Cranston, RI // S21    Spring 2021
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WELCOME TO PERSPECTIVES!

Next class is this Thursday, February 4th @ 630PM EST.


We desire to see the diverse body of Christ realigned with God's purpose for the world and empowered by the Holy Spirit to make Christ known and worshiped through disciple-making of neighbors, students, families, and colleagues of the many nations living in our city, leading to greater engagement in the local church, and increased unity and partnership with the global church. 


With everything that has happened in this time, now more than ever, the call to the Church to go and make disciples of all the nations is compelling and urgent. Our world is facing fear, despair, and death, and we must equip ourselves in order to respond to that call.


You are invited to explore, discover, and embrace how God has made you for more! Perspectives is a 15-week course about God's plan of redemption from beginning to end and how you fit into it. There are four components:

Biblical (Lessons 1-5): Have you ever wondered why the word "missions" isn't in the Bible? We'll take 5 weeks to illuminate God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation. These lessons will highlight how God has always been a missionary God, and how that gives us our charge to engage in missions worldwide.

Historical (Lessons 6-9): You will discover your spiritual lineage and learn that God has always been at work throughout history making His name known among the nations. You'll gain perspective and insight into how the past has shaped our understanding of Christianity and missions today.

Cultural (Lessons 10-11)The peoples of the world come alive as we see expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people, and language of the earth so that Christ Jesus is worshiped.

Strategic (Lessons 12-15): Find your place in God's story through endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission. Learn practical application of broader strategic topics as it pertains to the many facets of missions throughout the world.

Dates:    January 21- April 29, 2021
When:    Thursdays 6:30 pm-9:30pm
Where:   Virtual via Zoom (laptop or desktop highly recommended)

First Two Nights Free: Register at no cost to try out this course. Everyone is welcome to hear the first 2 lessons before deciding to commit to the course.

Notes on cost: Because this is a virtual course, it will cost less than in past or future years. Also, there will be "early-bird" and pastoral discounts.

Perspectives offers 3 levels for completing the course:

Key Reading Level ($225 + book):  Prepare for great speakers and great material with light reading. Be challenged to consider your own role in world missions. This level requires about 1-2 hours of optional reading each week with little written homework. Five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the term will require about an hour each to complete. 

Certificate Level ($225 + book):  This is the recommended course level which provides a rich learning experience. It involves weekly homework assignments, five "personal reflections" and one research project due by the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week. 

Credit Level ($570 + book):  An in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours given through Trinity International University. It involves additional reading and two research projects. It is offered at the undergraduate or graduate level.

FAQs about Perspectives

What is Perspectives?
Perspectives is a Christian education course designed to help believers understand God's heart for all peoples and the active role they can play in their day-to-day lives for the great commission

Why take Perspectives?
Perspectives equips believers with the Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic context in which missions is derived. It provides resources for believers of all walks of life to engage those around them in effective evangelism, discipleship, and partnership. 

In this course, you will learn about Abraham’s calling in Genesis to be a blessing to all nations. You will learn about the movement of the church after Acts and up to the present day. You will learn about God’s current work in redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to himself, and you will learn about the task that still remains. 

Throughout this course, led each week by 15 different key speakers sharing their experience and knowledge, you will discern God’s own invitation in your life to serve him, and begin to hear how and where God is leading you.

Which enrollment level is right for me?

Key Reading Level: This is for people unable to commit to the reading requirements of the Certificate level. We recommend you sign up for Certificate level and if you can't keep up with the homework, you can change to Key Reading at any time during the course.

Certificate Level: While the course provides fantastic instructors, the richness and full impact of this course come from the readings. This level provides accountability, and is often required by missions agencies. It is also required by those looking to coordinate a Perspectives course in the future. Because Certificate and Key Readings are the same price, we recommend students register for Certificate level and drop down to Key Reading at any point during the course if they are unable to meet Certificate requirements. Students who complete Certificate level can take future Perspectives classes as Alumni at no cost. 

Credit Level: Graduate credit students attend class, read weekly articles, take weekly reviews, take 2 exams (midterm and final), and write a 18-20 page paper at the end of the course to receive graduate credit. This level requires 5-8 hours of reading per week. Additional work may be required depending on the Graduate program. 

*With either Undergraduate or Graduate Credit levels, if students are planning on transferring credit, provided through Trinity International University, it is their responsibility to check with their adviser to ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.


Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Virtual On Zoom for the entire 15 weeks Cranston RI 02921

Contact: Todd and Ann Hampson

(401) 749-3959

 
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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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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      Joe has been with Pioneers for 18 years. Previously, he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia in and out of country from 2002-2012. He currently serves as the VP of Mission Engagement for Pioneers USA. Joe, Sarah and their sons Ezra and Eli live in Orlando.

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      Date: Thursday, January 21, 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.

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      Jamie Farr

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Orlando FL

      I grew up in the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea the son of Translators speaking four languages. I experienced the joy of watching my ethnic people receive the NT and experience the power of God in amazing ways. I later went with my beautiful Wife Anita to Thailand to serve with Wycliffe. On our watch we have seen over 1800 missionaries go to serve among over 1500 people groups in the last 15 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 28, 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.

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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, have served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 4, 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).

