Nashua, NH    Spring 2020
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"At some point in time during Perspectives, we began to look at the
world from God's point of view and not our own"


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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

  • Matthew 28:19-20

WHAT IS PERSPECTIVES?

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 rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers 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 HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a parent-at-home, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.


Perspectives brings unity and purpose to the world wide body of Christ to see Him glorified among all the people groups of the earth.

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?

First session is free! Come and try it out. You will be glad you did!

Multi-level registration option available:

* Key Reading: similar to audit 

* Certificate: Recommended: More reading and review work to get the full impact from the course

Undergraduate & Graduate Credit: Earn University Credits with this course through Trinity International University

* High School Credit: Including Home School, available through Excelsior College/NCCRS

* ACSI Continuing Education Units: 7 CEUs, 3 Bible & 4 Education 

Cost:  $280 for Key Reading and Certificate, and $600 for Credit. 

*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.

Where Crossway Christian Church

Downtown, 33 Pine St., Nashua, NH 03060


When: 15 Wednesdays starting March 4, 2020, 6:15 PM-9:00 PM

 First Two Classes Free 


Endorsed by Dave Smith

Crossway Christian Church Downtown Pastor


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Class Info

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Crossway Christian Church Downtown 33 Pine St. Nashua NH 03060

Contact: David and Merejo Dussair

(913) 244-2992

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      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 51 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: Wednesday, March 4, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 2 Video Instruction

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 3 Video Instruction

      Redlands CA

      Jeff Lewis

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 4 Video Instruction

      Glendale CA

      John Lo

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 5 Video Instruction

      Charlotte NC

      Phillip Nelson (pictured) and Steve Hawthorne

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 6 Video Instruction

      Austin TX

      Yvonne Huneycutt (pictured) and Scott Sunquist

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 7 Video Instruction

      Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho (pictured) and Andrew Pearce

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 8 Video Instruction

      Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend (pictured) and Mary Ho

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 9 Video Instruction

      Salt Lake City UT

      Bruce Koch (pictured) and Todd Ahrend

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 10 Video Instruction

      Lexington SC

      Dennis Cochrane (pictured) and Pam Arlund

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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.

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      Lesson 11 Video Instruction

      West Hills CA

      Colleen Wong

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 12 Video Instruction

      Burbank CA

      Mike Brown (pictured) and Jim Ardill

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 13 Video Instruction

      Kansas City MO

      Pam Arlund (pictured) and Bobby Gupta

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 14 Video Instruction

      Fayetteville AR

      Brian Hogan (pictured) and Nathan J’Diim

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020

      Time: 6:15 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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      Lesson 15 Video Instruction

      Stillwater OK

      Bryan Padgett (pictured) and Richard Coleman

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020

      Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

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