Upland, CA Fall 2019    Fall 2019
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YOU ARE MADE FOR MORE
USE WHAT'S IN YOU TO BLESS THE WORLD AROUND YOU

Perspectives is a unique, advanced discipleship course which will change the way you view the world. We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the Biblical, Historical, Cultural & Strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations. We invite you to join us on the adventure of a lifetime that will not only give you a new perspective and a deeper understanding; it will inspire you to uniquely jump in to help build His Kingdom.

Class Info: Tuesday evenings, 6:30 - 9 pm, Aug 13 - Nov 19th, 2019

Enrollment Options

First Night Free:  If you are simply curious about Perspectives, you can enroll and attend the first night for free.

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 3 hours of work per week.

Key Reading Level:  This level requires about 1 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:  Not being offered in this class.

Cost: listed on side tab. Fees include cost of Study Guide and Reader.

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Life Bible Fellowship Church 2426 N Euclid Ave Upland CA 91784

Contact: Joni Brinkley

760-900-9198

 
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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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      TL Callison

      The Traveling Team, Riverside CA

      Tanner is a native of Fayetteville, AR and a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Middle Eastern Studies and International Relations. During his college years, Tanner’s eyes were opened to God’s mission to reach all peoples and he quickly realized that there was nothing more worthy to devote his live to. Tanner now lives in Riverside, CA with his wife Amber. They work all around the U.S. as campus mobilizers with The Traveling Team working to see the next 100,000 Goers and Senders raised up among college students!

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      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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      Steve Weemes

      OMF International (U.S.), Fresno CA

      Steve and Kathi served with OMF International in Japan for 22 years. After teaching at Christian Academy (CAJ) for 8 years, Steve changed ministries and found great joy in house church network in the Tokyo area. Steve now leads OMF’s national movement to equip US churches to maximize their missions impact. Focusing on unreached people groups and mobilizing members to use their gifts for God’s glory are at the heart of this consulting ministry. He and Kathi have 2 kids and 3 grandkids.

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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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      Matthew Chittum

      Hilliard OH

      Matt hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he spent his high school years and has since resided upon graduating from Liberty University in 2001. A wearer of many “hats,” Matt serves as a pastor, leadership coach, and professor of “Global Studies” and "Intercultural Communication" for Liberty University Online on the undergrad and graduate levels. A truly relational person, Matt brings 25 years of hands on cross cultural experience to each discussion and a true enthusiasm for helping others reach their potential.

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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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      Pastor Raed Awabdeh

      Rancho Cordova CA

      My name is Raed Awabdeh, Licensed and ordained Pastor with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. I was born in the coastal town Banyas in Syria; at the age of 18 I came to the States to continue my education. In 1998 my wife Manar and I began home Bible Study and God anointed the bible study, so it became Church plant. Our Church believes that God loves all people in the world, Christians, Jews, Muslims… and He is calling lost souls to believe in His Son Jesus Christ the One all the prophets testified …everyone who believes in Him will have their sins forgiven...' I just came back from Jordan where I have visited the Syrian Refugees in Jordan, and witnessed the wonderful work of the Church; ministering and reaching out to un-churched brokenhearted, weak, sick, hungry, thirsty and poor in spirit refugees. The Church is demonstrating the love of Jesus and obeying His command “Love your neighbor as yourself”.

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      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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      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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      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., Alhambra CA

      In his role as Area Director for International Students, Inc., Andy mobilizes and trains volunteers to share Christ's love with international students through one-one- one friendships, Bible studies, and activities. He also recruits, trains, and supervises a team that includes 22 staff members. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in International Development from William Carey International University. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son.

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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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      Shanalea Atchison

      Sandals Church East Valley, Riverside CA

      Shanalea is wife to Adam Atchison, campus pastor of Sandals Church East Valley, mom to four active boys, and an elementary school teacher. She grew up with a love for the world, and God is teaching her what it means to love the world from her classroom and the local church. Her heart is to teach others what it means to live this out from right where they are.

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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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      Eric Drewry

      Alta Loma CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Samy Tanagho

      Glad News for Muslims Ministry, Santa Ana CA

      Samy Tanagho was born and raised in Egypt where he studied Islamic Law and Islamic religion at Ain Shams University (School of Law)in Cairo, Egypt and later practiced law as an attorney. Samy is the Founder and president of Glad News For Muslims non-profit corporation. He has been sharing Gospel with Muslims for over 35 years. Samy is the author of " Glad News!God Loves You My Muslim Friend ".

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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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      Ron Binder

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Santa Ana CA

      Ron and his wife, Kathy, worked in Panama and Colombia for 23 years with Wycliffe. They completed a New Testament translation among the Wounaan people and also did extensive work in developing literacy materials, training pastors, teachers and artists, community development and ethnomusicology. They have published some 80 books in the Wounaan language besides the New Testament and have seen God raise up some 15 churches, all of which are led by Wounaan pastors without the presence of missionaries. Ron has been a speaker in Perspectives classes since 1994, has coordinated several classes himself and is Professor of Record for many of the classes in which he teaches. In the U.S. he is a speaker and events coordinator for Wycliffe, but he and Kathy also help facilitate ongoing ministry goals determined by the Wounaan church leaders by traveling to Panama 2-3 times a year. These goals include creating new media and written resources in their language for evangelism and outreach ministries. Currently working on Old Testament translation and discipleship materials.

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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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      Rob Douglass

      Ends of the Earth Ministries, Yorba Linda CA

      Pastor Rob Douglass began his missionary service in a Sudanese refugee camp in East Africa. After four years Rob turned the ministry over to the leadership of national pastors. Rob then spent the next four years pioneering Saving Grace World Missions which provided training and sending for American missionaries. Then he spent the next two years in Sri Lanka training national missionaries. Since that time, Rob returned to the USA to establish Ends of the Earth Ministries which focuses only on completing the great commission among unengaged and unreached people. Currently, Rob is training, sending and supporting national missionaries planting churches amongst unreached tribes in South Sudan. Rob also leads the two year missions training program at Calvary Chapel Bible College in Costa Mesa, CA and Downey, CA.

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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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      Norm Brinkley

      , Hesperia CA

      I have worked in dozens of nations and been doing relief and development up to very recently, by working in the Middle East and Africa extensively. The aspect of Aid is not very comprehensively understood, and feel I can share deeply on the capacity being built within people being a primary target of activity. Leaving dignity improved, skills for locals to utilize, and helping them gain hope in the midst of a “crumby” world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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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      Mike

      Torrance CA

      Mike and his wife, along with their three children, live and serve among one of the least reached people groups, with a Christian population around 0.002%. They are involved in discipling local believers, equipping national missionaries for more effective cross-cultural work, as well as coordinating various education and medical projects. Their hope is to see the reign of Christ transform individual lives and impact various segments of society.

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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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      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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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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      Joni Brinkley

      OM - Operation Mobilization, Hesperia CA

      Joni has been serving the Lord with Operation Mobilization for over 30 years. She and her husband Norm were involved in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in the USA for a few years before moving overseas with 1st baby in 1978. Together they have ministered in over 30 nations, leading teams, founding and running a missionary base for N. Africa, and serving as country and field leaders in OM. With TOEFL certification, she also taught English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East while providing “Member Care” for workers there. She presently mobilizes and mentors university students in California to “get out there” into unreached nations. Speaking at universities, churches, and conferences, she loves to share from her heart about the work of missions, intercultural issues, the world of Islam, worldwide opportunities, and raising families. She currently lives with her husband in California and is developing ministry among local refugees from Muslim nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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