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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SUNDAYS, JANUARY 26 - MAY 10, 2020

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM

Location: Country Inn & Suites Conference Center 4257 Haines Road Duluth MN 55811

Contact: Cole Grace

(218) 393-0156

 
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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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      Joshua Rolf

      Lynchburg VA

      Joshua grew up in Honolulu Hawaii, the cultural melting pot of the pacific. He was educated at California Baptist University (where he took perspectives under Jeff Lewis), before finishing up a seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Joshua spent the following 13 years serving and leading the Missions Ministry for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He was responsible for over 50 trips sent out by the church nationally and internationally. In addition to mobilizing short-term, he has been involved in the development of many long-term overseas strategies including the development of a Bible Institute along the Amazon River, training indigenous leaders theologically to plant/shepherd village churches and vocationally to provide for their families through government co-ops. Joshua has also served on the advisory council of a number of different non-profits including Seed Effect, an evangelical Micro-Finance Ministry in South Sudan. Currently he serves as the Director of Church Relationships for Launch Global - helping local churches recruit, train, and send Long Term Missionaries to the unreached peoples of the world. Joshua and his wife Maria live in Lynchburg, Va.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Tom Steller

      Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis MN

      Tom Steller, M.Div. Academic Dean, Vice President Tom was born in Excelsior, Minnesota. He grew up Roman Catholic. When he was 16, he committed his life to Christ. After he graduated from Bethel College with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, he pursued further training at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul) and Fuller Seminary Steller_2009_small(Pasadena, California). He graduated from Fuller with an M.Div. From 1980-82 he worked part-time with college students at Bethlehem, taught Greek at Bethel College, and finished his seminary studies at Bethel Seminary. In 1982, Tom was ordained and came on Bethlehem’s staff full-time as Pastor for Students and Adult Education. In 1984, his position was changed to Pastor for Students and Missions. In 1989, his position was changed once again to Pastor for Missions and Leadership Development. In 1990-91 Tom and his family served at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. After returning to Bethlehem, Tom resumed his position until 1996, when he was asked to devote some of his time to developing and serving in the position of Executive Pastor. In 1997, after Bethlehem called its first full-time Executive Pastor, Tom was given a study leave at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, where he designed The Bethlehem Institute for Bible, Theology, and Missions. In 1998, Tom returned to Bethlehem and implemented the vision for TBI. Upon the arrival of Bethlehem’s first full-time Foreign Missions Pastor in the Spring of 2002, Tom’s pastoral heart and missions passion began being expressed as Pastor for Leadership Development and Dean of TBI. In 2009 TBI became Bethlehem College and Seminary where where Tom was appointed to serve as the Academic Dean for 10 years. He is now serving as Dean of Global and Alumni Outreach and Associate Professor of New Testament, while continuing his pastoral duties with the church. Tom and his wife, Julie, are the happy parents of Hannah, Ruth, Katie, Nate, CJ, and Emma. He and Julie are now glad to be grandparents as well. The Stellers live in the Elliot Park Neighborhood, just a few-minutes walk from the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 2, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Adam Steinbock

      Crossroads Community Church, Sheboygan WI

      Adam currently serves as the Staff and Counseling Pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Sheboygan, Wis. - an 11-year-old, 3rd generation church plant that meets at a local elementary school. He and his wife, Tabitha, have a passion for church planting, both here in Wisconsin, but also around the world. Over the past seven years he has been on short-term church planting mission trips to Ecuador, Israel and Russia with e3 Partners Ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 9, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Kyle Eaton

      Duluth MN

      Kyle and his wife Liz moved to Duluth in 2006 to begin the work of planting Rock Hill Community Church, where he now oversees primary preaching, leading the Elder and Leadership Teams and the pastoral staff. His passions include preaching the gospel, training leaders, and encouraging other pastors and church planters. Kyle received his bachelors degree in History and Bible from Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN. His passion is to see a multiplying church planting movement spring up in Northern Minnesota, Northwest Wisconsin and around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Jim Bloom

      Innerchange, Minneapolis MN

      Jim has been the Minneapolis Director for InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor, for the past 24 yrs. He has also served as the U.S. Regional Director for 7 yrs. transitioning out of that position in 2018. He has been married to Raquel for the past 33 years. They have two children. Jim served briefly with Youth With a Mission in Manila, Philippines, then with Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis as minister for college-age, overseeing small groups and urban ministry. In 1995, Jim and Raquel were sent out from Bethlehem to start a team with InnerCHANGE in south Minneapolis that would focus on church planting among the unreached urban poor. Jim has an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 23, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Paul Van Der Werf

