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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
 

 

THIS CLASS WILL BE OFFERED on Zoom Only

January 18th, 2021 - May 10th, 2021 

Monday Evenings; 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Note: Due to Covid 19, The Buffalo, NY and the Rochester, NY Class have merged to form the Perspectives of Western New York. The cost of the class has been reduced due to the elimination of instructor travel costs. The class is open to all US locations.  All classes will meet using Zoom.  A Zoom link will be provided to all students.


Register for the class using the buttons to the right

What is Perspectives?

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. 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 rain forest and deserts of distant lands.
15 Weeks. 15 Instructors. One Epic Story.

An array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers 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. In the course - scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God's kingdom movement and redemptive purposes. 

              Click through the lessons below to learn about the content and our instructors.

Whether you are single, married, a student, a parent-at-home, working or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.  God is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth, and you're invited to join him.

In the words of Floyd McClung, International Director of All Nations Training Center: 

                                    "Take Perspectives - It'll ruin you for the ordinary!" 

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Is this course only for those interested in missions?
Absolutely not! This is a course for the Church. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. To join God in His story. If you want to grow and be challenged—want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life.  


Take the course at a level that best suits you:

Key Reading Level: Attend class, read key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning) throughout the semester.  $235 fee plus $30 for books

Certificate Level:  Attend class, 2-3 hours of reading per week, homework questions, five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning), and a final project. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate a Perspectives class in the future.  $235 fee plus $30 for books

Credit Level:  Earn 3 undergraduate credits for roughly 3-5 hours of reading per week, class participation, homework questions, a mid-term exam, and a final paper. Graduate Level: 3 credits are also available through Trinity International University. For fees, see registration link.

Alumni:   Perspectives alumni are encouraged to attend the classes. Fee charged only if you are planning on increasing your program level, free otherwise. For fees, see registration link.

Discounts Available: see registration link



You were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: VIRTUAL ZOOM .. Western NY 14607

Contact: Chuck Vogt

585-248-2547

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration and Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Gary Kneezel

      Webster NY

      Gary Kneezel has served in various leadership positions in the local church for over 35 years, including serving as an elder, a teacher, and a missions team member. Gary has been a member or leader of nine short term missions trips. For the past 10 years he has been active in a partnership to reach an unreached people group in West Africa.


    • Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 47 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 52 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 25, 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

      Clay Katongo

      Havertown PA

      Clay is pastor of Philadelphia International Alliance Church, a multicultural congregation located in one of the most linguistically diverse areas in the Northeast. He attended seminary through the Assemblies of God in the D.R.Congo, and holds an MDiv in Old Testament and Mission from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. He resides in the Philadelphia area with his wife and two children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 1, 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

      Lyn Newbrander

      International Students, Inc., Philadelphia PA

      Lyn has 25 years of overseas missions experience in Japan, The Netherlands, and Germany. Since 2013, she and her husband Tim have worked with international students from all over the world. Lyn's role is primarily at the University of Pennsylvania where she is a chaplain's associate. Over 70 nations have been represented in the Newbrander's home in Philadelphia. Lyn and Tim open their home and their hearts wide to students, many of whom consider them their family away from home.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 8, 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

      Charles Vogt

      Fairport NY

      Chuck trained with the Navigators where he developed a passion for life on life discipleship. After taking an early retirement as an engineer, Chuck and his wife Debbie served with Mercy Ships in West and Central Africa. It was through Mercy Ships and through Perspectives that a clearer understanding of our Mandate to Disciple the nations developed.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 15, 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

      David Larson

      International Students, Inc., Ithaca NY

      David has over 20 years experience in International Student Ministry as a campus minister and Area Director, and also 5 years experience as a pastor. He has an M Div and has written two books. He is married and has six children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 22, 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

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 1, 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

      Andrew Knisely

      Eastern PA District of C&MA Mission's Mobilzation Task Force, Elysburg PA

      Andrew Knisely is the Pastor of Elysburg Alliance Church and an Adjunct Professor at Crown College. His family served as missionaries in France from 2001-2005, and he helped Glenview Alliance to form a partnership with the Alliance Church in Burkina Faso, West Africa. He is a member of the District Mission's Mobilization Task Force for Eastern PA District of the C&MA. He earned his Ed.D. in Adult Learning from Penn State in 2011, and holds masters in Education from Shippensburg University and Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary. He has been married to Diane since 1992, and they have two children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 8, 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

      Gail S.

