Greater Portland, OR VS21    Spring 2021
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Greater Portland 
and
Central Oregon
Perspectives Virtual Class 
Sponsored by Area Churches*

Thursdays from 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
 January 21, 2021 - May 20, 2021
January 21  Orientation to Perspectives webpage, online resources, and Zoom.  
Jan 28 - May 13 Fifteen life-changing lessons taught by engaging and inspiring instructors
May 20  Celebration Evening to rejoice in all God has done through this course.

*Sponsoring Churches:
The Well Community - Portland
Sunset Presbyterian - Beaverton
New Life - West Linn
Southwest Hills Baptist - Beaverton
Hinson Baptist - Portland
Solid Life Center - Forest Hills
Canby Evangelical - Canby
Beautiful Savior - Happy Valley
Powell Butte Christian - Powell Butte
Desert Song Community - Redmond
Calvary Chapel - Prineville
Redmond Community - Redmond
Sisters Community - Sisters

and others. . .


Why should you take Perspectives?

Perspectives is a unique class experience that will give you a deeper understanding of God's glorious plan and His desire for you to participate with Him in it. It will open your eyes to the heart and purpose of God. The readings and unique instructors will enlarge your understanding as God speaks through them.

What is Perspectives?

Perspectives is a 15-week discipleship course for any adult follower of Jesus; high school and college students will also benefit greatly from the course. It will take you on a journey as you explore: 
  • God's global purpose through Scripture
  • God's purpose worked out through History
  • Expand your understanding of how the Gospel reaches across Cultures
  • Engage Strategically in the work God is doing locally and in the world today

Why Attend?

Great things happen when all our hearts align around God's global purpose and we become His disciples!


Questions? check out Perspectives FAQs 
 Contact Coordinator at  

First Two Nights Free:

Not sure yet if Perspectives is for you? Visit Lessons 1 & 2 for free by registering for "First Night Free" on the class pricing link to the right. 

Perspectives is offered at 3 levels:

Key Reading

Certificate

Credit**

Homework Time

3-5 hours of reading per week

7 hours of reading per week

8 hours of reading per week

Assignments

·        No written homework

·        5 'Personal Reflections' assigned during the course

·        Weekly 10-question review assignment

·        5 'Personal Reflections’

·        1 research project due at course end

·        Mid-term and final exam

·        Integrative project

·        Regular weekly assignments

Cost*

$220* (w/o books)

($170 with COVID discount)

$220* (w/o books)

($170 with COVID discount)

$475* (w/o books)


($425 with
COVID discount)

*COVID Discount of $50.00 for ALL students (see all discounts on website). ALL registered students will receive an email with instructions on how to order textbook and study guide. 

Additional $30 Early Bird Discount if registered by Jan 5, 2021.

**Credit Information - undergraduate or graduate credit is available. The credit will come through Trinity International University or Excelsior University.

Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register! 


 OUR VISION 
Perspectives is for students of all ages and seasons of life, who are open to adopting a world Christian lifestyle and to participating in what God is doing in the world. Graduates, we pray, will live with intentionality, in Christian community, to finish the one task Jesus gave His Church (Matt 24:14) – to witness and disciple all peoples. We pray alumni will have impact on their local church to awaken and to renew its commitment to be the leader in global missions, not leaving the task to others. We pray scales will fall off our eyes, the unreached will become visible and loved, and a slow ripple will become a tidal wave of action to witness, pray for, and disciple all peoples.
  

Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Zoom Virtual Class Online Portland OR 00000

Contact: Kathy Ikola

503-998-8637

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with Frontier Ventures since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.


    • Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Guest Speaker

      The Well, Portland OR

      Our speaker was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, he served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 22 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 28, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Bill Vermillion

