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CARMEL PERSPECTIVES

 15 Life-Changing Weeks   15 Challenging Topics

January 9 thru April 23, Thursdays (except April 9)

6:30 pm to 9:15 pm

 Classes held at:  Harvest  Church

14550 River Rd. Carmel, IN 46033

Contact:   or 317-900-7200

"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

  • $200 per student before November 15, 2019
  • $240 per student after November 16, 2019
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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: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Harvest Church 14550 River Rd. Carmel IN 46033

Contact: Jason Kandel

(317) 900-7200

 
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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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      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children.

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      Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Gerald Robison

      To All Nations, Daytona Beach FL

      Dr Robison presents Lessons #1 or #2 with a fast-paced, humor-filled interaction that leaves students in a state of joyful conviction, new understanding and primed with motivation. Gerald authored and co-authored 8 books: "Cat and Dog Theology" being the best-known. He has had an international ministry of teaching and training Bible teachers and pastors stretching over 40 years and over 24 countries, including Australia, Netherlands, the Middle East, parts of Africa, Europe and the former Soviet countries. He is the Founding President of "To All Nations", Vice-President for UnveilinGLORY, and often speaks at conferences around the nation and the world. He is also a strategist, coach and mentor to churches and pastors through "Issachar Initiative". Dr Robison has taught in over 24 countries and worked with "Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in many of those for the past 35 years.

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      Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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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      Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Randy Spacht

      One Mission Society, Whiteland IN

      Randy Spacht served with One Mission Society for 17 years in Colombia, and for the past 19 years in several leadership roles with OMS in Greenwood, IN. Currently, Randy is the executive director of international ministries for OMS.

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      Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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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      Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Rickey Hudson

      Fellowship International Mission, Westfield IN

      Rick and Carol Hudson have a passion for serving the Lord in missions. They have spent their entire professional lives as missionaries. For 23 years, they served as church planters in Mexico; then in 2007 they transitioned to missions leadership roles. Currently they serve with Fellowship International Mission. In Rick's present role he serves as a spokesperson for the cause of missions; as a provider of missions resources for churches, mission committees, and individuals; as a developer/coach of future missionary personnel; and as a trainer for those embarking on mission service.

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      Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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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      Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Mariya Dostzadah

      Kansas City MO



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      Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Jonathan Brockman

      North Garden VA



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      Date: Thursday, March 26, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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      Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      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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      Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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