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Perspectives | Loveland, CO | Spring 2019

You were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!





What is Perspectives?

 

Perspectives is a 15-week journey that examines the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s unchanging purpose to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

 

Perspectives is presented by 15 diverse and dynamic instructors, including agency leaders, authors, historians, missiologists and international workers. These instructors will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences, while using their expertise to engage you in the course material.
 



Class information
Sunday Nights | 3-6 pm
January 20 to May 5, 2019
(Orientation on Sunday, January 13th 3-6pm)
Foundations Church
1380 N Denver Ave, Loveland, CO  80537
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Enrollment Levels

Key Reading Level:  This level requires about 1 to 2 hours of reading per week with no written homework. There are five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. 

Certificate Level:  This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics.  It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections," and one research project due at the end of the course.  This level requires about 4 hours of work per week.

Credit Level:  A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours. More information and course syllabus available upon request.

Enrollment Fees

Certificate (recommended level): $250

Key Reading (minimal coursework): $250

Graduate and Undergraduate Credit (3 credit hours): $495

** Costs above include Reader and Study Guide **


Register and pay in full by 12/15/2018 and save $40.


Save $50 per additional family member when registering additional family members in the same household.


Not sure if Perspectives is for you? Sign up to visit Lessons 1 and 2 for free by choosing "First Night Free" on the Class Pricing link to the right. Can't make it the first night? Shoot us an email and we will help resolve any questions.


Key Reading Alumni wishing to upgrade to Certificate: $70


Note: Perspectives is unable to offer childcare.  But with the couples discount of $50, you can put that toward the cost of childcare and make Perspectives your weekly date night!


Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Location: Foundations Church 1380 N Denver Ave Loveland CO 80537

Contact: Linda Stotz

970-342-9575

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Come and get a preview of the semester. Ask your questions and get answers. Register, pick up your book. Etc.

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Patrick John Sokoll

      Beggars' Gate Church, Loveland CO

      Pat Sokoll Pastor Church planter Church coach/pastoral care International Mission support Marriage & Relational Ministry


    • Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 4:30 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.

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      Mike Brown

      The Family Table, Burbank CA

      Mike began his ministry by pastoring a local church in Los Angeles, then spent several years on the mission field in Mexico, where he started a training ministry called 'El Puente', which served as a bridge to equip short term missionaries and enable the local Body of Christ in Mexico to become self supporting apart from American funds. In 2008, Mike planted a church in Los Angeles, CA (Redeemer), and teaches Biblical Theology & Church Planting at Radius International, a 12 month training program in Tijuana, designed to equip missionaries to the unreached with the cultural, linguistic and Biblical skills necessary. In 2018, he transitioned out of local church ministry to start The Family Table, a non profit mobilizing churches to care for vulnerable children in the foster care system.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      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 3, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Jeff Lewis

      California Baptist University, Redlands CA

      Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, 2002-Present. A few ministry highlights:, Mobilizer, Church planter. Instructor/Trainer Perspective Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of "God's Heart for the Nations". I have been in 55 different countries helping with mobilization and field strategies. Married to Elaine McClary (44 years), seven children and 16 grand children (so far)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Jeff Johnson

      Frontiers, Gilbert AZ

      Jeff Johnson and his wife Roxanne have been working with Muslims since 1988. They have served on and led church-planting teams in India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan. They have witnessed firsthand the martyrdom of Muslim back-ground believers and fellow missionaries, birthed underground Christian fellowships in war torn countries, and seen the miraculous hand of God throughout the Muslim world. Jeff currently works in Frontiers' International Leadership group; Sending and Engagement - overseeing 30 sending bases and overseeing the Regional Strategy Coordinators (RSC) as the team leader. After being arrested and deported from Uzbekistan, Jeff and his wife Roxanne split their time working with Frontiers International Office in London and in Phoenix at the Frontiers US sending base (www.frontiersusa.org) as well as India, coaching CP teams. Jeff & Roxanne oversee three church planting teams, and spends several months each year in the field coaching and supporting these teams. Jeff is a popular speaker and preacher at large, specializing in training followers of Jesus to engage Muslims both domestically and globally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for 25 years as a local class coordinator, regional director, instructor, author and Perspectives Global trainer. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and numerous short-term trips into over 35 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Jack R.

      Parker CO

      With decades of pioneering experience in some of the world's most remote locations, Jack and his wife founded an INGO focused on impacting children in the Himalayas. With a strong emphasis on frontier mission strategy, Jack travels the world inspiring a new generation of mission enthusiasts to carry out Christ's commands with radical obedience. Thru aid & development work, the organization builds practical bridges into wide cross section of unreached people groups where they are able to exemplify the love of Christ."

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Maria P.

      Central Asia, Colorado Springs CO

      Maria P. has over 30 years of ministry experience. For the past 25 years her ministry has focused on unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. She has held leadership roles in both the field and at headquarters. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, trainings, and international events. Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in Theology from Princeton Seminary. Maria is a Colorado native. She and her husband have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with four children. Her life goal is to see people around the world have a chance to hear and respond to the incredible message of Jesus and truly live for the glory of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Amy Law

      YWAM, Cody WY

      Amy Law is a popular speaker, mobilizer and trainer, formerly with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After graduating from Williams College, she took Perspectives and it changed the course of her life. Amy served at Caleb Project and supervised over 40 Perspectives courses. Amy has served in positions including, the Director for YWAM Frontier Missions, Board Member for Frontiers USA, President of the International Society of Frontier Missiology, Project Director with Teen Mania and church Missions Director. She has served overseas in multiple capacities in Asia and the Middle East. She is married, has two energetic boys and lives in Cody, WY.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Andre Houssney

      Horizons International, Boulder CO

      André was born in Beirut, Lebanon during that country's civil war between Muslims and Christians. The son of a Lebanese father and an American mother, André was raised with an understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural communication. His ministry teaching and training with Horizons International has taken him to over 40 countries including four years spent ministering in his native Lebanon. Andre and his Thai-American wife Vanee have three boys; Elias, Silas and Ezra. Andre is also working on agricultural and business projects to establish the viability of the national churches and their missions programs. These Fair Trade businesses like Zambeezi and The Zambian Soap Company create funds to support native missionaries to Muslim regions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Bentley Tate

      Asia Heartbeat, Littleton CO

      Dr. Bentley Tate is a medical doctor with a long-standing interest in missions especially in the country of Myanmar in SE Asia. He is Director of the Emergency Department at his hospital in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He cofounded Asia Heartbeat in 2003 and serves as President. He holds both an M.D. and an M.Div.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      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: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      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, April 28, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Brian Post

      ELIC, Fort Collins CO

      Brian is an ordained minister of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church who served for 30 years in local church ministry as a youth worker and lead pastor before becoming a mobilizer for the English Language Institute China (and 12 other countries). His undergrad is in International Relations with an emphasis in the Middle East. His Masters is in Theology with an emphasis in Church History. He served for 5 years with World Venture as a pastor of an international church in Luzern, Switzerland and as a middle school and high school teacher of history, geography and Bible at the Black Forest Academy in Germany. He is a guitarist and mandolinist and a teacher of those, a history geek, a linguist and a communicator. He has been married 37 years and has four children and a grandson. He loves personal fitness, old movies and good coffee. He is deeply committed to the Great Commission to make disciples of all nations and to the task of equipping people to find their part in that story.

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      Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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