Canyon Lake, CA S21 Virtual    Spring 2021
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Welcome to the Spring 2021
Canyon Lake Perspectives Class

                                                                

A Unique Learning Experience

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is a 15-week course where you can interact with many of today’s most dynamic and thoughtful cross-cultural thinkers. It brings together a powerful group of evangelical leaders, professors and global visionaries who will lead you on a voyage of discovery – a voyage that traces God’s global redemptive strategy for all mankind from the beginnings in Eden to its conclusion around the Great White Throne in the book of Revelation. This class will radically challenge your present worldview.

A Bold New Vision 

Perspectives is the single most comprehensive source of information on the unfinished task of global evangelism. You cannot find this information in a newspaper, library, Sunday school class, or even on many Christian college campuses. Each week a different world-class instructor will challenge you in how you can strategically use your life, joining God in His eternal plan for the nations, whether as a missionary, mobilizer, or sender. 


Who should attend? 

This is a Great Commission course course designed for people who:

  • want to learn their place in the Greatest Commission.
  • have placed their trust in the Lord Jesus and want to see Him glorified in all people groups.
  • are considering a call to get involved in an outreach. 
  • are planning a short-term mission trip or want to maximize their learning from a recent trip. 
  • have a call to intercessory prayer for reaching the world with the Good News.
  • want to be more effective in supporting the work of world missions as part of a “sending” church. 

Due to COVID delays, we will be meeting online only (no in-person class) at least for the first few classes.   There is the option of in-person meeting when restrictions relax.  Even if in-person-meetings are permitted and begin, online meetings will continue through to the end of the class.   Every student will be assigned a MENTOR who will phone regularly and meet face-to-face should State and local guidelines permit.  Please contact Nels with any questions or difficulties with scheduling or with website navigation.

Nels Pitotti (208) 610 -5359


Where and When? 

Thursday evenings, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
January 14 - May 6, 2021

Canyon Lake Community Church OR/AND online
30515 Railroad Canyon Rd.
Canyon Lake, CA 92587


Cost? 

(Some scholarships are available. Please ask.)

Select Class Pricing tab on sidebar. The $50 2nd family member discount can be applied at the registration tab on the right. If you prefer the Kindle reader, go to William Cary Publishing to purchase the Combined Ebook.

 

Class Enrollment Levels

 

First Night Free:  Anyone can attend the first night for free, BUT when you register before Jan. 7, 2021 you can claim the $50 Early Registration Discount.  Should you change your mind about participating in the class after the first lesson you will be entitled to a full refund.

Key Reading Level: $220  This level requires about 1-2 hours of reading per week with no written homework. There are five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. Missed classes can be supplemented by the online video lesson.

Certificate Level: $220  This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics.  It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections," and one research project due at the end of the course.  This level requires about 4-6 hours of work per week.

Credit Level: $495 / 3 credit hours  A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours. More information and Course syllabus available upon request.

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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Canyon Lake 30515 Railroad Canyon Rd Canyon Lake CA 92587

Contact: Nels Pitotti

208-610-5359

 
    • 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

      Jeff Lewis

      Radical , Redlands CA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Specialist with Pioneers. 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, for 46 years. We have seven children and 18 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021

      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

      Tracy Ward

      Riverside CA

      Tracy is a faculty member and administrator at California Baptist University. She has served on short-term teams and is leading efforts to engage faculty in opportunities to integrate faith within the academic experience in a global context. She has a passion for seeing people connect their professions with opportunities to reach the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

      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

      Tom Theriault

      Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, San Marcos CA

      Born and raised in the Northwest, Tom Theriault is retired, serving most recently for 21 years as Associate Pastor for Mission and Outreach at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church, Solana Beach, California (in north San Diego County). A congregation of over 1400 members, Solana Beach Pres supports a wide range of mission activities, including a large outreach to local Hispanics, a burgeoning Creation Care initiative, and the support of missionaries around the world. Attending the University of Washington, Tom majored in history and psychology. Upon graduation from Fuller Seminary in Pasadena,CA, was ordained as Associate Pastor for Christian Education and Youth Ministry at the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church near Pasadena. He then served as the Evangelism and Mission Pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Yakima, WA. When God opened the door, he moved back to Pasadena as Executive Director of the Presbyterian Center for Mission Studies. For six years he traveled extensively, mobilizing God’s people to more vigorously pursue God’s global purposes through the PCUSA. Back in the pastoral saddle at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church in 1996, Tom spearheaded his church’s commitment to plant the gospel among an unevangelized Muslim group in the desert of Ethiopia. He is a big booster of the Perspectives class, having taught Perspectives around the country and offered it twice in his church. Tom earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary’s School of Inter Cultural Studies, doing research around the topic, “The Influence of Universalism in Presbyterian Mission Policy and Practice in the 20th Century.” Tom and his wife of 40 years, Judy, thank God for their three grown children, Anna Julie, and Steve , a wonderful son-in-law, a beautiful daughter-in-law and four amazing grandsons and one granddaughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

