Goshen, IN F19    Fall 2019
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GOSHEN AREA PERSPECTIVES

 15 Life-Changing Weeks   15 Challenging Topics

September 3 thru December 9,  Monday (except Sept 3, Tuesday)

6 pm to 9 pm

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FREE Pre-course Informational Class - August 19 @ 6 pm

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 Classes held at:  Harvest Community Church

17285 CR 34, Goshen, IN  (across from Elkhart County Fairgrounds)

Contact:   or 574-537-8630

"Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is designed to give you a fresh and deeper understanding of God’s redemptive plan for all of mankind. You can find your part in His work right in your own community or, anywhere-- from the rain-forests to cities around the globe. 

Pricing

  • $250 per student before August 20
  • $275 per student after August 20
  • Click on the "Pricing" tab for discounts
  • Check with your church coordinator for other possible discounts
Course Levels

  • Key Reading:  This level requires about 1 to 2 hours of reading per week. There are five "personal reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. 
  • Certificate:  This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves weekly review 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:  A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours. More information, pricing, and course syllabus available upon request.

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

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rainforest and deserts of distant lands. 

Fifteen classes, featuring fifteen different instructors, bring unique and varied perspectives from their lives, with fresh insight and relevant information on the current lesson topic. These Christian leaders come from Christian ministries, colleges and missions organizations.  They will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.


Consider how your God-given gifts can help bring the Good News to the world. 

COME JOIN US FOR AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY!


Class Info

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Harvest Community Church 17285 County Road 34 Goshen IN 46528

Contact: Tim Morningstar

574-537-8630

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

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    • Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Wayne De Wet

      OnePlusGod Ministries, Marion OH

      Wayne de Wet and his family had the privilege to grow up in the lovely, and very diverse South Africa. Wayne had learned since childhood how to put his trust in God no matter what, and how precious time is to make a difference to God’s glory! Over the years Wayne gained a global perspective, through his studies and missions involvement in Africa, Haiti, Indonesia and Thailand. He does not only have a burning passion for God’s Word, but also a broken heart for the lost, that inspired him to start OnePlusGod Ministries to continuously pursue mission mobilization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Luke Kuepfer

      The Truth Made Simple, Prospect Heights IL

      Luke Kuepfer is founder and former Field Director of Global Tribes Outreach, a non-profit organization based in Southeast Asia committed to church planting and social work. He has a Masters in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary and currently resides in Prospect Heights, IL with his wife Amy. Their three children—Brittany, Courtney, and Jamin are all in college. Luke is dedicated to motivating the church toward missional thinking and practice in all areas of life. He firmly believes that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change. Luke has extensive experience in missions mobilization, leadership training, and team development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 9, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • 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: Monday, September 16, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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).

    • Instructor

      Samya Johnson

      Call of Love Ministries , Cincinnati OH

      Samya was born into a Christian family in Beirut, Lebanon. She accepted Christ at age six. Samya lived in three Middle Eastern countries serving among Muslims before coming to the US with her family in 1999. She and her husband Mike founded of Call of Love Ministries in 2001. She hosts English TV and radio programs. She continues to author publications and teach seminars that equip believers to reach Muslims. Samya’s 20+ years of Islamic research, writing, teaching, and working among Muslims bring a fresh and enthusiastic outlook about evangelism to Muslims. Samya resides with her family in Ohio. www.calloflove.org | samya@calloflove.org | 832-220-4040

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

      Time: 1:00 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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      Bruce Huseby

      Calvary Church, Grand Rapids MI

      Have served in Pastoral Ministry for 44 years. 24 in Student Ministries in churches in Iowa, Michigan, Florida and Colorado. The past 20+ years as Missions Pastor in Colorado and Michigan. Married for 40 years, 4 children and 7 grandchildren. The passion of my life is to see people develop a Great Commission passion flowing from a Great Commandment heart. Currently serve as chair of the Central Asia Consultation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 30, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Charles White

      spring arbor university, Spring Arbor MI

      Chuck White has taught the life of Jesus to Islamic studies majors in Nigeria, Perspectives to students in the Philippines, Bible stories to teachers in India, evangelism to physicians in Mexico, and hermeneutics to pastors in Iraq. He is professor of Christian Thought and History at Spring Arbor University where he teaches Perspectives as a regular college class.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Luke Fetters

