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Wayne, PA (Western Mainline) Spring 2021
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
 


This class will be held using ZOOM!


February 4, 2021 to May 6, 2021

Thursday evenings 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

(Zoom Only)

Class Orientation will be over Zoom on 1/28/21 from 7:00-8:30 PM.

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What is Perspectives?

Perspectives is a 15-week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. Your eyes will be opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His global work.

14 Weeks. 14 Instructors. One Epic Story.

An array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. In the course - scripture, history, culture and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God's kingdom movement and redemptive purposes. 

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

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

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

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

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


Take the course at a level that best suits you:

Key Reading Level: Attend class, read key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning) throughout the semester.  $250

Certificate Level (recommended):  Attend class, 2-3 hours of reading per week, homework questions, five personal responses (reflections on what you are learning), and a final project. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate a Perspectives class in the future.  $250

Credit Level:  Earn 3 undergraduate or graduate credits for roughly 3-5 hours of reading per week, class participation, homework questions, a mid-term, final exam and project. Credits are available through Excelsior College. For fees, see registration link.

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

Once registered for the course, your coordinator will send you information on how to order your books at a discounted rate. 

Chinese & Spanish Readers and Study Guides are available and homework may be submitted in Chinese or Spanish.

Contact the coordinator if scholarships are needed.

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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Wayne, PA Virtual on Zoom Wayne PA 19080

Contact: Francis Patt

(484) 432-5714

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration and Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Francis Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. Graduate studies at Penn State in 1976-7. Coordinating team for the first Perspectives class at Penn State 1980. Began coordinating Perspectives classes in 1984. Has coordinated over 100 classes. Joined the staff of Frontier Ventures (formerly the USCWM) in 1981. Regional director of Eastern Regional Office of Frontier Ventures 1988-2017. Church elder for 15 years. Part of leadership for church planting teams 1998-2004. Training workers to serve on Muslim fields 2004 to present. Serving on the Board of Frontier Ventures since 2015. One of a team of three General Directors of Frontier Ventures January 2017-18.


    • Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 1

      The Living God is a Missionary God

      God's purpose is three-fold: against evil—kingdom victory; for the nations—redemption and blessing; and for God—global glory in worship. God's purpose revealed in promise to Abraham. Exploring God's purpose for the nations: Blessing to the nations described.

    • Instructor

      David H

      Frontier Ventures, Maxeys GA

      David is married with four beautiful daughters. He has served in campus ministry for 8 years and for the past nine years has served in several leadership roles for Cafe 1040.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 2

      The Story of His Glory

      Exploring God's purpose for Himself: How God has been steadily unfolding a plan throughout all nations and generations to bring about His greater glory, ultimately drawing to Himself the worship of all the peoples. Passion and prayer for God's glory.

    • Instructor

      Kevin Flannery

      Church of the Saviour, Wayne PA

      Kevin has been senior pastor of Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA since 2015. His schooling includes a BA from Texas A&M, two Masters degrees (Counseling & Divinity) and a Doctor of Ministry. Kevin has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1991 and they have one adult daughter, McKenzie.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 3

      Your Kingdom Come

      Exploring God's purpose regarding evil: How God has accomplished a defeat of evil powers in order to open a season of history in which the nations can freely follow Christ. The kingdom of God as the destiny of all history. Christ's mission seeks a hindering of evil to bring about a sign of the coming peace of the kingdom of God. Our prayers contend with evil in order to bring about the transformation of society with Christ's kingdom in view.

    • Instructor

      Bruce Heckman

      Brownstown PA

      Bruce and Joyce Heckman met while serving the Lord in the Middle East. Their nearly twenty years of service in that region equipped them to prepare others for ministry among the world’s unreached peoples. They have given their lives to bring the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those who have never heard.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 4

      Mandate for the Nations

      Jesus shows great strategic interest in Gentiles; wise strategic focus by initiating a global mission on a few disciples among the Hebrew people. The Great Commission and the ways of God's sending in relational power. Dealing with the ideas of pluralism (all religions the same) and universalism (all persons saved).

