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Why take Perspectives?  

What is God's purpose for your life?

You are invited to join a unique discipleship course. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it. Perspectives will change the way you view the world. 


We will hear from 15 outstanding instructors as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations. Hear how God has worked in the past and continues to work throughout the world today. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. God is on a mission to bless the peoples of the world and YOU are invited to join Him!


When Mondays | 6:00 to 8:45 pm | January 25 to May 24, 2021
Where:  Zoom

Note: We pray that the class can be held in person once indoor gathering restrictions are lifted. For now, the class will be held live over Zoom through at least end of February, but we plan to move to in-person classes at Resonate Church in Fremont once county restrictions on indoor gatherings are relaxed. 

Key Class Dates:            
Informational Meeting and Registration  
     (Please email Fei for Zoom link)
Monday, January 18, 2021 from 7:00 - 8:00pm


First Class 
             Monday, January 25, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:45pm
     You can register to attend the first class for FREE

Celebration 
Monday, May 24, 2021 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

Cost$240
 Early Bird Discount: Register and pay by January 18th to get $30 off! 
  • Additional Family Members: When one family member pays full price, the second and additional family member(s) in the same household may claim this discount and receive $25 off!

  • Alumni Pricing: All Alumni have free registration for Key reading and a $40 Grader fee to upgrade from Key Reading to Certificate Level.
Options: 
1. Key Reading is the lowest exposure to the Perspectives curriculum. Students will be enriched by instructors, lesser weekly reading, and five personal reflections, but will miss the accountability and additional learning that Certificate level provides. Students will not earn a certificate of completion, but may attend future classes for free or a minimal cost.

2. Certificate is the recommended level for students looking to fully engage with all that Perspectives has to offer. Along with the instructors, you will engage with excellent weekly readings, weekly lesson review questions, five personal reflections, and a class project. You will receive a certificate of completion and be able to visit any future classes for free or a minimal cost.

3. Credit is for students who want to take a rigorous, graduate level course for credit. You will have more reading, a midterm and final, and a more comprehensive class project than the certificate level. 

The Study Guide and Reader Fourth Edition are no longer included with registration.  Participants will need to purchase these books as hardcopy or on Kindle. When you register, you will receive a unique link to receive a special discounted price for Perspectives students. 

Click on the numbered boxes below to see the instructors' biographies.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Resonate Church 40650 Encyclopedia Dr. Fremont CA 94538

Contact: Fei Yao

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Markos Zemede

      Horn of Africa Evangelical Mission, fresno CA

      I was born and raised in Ethiopia. I immigrated to the USA as a refugee in 1984. When I took the Perspectives class in 1999, it ruined me for the ordinary. In addition to my busy medical practice, I now serve in many missions organizations, a few of which were birthed out of the Perspectives class, including Horn of Africa Mission (www.hornofafrica.org).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 25, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Ziad Srouji

      San Mateo CA

      Pastor Z. Samuel Srouji came out of war torn Lebanon in the ‘70s and encountered Jesus at the age of 16 through the truth that “the grave is empty and Jesus is alive.” Since then he has been captured with the Father’s heart of love for the nations, and miracles have followed his ministry of worship and preaching around the world. For twenty five years he has pastored on the peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 1, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Colleen Wong

      Deoworks , West Hills CA

      Colleen is currently on staff with Deoworks as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Platforms, with a focus on national leadership development. Deoworks is a Gospel-centered consulting non-profit company connecting the body of Christ and accelerating the ministry of the Kingdom of God, seeking to incubate ideas to contribute the furthering of the Kingdom.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 8, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Brian Newton

      OMF International, San Gabriel CA

      BRIAN NEWTON Born in London, England … originally trained in French cuisine, worked as a chef (1961-67) in London and Geneva; as a chief steward with BOAC (1967-71). Heard God’s call to missions in 1970, met Esther that same year, married in 1972, and became members of ‘O’ in 1975. We served in Malaysia, on the Island of Borneo, as pastor/ church planter (1975-86). After earning an MA from Fuller (1986-88), we were involved with international students in the US (1989-99); and then as a members of the ‘O’ Mobilization Team on behalf of UPG work in SE Asia, until we officially retired in 2011! After investing 35 years of our lives in the Malay world of Southeast Asia I did not see that changing. As recently as January 2010, the DPRK was just another country in East Asia. But responding to an invitation to join a team in April 2010, making a total of 9 trips to that nation. Interests: I love to travel! I love good food; lean towards classical music; appreciate the old hymns of the Church, yet love the quieter, modern worshipful genre of Christian music. Family: We have three children: John, an ORU graduate working for an aircraft company; Michael, a graduate of Wheaton College, currently considering a new career; and Rachel, a graduate of APU, recently completed 8 years of service as a Lieutenant in the Nursing Corp of the US Navy and now settled back in California as a civilian nurse.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 22, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Samuel Nandakumar

