Camas, WA S20    Spring 2020
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Monday evenings, 6-9pm
FIRST TWO NIGHTS FREE!


at Harvest Community Church
on Prune Hill in Camas
2436 NW Astor Street Camas, WA 98607





Register for the class using the buttons to the right.

We highly recommend you register before January 6th, but the first 3 nights are free!

What is Perspectives?

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 rain forest and deserts of distant lands.

15 Weeks. 15 Instructors. One Epic Story.

An array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers 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. In the course - scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God's kingdom movement and redemptive purposes.

Click through the lessons below to learn about the content and our instructors.

Whether you are single, married, a student, a parent-at-home, working or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.  God is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth, and you're invited to join him.

In the words of Floyd McClung, International Director of All Nations Training Center: 

 "Take Perspectives - It'll ruin you for the ordinary!"


Is this course only for those interested in missions?
Absolutely not! This is a course for the Church. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. To join God in His story. If you want to grow and be challenged—want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life. 


Take the course at a level that best suits you:

Key Reading Level: Attend class, read key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning) throughout the semester.  $250 fee includes books.

Certificate Level:  Attend class, 2-3 hours of reading per week, homework questions, five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning), and a final project. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate a Perspectives class in the future.  $250 fee includes books.

Credit Level:  Earn 3 undergraduate credits for roughly 3-5 hours of reading per week, class participation, homework questions, a mid-term exam, and a final paper. Graduate Level: 3 credits are also available through Trinity International University. For fees, see registration link.

Alumni:   Perspectives alumni are encouraged to attend the classes. For fees, see registration link.

Discounts Available: see registration link.

 

** 45 continuing education credit hours are available for teachers who take Perspectives!



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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Harvest Community Church 2436 NW Astor Street Camas WA 98607

Contact: Alyssa Higginson

360-907-8450

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Overview-R&O

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Chris Neveux

      Blessed to be a Blessing, Brush Prairie WA


    • Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

    • 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.

    • Instructor

      Gerry Breshears

      Western Seminary, Portland OR

      Gerry Breshears has been professor of theology at Western Seminary since 1980. He served three years with WorldVenture in the Philippines, teaching at Faith Academy and helping start Calvary Baptist Church. He received the Ph.D. from Fuller Seminary. He now teaches overseas about one month per year. In addition to teaching and lecturing at a number of colleges and seminaries around the world, he speaks in many churches. He is co-author of Vintage Jesus, Death by Love, and Vintage Church with Mark Driscoll, in the Relit series from Crossway. Gerry and his wife, Sherry, have two sons, Donn and David, and a daughter, Cyndee, and three wonderful grandgirls. He is an elder and a member of the preaching team at Grace Community Church of Gresham, Oregon.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Justin Speerstra

      The Well, Portland OR

      Justin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, Justin served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 18 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Lynne Ellis-Gray

      Serve the World Ministries, Woodinville WA

      Dr. Lynne Ellis-Gray is the missions pastor at Overlake Christian church. She is passionate about being an adoptive mom, pastor, catalyzer of people and resources for the kingdom, partnership builder, and social justice advocate. Beside teaching this lesson, Lynne has served as coordinator and host church, believing deeply in the ministry of Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 27, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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).

    • Instructor

      Sage Mwiinga

      Meridian ID

      Sage Mwiinga is an inspirational speaker with a passion to inspire others to walk and live by faith in God. Sage and his wife moved to the United States from Zambia in obedience to God’s call to be witnesses of His grace. Sage is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and George Fox University, and currently works in higher education. The Mwiinga Family live in the Boise, Idaho area where they attend Calvary Chapel Boise.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Tyler Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      Tyler has served as the Local & Global Outreach Pastor of Sunset Bible Church since 2008. Spending a major portion of his childhood living overseas allowed Tyler to participate in cross-culture ministry at a young age. This fostered a growing passion for global ministry and eventually led to his current role at Sunset Bible Church. He is particularly passionate about mobilizing people to live for God’s global purpose and helping churches grow and refine their vision of being senders/mobilizers. A major emphasis in his own ministry is the church doing the same things locally that they want global partners to be doing overseas. This has led to a significant portion of Sunset’s ministries serving refugees and immigrants in greater Tacoma area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 10, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Pete Luedemann

