Mechanicsburg, PA S20    Spring 2020
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Perspectives is for all walks of life: Professionals, business leaders, high school and college students, military personnel, pastors, missionaries and mission leadership, retirees—we are multi-generational and ecumenical. In Perspectives, scripture, history, culture, and strategy converge to reveal God's redemptive purposes. He is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth, and you're invited to join Him.

Learn from the global experience and expertise of professors, pastors, theologians, ministry experts, and field missionaries. They will challenge your thinking and ignite your passion.

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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: West Shore Evangelical Free Church 1345 Williams Grove Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Contact: Lea Plante

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration and Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Lea Plante

      Mechanicsburg PA

      Lea is excited to be a part of the Mechanicsburg Perspectives team for the third time this winter. She has lived and worked short term in Romania and Cambodia with her family, and has worked on staff with Youth With a Mission (YWAM) in Kona, HI.


    • Date: Thursday, January 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 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

      Amos Stoltzfus

      Mohnton PA

      Amos Stoltzfus is passionate about God’s mission and our obedient participation and cooperation in that mission. The Perspective course helped set him on a journey that has led him and his wife, Rowena, to various places around the globe. They worked with EMM (Eastern Mennonite Missions) having served in Harrisburg for 3 years, leading short-term teams to various parts of the world. They also served in India for 5 years working with local ministries and churches. After returning from India, Amos served 5 years as the partnership coach for EMM. He is currently the Interim Pastor of Rockville Mennonite Church near Honey Brook, PA, where he had served earlier as pastor for 23 years. Amos and Rowena have 6 children and 9 grandchildren—some of them scattered around the world.

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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.

    • 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: 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.

    • Instructor

      Christina S.

      Africa Inland Mission, Philadelphia PA

      Christina first went to Africa in 2010 with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at the University of Delaware. Africa’s imprint was laid on her heart, and in 2013 she partnered with Africa Inland Mission when she served as a teacher among a formerly unreached people group. Feeling a call to long-term missions, she pursued further training upon arriving back in the States, and in May of 2019, completed her Masters in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She now serves in mobilization with AIM, helping others get to the field as she also hopes to one day return. When she’s not mobilizing others to Africa, she enjoys navigating Philadelphia on her bicycle, attempting to be artsy, and living in vibrant community within her local church.

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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).

    • Instructor

      Bruce Heckman

      Brownstown PA

      Bruce and Joyce Heckman met while serving the Lord in the Middle East. Their nearly twenty years of service in that region equipped them to prepare others for ministry among the world’s unreached peoples. They have given their lives to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

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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.

    • Instructor

      AJ P.

      INIM Inc., Forest VA

      AJ is the Director & General Secretary for INIM established 1964. The sole focus of this indigenous Mission remains Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting. AJ, who was born & raised in New Delhi India is an alumnus of Liberty University. AJ shares responsibility for INIM's church planting & field evangelism efforts in South Asia. He serves as the Men's Pastor at his home church. AJ & his wife have been married for over 20 years and blessed with five children ranging from 16 years old to 6 yrs old.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Jim O'Neill

      Frontier Ventures, New Cumberland PA

      Missionary to Asia 1982 to 1995; Director of Missions, Liberty University and Seminary, 1995-2000; President, CrossWorld Mission, 2000-2009; Executive VP Tennessee Temple University 2009-2010; Interim President, TTU, 2011; President, The Center for Global Mission, 2009 to present; Associate General Director for Frontier Ventures 2016 to present.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Andrew Knisely

      Eastern PA District of C&MA Mission's Mobilzation Task Force, Elysburg PA

      Andrew Knisely is the Pastor of Elysburg Alliance Church and an Adjunct Professor at Crown College. His family served as missionaries in France from 2001-2005, and he helped Glenview Alliance to form a partnership with the Alliance Church in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He is a member of the District Mission's Mobilization Task Force for Eastern PA District of the C&MA. He earned his Ed.D. in Adult Learning from Penn State in 2011, and holds masters in Education from Shippensburg University and Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He has been married to Diane since 1992, and they have two children.

