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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will be offered at His Place Church Beginning January 14, 2020!

We need you there!  Why?  Because great things happen when our hearts align around God's global purpose.  Perspectives will take you on a journey of exploration as you take a deep dive into Scripture, explore His global purpose of redemption as we see that thread down through History, expand our understanding of reaching across Cultures, and engage Strategically in the present work He is doing in the world.

All this and more in 15 weeks with 15 experienced instructors, teaching in their areas of expertise.  

The North Idaho Class begins with Lesson One, "The Living God is a Missionary God", on January 14 and finishes with Lesson Fifteen, "World Christian Discipleship", on April 28.

Perspectives can be taken at the Certificate, Credit, and Key Reading level.  

Key Reading Level: This level requires about 3 -5 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. Cost:  $275.00

Certificate Level: This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves a weekly 10 question Review assignment, five "Personal Reflections", and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires approx 7 hours of work per week.  Cost:  $275.00

Credit Level: This level can be taken for undergraduate or post graduate credit. This involves a mid-term and final exam plus an integrative project in addition to regular weekly assignments. This level requires about 8 hours of work per week. The credit will come through Trinity International University and Excelsior University.  Cost:  $550.00

Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register!  ACSI continuing education units are also available.

Please note you can attend the first night free!  To continue, you'll need to register by the end of the second week of class.

Begin planning now to make your Tuesday nights free for this experience of learning in a safe community.  To learn more, contact: Russ Smyth, Coordinator, at: 

For more information about Perspectives, visit: perspectives.org

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Class Sponsorship

The following are financial sponsors of North idaho Perspectives. Their sponsorship is a great help in bringing the class to North Idaho each year!

  • His Place Church
  • Coeur d'Alene Bible Church

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: His Place Church 3079 E 16th Ave Post Falls ID 83854

Contact: Russ Smyth

(208) 699-8708

 
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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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      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane has served in missions mobilization since 1987, primarily recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey. He co-authored Exploring the Land, a guide to researching unreached peoples and writes regularly for Missions Catalyst ezine and Muslim Connect. He is currently helping to launch an effort to catalyze discipleship multiplication movements among Muslim migrants in Sicily. He helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Kurt Staeuble

      Coeur d'Alene Bible Church, Coeur d' Alene ID

      Kurt has been the lead pastor at CDA Bible since 2009. He absolutely loves seeing how lives can be changed when people trust God to bring about transformation in their lives. He and his wife Sara have two adult children, Lauren and Aaron, one son-in-law (Zach) and a new grandchild Jude.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      John Repsold

      Mosaic Fellowship, Spokane WA

      John is the Founding & Senior Pastor at Mosaic Fellowship in downtown Spokane. His ministry experience includes college, church planting, theological education, urban ministry and senior pastorates. He is a graduate of Multnomah University (Portland, OR), Western Seminary (Portland, OR) and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (Deerfield, IL). Along with his family of 8, his passion is the glory of Jesus Christ in the city church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      John Underhill

      South Hill Bible Church, Spokane Valley WA

      Education: A.A Spokane Falls Community College; B.A. Eastern Washington University; M.A. Dallas Theological Seminary Work experience: Pastor, Springhill Community Bible Church 1984-1990; Associate Pastor, Valley 4th Memorial Church 1990-1996; Senior Pastor, Valley 4th Memorial Church 1996-2011 Pastor, South Hill Bible Church, 2011 - present

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Garry Morgan

      Retired, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Spokane WA

      Garry Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies and former Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul, where he taught from 1999-2016. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in Kenya, serving in a variety of ministry settings. He is the author of Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day, published by Baker. He has been married to Connie since 1981, and they have a married daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Ian Downs

      International Students Inc., Pullman WA

      Ian Downs serves as an Area Director with International Students Inc. In Pullman, WA. Before moving to Pullman, Ian and his wife served in Los Angeles, CA with ISI for 14 years. Previously, he served as an assistant editor with Mission Frontiers magazine.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Tom Richards