      Theological Education, Canby OR

      Brief Vita/ C.V. for Rev. Dr. William H. Vermillion, PhD. Born: August 31, 1946, Seattle, Washington Married: Diana M Waggoner March, 16 1968 Children: Benjamin and Joel, who are in Heaven. Academic Degrees: BA in English with Honors from Washington State University, 1968 MA, PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Washington, 1972, 1979 (PhD dissertation: Critical Comparison of the Latin Life of Saint Martin of Tours with Anglo Saxon and Icelandic Translations) M.Div. in Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 Post-Doctoral Studies: Jerusalem University College, Israel Military Service: US Army 1968-1978 (3 years active duty, 7 in reserves) Brach: Infantry. Final Rank: Captain; Duty Stations: various Posts in USA, 11 months in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese forces. Academic Positions Held: Professor of Bible and Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 – 1990. Academic Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1984-1988 Professor of Christian Ministries, Western Evangelical Seminary 1995-7 Transition Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary merger with George Fox University 1996-7 Church Positions Held: Youth Pastor: Village Chapel Evangelical Free Church, Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1972-1976 Interim Pastor: Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1976-7 Pastor: First Evangelical Methodist Church 1977-1980 Associate Pastor, Valley View Evangelical Church 1980-1990 Pastor Oregon City Evangelical Church 1990-1995 Pastor Valley View Evangelical Church 1997-2000 General Superintendent of The Evangelical Church 2002-2006 Conference Superintendent, Pacific Conference, The Evangelical Church 2006-2009 Mission Involvement: One Mission Society (OMS): Rector of Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary 2000-2003 Vice-President of Theological Education 2009- (I manage a team of 12 with contacts in 35 partner schools around the world.) Printed works: Various articles in denominational periodicals, bible dictionaries and study bibles, Pastoral Letters in Asbury One Volume Commentary, Unpublished notes for captivity Letters in NASB Study Bible, Courses Taught: English Bible both Old and New Testament; Hermeneutics, Greek language and exegesis, Latin language and Latin Fathers, Wesleyan Theology, Homiletics. Worship, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mentoring, Leadership, Fourfold Gospel and Comparative Study of Statements of Faith of OMS and Partner Denominations. Administrative areas presented: Curriculum Design, accreditation, strategic planning, board development, president/rector/faculty assessment, advance standing, conflict resolution, team development, distance learning, etc.

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      Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Tyler Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      Tyler has served as the Local & Global Outreach Pastor of Sunset Bible Church since 2008 and is the incoming Regional Director for Perspectives USA in the Pacific NW. He is passionate about how Perspectives has impacted individuals and churches in the Puget Sound area, leading to greater collaboration within the body of Christ. On a personal level, Perspectives has equipped Tyler and his wife, Karen, to engage with the international community in Tacoma, WA through English ministries. Their students represent more than 25 countries, including 7 of the 20 largest unreached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 11, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Ron Billings

      Trinity International University, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. Ron’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother were recruited by Hudson Taylor from England and Australia, respectively, and they met and married in China (as did Ron’s grandfather and grandmother, who was from California). Ron’s mother and grandfather were both born in China. Ron’s father was born in Oregon with a Native American heritage, and he met Ron’s mother in college in Seattle. After serving with the military, Ron attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received way too many degrees: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Ron first took the Perspectives class while he was an undergraduate in 1986, and as usual it wildly transformed his plans for the future. While in graduate school, he coordinated the Perspectives class in Austin from 1987 to 1992. He also worked for twelve years in the electronics industry as an international standards negotiator and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. He then started his own software-development company. Dr. Billings has served on the faculty of Concordia University in Austin, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Oregon State University in Corvallis; the University of Oregon in Eugene; and Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. He is now an Adjunct Professor for Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has served as the Professor of Record for many Perspectives classes on the West Coast. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended. He likes to say that he married half the single women in the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 18, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Garry Morgan

      Retired, University of Northwestern-St. Paul, Spokane WA

      Garry Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies and former Director of Global Initiatives at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul, where he taught from 1999-2016. Prior to that, he spent 18 years in Kenya, serving in a variety of ministry settings. He is the author of Understanding World Religions in Fifteen Minutes a Day, published by Baker. He has been married to Connie since 1981, and they have a married daughter and two grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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: Thursday, March 4, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Viji Cammauf

      Little Flock, Oakland CA

      Viji Nakka- Cammauf is the President of Little Flock Children’s Homes a ministry to orphans and widows .She is on Faculty at a Christian school in India called the Sam Higginbothams University of Science , Agriculture and Technology in the School of Theology. She teaches doctoral students in the filed of Christian Studies. She is a lecturer and Professor of record for the Perspectives Study Program in Northern California.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Betty Sue

      Fuller Seminary (Retired), Vancouver WA

      Retired: Senior Associate Professor of Language and Culture Learning, School of Intercultural Studies. Currently: Language and culture learning consultant