    • Instructor

      Mimsie Robinson

      Bethel Gospel Assembly Missions, New York NY

      As the missions pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly in New York City, Pastor Robinson has been involved in disciple-making efforts in India, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, South Africa, Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic and several islands in the West Indies. Through involvement with Evangelism Explosion International as a teacher/trainer, he has been able to help many believers become effective witnesses at home and abroad. His involvement with Perspectives includes serving as a class coordinator. In December 2019, he completed his Doctor of Missiology with the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. In 2009, Pastor Robinson helped plant Living Water Christian Center, a bilingual French and English congregation, affiliated with Bethel Gospel Assembly which serves the spiritual needs of the growing number of French-speaking West African immigrants in New York City. Pastor Robinson and his wife, Beverly Lynn, reside in the Harlem community. They have two married adult children, Michelle and David, who are both followers of Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 5

      Unleashing the Gospel

      The first followers of Jesus: obedient in costly, foundational ways. The climactic act of the book of Acts is the freeing of the gospel to be followed by Gentiles without Jewish traditions as a requirement. A foundational act of God which speaks to the situations where the gospel is hindered today. Strategic suffering and apostolic passion.

    • Instructor

      Jim Rhodes

      Cru, Malvern PA

      Jim has served on the full time missionary staff of Cru for 38 years. Over the years, Jim has directed the Hampton Beach Summer Project for 15 years and has helped initiate ministries in Japan, the former Soviet Union, Egypt, and throughout North Africa and the Middle East. Jim's favorite lessons to teach in the Perspectives course are Lessons #4 & #5. Jim has been married to his wife, Barbara, since 1979. They currently live in Malvern, PA. They have two grown children, Becky and Mike, who are both now serving as missionaries, also.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 6

      The Expansion of the Christian Movement

      The story of God's purpose continues relentlessly from Abraham's day until the present moment. An overview of the largest and the longest-running movement ever in history—the world Christian movement. How the gospel surged through the peoples and places of the world. Important insights for our own day.

    • Instructor

      Francis Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. Graduate studies at Penn State in 1976-7. Coordinating team for the first Perspectives class at Penn State 1980. Began coordinating Perspectives classes in 1984. Has coordinated over 100 classes. Joined the staff of Frontier Ventures (formerly the USCWM) in 1981. Regional director of Eastern Regional Office of Frontier Ventures 1988-2017. Church elder for 15 years. Part of leadership for church planting teams 1998-2004. Training workers to serve on Muslim fields 2004 to present. Serving on the Board of Frontier Ventures since 2015. One of a team of three General Directors of Frontier Ventures January 2017-18.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 7

      Eras of Mission History

      The greatest explosion of growth ever has taken place in last 200 years in three "bursts" of activity. Why we could be in the final era of missions. The global harvest force comprised increasingly of non-Western missionaries.

    • Instructor

      Debra S.

      Northern VA

      Debra grew up hooked on the "Greats," reading about and deeply inspired by the heroes highlighted in Lesson 8. In 2005 she ecstatically moved to Afghanistan to teach ESL, before in 2008 finding herself feeling plopped into small-town Virginia against her will. Yet she soon discovered that her rural new hometown bordered on “Northern Virginia” – the States’ most popular metro-region for Afghans immigrating to the US! Today she relishes friendships with Afghans in a totally bi-cultural world. Helping with ESL and paperwork, giving rides, eating heaps of Afghan food, dancing crazily at women's-only parties, and doing simple Bible studies that point to Jesus Messiah are her exciting daily routine. She finds dedicated Muslims some of the world’s most enjoyable people to be around, as they take eternity and spirituality seriously.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 8

      Pioneers of the World Christian Movement

      Today we anchor the race by continuing what others have begun. It's a day of finishing. All the more reason to learn the wisdom and the heart of ordinary people who did extraordinary things in earlier generations. Reading the writings of William Carey and other leaders to discern what these people have left to us. Exploring the contribution of women in missions throughout the centuries.

    • Instructor

      Debra S.

      Northern VA

      Debra grew up hooked on the "Greats," reading about and deeply inspired by the heroes highlighted in Lesson 8. In 2005 she ecstatically moved to Afghanistan to teach ESL, before in 2008 finding herself feeling plopped into small-town Virginia against her will. Yet she soon discovered that her rural new hometown bordered on “Northern Virginia” – the States’ most popular metro-region for Afghans immigrating to the US! Today she relishes friendships with Afghans in a totally bi-cultural world. Helping with ESL and paperwork, giving rides, eating heaps of Afghan food, dancing crazily at women's-only parties, and doing simple Bible studies that point to Jesus Messiah are her exciting daily routine. She finds dedicated Muslims some of the world’s most enjoyable people to be around, as they take eternity and spirituality seriously.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 9

      The Task Remaining

      God's pressed His purpose forward until the present hour of amazing opportunity. Understanding the concept of "unreached peoples" to assess the remaining task. Recognizing the imbalance of mission resources shapes strategic priorities. The basic minimal missiological achievement in every people group opens the way for working with God against every kind of evil so that the gospel of the kingdom is declared and displayed with clarity and power. The need and opportunity of urban mission.

