunity to spent 6 months in Thailand, learning more about some of the good as well as difficult aspects of living cross-culturally. Currently, Robin works as an Emergency Room nurse in the Quad Cities where she also enjoys mobilizing the church through coordinating the local Perspectives class.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      Jim Erickson

      Ankeny IA

      Jim and his wife Marilyn served as missionaries in Cameroon for 20 years, translating the Tupurri New Testament, teaching, preaching, and doing administrative work for both the mission and the African church. In 1995, they returned to the US and pastored a church in Mayville, ND for 5 ½ years. After Mayville, they moved to Fergus Falls where Jim served for 6 years in the Lutheran Brethren International Missions as Assistant to the Director for Africa missions. In this capacity, he helped launch the mission to reach unreached people groups in Chad. In November 2006, Jim and Marilyn moved to Fullerton, CA where he served in a congregation as lead pastor for 11 years. They both retired from full time ministry in August of 2017. Jim and Marilyn have 4 sons. All of them are married and we have 7 grandchildren

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      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 7, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      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: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      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: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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

      Brooks A Simpson

      Grace Community Church, North Liberty IA

      Brooks Simpson is Pastor for Teaching and Preaching at Grace Community Church in North Liberty, IA. Brooks came to faith in Christ as a college student athlete while attending Grace in 1988 and has been on staff since 1998. Brooks’ heart is to see Christ magnified and exalted in the lives of people. The spiritual battle described in Ephesians 6 is real and Brooks’ passion is to equip people to take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Too many Christians see this battle as defensive and miss the fact that there is an offensive component as well. Brooks took Perspectives in 2008 and is excited to be a part of the team which equips the saints to offensively take the sword of the Word to the ends of the earth. Brooks has been married to his bride Stacy since 1989. They have two children, Ryan and Katelyn.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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