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Join us for Morton's Perspectives Class in January! 



January 21st to May 6th


FRIDAYS


Cornerstone Baptist Church

6:15 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 



 

You are invited!  

 
 

When you register, we will send you an additional link with information to order your books. Email us with any questions and invite a friend or your whole small group to join you! 

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. 


First two weeks are FREE if you want to check it out and learn more before committing. 


Discounts are available for early registration (before January 1) as well as for multiple family members taking the class together. 


*Scholarships and child care may be available. For more information, please contact Julia Amstutz at.


Members of Northfield Church: Use code "NORTHFIELD" to receive $100 off.


Members of Grace Church in Morton: Use code "GRACE" to receive $50 off. 


Class Info

Date: Friday, January 21, 2022

Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Cornerstone Baptist Church 18040 Unsicker Rd Groveland IL 61550

Contact: Julia Amstutz

(502) 889-7716

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Tim Bertsche

      Grace Church, Morton IL

      Tim is a third-cultural adult having grown up in the Congo where his parents were missionaries with Africa Inter-Mennonite Mission. Tim went to school at Taylor University and met his wife Laura, also a child of missionaries from Cameroon, at Trinity Divinity School. Tim and Laura served as missionaries in the Congo and Botswana for 20 years. They came to Grace in 2006 where Tim is currently the Pastor of Missions and Pastoral Care. They have three adult children. Tim loves campfires, motorcycles, reading, food, God’s Word, and being with people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, January 21, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Andy Huette

      Christ Community Church of Gridley, Gridley IL

      Andy has been Sr. Pastor at Christ Community Church of Gridley since 2009, where he had been youth pastor since 2005. He attended Taylor University (B.A. Biblical Literature), Urbana Theological Seminary (M.A. Religion), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (D.Min, Applied Theology). He first took Perspectives in 2007 with his wife, Abby, and since those days they've added four children to their family: Elly (9), Silas (8), Mercy (8) and Hudson (6). They enjoy riding bikes, jumping on the trampoline, and playing Ticket to Ride as a family. They hope to encourage their children and church family to joyful, faithful participation in the commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, January 28, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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

      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: Friday, February 4, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Manohar James

      , Madison WI

      Dr. Manohar James holds a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary, USA. He is currently serving as a Minister of Intercultural Ministry at High Point Church, Madison, WI. As an adjunct professor, he teaches at Alliance Theological Seminary (NY, USA), The Alliance Institute for Mission (Sydney, Australia), Mission India Theological Seminary (Nagpur, India), and Christian Life College (Madison, WI). Before coming to the US for higher education, he served in India for 15 years as an evangelist, church planter, and seminary professor. While church planting in Himachal Pradesh (India) he suffered severe beatings twice for the sake of preaching the gospel and bringing people to Christ. He is the founder of Serving Alongside International (www.ServingAlongside.org), a non-profit Christian organization in the USA which annually trains about 1200 indigenous pastors in India. He often travels to India to train pastors. Dr. James and his wife Jasmine live in Madison, WI, along with their sons Jason (7 years) and Jonathan (2 years).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, February 11, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, February 18, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      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: Friday, February 25, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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.

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      Joe Gerber

      Loving Shepherd Ministries, Mahomet IL

      I am honored to be a servant of Jesus Christ. My wife and I have 5 children. God has blessed us with a number of experiences that have given us a deep appreciation for the work of God around the world. It is our joy to play a small part in making His glory known locally and abroad. It's all about Him!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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.

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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Dr. Mary Ho is the International Executive Leader of All Nations (http://allnations.international), a global Christian missions organization with workers making disciples and doing church planting in 44 countries. Dr. Ho is passionate about finishing the Great Commission in this generation by sharing the love of God among every people and in parts of the world where the name of Jesus Christ is little or not known. Dr. Ho received her Doctorate of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, VA, U.S.A. in 2016.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, March 11, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Jeff Leman

      Morton IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, March 18, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, March 25, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Deanna

      Spring Hill TN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, April 1, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Steven Sauder

      SIM, Eureka IL

      Steven and his family spent over 5 years in Thailand starting businesses for the glory of God. He has experience internationally and stateside in construction, real estate, and agriculture. God has allowed him to be involved in a number of startups and observe countless other missional businesses across the globe. He currently is an associate member of SIM and consults with business as mission practitioners.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, April 8, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, April 22, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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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      Gene Daniels

      Fruitful Practice Research, Jacksonville AR

      Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, first as church planters in Central Asia and now as Director of Fruitful Practice Research, studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including Searching for the Indigenous Church, Margins of Islam, and Fruit to Harvest. (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Friday, April 29, 2022

      Time: 6:15 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

      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent almost two decades traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children: Camden, Brody, Axel, Noble, Quincy and Cruz!

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      Date: Friday, May 6, 2022

      Time: 6:15 PM to 9:00 PM

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