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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.

    • Instructor

      K.

      Frontier Ventures, Columbia MD

      Karen has been involved in coordinating and instructing in Perspectives for 31 years. She currently serves with Frontier Ventures in Baltimore, and as an associate with Common Ground Consultants. Her focus is on mobilizing and training followers of Jesus to share Him with their Muslim friends. Her love for and appreciation of Muslims has taken her to Turkey 19 times. As a result, she has many Turkish friends both in Turkey and in the U.S. She is also known as the "fun captain" by her grandchildren and she loves spending time with them.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Joseph Steinitz

      GraceXtensions / unmissions.net, Towson MD

      After ministering in a Muslim context, Joe served as missions pastor at his church in Maryland for 8 years. Since 2001, he has been co-director of unmissions.net, a ministry that helps churches more effectively engage in world missions. He is also on staff at his local church helping to lead it’s local and international outreach efforts. Joe is married and has 6 children. For obvious reasons he has no hobbies.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Fanny Cruz

      7,000 Knees, Norristown PA

      Fanny Basta has a Ph.D in Managerial Economics and served for more than 25 years planting churches in Italy. She also led the Latino Branch of WEC International for several years. Fanny leads 7,000 Knees, a ministry that seeks to promote evangelism and transformation in the marketplace. She is a tentmaker who develops mission strategies and projects and train long and short term missionaries to the unreached. Fanny is the author of the book "The One Who Breaks Through". Fanny has been married to Gianni Basta for more 30 years and, together with their children, Francesco, Melissa and Jonathan, live in Norristown, PA (USA).

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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.

    • Instructor

      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. Her primary area of responsibility includes having served as the Perspectives National Program Director. She has also been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Ryan Keith

      West Shore Free Church, Mechanicsburg PA

      Ryan and his wife, Katie, live outside Harrisburg, PA with their three young children. He currently serves as the Pastor of Strategic Initiatives at West Shore Free Church in Central Pennsylvania, USA. He is also the founder and past President of Forgotten Voices, which he led for 12 years before transitioning to the church. Forgotten Voices is innovating orphan care through local churches in Africa. Ryan is a Praxis Labs Fellow, committed to building Gospel-centered organizations. He earned his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School, where he was also a Pforzheimer Fellow in the Hauser Center. Ryan is also a proud Falcon, graduating from Messiah College with a BA in Politics. Follow Ryan on Twitter: @ryanmkeith.

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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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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Dr. Ed Scheuerman

      Director of Intercultural Studies, Lancaster PA

      Dr. Ed & Carol Scheuerman served with PIONEERS in Southeast Asia for 23 years. They returned to PA in the summer of 2010 for Ed to take up the role of Director of the Intercultural Studies major at Lancaster Bible College. They are excited about their ministry and continuing to help those God has called to serve Him on the mission field. Dr. Ed (as he’s known on campus) has a heart to see students catching God’s heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 16, 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.

    • Instructor

      Ian "Tahlil"

      Dillsburg PA

      Born and raised in North Africa, Ian was exposed to the realities of growing up in a developing country, learning a foreign language and integrating multiple cultures. God has used these many experiences to give him a real passion to welcome and serve people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. He and his wife Jennie met as students at Messiah College and attended West Shore when it was just getting launched. Shortly after they felt God calling them to serve overseas and ended up spending 23 years abroad. Over the years Ian has taught classes in various contexts, led outreach, co-pastored a bilingual church, spearheaded diverse community development efforts in several inner city immigrant neighborhoods. In 2006, the family returned to the States where Ian accepted the position here at West Shore. He currently develops international partnerships, mobilizes ministry teams, leads Alpha and is involved in prison work. Ian has a BS in civil engineering from Temple U and an MBA in economic development from Eastern U. In his free time he enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, reading, following the Premier League and a variety of outdoor projects. He and Jennie have three children, Nicolas, who resides in England, Alex and Sabrina.

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      Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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