Brownsburg, IN F19    Fall 2019
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Perspectives is a 15 week course that will change the way you see the world around you. You will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God.  Each week you will from a different speaker as they teach on the Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic perspective of God's plan for the nations. You will gain a deeper understanding of how you can take part in God's work all over the world, whether it is close to home or far away. 

This course is for anyone who desires a deeper relationship with God and His purposes for our lives.

Course Levels:

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.

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. 

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

Meeting at: 

Connection Pointe Christian Church
1800 N. Green Street
Brownsburg, IN 46112
 8/13/19 thru 11/19/19
Tuesdays: 
6:30 pm to 9 pm  


For more information contact:
Karin Daun at
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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Connection Pointe Christian Church 1800 N. Green Street Brownsburg IN 46112

Contact: Karin Daun

(317) 997-0326

 
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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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      Len Bartlotti

      Frontiers, Springfield MO

      Leonard N. (Len) Bartlotti, Ph.D. is a well-known speaker, author, mobilizer, educator and strategy consultant to faith-based organizations in the Middle East/Asia. He and his wife Debi served 14 years among one of the world's largest Muslim people groups. Dr. Len is a passionate communicator who combines a love for students with deep empathy and understanding of other cultures. He and his wife Debi, a nurse midwife and licensed Spiritual Director, have been married for over 45 years, and have three married adult children, and six grandsons, and live in Springfield, Missouri.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Colin Abbey

      Noblesville IN

      For the last 10 years, my family and I lived in the Middle East working in church planting, community development, and business as missions. We have 4 boys, 2 of whom were born in our host country. We moved back to the USA in October 2016 in order to take a pastoral position there. We are excited about mobilizing people at our church to further engage in God's mission to recruit more worshippers while we remain involved in the work happening in the Middle East.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Samya Johnson

      Call of Love Ministries , Cincinnati OH

      Samya was born into a Christian family in Beirut, Lebanon. She accepted Christ at age six. As a result of living for 14 years in the Lebanese Civil (1975-1989), Samya grew up to hate Muslims. God saved her from actual death three times. Healing from bitterness took place during college when Samya worked in a Christian radio ministry. She started corresponding with Muslim listeners, answering their questions about Christianity and getting to know them personally. She could see them, for the first time, as people needing Jesus, just like her. Samya lived in three Middle Eastern countries serving among Muslims before to the US with her family in 1999. She is the co-founder of Call of Love Ministries. 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: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 10, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Crescent Project, Columbus IN

      My missions interest was birthed in college. During my senior year I took Perspectives and it greatly affected my life. I went into missions mobilization for a few years. I also participated in two different ethnographic research trips in the Muslim world for the purposes of church planting. My family and I served 10 years in Kazakhstan, Central Asia on a church planting team. Currently I am on staff with Crescent Project, a ministry that reaches out to Muslims throughout North America. I am married to Maria and we have four children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      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 area director Interserve USA, Student Volunteer Movement USA, founder of Legacy Muslim Ministry conference

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Nate Irwin

      Fishers IN

      Born and raised in Pakistan by missionary parents, Nate has spent a total of 29 years in that country. From 1986-2000, he and his wife served as missionaries with TEAM in Pakistan. He has now been at College Park Church in Indianapolis for 12 years in the global outreach department.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Dan Crum

      Brownsburg IN

      Dan taught school band 4 years before switching to a missionary career in East Africa. Dan and his wife Connie arrived in Kenya with their young children in 1988. They spent ten years in church-planting and evangelism among the rural Maasai of Kenya, followed by 16 years in Nairobi. During their Nairobi time, Dan's ministry included materials production, leadership training, national church guidance and team leadership. Dan and Connie co-ministered in missionary care in East Africa their last five years before returning to the USA in 2014. After receiving his MA in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary that same year, Dan began his current role as Global Impact Director at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg, IN. Dan also serves with Missionary Care Catalysts and is on the board of Asian Partners. Dan and Connie have 3 adult children, all married, and 4 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Jim Lo

      , Marion IN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Eric Black

      Berne IN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Steven Thompson

      Gods Grace Community Church, Indianapolis IN

      Dr. Thompson is the founder and senior pastor of God's Grace Community Church,Indianapolis, IN. In 2008, he co-founded God's Grace Community Church, Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Thompson began preaching at the tender age of 20 and has traveled the globe preaching and teaching the gospel with his unique ability to connect with people of various cultures. Dr. Thompson is a strong community activist and leader in the Indianapolis inner-city. He works with the Community Network of Concerned Clergy and sits on the Board of Operation Hope, Inc., a local non-for-profit group that is community oriented in serving the homeless, jobless, ex-offenders, peer to peer training, family counseling, individual assessments and the low income community. He also oversees work for Operation Hopes' non-ambulatory transportation and charter bus service, Indy Friendly Travels,

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Heather

      Louisville KY

      Heather served as a missionary in restricted access countries in Asia for 16 years. As a teacher of English as a Second Language, she has taught in several universities in Asia and the U.S. Heather and her husband also worked in community development while serving as church planters. Their focus is the Persian-speaking peoples of Muslim Central Asia. With the loss of numerous friends and acquaintances to targeted attacks, Heather and her husband and two teenagers personally learned the cost of valuing obedience over safety. Heather currently works in Student Affairs at a local university and volunteers with Central Asian refugees and immigrants.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Richard Mendola

      International Friendships, Hilliard OH

      Rich was born in Buffalo, NY, the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God. Through reading the New Testament he learned that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news. Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation . At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling. In 1979 Rich and Janet attended.the Urbana Mission Conference. There Rich sensed a call to full time cross-cultural ministry. In 1980 he began to work full-time with international students in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Janet attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. In 1987 they moved to Athens, Ohio to open a new ministry to international students while Janet fulfilled her obligation to the National Health Service Corp – a program placing physicians in shortage areas. In 1991, Rich and Janet moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director. He also leads Bible studies and does 1-1 discipleship with students. He has written several Bible studies for internationals. He has served as the Chairperson for the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals. Rich has also helped to plant two churches. He currently serves as lead pastor for All Nations Christian Fellowship. During Rich’s 29 years of service among internationals hundreds have come to know Jesus and many have returned as effective witnesses of Jesus among their own people. The kingdom of God is advancing among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists because of the ministry to internationals. Jesus can share many wonderful and dramatic stories of God’s work among internationals. Rich is a regular speaker at missions conferences, evangelistic outreaches, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and is a lecturer at Vineyard Leadership Institute. Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats. Rich’s spiritual gifts are leadership, exhortation, and evangelism.

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      Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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