Topeka, KS // F20    Fall 2020
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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SUNDAYS, AUGUST 16 - DECEMBER 6, 2020

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020

Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Central Park Christian Church 1535 SW Clay ST Topeka KS 66604

Contact: Donovan Krehbiel

(620) 899-4807

 
    • Instructor


    • 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

      Rick

      Minneapolis MN

      Rick planted churches among refugees in the US for over 20 years before moving to SE Asia to serve on a church planting team. During his time in Asia he was involved in developing an English vocational center as well as seeing a church planted among an UPG in that country. He now devotes his time living out his God given vision through a ministry called Engage Global. Engage Global exists to be a catalyst for the long term engagement of unreached peoples around the world by providing intensive World Christian training among unreached people groups living in the Twin Cities. He serves with a fantastic team along with his wife, Nicky and their two daughters Lilly and Liana.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 16, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Brian Tryhus

      Topeka KS



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 23, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Tim Fritson

      Liberty Christian Fellowship, Liberty MO

      Tim Fritson currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty, MO. He and his wife, Melody, share a passion for the Lord, His word, and mobilizing the proclamation of the gospel through the lives of believers. In 10 years of ministry, Tim has had the opportunity to see the work that God is doing in places around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Haiti, and numerous cities in the United States. He is humbled to lead a church that is invested in missions and church-planting endeavors among some of the least reach people in the world in countries in Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 30, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Phyllis Swanson

      Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka KS

      A teacher by profession, Phyllis provides pastoral care to female missionaries through All Nations Family and also serves on the Board of All Nations. Having spent time with missionaries on the field, Phyllis has developed a heart for sending and caring for missionaries well. For many years she has mobilized believers toward personal involvement in God's global mission through serving locally in a variety of Perspectives roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 6, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Mike D Schmidt

      Global Friends Omaha, Omaha NE

      Mike is the director of Operations for Global Friends Omaha, an evangelistic ministry reaching out to international students in Omaha. From 2012 to 2018 he served as an associate professor and director of the Intercultural Studies department at Grace University. Before coming to Grace, Mike served with his family in Niger for 18 years with SIM. His ministry experience includes church planting among different Muslim groups, overseeing food security ministries, giving leadership to a large mission hospital and discipling Nigerien church leaders. He did his undergraduate studies at Grace University, a ThM at Dallas Theological Seminary and a D. of Missiology at Biola University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 13, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Drew Culberth

      Bethel Baptist Church, Topeka KS



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 20, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Ivan Greuter

      West Side Baptist Church, Topeka KS

      Ivan is passionate for God's mission (missio Dei en Christo). He is the Pastor of West Side Baptist Church (Topeka, Ks), and a director of International Ministries (Am. Baptist Foreign Mission Society). He earned a B.A., M.A. in Theology, a M.Div.in Pastoral Care, and a D.Min. in Missional Spirituality. He is an ordained ABCUSA minister who has led churches for 20+ years in Illinois and Kansas. Rexanne and Ivan enjoy cooking, fly fishing, gardening, movies, and spending time with their three children – two girls and a boy.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 27, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Anna Darnell

      Perspectives, Conway AR

      Anna & her husband Brian are passionate about mobilizing God's people to engage fully in His plans & purposes. Whether locally or abroad, one of her greatest joys is helping others realize who God created them to be and coaching them as they take steps toward their specific role in fulfilling the Great Commission. Anna has served through Perspectives as a coordinator, instructor, area mentor and currently serves as the Perspectives South Central Regional Director.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 4, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 24 and 19.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 18, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      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: Sunday, October 25, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Gretchen Samuelson

      , Topeka KS

      My husband Dean and I worked over a period of 19 years in Zaire (now called Dem. Rep. of the Congo.) Most of that time Dean was the only doctor in an area the size of Iowa, while I took care of our 6 kids, and did literature, women's ministry, and entertained various visitors.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 1, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Gene Daniels

      Fruitful Practice Research, Jacksonville AR

      Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, first as church planters in Central Asia and now as Director of Fruitful Practice Research, studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including Searching for the Indigenous Church, Margins of Islam, and Fruit to Harvest. (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Joshua Johnson

      All Nations Family, Kansas City MO

      Joshua Johnson and his wife Meredith train and coach others to ignite movements to Christ together. He is a former English teacher and college basketball coach. He and his wife Meredith dubbed themselves Two Cubed based on 2 Timothy 2:2. He is thrilled by the idea of exponential multiplication and has spent seven years living in the Middle East and Asia catalyzing Disciple Making Movements. He has a Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and Meredith has Master of Divinity with Global Missions emphasis. They are now the Executive Directors at All Nations Family. Joshua and Meredith co-instruct Perspectives classes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 15, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      John Weaver

      FCM & VOM, Owasso OK

      Since experiencing PSP in the early 90's, John has been praying for the nations, mobilizing believers, and sharing God's Love with Muslims. In 1998, after earning a MA, John joined a pioneer church planting team in Central Asia. He met his bride-to-be there and they had a Christ-centered wedding in 2005 surrounded by hundreds of curious Muslims. By God’s grace, they've seen some fruit and also birthed five children. John continues to facilitate disciple-making among Muslims. He is the author of Inside Afghanistan, A Flame on the Front Line and Najiba: A Love Story from Afghanistan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 22, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      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: Sunday, November 29, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, December 6, 2020

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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