      Coeur D Alene ID

      Tom is a native of Idaho and the owner of the Snake Pit, Idaho’s longest, continuously operating restaurant. As an economics graduate from Stanford and an education graduate from Idaho State, Tom has an outstanding career of teaching Advanced Placement courses on the mission field in places like Vienna Austria and Seoul South Korea. He, along with his magnificent wife Kirste and their two beautiful daughters have served as church planters in Hiroshima, Japan. Tom has also filled the position of dynamic leader of Youth For Christ. His involvement with Perspectives began in 2016. Tom’s hobbies include worship music, classic cars and wilderness hiking. Because of his accurate research and energetic classroom style Tom is a sought after Perspectives Instructor. (This bio was written by an Idaho Forest Lookout who was paid by Tom’s mother to say nice things)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Sunny Hong

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dallas TX

      Born in South Korea, Sunny Hong came to the US in 1983. She was employed in the computer software profession and was active in a local church. At that time Sunny was seeking for God’s call as to how she could be involved in missions. Eventually she felt God’s calling to the ministry of Wycliffe Bible translators. She joined Wycliffe in 1994 and worked as a mobilizer for Koreans in the US and Canada for 12 years. She then was sent to the Philippines to work as a mobilization consultant for the Wycliffe Asia and Pacific areas. While in the Philippines, she sensed God redirecting her ministry to missiology/anthropology. She pursued an intercultural studies Ph.D. program at Biola and after completing these studies, started working as a senior intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at Dallas International University, in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Steve Allen

      Pacific Rim Exchange Services, Spokane Valley WA

      Steve Allen is the current Director of Outreach at Valley Real Life Church and the Executive Director of Pacific Rim Exchange Services in Spokane, Washington. He is a passionate mobilizer and loves to help people pursue the calling that God has placed on their lives. Steve has a deep burden for China as evidenced through the adoption of three of his kids and his leading of teams into China each year.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      David Beine

      Great Northern University, Spokane WA

      Dr. Beine is the Dean, College of Global Engagement and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Great Northern University in Spokane, WA. He is a scholar and practitioner of anthropology with comprehensive training and experience in a wide range of anthropological sub-specialties including medical anthropology, cognitive anthropology and linguistics. He has topical interests in South Asia, the Indian and Nepali caste systems, the history of anthropology, cognitive science and Christian missions and has published extensively in several of these domains.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Betty Sue

      Fuller Seminary - Retired, Vancouver WA

      Senior Associate Professor of Language and Culture Learning, Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Also: language learning consultant

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Karen Stoufer

      Christian Veterinary Mission, Shoreline WA

      Dr. Karen Stoufer served with her family in Nepal for 13 years in rural community development, animal health training and women's empowerment with the United Mission to Nepal and World Concern/CVM. She currently serves as Director of Training and Asia programs for Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) in Seattle WA. She has a special interest in Missionary Kids (TCKs) and fostering of refugee teens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Miriam Adeney

      Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline WA

      With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and three sons, Miriam Adeney never stops learning. When not conducting her regular courses at Seattle Pacific University, Miriam teaches modules on five continents. She is passionate about training indigenous writers. A prolific speaker who has been invited to many campuses and national and international venues, Miriam also writes, resulting in five books and over 100 articles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Tom Steffen

      Biola University, Coeur D'Alene ID

      Dr. Tom Steffen is emeritus professor of intercultural studies at the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, Biola University. He specializes in church multiplication, orality, honor and shame, and business as mission. He and his family spent 15 years in the Philippines in church planting and consulting. Semi-retired, he continues to teach courses, advise dissertations, and write. Some of his books include, Passing the Baton, Reconnecting God’s Story to Ministry, Great Commission Companies (with Steve Rundle), Encountering Missionary Life and Service (with Lois McKinney-Douglas), and The Facilitative Era.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      John Dupree

      Missions Consultant, Oakdale CA

      Rev. John Dupree serves as a Church Mobilization Minister Consultant: retired PERSPECTIVES Pacific Regional Director, former William Jessup University Adjunct Professor, Inter-Cultural Studies Dept., John is an ordained minister who has served as a Church Planter, Missions Pastor, Elder, ACMC Regional Director, Mission Networks creator (13 in Pacific region), organized 70 National and Regional Conferences, plus preaching and teaching at churches, seminaries, conferences in Eastern Europe, Asia and America.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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