      Buffalo NY

      During her 35 years of ministry on college campuses, in churches, and on the mission field, Gail has been passionate about helping meet the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the people God has led her to. Of special concern to her is introducing Muslims to Jesus-- the Way, Truth and Life!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 15, 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

      Tricia Andrews

      Comstock NY

      I obtained an MA in Missions from Wheaton College Graduate School, and a BA in International Politics and Sustainable Development from Brandeis University, all in preparation for overseas ministry. God had other plans and is using my gifts through Perspectives as a class Coordinator and Area Leader. I am very eager to see more World Christians in Upstate NY who are ready to take some risks and get involved with what God is doing in our neighborhood as well as our world. Some people call that mobilization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 22, 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

      Alfonse Javed

      Calvary Baptist Church, New York NY

      Dr. Alfonse Javed is the founder of RAM Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving religious minorities in the Muslim world. He is also the Executive Director for Heart for Muslims, an organization which equips believers to reach their Muslim neighbors for Christ. He holds three doctoral degrees, three masters degrees, and three bachelors degrees in various subjects both secular and spiritual. He lives in New York City with his wife and young children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 29, 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

      Scott Boyd

      Pittsburgh Region International Student Ministries, Pittsburgh PA

      Rev. Scott Boyd and his family served nine years as church planters in Slovenia. He is currently Director of the Pittsburgh Regional International Students Ministry. P.R.I.S.M. is a dynamic network of cross-cultural programs and ministries to international students and visiting scholars in the Pittsburgh area. We include Scott in every Perspectives class as his ministry is so important to our area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 5, 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

      Craig Parker

      The Navigators, Winthrop MA

      Craig Parker is the city leader for the Navigators in Boston, seeking to transform the city through life-to-life discipleship. Craig has worked for the Navigators for 37 years, with previous staff assignments in New Hampshire, Germany, and Virginia. He served as campus director at Boston University for 7 years, and at Dartmouth College for 17 years. As founding board member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Lwala Community Alliance, he has engaged in international development in western Kenya. He has also worked among Roma people in Croatia, helping to create a long term Croatian partnership with the Northeast Collegiate Navigators. Craig and his wife, Nancy have four children and seven grandchildren. Many years ago he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 12, 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

      Dave Coles

      Beyond, Buffalo NY

      Former pastor and 24-year field worker among Muslims in Southeast Asia. Writer and editor, including co-authoring the book Bhojpuri Breakthrough with Victor John and co-editing the book 24:14 - A Testimony to All Peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 19, 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

      Chris Clayman

      Global Gates Network, NYC West African Outreach, Bronx NY

      Chris Clayman is an Associate Director and Co-Founder of Global Gates (www.globalgates.info), a mission organization focused on reaching the ends of the earth through global gateway cities. He has been involved in pioneer church planting in urban and rural West Africa and New York City among unreached Muslim peoples. Chris is also the author of Superplan: a journey into God's story (thesuperplan.com), and ethNYcity: The Nations, Tongues, and Faiths of Metropolitan New York (unreachednewyork.com). Chris lives with his wife and three children in the Bronx.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 26, 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

      Earlando Thomas

      New Hope Free Methodist, Webster NY

      An Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Rochester, Dr. Thomas is board certified in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. He has been practicing medicine for the past three decades, in Jamaica, England, and the United States, and has always viewed his vocation as a calling to Workplace Ministry. His lifelong passion for Medical and Evangelical Missions has taken him on short term mission trips to Haiti, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In 2005, Dr. Thomas co-founded the New Hope Evangelical Church in Rochester, New York. He is currently a member of New Hope Free Methodist Church and a Conference Ministerial Candidate (CMC) on the ordination track in the Free Methodist Denomination. Married to Marjorie since 1986, they have two grown children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 10, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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