      Happy Valley OR

      I've nurtured a passion for missions since first connecting with the urban poor in college. I took the Perspectives class back then and it super-charged my understanding, prayer life, and effectiveness. My primary perspective is as a local church pastor in the U.S. working to support missions both locally and overseas. I've also participated in the Lausanne Conference on World Evangelism in 2005 and have trained pastors in Kolkata, India, and will train pastors in Uganda this summer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Ron Billings

      Trinity International University, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. Ron’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother were recruited by Hudson Taylor from England and Australia, respectively, and they met and married in China (as did Ron’s grandfather and grandmother, who was from California). Ron’s mother and grandfather were both born in China. Ron’s father was born in Oregon with a Native American heritage, and he met Ron’s mother in college in Seattle. After serving with the military, Ron attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received way too many degrees: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Ron first took the Perspectives class while he was an undergraduate in 1986, and as usual it wildly transformed his plans for the future. While in graduate school, he coordinated the Perspectives class in Austin from 1987 to 1992. He also worked for twelve years in the electronics industry as an international standards negotiator and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. He then started his own software-development company. Dr. Billings has served on the faculty of Concordia University in Austin, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Oregon State University in Corvallis; the University of Oregon in Eugene; and Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. He is now an Adjunct Professor for Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has served as the Professor of Record for many Perspectives classes on the West Coast. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended. He likes to say that he married half the single women in the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Alex Smith

      OMF International (Overseas Missionary Fellowship), Portland OR

      Dr Alex Smith taught Perspectives for 25+ years. His burden is 1.3 Billion Buddhists. He earned his D.Miss from Fuller's SWM in 1980. Born in Brisbane, Australia, Alex was trained as a chartered accountant and as a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force. He married Faith, his American wife in Canada and they joined OMF Intl. (CIM) in 1964. The Smith’s served for 20 years in Thailand doing pioneer evangelism, church planting, training national leaders, supervising new missionaries, coordinating evangelism. Alex started the Thailand Church Growth Committee (1971). He was OMF Northwest Director in USA 1984-2002, during which he also taught as Adjunct Faculty, Multnomah University. In 1998 he co-founded SEANET. Since 2002 he is OMF's International Trainer and Advocate in the Buddhist world. Primarily Alex now trains Third World leaders in Asia. He authored books in Thai and English, and contributes chapters to all 15 SEANET books (WCL). You will enjoy this dynamic Aussie.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 9, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • 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: Monday, March 23, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      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: Monday, April 6, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Edward Aw

      Community Vision International, San Tan Valley AZ

      Ed and Rachel have three thrusts to their ministry activities. (1) They train and coach church planters and pastors, helping them to raise up new leaders and reproduce their churches, resulting in transformed lives and communities. This includes many insights into making their ministries more sensitive to local cultures. (2) They are committed to practicing and guiding others in "tent-making", supporting themselves so that they are free to serve communities in areas of the world where authorities may be hostile and churches too weak to support them. (3) They are focused on accomplishing the above two in culturally relevant ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      A.C. Hawthorne

      Frontier Ventures, Portland OR

      Ahshuwah has been a church planter and missions team leader since 2005. He lives with his wife and 6 kids in Portland, OR.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 20, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Jonathan Martin

      Gresham OR

      Jonathan has lived in Central Asia for seven years and East Asia for five where he had the privilege to work among Muslims. He has been a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church since 2004 where he oversees outreach all over the world. He has written two books "Giving Wisely" and the "King Saul Syndrome", and is working on a third with his father called "The Letter of the Apostle Paul to the 21st Century". All three books offer solutions that deal with the chronic problems that plague the church worldwide. Jonathan is married to Janie and has three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 18, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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