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WILLIAM CAREY



PERSPECTIVES IS

Perspectives is a discipleship course that serves to help the local church mobilize their people to become strategically engaged in God's global purposes within their community and abroad.

Perspectives will take you on a 15-week journey looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

You will learn from 15 different instructors - pastors, theologians, missiologists, cross-cultural strategists and mobilizers - all of them excellent and all of them passionate about this course. They will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy and greatness.

We value our partnership with Perspectives. Their leadership and discipleship tools have helped our members discover how they can effectively become a part of the global Christian movement.

DR. TONY EVANS, Pastor, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, Dallas TX


IT'S ABOUT
His Glory
His Kingdom
His love for the peoples of the world
His heart shaping my heart
 

IT'S ABOUT INTENTIONALLY
Understanding His purposes
Living for something/someone bigger than myself
Discovering the part I can play in what God is doing in the world

Perspectives is, in my experience, the single best discipleship course to mobilize the church to God’s mission.

 J.D. GREEAR, Pastor, The Summit Church of Raleigh-Durham


WHAT ARE THE STUDY LEVELS & REQUIREMENTS? 

All students enjoy the same interactive class activities and instructor presentations, and are assigned a mentor. All students will have reading assignments, plus 5 short, written personal reflections. The amount of time invested in reading and assignments varies with each level. Choose the level that is best suited to you at this time.  

Certificate Level: We encourage students to take this level. There are approximately 30-35 pages of reading each week, plus ten written review questions based on the reading.  The questions are designed to help students gain a deeper understanding of the topics. There is also a 5-page, double-spaced integrative project due at the end of the course. This level is required by some mission sending agencies.

Key Reading Level: This level is for students who may not be able to dedicate the needed time for the certificate level at this time. There are approximately 15-20 pages of reading weekly, plus the personal reflections that are assigned throughout the course. (We recommend first trying Certificate level. You may move to Key at any time.) 

College Credit & High School Dual Enrollment Level: Perspectives partners with Trinity International University and Excelsior University to offer undergraduate and graduate level credit hours. Additional reading and exams are required based on the requirements of the credit granting institution. It is the student's responsibility to verify with his/her school that the credit earned will be transferable to their plan of study. A syllabus is available from the class coordinator.

Teacher CEU's - through ACSI (7 hours) and WA-OSPI clock hours are also available. 
 
Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register!  
 

WHAT DOES IT COST?

First Night Free: Introductory class on August 15 and first 2 sessions free!

NEW STUDENT:  
        $235 - Certificate & Key Reader level
        $495 - Credit level

Once registered for the course, your coordinator will send you information on how to order your books. Required study guide and reader are available at the discounted rate of $30 for either hard copy or Kindle versions. 

ALUMNI: 
         $70  - Certificate level
         $40  - Key Reading level
$350 - Credit level

DISCOUNTS: 
$25   Early Bird Discount for full payment by August 1, 2021
$75   Family Member Discount (living in the same home)   
$150 Pastor discount (for pastors who have 4 new students register) 

Remember, the introductory session and first 2 sessions are free, so come and see. To continue, you'll need to register by the end of Lesson 2 of class.

Payment arrangements can be made. Please contact the class coordinator at the phone number or email listed at top right.

WHO SHOULD TAKE PERSPECTIVES?
The short answer is anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord, who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to strategically invest their lives in seeing God glorified; for anyone who wants to gain insight and direction that will help them to impact their generation.

If the above describes you, no matter what your age or position, Perspectives is for you!


WHAT ABOUT COVID?
We are currently planning for an in person class and have arranged a room big enough for  full social distancing. That said, we are continually monitoring national, state, and local government guidelines for gatherings and will make adjustments as necessary based on those recommendations.

OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

ENDORSEMENTS




Perspectives on the World Christian Movement from Jamie Growe on Vimeo.


Perspectives has been essential in mobilizing hundreds of lay people in our church to be world Christians.

REV. JOHN PIPER, Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis MN

Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021

Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Location: Lighthouse Christian Center 3409 23rd St SW Puyallup WA 98373

Contact: Kim Reilly

(253) 213-2122

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Free Introductory Session! Come for A Taste of Perspectives to learn more about this course and how God has blessed you to be a blessing!

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Global Teams, Winter Springs FL

      Curtis Chanda serves as the International Director for Global Teams, a position he took after serving for more than 20+ years among the unreached of Central Asia.


    • Date: Sunday, August 15, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    • Lesson 1

      First Class Free! 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

      Jonathan Dawn

      Lynden WA

      We were missionaries in East Africa for 20 years. I was a 1. Bible College educator; 2. a church nurturer; 3. a designer/implementor of 2 year, field-based, non-formal training for international teams of church planters amongst unreached peoples; 4. Principal of college training African missionaries And in the 19 years since then, I have: 5. taught at Trinity Western University 6. co-led an ESL Bible study for new immigrants and refugees My wife is an educator as well, and we have been blessed with a married son and a married daughter.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    • Lesson 2

      Second Class Free! 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

      Justin Speerstra

      The Well, Portland OR

      Justin was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and currently serves as one of the pastors of a church in Northeast Portland. Before pastoring, Justin served with Operation Mobilization for four years in the US, London, and North Africa. He has been married for 21 years, and has two daughters and one son.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      K. W. Moore

      Frontiers, Puyallup WA

      After graduating high school in Puyallup, WA, I spent a few years as a missionary with YWAM. During that time, my heart began to expand for church planting, and over ten years later through Perspectives God would bring about more vision and clarity to this desire. I'm currently involved with an organization who is committed to sending workers into unengaged Muslim people groups. In tandem with reaching unreached and unengaged Muslims, teaching and studying the Scriptures are a great passion of mine.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Sage Mwiinga

