Lafayette, IN F20    Fall 2020
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Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rainforest and deserts of distant lands. 

Fifteen classes, featuring fifteen different instructors, bring unique and varied perspectives from their lives, with fresh insight and relevant information on the current lesson topic. These Christian leaders come from Christian ministries, colleges and missions organizations.  They will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.



Class Coming Fall of 2020 - September 8 through December 7.

Time: Monday's** 6:00pm-9:00pm August 31st* - December 7th, 2020  

Location: Hosted at Kossuth Street Baptist Church - 2901 Kossuth Street, Lafayette, IN 47904

*August 31st is a class overview and registration night, class lectures will begin September 8th, 2020. 
**Class will meet Mondays, with the exception of Labor Day week in which the class will meet Tuesday, September 8th, 2020. 

Course Levels 

    • Key Reading:  This level requires about 1 to 2 hours of reading per week. There are five "personal reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. 
    • Certificate:  This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves weekly review assignments, five "personal reflections," and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week.
    • Credit:  A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours. More information, pricing, and course syllabus available upon request.
Pricing - Please click on the "Class Pricing" tab for more detailed information 

Alumni receive highly reduced class pricing. Click on the "Class Pricing" tab for details. 

    • Early Registration - Closes August 8th 2020 
      • Key Reading  - $215.00 
      • Certificate - $215.00 
      • Credit - $500.00 
    • Registration - Closes August 31st 2020 
      • Key Reading  - $245.00 
      • Certificate - $245.00 
      • Credit - $500.00 
    • You will order your own textbooks at a cost of $30. Ordering information will be provided once you are registered.

  • Members and regular attenders of Kossuth Street Baptist Church, Covenant Church, and Evangelical Covenant Church can receive a rebate for successfully completing the course. A $100.00 rebate for completing the key reading level OR a $150.00 rebate for completing the certificate or the credit level. 
Want to help organize or have questions? Contact Dean at 765-418-4187.

Class Info

Date: Monday, August 31, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Kossuth Street Baptist Church 2901 Kossuth Street Lafayette IN 47904

Contact: Dean Zimmerman

765-418-4187

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Class Overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, August 31, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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

      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: Tuesday, September 8, 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.

    • 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, September 14, 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

      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, September 21, 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

      Joe Gerber

      Loving Shepherd Ministries, Mahomet IL

      I am honored to be a servant of Jesus Christ. My wife and I have 5 children. God has blessed us with a number of experiences that have given us a deep appreciation for the work of God around the world. It is our joy to play a small part in making His glory known locally and abroad. It's all about Him!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 28, 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

      Russ Mitchell

      One Challenge, Upland IN

      Hi! I’m Russ Mitchell, and I find my true identity as a follower of Jesus Christ. Following Him has taken me places of which I never dreamed! Over the last 35 years I’ve served Him as a teacher, administrator, pastor, missionary, researcher, college professor and writer, living 20 years overseas in the Dominican Republic and Romania. My greatest passion is to see the Church of Jesus Christ mobilized to declare God’s Glory among the nations. Since October 2019 I serve as the Director of Training for One Challenge

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 5, 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

      Wesley Ooms

      Community Bible Fellowship, El Paso IL

      Wes serves as the Lead Pastor of Community Bible Fellowship in El Paso, Illinois, a church he planted in 1990. He holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas. Wes is an adjunct professor, having taught Homiletics as well as Church History at the New Life Bible College in Moscow, Russia. He has trained pastors in Russia, Estonia, and Kenya. He has been a Perspectives instructor since 2006. Wes and his wife Norma have been married for 43 years, and have 3 grown children and 6 grandchildren. In his spare time, Wes enjoys camping and collecting vintage fishing lures.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 12, 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.

    • 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, October 19, 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

      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, October 19, 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.

    • Instructor

      Jenni Mate

      Youth With A Mission, Tiskilwa IL

      Jenni is from Sydney Australia. She has been a Missionary with Youth With A Mission since 1982. She has ministered in 55 countries, has been a Perspectives Coordinator and taught every lesson. She is also a RN and has a degree in Social Work. Jenni has a passion for evangelism and missions and is a gifted speaker. Her stories and zeal for the Lord will challenge you to pursue God's adventure for your life!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 26, 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

      David Giles

      CMF International, Indianapolis IN

      David Giles grew up in Ethiopia as an MK. He graduated from Milligan College and completed his master's degree in intercultural studies at Fuller's School of World Mission. David and his wife Linda served in Kenya among the Maasai from 1985-1994 with Christian Missionary Fellowship. David and Linda have three children. David has been serving in the CMF home office since 1994, first in Recruitment and currently serves as the Director of Church Catalyst Ministries for CMF International where he oversees the work of CMF in their church planting fields.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 2, 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

      Eric Black

      Berne IN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 9, 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.

    • Instructor

      Ralph Maurer

      His Harvest Ministries, Bloomington IL

      Focus on worker care, community development and mobilization of workers to the field.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 16, 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

      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Palmdale CA

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 23, 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

      Anil Yesudas

      GYAN RATNA GURUKUL, Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 30, 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

      Nate Irwin

      Fishers IN

      Born and raised in Pakistan by missionary parents, Nate has spent a total of 29 years in that country. From 1986-2000, he and his wife served as missionaries with TEAM in Pakistan. He has now been at College Park Church in Indianapolis for 19 years in the global outreach department.

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      Date: Monday, December 7, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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