      SAIACS, Bangalore, India, Elk Grove CA

      Samuel Nandakumar (a.k.a. Nanda) was born in Tamilnadu, South India and received both a B.S. and a B.Ed. from Indian universities before completing a B.S. from San Jose Bible College, a Master's in Divinity from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Indiana. September 1998 saw the beginning of a new venture for Nanda at Crossroads Bible Church when he began to lead and mentor Global Outreach and Life Groups. After having served as CBC's Interim Lead Pastor for several months, Pastor Nanda was confirmed as Lead Pastor in the spring of 2009. His most identifiable trait is his quick wit and ready smile. His passion for ministry is to see CBC truly become a multi-cultural body of believers. After his retirement from the pastoral role, Nanda has joined as a consultant, Global Leadership Development,for SAIACS (South Asia Institute of Advanced Christian Studies), Bangalore, India. He has been a dedicated Perspectives teacher for many years and is looking forward to sharing his passion for the Gospel with you.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 1, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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: Monday, March 8, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Christine Teng Henson

      Church-planting (2 years experience), Santa Clara CA

      After 6 years on staff with InterVarsity at Harvard College, Tina has lived in northern CA for the past three years to do her MDiv at Fuller Seminary (Northern California campus). While a student, she has had the opportunity to serve as a hospital chaplain at Stanford and as an outreach pastor at an Evangelical Covenant Church church-plant. Tina enjoys encouraging others towards overseas missionary service, supporting those doing pioneering work in the Middle East and Asia -- and spending time overseas herself whenever she is able. She and her husband, John, have a lively daughter named Beatrice who just turned one this summer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 15, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Ron Speer

      Lead Pastor, Oakdale CA

      Ron is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. He received his BA in Speech Communication including minors in English and US History from San Jose State University. He received his MDiv in Pastoral Studies from Western Seminary in Portland, OR. He has served as a local and global pastor and is presently the founding Lead Pastor of Mountain View Church in Oakdale, CA. There he lives with his wife Carrie. He has an adult daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 22, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Keivan Tehrani

      Compassion Bridges, Campbell CA

      Born into a Muslim family in Iran, Keivan was powerfully moved to follow Jesus in 1992. Since then he has had the honor to preach the Good news of Jesus and share his testimony in dozens of countries over 25 years of ministry. After graduating from UC Davis with degrees in Psychology and Religious studies he served as the Youth and English pastor at the Iranian Christian Church for 10 years and since 2010 has been the Global Compassion pastor at WestGate Church. He also the co-founder and Executive Director of Compassion Bridges. He received a Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary in 2008 and currently living in California with his wife and three beautiful children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 29, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Laurie Schlaepfer

      Santa Cruz CA

      Laurie grew up in Missouri but has been on the West Coast for all of her adult life. She attended Corban University in Salem, Oregon and Western Seminary in Portland. She has been speaking, teaching, and involved in ministry for more than 35 years. For 16 years she has been an adjunct professor at Western Seminary, teaching World Religions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 12, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Carlos Calderon

      Partners International, Spokane WA

      Born in Central America, grew up during a civil war time, came to faith in Jesus with some other 30 friends in the neighborhood, and became active in evangelism, eventually joined a church and was impacted by the missionary call while at the university. Came to the USA for post-grad education and moved to a Muslim country. Now cooperates with indigenous movement work in some 60 countries in the Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist world, consistently resulting in thousands of decisions for Christ, and national indigenous church planting movements.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 19, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      John Payne

      Salida CA

      A physician, John spent nineteen years as the director of a Family Practice Residency in California. Madelle was a hospice nurse. In 2005, after taking early retirement, they became second career missionaries in East Africa. There they worked with national leaders who taught their own people a seamless combination of community development, disease prevention, and evangelism and discipleship. In 2009, John became the president of the mission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 26, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Hermie Smit

      CityTeam in the Neighborhood, San Jose CA

      Hermie grew up in South Africa, moved to the US in Nov. 1999 and started working for CityTeam Ministries in 2001. He got exposed to the Disciple Making Movements (DMM) principles in 2006 and since then has dedicated his life to seeing disciple making movements take root in the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. By the grace of God, his team has seen significant multiplication over the past years, with thousands of new discovery groups/churches that have consistently multiply in multiple generations as God uses ordinary people in extraordinary ways. The movement has spread far, not only in the San Francisco Bay Area, but also to Central California, the Los Angeles area, Missouri, Texas, as well as cities in Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Argentina and Cuba. He’s married to Linda, a Bay Area native, for more than 19 years and has a son Daniel who is 6 years old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 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

      Vicky Warren

      MissionNext, 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: Monday, May 10, 2021

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Robert Durstenfeld

      Adult Old Testament Education, San Jose CA

      Bob grew up in a multi-cultural family and became a believer through the ministry of the YMCA. Bob has been on short term mission trips to Belize, Coast Rica, Malaysia, Mexico and Tanzania. He has done Business as Mission in Venezuala. Bob has used the concepts from Perspectives at work leading global marketing teams. Bob has traveled widely for both business and pleasure and he has been to more than 22 countries. Bob has taught Old Testament and Sunday School Classes and is leading an American couple through a Discovery Bible Study through the New Testament. Bob has been Married for 36 years and has three grown sons, one who is a global outreach worker.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 17, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:45 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 24, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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