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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Where: The Commons in Bozeman, Montana 

When: January 20, 2021 – May 12, 2021

 Why should you join us for the Perspectives movement? The answer is simple – because great things happen when our hearts align around God's global purpose.  Perspectives will take you on an explorative journey as you take a deep dive into scripture, explore His global purpose of redemption threaded throughout history, expand your understanding of reaching across cultures, and engage strategically in the present work He is doing in the world.

 You’ll be exposed to 15 weeks of highly qualified instructors, teaching in their areas of expertise with real-world, global experience.  

 

Dates to Know:

January 20 – First Lesson (Chapter 1) “The Living God is a Missionary God”

March 17  No Class

May 5 – Last Lesson (Chapter 15) “World Christian Discipleship”

May 12 – Celebration

 

Perspectives can be taken at the Certificate, Credit, and Key Reading level.

Key Reading Level: This level requires about 3 – 5 hours of reading per week with no written homework. There are five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the course which require approximately an hour each to complete. 

 Certificate Level: This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves a weekly 10 question Review assignment, five "Personal Reflections," and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires approximately 7 hours of work per week. 

 Credit Level: This level can be taken for undergraduate or post graduate credit. This involves a mid-term and final exam, plus an integrative project in addition to regular weekly assignments. This level requires about 8 hours of work per week. The credit is offered through Excelsior University. 

 Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register! (There is a $50 cost for alumni unless you “upgrade” your commitment level or need books.)

Plan on scheduling Wednesday nights for a truly life-changing experience. You will love discovering God’s heart for the nations and neighborhoods in this safe community of learners. Scholarships are available so please contact us for more information if cost is an issue!

 

To learn more about Perspectives, visit: www.perspectives.org

Here's a video to learn more: https://vimeo.com/176800231

Class Info

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: The Commons 1794 E Baxter Ln Bozeman MT 59718

Contact: David Scammell

406-600-7501

 
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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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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2021

      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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for over 25 years both nationally and internationally. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and travel in 40 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 27, 2021

      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.

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      Rick Donlon

      Resurrection Health, Memphis TN

      Rick Donlon grew up in New Orleans, graduated from LSU-N.O. medical school, and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1995 he and three medical school classmates opened Christ Community Health Services (CCHS), a primary-care health center for the poor in Memphis’ most medically under-served neighborhood. Over the last 23 years, CCHS has grown to ten locations, with dozens of physicians and nurse practitioners, providing over 130,000 patient visits and delivering 700 babies annually. In 2014, Dr. Donlon and twenty other medical providers founded a second primary care missional clinic for low income communities in Memphis, Resurrection Health. Over the last 13 years the Memphis clinic and house church network has sent medical missionaries to Afghanistan, India, Sudan, Chad, Algeria, Dagestan, Iraq, Jordan, the UAE, and Somalia. Dr. Donlon is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He and his wife Laurie and their six children live in the inner city Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis, where he serves as an elder in their house church network.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

      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).

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      Steve Poetzl

      Billings MT



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

      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.

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      Steve Vinton

      Village Schools International, Mafinga Not in USA

      Steve Vinton has served for more than three decades as a missionary in Africa, first as a teacher, and then as an adviser to his former students as they worked together to plant churches, to start primary and secondary schools, medical clinics, a teacher training college and a theological college, as well as to launch various community development projects. Steve and his wife Susan took the Perspectives Course together in 1990, quit their jobs in Washington DC and served as missionaries in the Congo until they were forced by war in 1999 to relocate to the neighboring country of Tanzania. In 2005, together with a number of their former students, Steve and Susan founded Village Schools International.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021

      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.

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      Glen Grove

      Billings MT

      For over 30 years I have been blessed to serve in a number of roles including pastor, overseas worker and mobilizer. I look forward to sharing some of the things I have been learning in these various opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

      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.

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      Paul Greer

      Billings MT

      Paul is a third generation Foursquare Minister and Missionary who grew up in Papua New Guinea. Carina is a 2nd generation Foursquare Minister who grew up in Canada. Together, they have ministered in the US church as well as partnered with our global family in developing leaders, especially in the area of youth ministry and education. Paul currently serves as Mobilization Lead for Foursquare Missions International.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021

      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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      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: Wednesday, March 10, 2021

      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.

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      Barbara Yandell

      Hope for the Nations, Austin TX

      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: Wednesday, March 24, 2021

      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.

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      David Beine

      Great Northern University, Spokane WA

      Dave Beine is the Dean, College of Global Engagement and Professor of Intercultural Studies at Great Northern University in Spokane, WA. He served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for 28 years (1988-2016) in a variety of capacities including language surveyor, literacy and scripture-use project facilitator, anthropology consultant and linguistic institute director. He holds a B.A. in communication studies from California State University, Sacramento, a M.A. in linguistic anthropology from San Diego State University (1994) and a Ph.D. in anthropology (medical and cognitive focus) from Washington State University (2000). He is the author of Ensnared By AIDS: Cultural Contexts of HIV and AIDS in Nepal (SIL 2014) and he has published extensively in several missiological contexts as well.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

      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.

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      Amy Law

      YWAM, Cody WY

      Amy Law is a popular speaker, mobilizer and trainer, formerly with Youth With A Mission (YWAM). After graduating from Williams College, she took Perspectives and it changed the course of her life. Amy served at Caleb Project and supervised over 40 Perspectives courses. Amy has served in positions including, the Director for YWAM Frontier Missions, Board Member for Frontiers USA, President of the International Society of Frontier Missiology, Project Director with Teen Mania and church Missions Director. She has served overseas in multiple capacities in Asia and the Middle East. She is married, has two energetic boys and lives in Cody, WY.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2021

      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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      Eric Basye

      Billings MT



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 14, 2021

      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.

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      Edward Aw

      Community Vision International, San Tan Valley AZ

      Ed and Rachel have three thrusts to their ministry activities. (1) They train and coach church planters and pastors, helping them to raise up new leaders and reproduce their churches, resulting in transformed lives and communities. This includes many insights into making their ministries more sensitive to local cultures. (2) They are committed to practicing and guiding others in "tent-making", supporting themselves so that they are free to serve communities in areas of the world where authorities may be hostile and churches too weak to support them. (3) They are focused on accomplishing the above two in culturally relevant ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2021

      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.

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      Chuck Cheatham

      Wilmington NC



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021

      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.

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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 5, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Wednesday, May 12, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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