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15 Life-Changing Weeks 

 
15 Challenging Topics

15 World-Class Instructors

1/6/20 - 5/4/20
Mondays: 
6:30 pm to 9:15 pm  
  
Meeting at
Center Pointe Christian Church
5962 Hamilton Mason Rd
Liberty Twp, OH 45011

Contact Carolyn for More Info:
513-607-3469
 

    

Are you ready to join God in His plan?

God's been drawing people to Himself since the beginning.  A fifteen-week DISCIPLESHIP COURSE, "Perspectives on the World Christian Movement" is designed to give you a fresh and deeper understanding of God’s redemptive plan for all of mankind. You can find your part in His work right in your own community or, anywhere-- from the rain-forests to cities around the globe. 

Want to find the part God designed for you?

God has a role for every Christian in His global purpose!   Maybe, like some, you feel that you're treading water in your Christian growth experience? Each week, you, as a student, will read interesting, solid, and thought-provoking articles by biblical scholars, historians, and missions practitioners. This course is valuable, perhaps crucial, for any Christian seeking to live a purposeful life. A new or young believer will benefit greatly by seeing what God has in mind for him/her as a Christian.  Most who have taken Perspectives say that they now see God clearer than they ever have before.

See, and then comprehend God's plan from these four "Perspectives." 


Biblical,     Historical,     Cultural,     Strategic. 

As you seek a better relationship with God, your desire will be to follow Jesus more closely and understand his perspective on the world.  We hope you will prayerfully consider joining this class.  It could change the trajectory of your life!  
Fifteen classes, featuring fifteen different instructors, bring unique and varied perspectives from their lives, with fresh insight and relevant information on the current topic. These Christian leaders come from highly respected Christian ministries, colleges, and missions organizations. 
What's Your Perspective?




PERSPECTIVES: The Story of a Movement

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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Center Pointe Christian Church 5962 Hamilton Mason Rd Liberty Twp OH 45011

Contact: Carolyn Sigg

513-607-3469

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration and Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 6, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Luke Kuepfer

      The Truth Made Simple, Prospect Heights IL

      Luke Kuepfer is founder and former Field Director of Global Tribes Outreach, a non-profit organization based in Southeast Asia committed to church planting and social work. He has a Masters in Christian Leadership from Asbury Theological Seminary and currently resides in Prospect Heights, IL with his wife Amy. Their three children—Brittany, Courtney, and Jamin are all in college. Luke is dedicated to motivating the church toward missional thinking and practice in all areas of life. He firmly believes that having our thinking challenged is not enough; it must be translated into change. Luke has extensive experience in missions mobilization, leadership training, and team development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 20, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Ally S.

      Carrollton TX

      Ally has served the Perspectives Movement in various roles from coordinator to instructor, for the past eleven years in Texas, where she lives with her husband and two boys. Her passion for the nations has been the driving force throughout her Christian walk, taking her into the inner cities of England, the mountains of the Afghanistan and India and the refugee camps of Pakistan, and now the suburbs of North Texas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Samya Johnson

      Call of Love Ministries , Cincinnati OH

      Samya was born into a Christian family in Beirut, Lebanon. She accepted Christ at age six. Samya lived in three Middle Eastern countries serving among Muslims before coming to the US with her family in 1999. She and her husband Mike founded of Call of Love Ministries in 2001. She hosts English TV and radio programs. She continues to author publications and teach seminars that equip believers to reach Muslims. Samya’s 20+ years of Islamic research, writing, teaching, and working among Muslims bring a fresh and enthusiastic outlook about evangelism to Muslims. Samya resides with her family in Ohio. www.calloflove.org | samya@calloflove.org | 832-220-4040

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 3, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      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: Monday, February 10, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      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, February 17, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Christen Jacobs

      Cincinnati OH



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      DR. Barbara Yandell

      Hope for the Nations, Holland MI

      President Hope for the Nations, director of Engage Course and teacher at Horizons International, ordained RCA minister, Interserve USA, founder of Legacy Muslim Ministry conference

