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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


JANUARY 15 - APRIL 23, 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: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Calvary Community Church 1200 Roosevelt Rd St. Cloud MN 56301

Contact: Christopher Kraemer

(320) 380-1868

 
    • Instructor


    • 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

      Rick

      Minneapolis MN

      Rick planted churches among refugees in the US for over 20 years before moving to SE Asia to serve on a church planting team. During his time in Asia he was involved in developing an English vocational center as well as seeing a church planted among an UPG in that country. He now devotes his time living out his God given vision through a ministry called Engage Global. Engage Global exists to be a catalyst for the long term engagement of unreached peoples around the world by providing intensive World Christian training among unreached people groups living in the Twin Cities. He serves with a fantastic team along with his wife, Nicky and their two daughters Lilly and Liana.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Dave Rofkahr

      Center for Mission Mobilization, Springdale AR

      Dave Rofkahr has a tremendous background in grass roots campus ministry, in cross-cultural church planting (in Asia for thirteen years), and Business As Mission. He served as the International Director for all of Asia for EFCA ReachGlobal, its US Director of Recruiting/mobilization and now serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Mission Mobilization (www.mobilization.org). He is married with three children and now makes his home in Woodbury, Minnesota. He hopes to bring glory to God by using the talents and opportunities God has entrusted to him to strategically multiply healthy leaders and churches among all people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Mike Moline

      Wycliffe USA, Florence CO

      Mike Moline has served with family in support roles with Wycliffe USA since 2008. Mike has a BA in Math from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and BA in Chemistry from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's theology is profoundly shaped by 25 years of attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's favorite activity is telling of the impact of Bible translation and inviting everyone who will listen to consider how they can share in the joy of building Christ's Kingdom through involvement in Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Charles Lindquist

      World Mission Prayer League, Minneapolis MN

      Pr. Charles Lindquist Chuck Lindquist has served with the World Mission Prayer League since 1976, together with his wife, Cindy, and their three children. The Lindquists have served in Ecuador and in the Prayer League's Home Office in Minneapolis. In Ecuador, the Lindquists were assigned to church planting in the southern highlands. Chuck served as well as Director of a national Bible School. In 1986 Chuck became the Prayer League's Personnel Director in Minneapolis, and in 1997 he was installed as General Director. Chuck has attended Augsburg College (1974), Luther Seminary (1979), and Fuller Seminary (1991). The World Mission Prayer League is a Lutheran missionary society, fielding some 120 missionaries in nineteen countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Jim Bloom

      Innerchange, Minneapolis MN

      Jim and his wife Raquel serve in Minneapolis with InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor. They originally started the Minneapolis team in 1995 focusing on church planting among the unreached urban poor.They also serve on InnerCHANGE's Horizons team which is responsible for catalyzing and training new teams. Jim also served in the role of U.S. Regional Director for 7 years. Before joining InnerCHANGE, Jim served on the staff of Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis as minister for college-age, overseeing small groups and urban ministry. He also served briefly with YWAM in the Philippines. Jim has been married to Raquel for the past 37 years. They have two children. Jim has an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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.

    • Instructor

      Mike Neterer

      Bethany Gateways, Minneapolis MN

      Michael Neterer helped to mobilize 1,800 volunteers to “share Jesus with our Somali neighbors through literacy & friendship” as director of SALT - Somali Adult Literacy Training for 18 years. This ministry continues under Arrive Ministries Minneapolis, but now Michael has joined Bethany Gateways to "take the church where it is not, and help others do the same" because Jesus is worthy to be loved and obeyed in Somalia. Michael and his wife Sara met at Bethany Global University in Minnesota. In 1993, they served an 8-month internship in the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. They intended to return to the “field” after completing training, but in 1999 the Lord made it clear that their calling was “across the street.” Michael taught ESL at various Twin Cities institutes until he started SALT at the invitation of a Somali pastor in 2003. In 2010 he published his MA thesis, “Love Our Somali Neighbors,” as the capstone for the Organizational Management graduate degree at Concordia University St. Paul. He finished a second MA in Applied Anthropology from the Wycliffe affiliated Dallas International University focused on the “bible-less” languages of Somalia. Michael and Sara raised three boys to love and serve the Lord in the inner city of Minneapolis where they live, work and go to school.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) from 2011-2020 resettling and serving refugees in the Twin Cities. Bob has two MA degrees in Cross-Cultural Communications (Wheaton College) and Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary). Bob served on the faculty and administration at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya for 24 years teaching in the areas of Intercultural Studies, Islamics and Cross-Cultural Communications. He has traveled to more than 55 countries and has led church teams to Macedonia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and India. Bob is married to Donna, the daughter of missionaries to Liberia. They have 5 children, including two adopted sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Amenti Theophilos

      The Branch, Burnsville MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Valli passed away in November 2021 after a long battle with M.S. 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. Stan will continue to serve with World Partners as a traveling evangelist among Muslims and instructor for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Scott S

      Oral Bible Storying, Cokato MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Paul Hartford

      Bethany Global University, Plymouth MN

      Paul brings both a decade-long field experience from his service as a church planter and trainer in Southeast Asia and two decades of experience as a trainer of missionaries. He currently serves with Bethany Global University - a missionary training university located in Bloomington, MN. Paul holds a BA in Theology and Missions, an MA in Intercultural Studies and a PhD in Post-secondary and Adult Education. He and his wife Theresa have three adult children and nine grandchildren. They live in Plymouth, MN

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Nathan Scheele

      Willmar MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Torry Norling

      Jesus Film Project, Willmar MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Rick

      Minneapolis MN

      Rick planted churches among refugees in the US for over 20 years before moving to SE Asia to serve on a church planting team. During his time in Asia he was involved in developing an English vocational center as well as seeing a church planted among an UPG in that country. He now devotes his time living out his God given vision through a ministry called Engage Global. Engage Global exists to be a catalyst for the long term engagement of unreached peoples around the world by providing intensive World Christian training among unreached people groups living in the Twin Cities. He serves with a fantastic team along with his wife, Nicky and their two daughters Lilly and Liana.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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