Chicagoland Area - Naperville, IL // S22    Spring 2022
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The Highpoint Church Perspectives Class is POSTPONED due to insufficient registrations for the fall. We look forward to letting you know when new dates are available! 



 

You Were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!

 

Perspectives is a 15 week class 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 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. 


Class Info

Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Highpoint Church 1805 High Point Dr Naperville IL 60563

Contact: Robert Johnson

 
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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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      Kyle Reschke

      Wheaton Bible Church - Pastor or Sending and Outreach, St. Charles IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Ed Stetzer

      Wheaton IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 31, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Paco Amador

      New Life Community Church, Chicago IL

      Paco Amador is pastor of New Life Community Church in the Little Village community on Chicago's west side. Paco has served as a missionary, a public school teacher, and is currently a pastor at the mexican immigrant of Little Village. He and his wife, Sylvia, have seven children and live in Chicago.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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).

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      Adam Gascho

      Barrington IL

      Adam and Bethel Gascho have served together with Greater Europe Mission since 1998. From 1999-2015, the Gascho's engaged in disciple/church multiplication and leader development in Germany. In 2015, Adam took on a U.S. based role with GEM leading the North American Mobilization Team. For the past year, Adam has served on the pastoral staff of the Village Church of Barrington (Barrington, IL) with a focus on youth ministry, missions and church planting. Adam continues to work with GEM on both sides of the ocean in leader development/coaching and as disciple/church multiplication trainer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      John Fuder

      Moody Graduate School, Chicago IL

      Dr. John Fuder (PH.D., Biola Univ.)is a prof. at Moody Bible Inst's. Grad. Sch. in Chicago since '94. He spent 12 years with CityTeam Mins. in San Jose, CA and did his doctoral research in skid row in LA. He lives on Chicago's northside and has 3 children and 1 grandchild. He is the author/editor of 3 bks:Training Students For Urban Min.; Heart For The City; & Heart For The Community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Melissa Warner

      Winfield IL

      Melissa Warner is a mental health counselor in the Chicago area working with all ages and specializing in play therapy with children 12 and younger. She loves being involved in discipleship at her home church, College Church in Wheaton, particularly as a leader in their post-college 20s Ministry. She grew up in England, Ukraine, and Austria as a missionary kid and plans to serve long-term as a professional counselor for Christian workers overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Lesson 7

      COMBINED WITH 8

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • Lesson 8

      (+ Lesson 7) Pioneers of the World Christian Movement (and Eras of Mission History)

      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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      Marvin Newell

      Niles MI

      Dr. Marvin J. Newell is Executive Director of Alliance for the Unreached, and staff missiologist of Missio Nexus. Previously he served as a missionary in Papua, Indonesia, a mission administrator, and a professor of missions. He is the author of four mission related books. Additionally, he is the General Editor of the Evangelical Missions Quarterly. Marv and his wife Peggy have been involved in missions for over 43 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Elmer Lorenz

      Carol Stream IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Sam Naaman

      Moody Bible Institute, Carol Stream IL

      Sam serves as professor of Intercultural Studies at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He is also founding director of south Asian Friendship Center in Chicago since 1997. Sam was born and raised in Pakistan, served with OM and Cru. in Pakistan. Studied Theology and Missiology in Korea and USA. he is married to Debbie and they have two adopted sons Blaise and David from Pakistan. They are members of Wheaton Bible church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Judy Duncan

      West Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Melissa Warner

      Winfield IL

      Melissa Warner is a mental health counselor in the Chicago area working with all ages and specializing in play therapy with children 12 and younger. She loves being involved in discipleship at her home church, College Church in Wheaton, particularly as a leader in their post-college 20s Ministry. She grew up in England, Ukraine, and Austria as a missionary kid and plans to serve long-term as a professional counselor for Christian workers overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Michael

      International Teams, Antioch IL

      Michael and his wife and four children have live much of the past 23 years in the former Soviet Union. Presently they are on staff with International Teams overseeing the MWorld and acting as Security Officer for the Middle East and Russia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 25, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Robert Nordstrom

      OMF, Wheaton IL

      Robert works in partnership with local churches and campus ministry organizations in Chicago to reach and disciple international students (with a focus on East Asian students). This involves evangelism and discipling, preparing returnees, and developing training.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Becca Salvo

      , Winfield IL

      Becca grew up hearing the stories of missionaries who stayed in her family’s home, which began a dream of one day sharing her own such stories of God's work among the nations. She has since taught math to students from all over the world both in the US and in Europe. She currently serves with Greater Europe Mission as a regional mobilizer, casting vision to churches, universities, and individuals about the needs and opportunities among the nations in Europe and beyond.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 9, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Celebration

      Celebrating What God Has Done

      Celebration

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 6, 2021

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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