La Puente, CA Spring 2019    Spring 2019
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Missions.  What exactly is this concept that all Christians are faced with?

When we dig into scripture, the Bible is clear: it is the calling of all Christians to spend themselves on behalf of the global Christian movement.  And when we look at the unfolding of history, we see how God has been advancing the love of Jesus Christ to all the nations, whether we choose to partner with Him or not.  Partnering with Him, however, involves an investment in and appreciation of the different cultures of the world as well as the implementation of different strategies to reach the unreached.

These are the components of Perspectives - the Biblicalhistoricalcultural, and strategic perspectives that all Christians should know in order to be an effective part of God's command to all of us: The Great Commission.

Come join us as we unpack God's plan and call for missions - Sunday, January 13, 2019

Class runs every Sunday 1pm to 4pm from January 13th to May 5th

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Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley 323 Workman Mill Road La Puente CA 91746

Contact: Alan Perera

626-529-4060

 
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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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      Mike Brown

      Redeemer Burbank, 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.

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      Date: Sunday, January 13, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Steve Weemes

      OMF International (U.S.), Placentia CA

      Steve and Kathi served with OMF International in Japan for 22 years. After teaching at Christian Academy (CAJ) for 8 years, Steve changed ministries and found great joy in house church network in the Tokyo area. Steve now leads OMF’s national movement to equip US churches to maximize their missions impact. Focusing on unreached people groups and mobilizing members to use their gifts for God’s glory are at the heart of this consulting ministry. He and Kathi have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      DawnEllen Jacobs

      Riverside CA

      DawnEllen Jacobs is a faculty mentor and professor at California Baptist University where she has been an active participant in the International Service Project program since 1998. She has a passion for discipling others with a desire to share the gospel with the nations and as led or been a part of more than 20 short-term ministry project teams around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 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).

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      Mike

      Torrance CA

      Mike and his wife, along with their three children, live and serve among one of the least reached people groups, with a Christian population around 0.002%. They are involved in discipling local believers, equipping national missionaries for more effective cross-cultural work, as well as coordinating various education and medical projects. Their hope is to see the reign of Christ transform individual lives and impact various segments of society.

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      Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Alan McMahan

      Biola University, La Mirada CA

      Dr. Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development, and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, bible school teachers, pastors, and denominational leaders throughout the U.S., Canada, and much of southeast Asia Henow works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Program.

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      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., Alhambra CA

      In his role as Area Director for International Students, Inc., Andy mobilizes and trains volunteers to share Christ's love with international students through one-one- one friendships, Bible studies, and activities. He also recruits, trains, and supervises a team that now includes 20 staff members. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Shanalea Atchison

      Sandals Church East Valley, Riverside CA

      Shanalea is wife to Adam Atchison, campus pastor of Sandals Church East Valley, mom to four active boys, and an elementary school teacher. She grew up with a love for the world, and God is teaching her what it means to love the world from her classroom and the local church. Her heart is to teach others what it means to live this out from right where they are.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      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, March 10, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Ron Binder

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Santa Ana CA

      Ron and his wife, Kathy, worked in Panama and Colombia for 23 years with Wycliffe. They completed a New Testament translation among the Wounaan people and also did extensive work in developing literacy materials, training pastors, teachers and artists, community development and ethnomusicology. They have published some 80 books in the Wounaan language besides the New Testament and have seen God raise up some 15 churches, all of which are led by Wounaan pastors without the presence of missionaries. Ron has been a speaker in Perspectives classes since 1994, has coordinated several classes himself and is Professor of Record for many of the classes in which he teaches. In the U.S. he is a speaker and events coordinator for Wycliffe, but he and Kathy also help facilitate ongoing ministry goals determined by the Wounaan church leaders by traveling to Panama 2-3 times a year. These goals include creating new media and written resources in their language for evangelism and outreach ministries. Currently working on Old Testament translation and discipleship materials.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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.

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      Alan Perera

      Evergreen SGV, South Pasadena CA

      While traveling abroad for a few years as a non-Christian, Alan felt that something was missing everywhere he went. Upon surrendering himself to Christ in the U.S., he realized that what the world needed was Jesus. Alan has been involved in a few short-term projects, mainly in Africa and mainly involving using media as a means to help mobilize the church. He desires to serve long-term, but is currently enjoying his time in the U.S., mobilizing and engaging with international students.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Troy Cooper

      Long Beach CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Larry

      GlobalGrace, Alhambra CA

      Larry & Charlotte Phillips served with the International Mission Board, SBC for 32 years and retired in September 2007. They initiated pioneer work among a large unreached people group in China and Larry served on the regional leadership team for 12 years supervising mission teams all over Asia. Larry is now serving as the Executive Director of GlobalGrace, a mission sending agency with missionaries in 40 countries. Charlotte & Larry are also much involved in reaching out to internationals students, especially those from 10/40 Window countries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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      Scott White

      Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena CA

      For over 20 years Scott White was in business in the San Gabriel Valley region, operating a contracting business that he began and built while attending UCLA, where he majored in English Literature and Creative Writing. In addition to operating his business, in 1999, Scott joined the staff of Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, Ca and pioneered the role of Missions Mobilization Coordinator. In 2003, he joined their pastoral team as Pastor of Global Outreach. He holds a Masters Degree in Global Leadership from Fuller Seminary. Scott's ministry focus has been on mission mobilization since the mid 80s. That role has taken him to 38 nations on 5 continents. He has served the Perspectives Movement in many ways having Coordinated over 20 classes, cohosted a Perspectives DVD series, as well as being a popular Perspectives instructor himself. Scott chairs two different Non-Profits focused on advancing the gospel among Least Reached Peoples.

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      Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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