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Welcome to the Spring 2019 Cape Cod

Perspectives Class

15 WEEK CLASS, JANUARY 24 - MAY 16

 THURSDAYS, 6:30 - 9:00 PM


WHAT IS PERSPECTIVES?

Perspectives is a Christian education course designed to help believers learn more about God's heart for all nations and how believers worldwide can play an active role in the Great Commission. 

WHY PERSPECTIVES?

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

WHo Should Take Perspectives?

The short answer is anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord, who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to strategically invest their lives in seeing God glorified; for anyone who wants to gain insight and direction that will help them to impact their generation.

WHAT MAKES PERSPECTIVES UNIQUE?

Perspectives has a unique focus. Perspectives has a long and singular track record in the business of opening students' eyes to the Bible, world history, international culture, and God's purpose for it all in a way that no other course can offer.

Perspectives is also unique in that a different expert teaches each of the 15 sessions. This allows you to be exposed to people who specialize in the area they cover.

ENROLLMENT TYPES

Key Reading students attend class, read a few key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what they are learning) throughout the semester. Requires 1-2 hours of reading with no written homework assignments.

Certificate level earns a certificate of completion from the US Center for World Mission. It is the recommended level (over key reading) for getting the full impact of the course. The instructors are fantastic, but about 90% of the course is in the text, and at this level students are kept accountable to read. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate Perspectives in the future. The work involves about 3 - 4 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, and a project due at the end of the class.

Undergraduate credit is roughly 4-7 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, 2 exams, and a paper (10-15 pages) due at the end of the class. As with graduate credit, if students are planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

Graduate credit is roughly 5-8 hours reading per week, with weekly quizzes on the reading, 2 exams (including several essay questions), and a paper (18-20 pages) due at the end of the class. Depending on the credit-granting school, there may be additional work required. As with undergraduate credit, if students planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to see ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

HOW MUCH DOES PERSPECTIVES COST?

Key Reading & Certificate Level - $300

Undergraduate & Graduate Level - $600

*Prices include cost of Study Guide and Reader

Perspectives Alumni:
If you have taken Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in the past, you can take the course again for free or a very minimal cost. Look for the Alumni - Key Reading option when registering.

WHY DOES PERSPECTIVES COST SO MUCH?

In reality, the Perspectives course is a bargain. Each session costs a little more than going to a movie, but offers a far better return than mere entertainment. You are getting a glimpse into the eternal purpose of God in a way you will never forget. If you look at it in terms of investment instead of cost, the value of the course will far exceed the money invested.

The fees for the class are based on the travel expenses for speakers, administrative costs, costs for class materials, etc. This is necessary to ensure the quality of the program.

Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Covenant Community Church 360 Quaker Meeting House Rd. E. Sandwich MA 02537

Contact: Allison Deyo

(508) 566-2000

 
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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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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted simple churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Rebecca Kim

      New England Perspectives Study Program, South Hamilton MA

      Rebecca Kim has been involved in Perspectives on the World Christian Movement for 20 years. She has coordinated and taught classes in the Chicago and Boston area. She has a passion to see God's glory throughout all the earth. Besides mobilization, she has gone on numerous short-term trips and spent a year in India with her family. She has also had extensive involvement with internationals and immigrants/refugees. Currently, she and her husband live in South Hamilton, MA with their two wonderful daughters. She homeschools and serves as the New England Regional Director for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 47 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 50 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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).

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      Stephen Vannah

      SIM USA, Lee MA

      Stephen Vannah is an ordained pastor, has been the field leader for SIM in Senegal for about ten years. He is presently the Northeastern Regional Director for SIM. He and his wife live in Western MA. They have two daughters. He holds a Masters in New Testament Studies, an MDiv. and a DMin. His current responsibilities involve a considerable amount of traveling to churches, Christian colleges and institutions to preach, teach seminars and workshops on missions, leadership and synergetic teamwork. He teachers Missions, at Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 14, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      David Ro

      OMF International, South Hamilton MA

      David Ro currently serves as the Director for the J. Christy Wilson Center for World Missions at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the Regional Director for the Lausanne movement of East Asia. David is a graduate of Wheaton College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Peking University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 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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      Michele C