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 2, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      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, March 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Estera Pirosca Escobar

      International Friendships, Inc., Columbus OH

      With a calling from God and a gift for writing and speaking, Estera uses her voice for such a time as this. Originally from Romania, Estera came to the US as an international student. Estera has been involved in international student ministry in various forms over the past 12 years and has seen tremendous fruit among internationals both here in the US and when they return home or in other places as God leads them. God has given Estera opportunities to have a national impact in mobilizing the body of Christ for missions through her full time role as National Training Manager for International Friendships Inc; and an international impact through her role as delegate for the Lausanne North America Strategy Group for International Student Ministry. Estera is also a writer for Our Daily Bread and blesses many around the world through her devotionals. Estera is married to a global nomad, Francisco, who is originally from Chile. They live in Columbus, Ohio and enjoy showing hospitality to people from all over the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Deanna

      Springfield TN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 23, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Corrie Guckenberger

      Back2Back Ministries, Mason OH

      Corrie has lived internationally for seven years, in Monterrey, MX and Jos, Nigeria. In both of those cultures she gained insight onto how others live in today’s world. She recognized early on what it meant to “walk out your Christian values” in other cultures and how it was different than the faith she had known in the USA, when it came to truly depending on God and living in community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Eric Black

      Berne IN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 20, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Richard Mendola

      International Friendships, Upper Arlington OH

      Rich was born in Buffalo, NY, the grandson of immigrants from Italy who settled in Western, NY. His mother and father were both raised in the Italian section of the city. Although he was raised in a religious family who attended church, he did not personally know Christ until he was 17 years old. Prior to that, the death of his father at age 13 triggered a search for meaning and truth. This eventually led to studying the Bible, where he discovered that the true purpose of life was to worship and serve God. Through reading the New Testament he learned that Jesus Christ made it possible to come to God because of His sacrificial death for sins. Immediately upon coming to know Jesus, Rich had the strong desire to let others know the good news. Rich attended Colgate University in New York State where he majored in Biology and minored in Education and Philosophy and Religion. After his graduation, he had the first opportunity to pastor and was called to serve a rural congregation . At the same time he served on the Dean’s staff at Colgate University as the Director of Housing. In addition, he studied for a Master’s degree in counseling. In 1979 Rich and Janet attended.the Urbana Mission Conference. There Rich sensed a call to full time cross-cultural ministry. In 1980 he began to work full-time with international students in Buffalo, NY. At the same time, Janet attended medical school at SUNY Buffalo. In 1987 they moved to Athens, Ohio to open a new ministry to international students while Janet fulfilled her obligation to the National Health Service Corp – a program placing physicians in shortage areas. In 1991, Rich and Janet moved to Columbus, Ohio to work with International Friendships. Since 1998 he has served as the Executive Director. He also leads Bible studies and does 1-1 discipleship with students. He has written several Bible studies for internationals. He has served as the Chairperson for the Association of Christians Ministering to Internationals. Rich has also helped to plant two churches. He currently serves as lead pastor for All Nations Christian Fellowship. During Rich’s 29 years of service among internationals hundreds have come to know Jesus and many have returned as effective witnesses of Jesus among their own people. The kingdom of God is advancing among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and atheists because of the ministry to internationals. Jesus can share many wonderful and dramatic stories of God’s work among internationals. Rich is a regular speaker at missions conferences, evangelistic outreaches, Perspectives on the World Christian Movement and is a lecturer at Vineyard Leadership Institute. Rich and Janet have 6 children: Grace, Danielle, Hope, Philip, Melody, and Paul. Rich’s interests are: Evangelism, Discipleship, trips, chess, and hats. Rich’s spiritual gifts are leadership, exhortation, and evangelism.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

      Time: 6:15 PM to 9:15 PM

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