Monument, CO S20    Spring 2020
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In consideration of the COVID-19 guidelines for no gatherings more than 10 people, the Perspectives class is moving "online" until further notice.  We will still have class as scheduled using "Zoom".  Emails and social media posts will increase and students are encouraged to connect with comments and questions through those channels. Contact Andrew () with any questions.  

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: The Ascent Church 1750 Deer Creek Rd. Monument CO 80132

Contact: Andrew McCoy

(505) 369-8175

 
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    • Instructor

      Taher Youssef

      Colorado Springs CO

      Dr. Taher Youssef serves as a medical director for an non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in Central Asia. He oversees the public health, preventive health, and clinical projects that his NGO operates through its rural medical clinics . His medical work spans both developing and developed countries with internships and work experiences in both the public health and clinical medicine arena. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Azusa Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in International Public Health from Loma Linda University, and a Medical Degree from England. His interest lies in incorporating his medical experiences for the transformational development of rural communities in the developing world. Dr. Youssef has a passion to develop communities that would invest into a 'holistic' perspective on health – physical wholeness as a result of a healthy interaction between an individual’s heart, mind, and the spirit. It is his desire to see a shift in the conventional paradigm of physical wellness into one that is a natural result of a healthy social, mental, and spiritual interaction.


    • Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 21, 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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      Jeff Lewis

      Radical , Redlands CA

      Director of Discipleship with Radical assisting churches to discover that the chief end of discipleship is that the nations might glorify God and and enjoy him forever. For 17 years Jeff was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, and for four years Director of Mobilization at CBU, until the spring of 2019. A few ministry highlights:, Mobilizer, Church planter. Instructor/Trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of "God's Heart for the Nations". I have been in 56 different countries helping with mobilization and field strategies. Married to Elaine McClary, for45 years. We have seven children and 17 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 28, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Harling

      Reach Beyond, Colorado Springs CO

      For the past 35 years, Steve, along with his wife Becky, have been actively involved in mobilizing believers and pastoring churches in Sudan, New York, Arizona and California. Steve currently serves as the President of Reach Beyond based in Colorado Springs, CO. Prior to that Steve served as the Lead Pastor of Foothills Community Church in Arvada, Colorado. He is also the founder of PastorSearch.org and a leadership coach to ministries in transition. The son and grandson of missionaries to Nigeria with SIM, Steve has had a lifetime connection with the missionary enterprise. He currently serves on the governing Boards of SIM USA and Global Refuge International. More significantly, Steve is married to Becky, an accomplished author and women's conference speaker. Together, they are the parents of four grown children and five amazing grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 4, 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).

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, February 11, 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.

    • Instructor

      Patrick John Sokoll

      Beggars' Gate Church, Loveland CO

      Pat Sokoll has been pastoring for nearly 30 years in the United States and has a passion to mobilize and equip believers to obey God's call to the nations. As an Italian trapped in a German's body, Pat loves romancing his wife's heart, building a robust relational framework for our walks with God and each other, and helping to blow on the embers of what God is doing in missionary's lives. He has traveled extensively throughout the world to support missionaries and to build long-term health and connection for couples and families.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 18, 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

      Bruce R

      Gen12 Ministries , Parker CO

      Bruce is the Founder and CEO of Gen12 Ministries located in Parker, Colorado. Gen12 is a missions mobilizing ministry that focuses on teaching and training churches and businesses on how they can better use their resources for God's Kingdom, as well as enabling them to run strategic trips to connect directly with missionaries all over the world, with an emphasis on exposing pastors, business owners, and other CEOs to the 10/40 Window. He has had the privilege to share the Gospel in 35+ countries and loves experiencing and learning about new cultures. He currently sits on the board of an orphanage with plans to expand into unreached areas of the globe. Beyond his heart for missions, teaching, and traveling, Bruce loves scuba diving and spending time with his wife enjoying the beautiful Colorado mountains.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      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: Tuesday, March 3, 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

      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 almost two decades 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: Camden, Brody, Axel, Noble, Quincy and Cruz!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 10, 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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      Pete Holzmann

      ICTA (Int'l Christian Technologists' Assoc'n), Colorado Springs CO

      Pete is Founder/Executive Director of ICTA. He was instrumental in the "discovery" of the 10/40 Window, serves on the board of several global ministries and continues to consult, speak and teach on technology in ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 17, 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

      Mike Moline

      Wycliffe USA, Colorado Springs CO

      Mike Moline has served with family in support roles with Wycliffe USA since 2008. Mike has a BA in Math from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and BA in Chemistry from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's theology is profoundly shaped by 25 years of attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's favorite activity is telling of the impact of Bible translation and inviting everyone who will listen to consider how they can share in the joy of building Christ's Kingdom through involvement in Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 24, 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

      Maria P.

      Central Asia, Colorado Springs CO

      Maria P. has over 30 years of ministry experience. For the past 25 years her ministry has focused on unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. She has held leadership roles in both the field and at headquarters. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, trainings, and international events. Maria holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado and a Certificate in Theology from Princeton Seminary. Maria is a Colorado native. She and her husband have been married for 23 years and have been blessed with four children. Her life goal is to see people around the world have a chance to hear and respond to the incredible message of Jesus and truly live for the glory of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 31, 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.

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      Bentley Tate

      Asia Heartbeat, Littleton CO

      Dr. Bentley Tate is a medical doctor with a long-standing interest in missions especially in the country of Myanmar in SE Asia. He is Director of the Emergency Department at his hospital in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He cofounded Asia Heartbeat in 2003 and serves as President. He holds both an M.D. and an M.Div.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Andre Houssney

      Horizons International, Boulder CO

      André was born in Beirut, Lebanon during that country's civil war between Muslims and Christians. The son of a Lebanese father and an American mother, André was raised with an understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural communication. His ministry teaching and training with Horizons International has taken him to over 40 countries including four years spent ministering in his native Lebanon. Andre and his Thai-American wife Vanee have three boys; Elias, Silas and Ezra. Andre is also working on agricultural and business projects to establish the viability of the national churches and their missions programs. These Fair Trade businesses like Zambeezi and The Zambian Soap Company create funds to support native missionaries to Muslim regions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 14, 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.

    • Instructor

      Bruce Sidebotham

      Operation Reveille, Monument CO

      Bruce and his wife spent seven years in Indonesia (1989-1996) working among an unreached people group. He directs a consulting ministry called Operation Reveille (www.oprev.org) that helps service personnel to have appropriate cross-cultural influence. He is retired as ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and is retired as Colonel and Chaplain from the U.S. Army Reserves. He spent a year in Iraq (2008-09) providing pastoral care to teams of embedded advisors. He is the son of a Navy Chaplain, a civil engineer, and a former officer in the Army Corps of Engineers (1981-1986). His bachelor's degree is in Geology from Wheaton College. He has two master's degrees from Columbia International University; one in Intercultural Studies and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (1989), and the other a Master of Divinity (2002). He has a doctor of ministry degree from New Geneva Theological Seminary (2003). Bruce and his wife, Theresa Lynn, have raised four boys. Their youngest son was born in Indonesia and their oldest in Panama.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 21, 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

      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus. He has served in missions mobilization since 1987, recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey and he's lived among Muslim migrants in Europe. Shane writes a weekly email called Muslim Connect that helps Christians think about Muslims the way God does and love them like Jesus does. He works with Healing Nations and he and his family live in southern Colorado.

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      Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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