      International Church at Yale, New Haven CT

      Michele serves in an oversight role for a Christian humanitarian organization working among the poor in North Africa. She also serves part-time as co-pastor with her husband, Joseph, at the International Church at Yale - an outreach to international scholars and their families - in New Haven, Connecticut, where she and her husband are based living in an inner city neighborhood while also spending time each year in North Africa and other Muslim-majority regions. Michele and her family lived and worked for over 15 years in North Africa in one of the poorest nations on earth. For several years she directed a Maternal-Child Health program providing health education, nutritional monitoring and supplementation to 15,000 malnourished children and mothers. She also helped to oversee their organization’s wider work in agriculture, literacy, education and microcredit. In addition to her oversight responsibilities in North Africa, she also does consulting for NGOs in other nations. Her areas of expertise and interest include public health and nutrition in developing nations, cross-cultural communication issues in Islamic societies, and the concerns and challenges of Muslim women. During their 15 years in North Africa, Michele and her family lived among the poor as the poor. Michele and her husband rented two small rooms in an urban dwelling with two local families, without running water or electricity, sharing an outdoor latrine with them. It was a transformative experience for her and for her friends and neighbors. Michele holds a B.S.N. in nursing from Duke University and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (concentration: Islamic Studies) from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Through hard work and God’s grace she speaks fluent Arabic and French, and has some knowledge of German, Spanish and Koiné Greek. Michele and her husband Joseph are parents of twins – a daughter and a son – born in 1992. She homeschooled her twins from kindergarten through eighth grade. By God’s grace she has learned to live with the challenges of endometriosis and ADHD and so to say, “…we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Dan Darko

      Wenham MA

      A New Testament Professor at Gordon College. A native of Ghana, Dan served as a Director in Youth for Christ (Ghana), Dean of Students at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Croatia), Seminary and University chaplain in Croatia and Ghana, and local church pastoral positions in Ghana, Croatia, England (Fulham–London) and the Poconos (PA) United States. He was educated in Ghana, Croatia and England. Dan and his family (Maryl his wife and two daughters, Esther and Debbie) live in South Hamilton, MA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 14, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Jason Wakefield

      Christ Presbyterian, Nashua NH

      Presbyterian minister in New Hampshire and Mobilizer Coordinator for Global Equip. Living in Nashua, NH since 2004. Does historical tours for the purpose of inspiring folks towards revival and missions. Married to Allison, 3 adult children and a Belgium Malinois named Lucca

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      Joe has been with Pioneers for 15 years. Previously., he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Judy A.

      Pioneers, South Yarmouth MA

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      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: Thursday, April 11, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Robert Antonucci

      Frontiers/EPC, Wenham MA

      Robert has worked in Church-planting and Development work in Central Asia in a war torn country 15 of the last 20 years. He and his wife and 3 children have led Frontiers Church-planting teams in new areas most of that time. Rob has an MA in World Christianity and teaches Christians insights useful in understanding Islam/Muslims in the world today. He is working on an MDiv. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is Assistant Director of the Dr J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Rick and Julie S.

      Wareham MA

      Rick and Julie S. currently work as full-time missionaries and are involved in mobilizing teams to ignite church planting movements with unengaged, unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. Rick and Julie have recently left their vocational careers in Finance (Rick) and Occupation Therapy (Julie) to pursue their passion for reaching the unreached. Rick and Julie have been married for 31 years and have 3 children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Paul Martindale

      Pioneers, Lynnfield MA

      Paul Martindale worked for 18 years in North Africa in church planting and as a tent-maker with Arab World Ministries(AWM). He was AWM's Morocco Country leader and Area Director for North Africa. Paul currently serves as Islamicist and ministry consultant for Pioneers in the USA where he trains churches how to reach Muslims living in their communities. Paul is the director of the Summer Institute on Islam in Philadelphia and has a D.Min in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies. He is Ranked Adjunct Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and Cross-Cultural Ministry at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He and his wife Michele have three children. They live in the Boston area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Steve Baldwin

      Create International Mobile Production & Training Team, Falmouth MA

      Steve is an award-winning American filmmaker serving with Create International since 2009. Steve ran his own video production business in New England for several years specializing in promotional videos for Christian nonprofits and corporations. In 2006 on a trip to Africa with World Vision he heard God’s call to become a full-time media missionary. Steve and his wife Allyson are now leading the Create International Mobile Production & Training Team focused on mobile filmmaking training and cross-cultural movie production, and intend to produce more movies for unreached people groups.

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      Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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