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PERSPECTIVES ON THE WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT

Come and discover what God is doing in the world and how you can be woven into His redemption story!

What is Perspectives? Perspectives is a 15 week course exploring God’s desire that every people group would know Him. Every week a new instructor teaches a different aspect of how God is working in the world.

Why should I take this class? As followers and disciples of Jesus, we are interested in His world. We are part of His plan to reach the unreached. There are many ways to serve including Praying, Sending, Learning, Welcoming, Going and Mobilizing for God's mission. This course will help you understand His purpose for you, and you may discover how you can be used of God to reach the unreached in the world.

Fall Semester 2021 Class

August 16 Orientation & Registration

August 23 - November 29, Monday evenings

Waterstone Community Church

If you are uncertain about making this commitment, you are welcome to come to our first 2 classes for free! Please come and get a taste of what this class is about.

This class can be taken at 3 different levels:

  • Certificate: At this level there is approximately 2 or 3 hours of reading, and a homework page to fill in each week.  The student receives a certificate at the end of the course.  At this level you are assured of an in-depth experience of God’s work in the world. The cost for this level is $245.

  • Key Reading: At this level there is about one hour of optional reading per week and no homework. This level also costs $245

  • Undergraduate or Graduate College Credit:  At this level there is more reading and homework, as well as two exams.  An approved professor works with students. Cost for this level is $510. High school students are eligible for credit through Excelsior College; Undergraduates and graduates can receive credit though Trinity University or Excelsior.

Books are purchased separately, you will receive instructions on how to purchase the 4th edition Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Reader and Study Guide when you register. Cost is $30 (plus shipping).

Discounts Available

$40 for additional family members who register for the same class. 

$40 early registration discount if you register online and pay in full by August 1, 2021.

(additional $50 discount available for Waterstone members)

This year there will also be a class in CCU on Tuesday nights. We will be on the same weekly schedule, so if you have to miss a class on a Monday, you have the option to attend Tuesday at Colorado Christian University.

Any other questions? Don’t hesitate to email the course coordinator,

Michael Woo

"We hope to see you here, it is a life changing class that God is using to prepare His people for His glory."

Class Info

Date: Monday, August 16, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Waterstone Community Church 5890 S Alkire St Littleton CO 80127

Contact: Michael Woo

336-414-0791

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Restristration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Taher Youssef

      Colorado Springs CO

      Dr. Taher Youssef serves as a medical director for an non-governmental organization (NGO) that works in Central Asia. He oversees the public health, preventive health, and clinical projects that his NGO operates through its rural medical clinics . His medical work spans both developing and developed countries with internships and work experiences in both the public health and clinical medicine arena. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from Azusa Pacific University, a Master’s Degree in International Public Health from Loma Linda University, and a Medical Degree from England. His interest lies in incorporating his medical experiences for the transformational development of rural communities in the developing world. Dr. Youssef has a passion to develop communities that would invest into a 'holistic' perspective on health – physical wholeness as a result of a healthy interaction between an individual’s heart, mind, and the spirit. It is his desire to see a shift in the conventional paradigm of physical wellness into one that is a natural result of a healthy social, mental, and spiritual interaction.


    • Date: Monday, August 16, 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.

    • Instructor

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. In 2021, Bob will be creating a YOuTube Channel called, "A Common Sense Christianity." Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 23, 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

      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 30,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 30, 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

      Fran Blomberg

      Scum of the Earth Church, Denver, Centennial CO

      Fran Blomberg has retired from the position of co-lead pastor at Scum of the Earth Church in Denver. her work there included pastoral oversight to their morning congregation and overseeing missions and recovery ministries. She has been involved in training and mentoring at Denver Seminary and formerly taught Intercultural Ministries there. She has her PhD in missions from the International Baptist Theological Study Centre in Amsterdam, having studied "how living in a consumer society affects young adults' ability to form Christian community." Fran and Craig were married in 1979, and have two grown daughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 6, 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

      Steve Harling

      CompelGlobal, Colorado Springs CO

      Steve Harling is the founder and President of CompelGlobal. CG is a nonprofit search firm that recruits workers, resources, and church partners for a select group of mission agencies

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 13, 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

      Keith Swartley

      Encountering the World of Islam, Highlands Ranch CO

      Keith E. Swartley has had a heart for Muslims since first befriending them in the old town of Mombasa, Kenya in 1983. Since then Keith has enjoyed learning from and sharing with Muslims in Turkey, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Republic of George, Ukraine and Moldova, the United Kingdom, and Philadelphia. Keith hopes to one day retire in the Muslim world, but, until then, he plans to continue motivating Christians to reverently and gently share the love of Christ with Muslims around the corner or across the globe. Keith and his wife Ethel, an English as a Second Language professional, have two daughters. In addition, their family has often included international students from Asia and Latin America whom they have hosted for up to two years. From 1993 until 2002, Keith was on staff with the U.S. Center for World Mission outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Keith worked with churches and universities training and leading short-term mission teams. One of Keith’s major projects since 1992 has been the development of Encountering the World of Islam, a 12 lesson sister course to Perspectives. After September 11, 2001, the course became his main ministry focus. Since 2007, Encountering the World of Islam has been a ministry of Pioneers. As a part of Keith’s ministry he often teaches in Encountering the World of Islam and Perspectives on the World Christian Movement courses.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 20, 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

