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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. A fantastic 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. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. 
Certificate - $200
Enhance your understanding of God's global purpose through lectures, activities and selected readings. Receive individualized feedback upon completing weekly reviews, personal response sheets and the integrative project, deepening your understanding

Key Reading - $200
Be enriched by instructors, short weekly readings, and five personal reflections, but you'll miss the accountability and additional learning that Certificate level provides. Students will not receive a certificate of completion, but may attend future classes at minimal cost.

College Credit Under Graduate - $450
Perspectives partners with accredited universities to offer undergraduate level credit hours for completing the course. These may be local or national credit options. Additional reading or assignments are sometimes required based on the credit granting institution. 

Class Info

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Virtual Zoom Los Angeles CA 91101

Contact: Peter Koch

626 399 9427

 
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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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      Jeff Lewis

      Triad, Rome GA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Specialist with Triad & Discipleship Pastor at West Rome Baptist Church. 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. Ministry highlights: 20 years at California Baptist University, 17 years as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, and four years as Director of Mobilization at CBU. Mobilization/disciple ministry for 33 years, church planter, instructor/trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of God's Heart for the Nations and Calling: A Scriptural Journey. Jeff has also assisted with training indigenous mobilization leadership and developing field strategies in over 30 countries. Married to Elaine McClary, for 47 years. We have seven children and 19 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 3, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Ron Nelson

      Evangelism & Missions, Arlington TX

      Ron is a licensed and ordained minister and co-founder of Sowing Seeds of Joy, Inc., an organization founded in 2007 to connect the hearts of people to the heart of God. This is done by empowering church leaders and believers through discipleship and training. The belief is that effective evangelism, biblical training, and discipleship of leaders lead to community transformation. Ron holds a B.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling, is a former world-class sprinter, police officer, US federal agent, and mission director at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX.; he currently serves as the CEO of Sowing Seeds of Joy, Inc., a mission mobilizer, Perspectives instructor and coordinator, certified Evantell trainer, trained chaplain, and trauma healing facilitator. Ron’s travels and experience have taken him to Haiti, Belize, Brazil, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Kenya, Philippines, South Africa, and countless regions and cities of the US.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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).

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      Mike Brown

      The Family Table, Chatsworth CA

      Mike began his ministry by pastoring a local church in Los Angeles, then spent several years on the mission field in Mexico, where he started a training ministry called 'El Puente', which served as a bridge to equip short term missionaries and enable the local Body of Christ in Mexico to become self supporting apart from American funds. In 2008, Mike planted a church in Los Angeles, CA (Redeemer), and teaches Biblical Theology & Church Planting at Radius International, a 12 month training program in Tijuana, designed to equip missionaries to the unreached with the cultural, linguistic and Biblical skills necessary. In 2018, he transitioned out of local church ministry to start The Family Table, a non profit mobilizing churches to care for vulnerable children in the foster care system.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 17, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Michelle Lapp

      Africa Inland Mission, San Diego CA

      Michelle and her late husband Chris were appointed as missionaries with Africa Inland Mission in 2008 after leaving careers in Education/Church Ministry and Business Management/dressmaking. They served with their 6 children in the small village of Molumong in rural Lesotho, Africa. After language and culture acquisition and Chris teaching one term, he got Encephalitis and passed away after a short 3 weeks in a coma. Through God's strength and Sovereignty, Michelle went on to serve as a teacher at Rift Valley Academy and now serves as the Southwest Mobilizer for AIM while juggling parenting and an active speaking ministry. Michelle has a passion for proclaiming God's heart for the Nations and the truth that EVERY Christ-follower has a place in His plan to redeem the Nations unto Himself.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations (http://allnations.international), a global Christian missions organization with workers making disciples and doing church planting in 44 countries. Dr. Ho is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation by sharing the love of God among every people and in parts of the world where the name of Jesus Christ is little or not known. Dr. Ho received her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, VA, U.S.A. in 2016.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      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, October 8, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      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, October 15, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Dennis Washington

      Anacostia River Church, Upper Marlboro MD

      Pastor Dennis Washington is a native New Yorker and a veteran in the United States Air Force. Since his time in service, he has served in several international capacities, both as an employee of the Department of State and as a mission Director. He has served on the leadership team for the National African American Mission Conference, as an Area Mobilizer for Perspectives and Campus Minister for International Students Inc. He currently serves as the Mission Pastor at Anacostia River Church. Dennis is married to Tarsha Washington and they have four children together: D’mani, D’naja, Joshua, and Jonathan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 22, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Trevor Deck

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, La Mesa CA

      Trevor Deck has served with Wycliffe Bible Translators in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, and now with the Global Diaspora Team working to connect diaspora communities with translation projects in hard to access countries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Lindsey Sprague

      TMS-Global, Norcross GA

      Lindsey received her degree in Anthropology where she gained knowledge and love for peoples and culture. She served in the Middle East a few years after college where she gained more insight on culture and passion for God's mission. Lindsey, also served with Perspectives Global as the Associate Director serving the Perspectives movement in over 30 countries. She currently works with TMS-Global as the Director of Mobilization and Candidacy where she is able to journey with people as they explore leveraging their gifts, talents, and skills to come alongside God and His mission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Philemon & Ella Y.

      , Sunnyvale CA

      Before meeting each other, both Philemon and Ella felt God had called them to serve as missionaries overseas. With their business background, they were both impacted by Perspectives and Urbana. After completing his MDiv, they moved to a Muslim country with their three young children (at that time, ages 8, 7, and 3). With a vision to get involved in BAM, Philemon and Ella started a small tech business and got involved with a church planting team. They continue to be involved in areas of business, software development, Bible translation/publishing, discipleship, mentorship, & mobilization. They are currently temporarily based in the United States and lead short term teams to train young professionals in business and technology.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      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: Thursday, November 19, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Kevin Higgins

      Pasadena CA

      Over the years, Kevin has served God in a number of different areas, including small business owner, youth pastor, church planter, fish farmer, and pioneer missionary. He began working with Global Teams as a missionary in 1990. Kevin developed a work in a majority Muslim country that has resulted in creative evangelism among several people groups within and beyond that country. In 2010, Global Teams was asked to oversee an existing movement in another majority Muslim country. These works combine to form one of the largest Muslim movements to Jesus in the world. He has served as the International Director for Global Teams since the year 2000.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 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.

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      Kristine Shiraki

      Perspectives Study Program, San Francisco CA

      Kristine grew up all across the west coast, with a front-row seat to her parents’ ministry with The Salvation Army. After completing her undergraduate studies at Pepperdine University, Kristine served as a sixth grade teacher in South Central Los Angeles. Her travel and work abroad propelled her to continue her studies in International Education Policy at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, where she focused on education in China and North and South Korea. After working for seven years in education policy and politics, in 2018, Kristine transitioned to work full-time with Perspectives, serving as the Regional Director of the Pacific Region, spanning Northern California and Northern Nevada. In this work, she has the privilege to support area leaders and coordinators as they lead Perspectives classes in awakening and mobilizing the Body of Christ to join God’s work in and among the nations. Kristine currently lives in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco with her husband, Matt and daughter, Naomi. They are active at We Are Church, an urban house church network focused on being a community in the city.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

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