Parkersburg, WV S20    Spring 2020
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 PARKERSBURG WV PERSPECTIVES


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15 Life-Changing Weeks 

 
15 Challenging Topics

15 World-Class Instructors

1/16/20 - 4/30/20
Thursdays: 
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm  
  
Meeting at
First Baptist Church Williamstown
431 Highland Ave
Williamstown, WV 26187

Contact Suzanne for More Info:
304-488-1119






PERSPECTIVES: The Story of a Movement

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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?


Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Parkersburg, WV First Baptist Church 431 Highland Avenue Williamstown WV 26187

Contact: Suzanne Dietz

304-488-1119

 
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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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      Andy Sieberhagen

      Heritage Christian Church, Westerville OH

      Andy Sieberhagen joined the pastoral staff of Heritage in June of 2009 as our Missions Pastor. Andy studied for four years at Baptist Theological College of South Africa, and he has served as a full-time student pastor and associate pastor at a Baptist church in South Africa. He spent 14 years doing church planting among muslims in Central Asia as well as working with Church planters in Africa. Andy is currently one of the lead Pastors at Heritage Christian Church .Andy brings a wealth of personal experience in overseas missions along with a big heart to reach the ends of the earth with the good news of Jesus! He and his wife, Lynn, have two beautiful daughters, Stephanie and Rebecca.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 16, 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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      Lesson 2 Video Instruction

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 23, 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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      Matthew Chittum

      Hilliard OH

      Matt hails from Columbus, Ohio, where he spent his high school years and has since resided upon graduating from Liberty University in 2001. A wearer of many “hats,” Matt serves as a pastor, leadership coach, and professor of “Global Studies” and "Intercultural Communication" for Liberty University Online. A truly relational person, Matt brings 25 years of hands on cross cultural experience to each discussion and a true enthusiasm for helping others reach their potential.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 30, 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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      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: Thursday, February 6, 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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      Mark Engel

      Gateway Anglican Church, Canton OH

      The Rev. Mark Engel is an ordained Presbyter (Priest) in the Anglican Church of North America and the Pastor of Discipleship at Holy Spirit Anglican Church in Akron, OH. He earned the MDIV in Biblical Studies at Ashland Theological Seminary and the BA in Business & Economics; Christian Ministries from Malone University. He has served in gospel ministry for more than 40 years in various pastoral capacities in the U.S. and as a missionary both in Taiwan, Republic of China and another creative-access Asian nation. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Regent University and previously served as an adjunct professor at Malone University where he taught Principles of Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministry in the 21st Century. Mark and his wife, Terri have been married and partnering in ministry together since 1981. They are the parents of three adult children. Mark's heart is to see a unified Church used of God to transform his city, region and world. He is a work in process on the journey of grace. He seeks to celebrate every day as a gift of God's goodness. He enjoys family, friends, a good cup of coffee and walking in the pine trees with Tozer, the rescue dog.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 13, 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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      Andy Ott

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lancaster SC

      Andy Ott was born and raised in Bolivia, South America. His parents were in the process of translating the Scriptures for the Ignaciano people of central Bolivia. He grew up seeing the impact that the translated Scripture had on individuals, families, communities, and cultures. Andy and his family moved to Peru, South America in 1993 with Wycliffe/JAARS to help provide safe, quick, reliable transportation in and out of remote jungle locations in support of Bible translation. Then in 2000, they moved back to the Wycliffe USA Headquarters to work in recruiting the needed personnel to make Vision 2025 become a reality! He has been mobilizing and recruiting ever since! Andy is husband to one wife, Jan, and father to two adult children, Daniel (married to Danielle) and Hannah. We enjoy having them near, especially since we now have a grandbaby, Caleb! However, we know that will not always be so, since we hope to go back overseas before the Task is complete, and Christ returns!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 20, 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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      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 13 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: Thursday, February 27, 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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      Terry Ruhl

      T Peoples Resource Network, Duncansville PA

      Dr. Ruhl has filled many roles as a missions mobilizer while practicing as a full time family physician. He has served as a short term worker in Asia and Africa. He has devised missions curricula and taught in a number of locations. He was one of the founding board members of an innovative missions support network, focused on the T people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 5, 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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      Diane Wido

      North Royalton OH

      Diane served as a C&MA missionary to Guinea, West Africa from 1986 to 1996. From 1996-2000 she worked throughout the C&MA in the USA as a Missions Mobilizer helping districts and local churches as well as networking with ACMC and other agencies for mobilization. In 2000 she married an Air Force Chaplain serving God as part of that unique culture. They recently retired to Cleveland, involved at Grace Church and beyond in areas of teaching, mentoring and missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 12, 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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      Bob Hay

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Born in Nigeria, but raised in New Jersey, Bob Hay is a Third Culture Kid and a third generation SIM missionary. He has been involved in ministry since 1982. He graduated from Bryan College (TN) with a BA in history and minors in Bible and Biblical Greek, and then from Columbia Biblical Seminary (now Columbia International University (SC)) with an M.Div in cross-cultural ministry. Ordained to gospel ministry in 1991, he and his wife, Amy, went to Japan in 1992 where they helped plant a Japanese church in the Tokyo suburbs and he served as pastor while raising their sons together. Since 2003 he has been involved in the recruiting, selecting, and equipping of missionaries serving with SIM.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 19, 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.

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      Sharon Napier

      Huntington WV



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 26, 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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      Dustin and Lillian

      ReachAcross, Avalon PA

      Until recently, Dustin, Lillian, and their family were living in a large urban center of a country closed to the Gospel in the Middle East, where they were building a unique project designed to create sustainable employment opportunities through a for-profit Kingdom business venture. They are currently in the States due to the political instability and overall security situation in their country. However, they are currently overseeing the development of a new initiative that is designed to facilitate long-term creative access for new workers to enter into countries in which it can be difficult to establish work. In addition, during this season in the States, they are leading an outreach to Muslim refugees from East Africa in their hometown that involves working closely with the leadership of the refugee community to understand the community’s real and felt needs, and then attempting to assist them in meeting those needs, all as a demonstration of the love of Jesus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 2, 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.

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      Patrick Cate

      Christar, Durham NC

      With my wife, Mary Ann, we have served in Iran 4 years, Egypt 5 years and as president of Christar for 16 years. Our passion is for the least reached to hear of and know the Savior. We give our selves to speaking, writing and to training the next generation of missionaries in missions and Muslim evangelism. We have been training future misionaries in Muslim evangelism in the US, Spain, Paraguay, Pamama and Venezuela.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Derek

      Beyond, Allison Park PA

      East Asia Director for Beyond, overseeing missionary strategy for discipleship and church planting movements among least reached, and unengaged unreached people groups. Teaches extensively on church planting movements to locals in numerous Asian countries. World Wide Coordinator for Church Planting for KRIN, a North Korea focused Ministry. Author of "Innovation in World Mission" through William Carey Library. Started several companies for business as mission. Holds a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership and Foresight from Regent University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 23, 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.

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      Todd McClure

      Charleston WV

      Todd McClure serves as the Minister of Missions and Finance for the West Virginia Baptist Convention. His passion is mobilizing the church to reach the nations with the gospel for the glory of God. He also serves on the board of directors for Enduring Love, a church planting initiative in the Middle East. He and his wife, Erin, served 7 years as the leaders of Baptist Campus Ministries at the University of Charleston (WV). They both love discipling students and connecting them to God's overall work of redeeming the nations. Together, they have led numerous short-term mission trips around the world and remain very active in a variety of different ministries. They have two children, Jehiah and Abi, and they love serving the Lord together as a family.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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