Kalona, IA // S20    Spring 2020
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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement

Kalona Iowa Class
MONDAYS, JANUARY 13 - APRIL 27, 2020
A light supper will be served 
Free childcare is available

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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: Monday, January 13, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Fairview Mennonite Church 2605 540th St SW Kalona IA 52247

Contact: Karla Neuschwander

(319) 328-8733

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      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: 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.

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      Wes Taber

      Life in Messiah International, Lansing IL

      Since joining AMF International in 1975, Wes has served in Jewish ministry in Miami/Miami Beach, Jerusalem, and Chicago, focusing on evangelism, discipleship, and equipping others. He has been privileged to lead multiple short-term teams to Israel, and present God's heart for the lost on four continents, with an emphasis on the Jewish people. After 30 years as Executive Director, Wes took on the role of LIFE Global Ambassador in August 2019.

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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.

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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students.

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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).

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      Randy Scheil

      Stonebridge Church, Cedar Rapids IA

      I've served as Lead Pastor at Stonebridge Church for 27 years. I've had the privilege of serving Christ in many areas of the world including Haiti, Guatemala, Germany, Poland, Bosnia, Ukraine, France and Thailand. It is amazing to have brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world!

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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.

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      Pastor Don

      Iowa City IA

      Pastor Don spent his first 17 years out of college teaching in the elementary classroom and volunteering in college campus ministry. In 2002 he was introduced to God's heart for blessing all nations as it runs throughout the Bible. This led to extensive work in SE Asia, and, a few years later, accepting a pastoral position for leading global outreach. This job now includes mobilizing the church to serving internationals locally and mobilizing/shepherding long-term servants overseas in 16, mostly unreached, countries. He is thrilled with the chance to lead this lesson and share more of the amazing invitation God is giving to all who have life in His name!

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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.

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      Corey

      Dubuque IA

      As a "private citizen" that still works a regular 40 hour a week job, I still find the greatest meaning in the work that we get to do for God's Kingdom. This is the real purpose of our lives. Rather than saying we need to have a job with a mission agency or with a special church for our spiritual lives to have meaning, that I say "no". We are on assignment now. We are on the scene of God's good work now. This is my passion.

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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.

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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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    • 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.

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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.

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      Robin Ludeking

      Grace Evangelical Free , Eldridge IA

      Robin developed a heart for other cultures and missions at a young age. After graduating from college, she had the opportunity to spent 6 months in Thailand, learning more about some of the good as well as difficult aspects of living cross-culturally. Currently, Robin works as an Emergency Room nurse in the Quad Cities where she also enjoys mobilizing the church through coordinating the local Perspectives class.

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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

      Paul Strand

      Bethany Fellowship, Minneapolis MN

      Paul Strand: MA in Missiology from Fuller School of World Missions; BS from the University of Minnesota; Diploma in Bible and Missions from Bethany Global University; 15 years of field experience in Indonesia in cross-cultural missions; served 7 years as President of Bethany International; 32 years of experience teaching in the US and abroad; faculty member at Bethany International University, Singapore; adjunct faculty member at Ethiopia Kale Hewat School of Missions, Africa Center for Missions, Kenya, Nigeria Evangelical Missions Institute and Missionary Training Partners Int’l, Nigeria; currently serves on the board at the U.S. Center for World Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 23, 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.

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      Andrew Minch

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dixon IL

      Andy Minch has spent 20 years working as a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. For the past decade he was an international administrator helping oversee about 20% of the world's remaining translation needs. Presently he is part of Wycliffe’s National Speaker’s bureau speaking on college campus’ and other venues. He is author of the book 'Words Can Not Express'.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 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

      Cody Lorance

      Borderless, Aurora IL

      Cody Lorance is a Co-CEO, Brand Manager, and Corporate Executive Chef for Endiro Coffee; the President and CEO of Borderless; and the US Coordinator for the Lausanne Movement's North American Diaspora Strategy Group. He and his wife, Katherine, have three children and live in Chicagoland.

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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

      Nathan J'Diim

      TOAG Internship and Frontiers, Tempe AZ

      Nathan J'Diim (pen name) is the Founder of TOAG (www.TOAG.net) and Consultant, Instructor and Coach for Frontiers (www.FrontiersUSA.org) in their Training department. TOAG is a year long after-hours internship preparing beautiful feet to serve in the Unreached World. Offered in cities across the US, TOAG has apprenticed hundreds of interns, many who serve or will soon serve the least reached world wide.

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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.

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      Ron Lindsey

      Waukesha WI

      Ron Lindsey, President of Ethnos360 Bible Institute (formerly New Tribes Mission), speaks with first hand experience regarding church planting among unreached people groups in remote environments. Ron's experiences include jungle airstrip construction, language and culture acquisition and analysis, chronological approach to church planting, Bible translation, medical, literacy, missionary children schooling options etc. Ron and Carrie also served for 9 years as boarding home parents at the school for missionary children, and MK School Committee Chairman. Currently Ron serves as the President of Ethnos360 Bible Institute (formerly New Tribes Bible Institute), in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Carrie serves in the Deans Department at New Tribes Bible Institute and is involved in discipleship. Ron and Carrie's sons have completed missionary training with one serving in Prague, Czech Republic. Lessons of Competence:1,2,9,10,14

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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

      Brooks A Simpson

      Grace Community Church, North Liberty IA

      Brooks Simpson is Pastor for Teaching and Preaching at Grace Community Church in North Liberty, IA. Brooks came to faith in Christ as a college student athlete while attending Grace in 1988 and has been on staff since 1998. Brooks’ heart is to see Christ magnified and exalted in the lives of people. The spiritual battle described in Ephesians 6 is real and Brooks’ passion is to equip people to take up the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit. Too many Christians see this battle as defensive and miss the fact that there is an offensive component as well. Brooks took Perspectives in 2008 and is excited to be a part of the team which equips the saints to offensively take the sword of the Word to the ends of the earth. Brooks has been married to his bride Stacy since 1989. They have two children, Ryan and Katelyn.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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