      Meridian ID

      Sage Mwiinga is an inspirational speaker with a passion to inspire others to walk and live by faith in God. Sage and his wife moved to the United States from Zambia in obedience to God’s call to be witnesses of His grace. Sage is a graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and George Fox University, and currently works in higher education. The Mwiinga Family live in the Boise, Idaho area where they attend Calvary Chapel Boise.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 19, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Tyler Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      Tyler has served as the Local & Global Outreach Pastor of Sunset Bible Church since 2008. Spending a major portion of his childhood living overseas allowed Tyler to participate in cross-culture ministry at a young age. This fostered a growing passion for global ministry and eventually led to his current role at Sunset Bible Church. He is particularly passionate about mobilizing people to live for God’s global purpose and helping churches grow and refine their vision of being senders/mobilizers. A major emphasis in his own ministry is the church doing the same things locally that they want global partners to be doing overseas. This has led to a significant portion of Sunset’s ministries serving refugees and immigrants in greater Tacoma area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Fred Smith

      Professor of Missions, Lacey WA

      Dr. Smith returned to the Southeast after 28 years in ministry in Latin America, where he initiated many education programs and served as Regional Director for his denomination, the C&MA. Now back in his alma mater, he led the Global Ministries Department between 2003 and 2013. He now serves as full Professor of Missions. He initiated Toccoa Falls College's Semester Abroad program.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Estera Pirosca Escobar

      International Friendships, Inc., Columbus OH

      As a former international student from Romania, with a career in international student ministry (ISM) spanning over 14 years, Estera brings contagious enthusiasm and passion to everything she does. A gifted writer and speaker, Estera is a Perspectives instructor and member of the Lausanne North America Strategy Group for ISM. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education in Intercultural Education from Western Seminary. Estera is married to Francisco, a global nomad originally from Chile, and they have a beautiful daughter, Esmeralda. They live in Columbus, Ohio.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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: Sunday, October 17, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Richard Nakamura

      Japanese Diaspora Ministries, Renton WA

      Richard Nakamura was born and raised in a Buddhist home in Seattle, WA. At the age of 19 (1979), Richard received Christ through the influence of his older brother, who converted a year earlier. Richard joined SEND International in 1988 and served as a church planter in Japan until 2011. He is now doing a Japanese Diaspora Ministry outreach out of Bellevue, WA. through SEND and RJC (Reaching Japanese for Christ).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Karen Pease

      Sunset Bible Church, Tacoma WA

      I have been "multi-cultural" for most of my life - from my childhood neighborhood in the California Bay Area to my college major (Intercultural Studies), which took me to China to serve as an English teacher for 6 years before returning to the States. Since then, God has opened up doors for ESL ministries at our church and local library, and for ministry to Muslim women and their families. He is also giving me opportunities to mobilize believers to reach beyond their comfort zones to befriend and share the love of Christ with everyone - no matter how "different" they seem.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Darrell Whiteman

      Asbury Theological Seminary 1984-2005; The Mission Society 2005-2014; Interim Executive Director, Overseas Ministries Study Center 2015-2016; Global Development 2017-present; , Gig Harbor WA

      Darrell Whiteman is a missiological anthropologist now semi-retired but continues to teach and train cross-cultural workers around the globe. He retired as VP and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society, now TMS-Global. Darrell served in cross-cultural ministry for nine years in Melanesia and Central Africa, then was one of the founding professors of Asbury Theological Seminary's School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he taught for 21 years and served as dean in the later years. He’s given leadership to many professional missiological societies researching the intersection of cultures and biblical values. Darrell annually equips hundreds of cross-cultural witnesses to understand God's mission around the globe and to help them to better connect the gospel to the deepest part of their worldview.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Pamela Franks

      Embrace the Nations, Founder, in Omaha, NE, Omaha NE

      Pam began her call to missions in Guatemala, Central America. She led medical missions for a large Christian organization during a time of civil war in that country. Both of her children were born there. As Missions Director at Glad Tidings Church since 1998, Pam has been able to share her passion to see Jesus lifted up among the nations. Her career as a Registered Nurse and her experience and knowledge of the international community led to instructing professionals and other groups concerning these international populations. In 2009, Pam began a Christian non-profit called Embrace the Nations. The main focus of this ministry is the refugee groups living in the city including Sudanese, Bhutanese, Syrian and refugees from Burma. The needs of refugees are multi-level and complex; Embrace the Nations ministers holistically with evangelism always the priority. Pam also speaks publicly to raise awareness of refugees.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Edward Aw

      Community Vision International, San Tan Valley AZ

      Ed and Rachel have three thrusts to their ministry activities. (1) They train and coach church planters and pastors, helping them to raise up new leaders and reproduce their churches, resulting in transformed lives and communities. This includes many insights into making their ministries more sensitive to local cultures. (2) They are committed to practicing and guiding others in "tent-making", supporting themselves so that they are free to serve communities in areas of the world where authorities may be hostile and churches too weak to support them. (3) They are focused on accomplishing the above two in culturally relevant ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Curtis Chanda

      Global Teams, Winter Springs FL

      Curtis Chanda serves as the International Director for Global Teams, a position he took after serving for more than 20+ years among the unreached of Central Asia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Jeff Lewis

      Radical , Redlands CA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Specialist with Pioneers For 17 years Jeff was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, and for four years Director of Mobilization at CBU, until the spring of 2019. Ministry highlights: 20 years at California Baptist University, 17 years as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, and four years as Director of Mobilization at CBU. Mobilization/disciple ministry for 33 years, church planter, instructor/trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of God's Heart for the Nations and Calling: A Scriptural Journey. Jeff has also assisted with training indigenous mobilization leadership and developing field strategies in over 30 countries. Married to Elaine McClary, for 47 years. We have seven children and 19 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

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