      Mike Moline

      Wycliffe USA, Colorado Springs CO

      Mike Moline has served with family in support roles with Wycliffe USA since 2008. Mike has a BA in Math from Bethel College in St. Paul, MN and BA in Chemistry from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's theology is profoundly shaped by 25 years of attending Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Mike's favorite activity is telling of the impact of Bible translation and inviting everyone who will listen to consider how they can share in the joy of building Christ's Kingdom through involvement in Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 27, 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

      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: Monday, October 4, 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

      Dave Sherman

      Stewardship Ambassadors, Littleton CO

      Dave Sherman is thrilled to be married to a long time Missions Director, Dr. Kathleen Sherman. They have two married daughters and twin grand babies. Dave founded Stewardship Ambassadors in 2010 with a goal of teaching biblical generosity while helping Missionaries become fully funded. To date, Stewardship Ambassadors has helped over 500 missionaries achieve full funding by collectively raising over $30 million. Most importantly, more than 25,000 people are now partnering with missionaries in reaching the lost around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 11, 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

      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: Monday, October 18, 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

      Amy Law

      Cody WY

      Amy has a passion to mobilize young people and churches to pray, give and go to foster disciple making movements among unreached people groups. She has served with Youth with a Mission (YWAM), Caleb Project, , Teen Mania, La Canada Presbyterian church and supervised over 40 Perspectives courses. Leading youth teams to Yemen, India, Turkey, Malaysia, China and Thailand has helped her training remain practical and reproducible, as she continues to train young people in YWAM and churches in Perspectives. Amy and her husband raise cattle in Wyoming and home educate one son, while their other son attends high school.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 25, 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

      Andre Houssney

      Horizons International, Boulder CO

      André was born in Beirut, Lebanon during that country's civil war between Muslims and Christians. The son of a Lebanese father and an American mother, André was raised with an understanding of the complexities of cross-cultural communication. His ministry teaching and training with Horizons International has taken him to over 40 countries including four years spent ministering in his native Lebanon. Andre and his Thai-American wife Vanee have three boys; Elias, Silas and Ezra. Andre is also working on agricultural and business projects to establish the viability of the national churches and their missions programs. These Fair Trade businesses like Zambeezi and The Zambian Soap Company create funds to support native missionaries to Muslim regions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 1, 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

      Bentley Tate

      Asia Heartbeat, Littleton CO

      Dr. Bentley Tate is a medical doctor with a long-standing interest in missions especially in the country of Myanmar in SE Asia. He is Director of the Emergency Department at his hospital in Fort Morgan, Colorado. He cofounded Asia Heartbeat in 2003 and serves as President. He holds both an M.D. and an M.Div.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 8, 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

      Josh D

      The Footstool Project, Parker CO

      As a successful water resource engineer over ten years, Josh pursued the ‘American Dream’ and oversaw water development projects throughout the United States. He took his first trip to the Himalayas in November 2011 and he had a crisis of encounter that turned his world upside right. From that moment, his life shifted into the passionate service of seeing Christ exalted at the top of the world. Josh is fortunate to serve as the USA Executive Director for an organization serving among unreached people groups. Josh oversees development, mobilization, cultivating and empowering relationships, strategy, and advocating for the unreached of the Himalayas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 15, 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

      Tat Stewart

      Talim Ministries, Aurora CO

      Tat Stewart was raised the son of medical missionaries in Iran. He attended high school in Tehran and speaks perfect Farsi. He was pushed out of the country during the Iranian Revolution of the late 1970s, at which time he came to the U.S. to study. He has since planted churches in the Muslim world and now broadcasts sermons via satellite into Iran. He attended seminary in New Jersey and is an ordained minister, having pastored churches in New Jersey, Maryland and Colorado, as well as Tehran. He is currently the lead pastor of the Iranian Christian Church of Colorado. He is also the Founder and Executive Director of TALIM Ministries, and the Editor of Shaban Magazine. Tat is the Chairman of the Board for SAT-7 PARS.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 22, 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

      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus. He has served in missions mobilization since 1987, recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey and he's lived among Muslim migrants in Europe. Shane writes a weekly email called Muslim Connect that helps Christians think about Muslims the way God does and love them like Jesus does. He works with Healing Nations and he and his family live in southern Colorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 29, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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