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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


THURSDAYS, JANUARY 16 - MAY 7, 2020

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Redeemer Fellowship 3921 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City MO 64111

Contact: Ellen Auer

(918) 760-7529

 
    • Instructor


    • 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

      Luke Hettinger

      The Salt Company, Columbia MO

      I received a degree in pastoral ministries at Vennard Bible college in 2003, after which my wife and I began ministering to youth in Brashear Missouri for two years. After this God opened the doors for us to pastor a small church in Sumner, Iowa for the next six years. It was during this time that God began to show us his heart for the nations through books, people, and Perspectives. We moved from Sumner to Iowa City in 2011 to join Every Ethne and in 2013 we joined the Salt Company where seek to continue mobilizing students to their most strategic role in completing the great commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 16, 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.

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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 30,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 23, 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.

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      Tim Fritson

      Liberty Christian Fellowship, Liberty MO

      Tim Fritson currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty, MO. He and his wife, Melody, share a passion for the Lord, His word, and mobilizing the proclamation of the gospel through the lives of believers. In 10 years of ministry, Tim has had the opportunity to see the work that God is doing in places around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Haiti, and numerous cities in the United States. He is humbled to lead a church that is invested in missions and church-planting endeavors among some of the least reach people in the world in countries in Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Phyllis Swanson

      Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka KS

      A teacher by profession, Phyllis provides pastoral care to female missionaries through All Nations Family and also serves on the Board of All Nations. Having spent time with missionaries on the field, Phyllis has developed a heart for sending and caring for missionaries well. For many years she has mobilized believers toward personal involvement in God's global mission through serving locally in a variety of Perspectives roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 6, 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.

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      John Oh

      Dallas International University, McKinney TX

      After working as an engineer and completing his seminary education, John worked as a mobilizer at a mission agency. He joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1998 and served as a Bible translator in Southeast Asia. He also served as the director of Korean Church Engagement and provided missions education and training. He is currently serving as the Director of External Relationships at Dallas International University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 13, 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

      Mike Wuthrich

      Lawrence KS

      Mike and his wife, Aimee, and their two daughters currently live in Lawrence, KS.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 20, 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.

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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 24 and 19.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 27, 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

      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 5, 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

      Robb Black

      Hope For Ishmael, Kansas City MO

      Impacted by Urbana '76 as a Jr. in college, Robb began a journey to follow the Lord to make disciples among the neglected peoples of the earth. He has been an active disciple maker for the last 43 years on three continents. Serving in various capacities in different seasons of life, he has a wide range of vocational experience including time in the church, education, business and non for profit. Currently he serves as trainer to the western church in Muslim outreach, and as a marriage and ministry coach to field workers in various countries engaged with unreached peoples. In addition, he is engaged in ongoing local outreach to Muslims in the Kansas City metro. He is very happily married to Patti and love their 3 married children and 5 grandkids!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 12, 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.

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      Tim Garrett

      Frontiers, Gardner KS

      Tim is the Heartland Area Director of mobilization for a mission organization focusing on unengaged, unreached peoples. He has a passion to assist others in finding their place in missions. He and his family have lived in Ireland and Scotland and are now based in Kansas. Tim has been traveling regularly to Europe, setting up new initiatives and connecting people in North America with ministries there. But, after twenty years of working to strengthen the dying Church in Europe, God began to speak to him about helping establish His Church where it hasn’t yet been.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 26, 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

      Dave Percy

      Ministry Advancement, Roach MO

      I Served on the field of Thailand for 14 years. God allowed me to be involved in many facets of ministry. I see myself as an ORDINARY MAN SERVING AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD! I am a firsthand witness of a God who moves in incredible ways. God has given me a passion for his people, a love for his word and a desire to encourage and strengthen the church in this task of seeing a church birthed and matured among the unreached people of this world. My wife and I are presently located at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) located in central MO. I serve as a Teacher/ Trainer and Speaker for the MTC and we also serve together as advisors to students as they train for serving overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 2, 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

      Matt Fries

      The Emmaus Foundation, Springdale AR

      MATT FRIES Brief Bio Matt became a Christian in 1984 while in college at the University of Arkansas and has been involved with Jesus and the expansion of His kingdom ever since. He met his wife, Michelle, while doing collegiate ministry at Arkansas Tech University. Matt and Michelle married in 1991 and have three amazingly different and wonderful adult children and one grand-daughter! They spent nine years on the Tibetan Plateau in China doing ground-breaking church planting work among one of the unreached people groups there. Holistic ministry and business-as-mission continue to mark their work. Currently Matt is the director of a Christian foundation in Northwest Arkansas and works primarily in business and economic development in Zambia and Madagascar.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 9, 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.

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      Rick Schupp

      Salem Evangelical Free Church, Florissant MO

      Experienced church planter and pastor with extensive experience in the Middle East

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 16, 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.

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      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 23, 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

      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: Thursday, April 30, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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