    • Instructor

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

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

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 10

      How Shall They Hear?

      Culture and intercultural communication of the gospel. Communicating the gospel with relevance at the worldview level helps avoid syncretism (blending of cultural error with God?s truth) and also enables powerful movements of the gospel. Sensitive missionaries will look for ways that God has preserved or prepared people to hear the gospel, often finding redemptive analogies for God's truth.

    • Instructor

      Ed

      Immerse International, Millersville PA

      Ed and his wife Joan lived in Indonesia for 14 years prior to returning to the USA. He has coached CP teams in Indonesia, Malaysia, and India, and has trained dozens who now live abroad. Involved in several start up businesses in the USA and currently serves as Executive Director of Immerse International, a living learning community in Lancaster, PA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 11

      Building Bridges of Love

      The incarnation as a model of missionary humility. How missionaries can enter appropriate roles in order to form relationships of trust and respect to develop a sense of belonging, and thus to communicate with credibility for understanding. Explore the intricacy of identification in another culture. Explore the even greater complexity of presenting identity with integrity in a globalized, terrorized, pluralized world. Recognizing the dynamics of social structure in order to initiate growing movements of ongoing communication throughout the society.

    • Instructor

      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 8, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 12

      Christian Community Development

      A survey of world need. Dynamic balance of evangelism and social action. Hope for significant transformation as a sign of Christ's Lordship by Christian community development. Exploring the charge that missionaries destroy instead of serve cultures. Healing the wounds of the world between the peoples.

    • Instructor

      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 15, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 13

      The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

      Look beyond institutional features of churches to understand churches as dynamic movements of Christ Himself being followed. Such a view of churches as organic, living things opens up the practicality of seeing them multiply rapidly as movements and also flourish in society bearing the fruit of social transformation. Churches as counter-communities, acting as salt and light, bringing change to their cultures. How movements multiply by connecting with entire families and larger social structures.

    • Instructor

      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He is the Washington DC Area Coordinator for Crescent Project. His wife, Faith, is the ESOL Director in Leesburg. They have three children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 14

      Pioneer Church Planting

      The hope of planting churches among unreached peoples. How the breakthrough of the gospel in an unreached people requires that the gospel be "de-Westernized". The difference of contextualizing the message, the messenger and the movement. Distinguish and appreciate people movements, church planting movements and insider movements.

    • Instructor

      Jim O'Neill

      Frontier Ventures, New Cumberland PA

      Missionary to Asia 1982 to 1995; Director of Missions, Liberty University and Seminary, 1995-2000; President, CrossWorld Mission, 2000-2009; Executive VP Tennessee Temple University 2009-2010; Interim President, TTU, 2011; President, The Center for Global Mission, 2009 to present; Associate General Director for Frontier Ventures 2016 to present.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Lesson 15

      World Christian Discipleship

      What it means to integrate life for Christ's global purpose as a "'World Christian". Into the great story for His glory: a Person-driven life as a way of. pursuing a purpose-driven life. The basic practices of world Christians: going, sending, welcoming and mobilizing. The essential disciplines of World Christian discipleship: community, giving, praying and learning. Simplifying your lifestyle as if in "war-time". Exploring the practical ways of pursuing God's purpose. Business and mission. Short-term mission. Welcoming international visitors. Wisdom in working with local churches and in partnership with Christians in different parts of the world.

    • Instructor

      Jennifer Haddox

      ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians), Jerome ID

      Jen first took the Perspectives class at Eastern College, and since then has been passionate about mobilizing the church for frontier mission. Jen served as a Perspectives class coordinator in Western, PA from 2002-2016. She currently serves as the Director of Global Engagement for ECO (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians). In this role, she is a resource for mobilizing and equipping congregations for meaningful and effective global mission engagement.

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      Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

      Time: 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

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