Riverside, CA F21    Fall 2021
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Time: Saturday evenings, 6:00 - 9:00pm
Dates: August 21 - December 11
Location: The Grove Community Church*
19900 Grove Community Drive, Riverside, CA 92508
*A Zoom link will also be available for this class. After you register, send an email toto let us know that you would like to attend virtually!

Cost:
Certificate or Key Reading Level - $245 ($275 including book)
Credit Level - $495 ($525 including book)*
Alumni - Free if you recruit three new students, $70 if you don't

*Note on the Credit Level: The Credit level of Perspectives is accepted as transfer credit at many Christian universities (including CBU) and seminaries. Emailfor more information.

Discounts Offered:
  • Save $50 if you register early before July 26
  • Save $50 for every additional person if you convince your spouse or another family member to take the class with you. This class is also great for teens!
  • Plus save $30 if you share a book with your spouse or a family member. One book per two family members is recommended.
First Night Free - If you are still on the fence, just come check out the first night on Saturday, August 21st for free and then decide if you want to continue and pay the class fee. But remember, if you register and pay before July 26th, you will save $50 and you can ask for a refund by August 28th if you decide not to continue after attending the first night.

Childcare: We are unfortunately unable to provide childcare at this time.

What is covered in the Perspectives course?
--How did God accomplish his goal throughout the times of Scripture?
--How has God accomplished his goal throughout history?
--How is He working in our world today?
--What is still left to be accomplished?
--What is our role?

"We tend to get so focused on all of the negative things happening in our own lives that sometimes we forget to look up to see all of the positive ways that God is working in the world. Perspectives is about taking time to look at the big picture of all of the positive ways God has been working in the world throughout history and what He is doing in the world today so that we can be encouraged, find a renewed sense of purpose, and gain wisdom for how to invest the remainder of our time on this earth." - A recent Perspectives alumni

This course will change your life!

Class Info

Date: Saturday, August 21, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: The Grove Community Church 19900 Grove Community Drive Riverside CA 92508

Contact: Aleksandra Coggins

951 870 3836

 
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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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      Jake B.

      The Traveling Team, Riverside CA

      Jake grew up in Kansas and earned a degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University. For the past 4 years, he has been on staff with The Traveling Team, serving as a team leader. The Traveling Team is a ministry that speaks to students all across the country to cast missions vision and challenge them to get involved in finishing the Great Commission. During his time on staff, Jake has spoken to over 20,000 students on 300 campuses in 30 states. He’s also spent time doing ministry in India and hopes to do long-term ministry in the Middle East in the near future.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, August 21, 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.

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      Luke Womack

      The Go Fund, Anaheim CA

      Luke Womack is the founder of The Go Fund, a nonprofit organization accelerating disciple-making among the unreached by paying off student debt for qualified missionaries. He graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration from California Baptist University in 2011. When not working, he enjoys going to Dodger games, reading, and spending time with his wife Allison and children, Vera (5), Dawson (3), and Pearl (18 months). To learn more about Luke or The Go Fund, please visit thegofund.com.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, August 28, 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.

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      Joe Hobbs

      The Grove Community Church, Riverside CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, September 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).

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      Larry Walker

      WEC International, San Marcos CA

      Larry Walker grew up in Central California. He has a BA in History and a ThM in Practical Theology. He was a missionary in a Mayan Village in Guatemala in the 70's, a missions pastor in Dallas in the 80's and since '87 has been a missions coach with ACMC, Pioneers and WEC International. He is married to Kathleen, has four married daughters and ten grandchildren and lives in San Diego.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, September 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.

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      Greg Cochran

      Riverside CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, September 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.

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      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 29 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, October 2, 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.

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      Shanalea Atchison

      Sandals Church, Riverside CA

      Shanalea is wife to Adam Atchison, campus pastor of Sandals Church Hunter Park, mom to four active boys, and an elementary school teacher. She grew up with a love for the world, and God is teaching her what it means to love the world from her classroom and the local church. Her heart is to teach others what it means to live this out from right where they are.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, October 9, 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.

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      Bryan Cox

      The Traveling Team, Riverside CA

      Bryan and his wife are in their third year on staff with The Traveling Team and have traveled to 24 different states speaking to thousands of college students and many churches. They desire to work in an unreached people group planting churches long term, and are now working to raise up more laborers before they themselves leave.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, October 16, 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.

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      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: Saturday, October 23, 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.

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      Joni Brinkley

      OM - Operation Mobilization, Hesperia CA

      Joni has been serving the Lord with Operation Mobilization for over 30 years. She and her husband Norm were involved in evangelism, discipleship, and church planting in the USA for a few years before moving overseas with 1st baby in 1978. Together they have ministered in over 30 nations, leading teams, founding and running a missionary base for N. Africa, and serving as country and field leaders in OM. With TOEFL certification, she also taught English as a Foreign Language in the Middle East while providing “Member Care” for workers there. She presently mobilizes and mentors university students in California to “get out there” into unreached nations. Speaking at universities, churches, and conferences, she loves to share from her heart about the work of missions, intercultural issues, the world of Islam, worldwide opportunities, and raising families. She currently lives with her husband in California and is developing ministry among local refugees from Muslim nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, October 30, 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.

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      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: Saturday, November 6, 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.

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      Vicky Warren

      MissionNext, Mena AR

      Vicky spent 33 years working in innovative and creative environments from multimillion dollar technology deployments, alliances with technical luminaries such as Steve Jobs, Nicholas Negroponte's MIT media lab, Stanford Research Institute (SRI) and The Walt Disney Studios to entrepreneurial startup businesses. Her primary focus in these organizations included leadership and business development, strategic planning, research and development, innovation and creativity. She became "known" in these organizations for her heart for the Gospel through her daily walk in these high paced and demanding environments. Her passion for Christ took her on a 30-year journey of adventure as she walked on burning coals, assisted with eye clinics in Mexico, participated in medical relief efforts in Bolivia, planted pioneer businesses in Asia and Africa, came face to face with the persecuted church in Orissa, and served widows in the rainforest of Panama. Now she is committed full time to taking the Gospel to the nations through Pioneer Business Planting, building Kingdom businesses, and gobalization!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, November 13, 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.

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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: Saturday, November 20, 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.

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      Don Dent

      Ontario CA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, December 4, 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.

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      Darren Logan

      The Grove Community Church, Riverside CA

      Darren and his family served for nearly two decades in Central Asia and the Middle East doing disciplemaking and church planting work among a major unreached people group. Darren now works full time as a school teacher.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Saturday, December 11, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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