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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


MONDAYS, JANUARY 17 - MAY 2, 2022

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Hope Covenant Church 336 4th Ave S St. Cloud MN 56301

Contact: Mark Watland

(320) 295-0367

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Treichler

      Hope Community Church, Minneapolis MN

      Husband to Carole. Dad to 3 boys. Grandpa to Bennett. Senior Pastor to Hope Community of Minneapolis. Taxpayer to the state of Minnesota. Child of God. A trout’s worst nightmare.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Mike Williamson

      Pure Doctrine Ministry, Saint Cloud MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Mike Moline

      Wycliffe USA, Florence CO

      Mike Moline has served with family in support roles with Wycliffe USA since 2008. Mike has a BA in Math from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and BA in Chemistry from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's theology is profoundly shaped by 25 years of attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's favorite activity is telling of the impact of Bible translation and inviting everyone who will listen to consider how they can share in the joy of building Christ's Kingdom through involvement in Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Andrea Kay

      Resurrection City Church, St Paul MN

      Andrea spent four years working as an ESL teacher to university students in Southeast Asia with a like-minded NGO that strategizes through a partnership with local governments in the countries where they serve and building relationships with students who will become the future leaders. She currently lives in the Twin Cities and is working on a Master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, along with actively being involved in Perspectives and the local church. She is passionate about sharing God's heart for the nations with the American church and seeing people of all cultures orient their lives toward Him and for His glory.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Candice Siewert

      Global Aid Network, Minneapolis MN

      Candice is a world-traveling adventurer who never stops asking, “What is that?” She has ministered in 40+ countries over the course of her ministry and claims to be fluent in point. She travels frequently every year encouraging missionaries to persevere and remain faithful to God’s call. Candice has a deep passion and love for Jesus and for people to know Christ. She is a humorous and straightforward communicator who combines the Word of God and her story to make truth come alive. Candice is on staff in the Upper Midwest region of Cru where she serves as the Global Missions National Director.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Ryan Griffith

      Minneapolis MN

      Ryan Griffith (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as an elder and Director of Training at Cities Church in St. Paul. Prior to serving at Cities, Ryan was executive director of The Gospel Coalition. Ryan also served as the founding Director of Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Professor of Church History and Humanities at Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minneapolis, MN) where he taught for twelve years. He earned MA and BA degrees at Wheaton College (IL).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and is now the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) resettling and serving refugees in the Twin Cities. Bob has two MA degrees in Cross-Cultural Communications (Wheaton College) and Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary). Bob served on the faculty and administration at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya for 24 years teaching in the areas of Intercultural Studies, Islamics and Cross-Cultural Communications. He has traveled to more than 55 countries and has led church teams to Macedonia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and India. Bob is married to Donna, the daughter of missionaries to Liberia. They have 5 children, including two adopted sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Jessica Wick

      GoCorps, St. Paul Park MN

      Jessica is the Twin Cities Area Team Leader for Perspectives and also serves as an Alumni Coordinator for GoCorps, an organization that helps recent grads find their place in God's global work. Jessica has had a successful career in corporate recruitment and HR for 15+ years and works as an HR Generalist "by day". Jessica is passionate about helping emerging adults transition well from college into their career and strongly believes that investing 2 years in global service after graduation should be normalized among recent grads to help fulfill the Great Commission. She believes God has called us all in unique ways to live missionally wherever he calls us, whether in the city or overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Philemon Yong

      Saint Anthony MN

      Philemon is currently the Vice President and Director of Curriculum Development and School Planting for Training Leaders International (http://trainingleadersinternational.org/) Philemon grew up in the Kom tribe, Cameroon. His parents were both Christians, and church was a regular part of their lives. Yet, at the same time, Philemon observed a strange mix where traditional religion was still also a part of life—even of many in the church! At age 13, with his family unable to send him to more schooling, Philemon left home to go to the city to find some jobs that would give him a better life. When he was 23, through a friend Philemon was led to attend Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary, Ndu. This began his training for ministry. Linda was a short-termer at CBTS that year, and they developed a very strong friendship. As a result, Philemon came to the USA, and he and Linda were married the following year. Bethel College accepted Philemon, and after completing his bachelor’s degree he continued on to earn a Masters of Divinity degree at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul). A year of short-term ministry back at CBTS fueled the desire to eventually return to Cameroon as a full-time teacher/theologian. This led Philemon to pursue Ph.D. work at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. From 2003-2010, Philemon has been teaching many courses at CBTS, solidly equipping future church leaders to preach and practice that Christ alone is the source for power and guidance in their lives. He also has a desire to write materials that will be helpful to the church in Cameroon/Africa. His unique preparation—knowing the culture firsthand and having solid theological training—equip Philemon to do this in an excellent way. Philemon has experienced firsthand the confusing mix of Christianity and spiritism in the African church. He realizes that many church leaders have little theological training. Those with some training are trying to use a Western approach to theology in the African context, where the questions and problems call for a more African approach. His experiences, combined with his extensive theological studies in the USA, have put in him a desire for theological education in Africa. Philemon and his wife Linda live in Minnesota. They have three children, Benjamin, Samuel, and Anna.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 28, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      T. Cher Moua

      Cru, Maplewood MN

      Sinner. Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Called by Christ to serve the Church of Christ to share the gospel of Christ to the world by connecting with, develop, and empower the local church to live out God's heart for the world so that all can grow in Christ and spiritually multiply. One person at a time.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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

      Jean Johnson

      Five Stones Global, Minneapolis MN

      Jean Johnson serves primarily as a missionary and coach, while fulfilling the role of Executive Director for Five Stones Global. Jean brings 30 years of cross-cultural mission experience, the majority of those years in Cambodia. Her ultimate desire is to inspire a movement of disciple-makers who make disciples of Jesus by using methods that lead to local-sustainability and spontaneous multiplication in global missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 25, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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