      Huntington University, Huntington IN

      Luke Fetters is professor of Ministry & Missions and founder/director of Huntington University's Institute for TESOL Studies. Luke served in Macau from 1986 until 1997 as the director of the English Language Program, a conversational English program for adults in Macau. While in Macau, he helped to establish the United Brethren Mission and plant two local churches. Luke serves as a consultant in English teaching methodology to numerous school districts and universities in China.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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

      DR. Barbara Yandell

      Hope for the Nations, Holland MI

      President Hope for the Nations, director of Engage Course and teacher at Horizons International, ordained RCA minister, Interserve USA, founder of Legacy Muslim Ministry conference

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Doug Gehman

      Globe International, Pensacola FL

      Doug has been involved in full-time missions since 1978 ministering in over 50 nations. He founded a outreach and church planting ministry in Thailand and Sri Lanka. Doug and his team saw the ministry grow in Sri Lanka to a church planting movement of nearly 100 congregations and 35,000 members. Doug is the President/Director of Globe International which is headquartered in Pensacola, FL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 28, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Estera Pirosca Escobar

      International Friendships, Inc., Columbus OH

      With a calling from God and a gift for writing and speaking, Estera uses her voice for such a time as this. Originally from Romania, Estera came to the US as an international student. Estera has been involved in international student ministry in various forms over the past 12 years and has seen tremendous fruit among internationals both here in the US and when they return home or in other places as God leads them. God has given Estera opportunities to have a national impact in mobilizing the body of Christ for missions through her full time role as National Training Manager for International Friendships Inc; and an international impact through her role as delegate for the Lausanne North America Strategy Group for International Student Ministry. Estera is also a writer for Our Daily Bread and blesses many around the world through her devotionals. Estera is married to a global nomad, Francisco, who is originally from Chile. They live in Columbus, Ohio and enjoy showing hospitality to people from all over the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 4, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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

      Ginny Feldmann

      Outreach/Mentoring, Elgin IL

      Ginny Feldmann is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Illinois State University, earning her B.S.ed (elementary education) in 1980. She earned her M.A. in Intercultural Studies from Wheaton Graduate School in 1995. She was raised by missionary parents in Pakistan and returned to serve with SIM (Serving In Mission) for 18 years, mentoring young girls in Bible teaching and evangelism to nomads. She also conducted Bible studies with believing women, neighborhood visitation and children’s evangelistic Bible classes, often using “Javed”, her ventriloquist dummy. She served on SIM’s Pakistan Area Council for several years. Since 2003 she has been reaching out to South Asians in the Chicago area while mentoring local believers to do so, as part of SIM’s Chicago Culture ConneXions team.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 11, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Kent Parks

      Beyond. Formerly "Act Beyond" and "Mission to Unreached Peoples", Plano TX

      http://beyond.org/president/ Kent Parks is President and CEO of Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & "Mission to Unreached Peoples"). See beyond.org for a powerful video. This mission sending organization is focused on launching Disciple-Making Movements (also called Church Planting Movements) among the Unreached People Groups of the world. This 29% of the world does not have even access to witness of word or deed about Jesus in any kind within their culture. Act Beyond is focused on global collaboration to change this spiritual injustice. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Muslims in Asia for 20 years. They continue to lead regular Disciple-Making Movement trainings around the world. He continues to occasionally teach graduate courses in mission strategy. Previously, he coordinated outreach strategies for Unreached People Groups, and developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. Kent also pastored in Texas for 7 years before going to the mission field. He has been a seminary professor, the academic dean of a seminary and has taught internationally in a graduate school. Kent is Co-Facilitator for the Ethne (a global network of UPG-focused leaders; is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and is Senior Assoc. for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 18, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Carolyn C. and Ronald L. Klaus

      Hope In View, Inc., Goshen IN

      Drs. Ron and Carolyn Klaus work in Ethiopia under the auspices of Hope In View, Inc., to help churches convert “decisions for Christ” into wholistic sustainable transformation of individuals, churches, communities, and cultures. They have had amazing opportunities there to witness and participate in what God is doing both spiritually and economically in several of Ethiopia’s demographic sectors. Dr. Ronald Klaus is a professor of chemical engineering turned pastor. Dr. Carolyn Klaus is an internist known as founder of Esperanza Health Center in Philadelphia and author of Prescription for Hope.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

      Time: 6:00 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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      Date: Monday, December 9, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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