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Miriam Adeney

      Seattle Pacific University, Shoreline WA

      With a Ph.D. in Anthropology and three sons, Miriam Adeney never stops learning. When not conducting her regular courses at Seattle Pacific University, Miriam teaches modules on five continents. She is passionate about training indigenous writers. A prolific speaker who has been invited to many campuses and national and international venues, Miriam also writes, resulting in five books and over 100 articles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 25, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Bruce Benson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oregon City OR

      My wife Jan and I worked for over 37 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, 30 of those in Peru. In 2003 the Huamalies Quechua New Testament was published and distributed. In 2011, the Huallaga Quechua Bible was published and distributed. We are currently retired (as of October 1, 2015) and are looking forward to what God has for us next. Perspectives will continue to be a vital part of our lives and we are prayerfully considering other ministry opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Trevis Smith

      Engineering Ministries International, Tigard OR

      Trevis worked as a civil engineering consultant in the northwest for 15 years after graduating in 1997. During that time, the Lord began to stir a desire in his and his wife's hearts to be involved in taking the gospel to places where it was not as well known. The Perspectives course was a significant part of that journey. In 2010, they joined a ministry that took them to the Middle East where they resided until 2019. Trevis and his wife Rebecca, who is originally from Shreveport, now live near Portland, OR and have four children ages 12 to 20.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 15, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Jonathan Martin

      Black Butte Ranch OR

      Jonathan lives with his wife, Janie, in Sisters, Oregon. Jonathan taught in several colleges and Universities in China for over a decade and then spent 15 years pastoring at Good Shepherd Community Church in Boring, Oregon. He is now on staff with Co-Serve International and has the amazing privilege to learn from and help train leaders all over the world. He is the author of Giving Wisely and Reconstructing the Church: Paul's Letter to the 21st Century. Jonathan and Janie have three children and 3 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Paul Watson

      Contagious Disciple Making, Beaverton OR

      Paul grew up on an airplane. Not really, but he felt like it! He split his childhood between Hong Kong, Malaysia, India, and Singapore while his parents, David and Jan Watson, planted churches as career missionaries with the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. Since the day God called Paul into full-time ministry, he has traveled over 200,000 miles training disciple-making teams in the UK, France, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Egypt, Germany, and all over the United States. From January 1, 2012, through August 15,2015, Paul served as director of Cityteam’s Rescue and Recovery Center in downtown Portland, OR. Feeding the homeless while helping alcoholics discover sobriety and Jesus taught him incredible lessons about putting feet to faith and loving those who don’t love themselves. Paul left his role at Cityteam and founded Contagious Disciple Making (http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com) to focus on catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among the unreached and under-reached peoples in the Cascadia Corridor (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, British Columbia, and Alaska.) Paul and his family are active members at Westside Community Church in Aloha, OR. Paul and his wife, Christi, lead a growth group that meets in their home on Sunday evenings. Paul is incredibly excited by his pastor’s desire to see 10,000 churches planted in the Pacific Northwest and wants to use his experiences to help his pastor and other ministry leaders plant churches among people who would not normally attend the typical church in North America. Paul blogs at http://www.pauldwatson.com and http://www.contagiousdisciplemaking.com. He is the host of American Church Stories (http://www.americanchurchstories.com). He is published in ‘Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, 4th Edition.’ He co-authored Contagious Disciple Making: Leading Others On a Journey of Discovery with his father, David Watson. You can reach Paul at pwatson@contagiousdisciplemaking.com.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 29, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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 Stevens

      Fr., Portland OR

      Training in Biology and Environmental Science Worked as agricultural consultant and water quality specialist 6 years in Uganda in late 80's early 90's as agriculture development specialist. 4 years in Kyrgyzstan (06 thru 09) teaching in national ag university and doing projects outside of capitol. Currently Pac NW area director for recruiting and mobilization for a mission agency.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 6, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      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: Thursday, May 13, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Celebration

      Celebration

    • Instructor

      Darrell Dorr

      Frontier Ventures, Lynnwood WA

      Darrell Dorr was Perspectives Director 1980-1982 and an associate editor of the first edition of the Perspectives Reader. He has been a missionary with Frontier Ventures since 1980, specializing in communications, and has been on assignment with various other organizations and projects, including Frontiers, Operation World, the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse, and the Center for the Study of Global Christianity.

    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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