      GoCorps, Minneapolis MN

      Paul Van Der Werf caught a vision for the least reached peoples globally after going on a short term mission trip in college. Since then he’s lived and ministered in the Red Light District of Amsterdam and in a border town in Mexico and has traveled to over 40 countries. He’s passionate about college students going after their dreams and finding the place where their passions intersect with God’s global dream. He is the founder and executive director of GoCorps [www.GoCorps.org] – an on-ramp for recent grads to serve globally for two years. He and his wife Julia are based in Minneapolis where you can most often find him biking or playing a pickup game of Ultimate.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 1, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and is now the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) resettling and serving refugees in the Twin Cities. Bob has two MA degrees in Cross-Cultural Communications (Wheaton College) and Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary). Bob served on the faculty and administration at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya for 24 years teaching in the areas of Intercultural Studies, Islamics and Cross-Cultural Communications. He has traveled to more than 55 countries and has led church teams to Macedonia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and India. Bob is married to Donna, the daughter of missionaries to Liberia. They have 5 children, including two adopted sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      David Livingston

      Bethlehem Baptist Church, Burnsville MN

      In 2009 my wife and I completed a sabbatical journey to South Africa & the British Isles to study the famous lives of John Bunyan, William Carey, & David Livingstone . . . seeing all sorts of places from Capetown to Hadrian's Wall! This year we will have completed 25 years of service at our current church and 41 years altogether. And we are the delighted grandparents of 8 grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 years to 6 months.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 15, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      David Addink

      Rock Hill Community Church, Duluth MN

      My family and I served in a Muslim majority country for 8 1/2 years. While there I facilitated a Bible training course, oversaw a ministry to Chinese college students, taught courses in World Missions, World Religions, and Old Testament at an International School and oversaw a church planting team targeting the Malay Muslim majority and Middle Eastern International Students. Since returning the US I have served at Christ Community Church in Iowa, and now Rock Hill Community Church of Duluth, MN. I have created and taught leadership development courses, led global and local ministry teams and oversee short-term mission trips and long-term global partnerships.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 22, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Jeremy Kim

      Engage Global, Saint Paul MN

      Jeremy and his wife, Renee, have been the Twin Cities Coordinators for the Perspectives course for the past decade. Through Perspectives, they were awakened to God's heart to receive worship from all the nations of the earth. Multiple exposures to the unreached people groups in multiple countries, as well as ministering to international students and refugees, only solidified their desire to serve the global Church in completing the Great Commission. The Kims are blessed to serve with Engage Global, a missions mobilization agency that aims to equip churches in planting more churches in the least-reached areas of the world. Before joining Engage Global, Jeremy was a supervisor at a mental health clinic where more than 15 languages were spoken daily. Jeremy is also humbled to be able to serve as the Elder of Global Outreach at New City of Nations Church, a local multi-ethnic body where more than a dozen nations gather to worship. Jeremy and Renee's heart is to see the Bride of Christ be in full obedience to Christ’s Mandate for the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 29, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      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: Sunday, April 5, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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

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      Mike Brown (pictured) and Jim Ardill

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 19, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Brent Nelson

      The Landing, Duluth MN

      Brent was born into a pastor’s home and trusted Christ as a child. After college he married Kathy and together they have two children Benjamin and Ruth. Brent has studied at Bethel Seminary, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He has served as pastor in churches in Minneapolis, Detroit and Duluth. In 2017 he help to launch and now pastors a church in Duluth called The Landing.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 26, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Jim Stevens

      Fr., Portland OR

      Training in Biology and Environmental Science Worked as agricultural consultant and water quality specialist 6 years in Uganda in late 80's early 90's as agriculture development specialist. 4 years in Kyrgyzstan (06 thru 09) teaching in national ag university and doing projects outside of capitol. Currently Pac NW area director for recruiting and mobilization for a mission agency.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 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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      Charles Lindquist

      World Mission Prayer League, Minneapolis MN

      Pr. Charles Lindquist Chuck Lindquist has served with the World Mission Prayer League since 1976, together with his wife, Cindy, and their three children. The Lindquists have served in Ecuador and in the Prayer League's Home Office in Minneapolis. In Ecuador, the Lindquists were assigned to church planting in the southern highlands. Chuck served as well as Director of a national Bible School. In 1986 Chuck became the Prayer League's Personnel Director in Minneapolis, and in 1997 he was installed as General Director. Chuck has attended Augsburg College (1974), Luther Seminary (1979), and Fuller Seminary (1991). The World Mission Prayer League is a Lutheran missionary society, fielding some 120 missionaries in nineteen countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020

      Time: 2:30 PM to 5:15 PM

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