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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: Thursday, February 11, 2021

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Philip Curtis

      Ministry Training Network of Southeastern New England, Exeter RI

      By the grace of God, I committed my life to Jesus Christ in 1970. Founding Pastor of Exeter Chapel: 1982-2019. Exec. Dir. of Ministry Training Network of Southeastern New England, 2019-present. Exeter Chapel is whole-heartedly involved in the global mission of the Christ: serving as a sender of cross-cultural missionaries, both short-term and career, and partnering with our missionaries on the field. I have been privileged to participate in five short-term missions to five different nations. This will be my 6th opportunity to teach with Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 18, 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.

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      David Gadoury

      TOGETHER, Cranston RI

      David Gadoury served as Lead Pastor of the Cranston Christian Fellowship for 42 years, a missions focused church that invested heavily in its global partners and directly engaged in numerous projects among the world's unreached peoples. He and his wife have ministered to cross-cultural workers in nine foreign countries. In 2017 he became Executive Director of TOGETHER, a multi-church, multi-denominational partnership formed in 2010 to advance the gospel in the greater Rhode Island area.

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      Date: Thursday, February 25, 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.

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      Dan Darko

      Wenham MA

      A New Testament Professor at Gordon College. A native of Ghana, Dan served as a Director in Youth for Christ (Ghana), Dean of Students at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Croatia), Seminary and University chaplain in Croatia and Ghana, and local church pastoral positions in Ghana, Croatia, England (Fulham–London) and the Poconos (PA) United States. He was educated in Ghana, Croatia and England. Dan and his family (Maryl his wife and two daughters, Esther and Debbie) live in South Hamilton, MA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 4, 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.

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      Michele C

      International Church at Yale, New Haven CT

      Michele serves in an oversight role for a Christian humanitarian organization working among the poor in North Africa. She also serves part-time as co-pastor with her husband, Joseph, at the International Church at Yale - an outreach to international scholars and their families - in New Haven, Connecticut, where she and her husband are based living in an inner city neighborhood while also spending time each year in North Africa and other Muslim-majority regions. Michele and her family lived and worked for over 15 years in North Africa in one of the poorest nations on earth. For several years she directed a Maternal-Child Health program providing health education, nutritional monitoring and supplementation to 15,000 malnourished children and mothers. She also helped to oversee their organization’s wider work in agriculture, literacy, education and microcredit. In addition to her oversight responsibilities in North Africa, she also does consulting for NGOs in other nations. Her areas of expertise and interest include public health and nutrition in developing nations, cross-cultural communication issues in Islamic societies, and the concerns and challenges of Muslim women. During their 15 years in North Africa, Michele and her family lived among the poor as the poor. Michele and her husband rented two small rooms in an urban dwelling with two local families, without running water or electricity, sharing an outdoor latrine with them. It was a transformative experience for her and for her friends and neighbors. Michele holds a B.S.N. in nursing from Duke University and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (concentration: Islamic Studies) from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies. Through hard work and God’s grace she speaks fluent Arabic and French, and has some knowledge of German, Spanish and Koiné Greek. Michele and her husband Joseph are parents of twins – a daughter and a son – born in 1992. She homeschooled her twins from kindergarten through eighth grade. By God’s grace she has learned to live with the challenges of endometriosis and ADHD and so to say, “…we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 11, 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.

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      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: Thursday, March 18, 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.

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      Joshua Johnson

      All Nations Family, Kansas City MO

      Joshua Johnson and his wife Meredith train and coach others to ignite movements to Christ together. He is a former English teacher and college basketball coach. He and his wife Meredith dubbed themselves Two Cubed based on 2 Timothy 2:2. He is thrilled by the idea of exponential multiplication and has spent seven years living in the Middle East and Asia catalyzing Disciple Making Movements. He has a Masters in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke Graduate University and Meredith has Master of Divinity with Global Missions emphasis. They are now the Executive Directors at All Nations Family. Joshua and Meredith co-instruct Perspectives classes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 25, 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.

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      Gabriela Phillips

      Adventist Muslim Relations Coordinator for North America, Ooltewah TN

      Gabriela Phillips and her husband have served for over twenty years among Muslim in Central Asia, the Middle East and currently they are in North America, where they serve among refugees from the Middle East. Gabriela is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the area of Missiology and loves to share the many ways in which God is drawing Muslims to himself.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 1, 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.

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      Robert Antonucci

      Frontiers/EPC, Wenham MA

      Robert has worked in Church-planting and Development work in Central Asia in a war torn country 15 of the last 20 years. He and his wife and 3 children have led Frontiers Church-planting teams in new areas most of that time. Rob has an MA in World Christianity and teaches Christians insights useful in understanding Islam/Muslims in the world today. He did MDiv. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, is a Doctor of Ministry program there and is Assistant Director of the Dr J Christy Wilson Jr. Center for World Missions at Gordon Conwell. He works with Frontiers and with EPC World Outreach consulting on ministry among Muslims.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 8, 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.

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      Rick and Julie S.

      Wareham MA

      Rick and Julie S. currently work as full-time missionaries and are involved in mobilizing teams to ignite church planting movements with unengaged, unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. Rick and Julie have recently left their vocational careers in Finance (Rick) and Occupation Therapy (Julie) to pursue their passion for reaching the unreached. Rick and Julie have been married for 31 years and have 3 children.

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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.

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      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. She has served as a Perspectives Regional Director (13 years) and as the Perspectives National Program Director (7 years). Her current assignment is Director of Diaspora Initiatives with FV. She has been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980, and Hindus since 2005. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 young adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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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.

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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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      Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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