      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

      DawnEllen Jacobs

      Hideaway TX

      DawnEllen Jacobs is a faculty mentor and academic consultant. Recently retired from 28 years at California Baptist University, she began serving on short term service teams in 1998 and has done over 20 projects to date. She has a passion for discipling others with a desire to share the gospel with the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

      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

      Dave Dick

      Canyon Lake CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

      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

      Andy Pearce

      International Students, Inc., San Gabriel CA

      Andy currently serves with International Students, Inc. (ISI) on the campuses of California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA and California State University Los Angeles. He also supervises 18 teams in his role as Southern California Area Director for ISI. In addition, he has made 20 trips to Asia for the purpose of following up with former international students. He has a Masters in Theological Studies from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in International Development from William Carey International University. Andy and his wife have four daughters and one son and live in San Gabriel, CA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

      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

      Tom Richards

      Coeur D Alene ID

      Tom is a native of Idaho and the owner of the Snake Pit, Idaho’s longest, continuously operating restaurant. As an economics graduate from Stanford and an education graduate from Idaho State, Tom has an outstanding career of teaching Advanced Placement courses on the mission field in places like Vienna Austria and Seoul South Korea. He, along with his magnificent wife Kirste and their two beautiful daughters have served as church planters in Hiroshima, Japan. Tom has also filled the position of dynamic leader of Youth For Christ. His involvement with Perspectives began in 2016. Tom’s hobbies include worship music, classic cars and wilderness hiking. Because of his accurate research and energetic classroom style Tom is a sought after Perspectives Instructor. (This bio was written by an Idaho Forest Lookout who was paid by Tom’s mother to say nice things)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

      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

      Bryan Pitotti

      Canyon Lake Community Church, Canyon Lake CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

      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

      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 29 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021

      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

      Gerry Gutierrez

      Global Recordings Network, Homeland CA

      Gerry Gutierrez spent 60 years in Oaxaca, Mexico; first as a child of Bible Translators, then as a Medical Doctor in a Zapotec Indian community, then as co-Director of Global Recordings Network Mexico with her husband, Dave. She has researched and published studies of the ethnic groups of Mexico in “Alcancemos las Etnias de Mexico,” and of Greater Los Angeles in “EthnoLA”. After coming to California in 2010, Gerry began to serve as Language Tracking Coordinator for GRN. During the Perspectives course in Temecula in 2015 she began to work with 50,000 refugees in Northern San Diego, sharing the gospel through henna tatoos, audio CDs, the Jesus film, and personal evangelism.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

      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

      Vicky Warren

      GLINTS, Mena AR

      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: Thursday, March 25, 2021

      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

      Chris McHorney

      International Service Project, Lake Elsinore CA

      Chris McHorney has been a member of the faculty at California Baptist University for fourteen years. As a member of the faculty, he has been blessed to have the opportunity to lead ten short-term teams, serve as the president of University Educators for Global Engagement, and take the Perspectives class. The Perspectives class was a paradigm changing experience for him, changing how he lived his life as a follower of Jesus in his roles as husband, parent, teacher, and mentor.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021

      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.

    • Instructor

      Aleksandra Coggins

      Corona CA

      A mobilizer working to invite others into God's purpose for their lives while preparing to plant churches wherever the Lord will send her.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

      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

      Andrew Lacasse

      Murrieta CA

      Andrew serves as an associate pastor at Calvary Murrieta, working in areas of education, administration, pastoral care, and missions. The Perspectives course led his church to engage two unreached people groups. Andrew and his wife are foster parents to refugee youth, bringing Perspectives "close to home".

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

      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

      Crystal Rough

      MissionNext, FMI-Highlands Missions, Lancaster CA

      Crystal and her husband, Ron, are Directors of Missions at the Highlands Christian Fellowship in Palmdale, CA. She is part of MissionNext doing Generational Mobilization Ministry. Other involvement in missions include YWAM (Micronesia), evangelism, kids ministry, missionary care, and Pioneer Business Planting. Countries of ministry include Myanmar, Thailand,Vietnam, Japan, Kenya, Micronesia and Mexico.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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    • Instructor

      Nels Pitotti

      , Sandpoint ID

    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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