Des Moines Area - Ankeny, IA // F22    Fall 2022
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Date: Sunday, August 21, 2022

Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Location: Prairie Ridge Church 825 NW 36th St Ankeny IA 50023

Contact: Tim Welty

(515) 422-6251

 
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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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      Jeff Lewis

      Triad, Rome GA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Specialist with Triad & Discipleship Pastor at West Rome Baptist Church. 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, August 21, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Sara Hentzel

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Urbandale IA

      Sara Hentzel served in Jamaica with her family for 8 years until the death of her husband. They founded the Bible Training Centre of Jamaica - a three year course for pastors and lay leaders. She currently serves with Wycliffe Bible Translators from her home in Urbandale, writing software to assist in Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 28, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Orville Erickson

      Greenhill Baptist Church, Cedar Falls IA

      Orville served as a campus missionary for 5 years before becoming pastor of Greenhill Church in Cedar Falls, a small church intently focused on sending to unreached people groups, after a few members of the congregation took Perspectives and were ruined for the ordinary! Other exciting missionary opportunities were teaching at a Bible school in Ukraine, as well as leading short term teams of college students into inner city Dallas/Ft. Worth. He and his wife Jennifer have 3 daughters, Mikayla, Marissa and Taylor.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 11, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      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: Sunday, September 18, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Stan Yoder

      World Partners, Maquoketa IA

      Stan and his wife, Valli, served full-time with World Partners since 1978. Valli passed away in November 2021 after a long battle with M.S. Their experience includes 10 years of church planting and curative medical work in Sierra Leone, West Africa among the Yalunka People; 3 years at the US Center as Administrative Director for the Adopt-a-People Clearinghouse; 3 years mobilizing churches to adopt unreached people groups; 2 years training students at Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN; 4 years coaching workers in Africa and the Middle East; and 16 years reaching out to Middle Wast refugees in Kansas City, Missouri. They moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in October 2018 and will begin a new ministry to Middle East students. Stan will continue to serve with World Partners as a traveling evangelist among Muslims and instructor for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      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: Sunday, October 2, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Andrew Minch

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dixon IL

      Andy Minch has spent 20 years working as a Bible translator in Papua New Guinea with Wycliffe Bible Translators. For eleven years he was an international administrator helping oversee about 20% of the world's remaining translation needs. Presently he is part of Wycliffe’s National Speaker’s bureau speaking on college campus’ and other venues. He is author of the book 'Words Can Not Express'.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 9, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and is now the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) resettling and serving refugees in the Twin Cities. Bob has two MA degrees in Cross-Cultural Communications (Wheaton College) and Missiology (Fuller Theological Seminary). Bob served on the faculty and administration at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya for 24 years teaching in the areas of Intercultural Studies, Islamics and Cross-Cultural Communications. He has traveled to more than 55 countries and has led church teams to Macedonia, Ukraine, Guatemala, Mexico, Bolivia, Kenya and India. Bob is married to Donna, the daughter of missionaries to Liberia. They have 5 children, including two adopted sons.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 16, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Robin Ludeking

      Grace Evangelical Free , Eldridge IA

      Robin developed a heart for other cultures and missions at a young age. After graduating from college, she had the opportunity to spent 6 months in Thailand, learning more about some of the good as well as difficult aspects of living cross-culturally. Currently, Robin works as an Emergency Room nurse in the Quad Cities where she also enjoys mobilizing the church through coordinating the local Perspectives class.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 23, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Tim Garrett

      Frontiers, Gardner KS

      Tim is the Heartland Area Director of mobilization for a mission organization focusing on unengaged, unreached peoples. He has a passion to assist others in finding their place in missions. He and his family have lived in Ireland and Scotland and are now based in Kansas. Tim has been traveling regularly to Europe, setting up new initiatives and connecting people in North America with ministries there. But, after twenty years of working to strengthen the dying Church in Europe, God began to speak to him about helping establish His Church where it hasn’t yet been.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 30, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Jim Erickson

      Ankeny IA

      Jim and his wife Marilyn served as missionaries in Cameroon for 20 years, translating the Tupurri New Testament, teaching, preaching, and doing administrative work for both the mission and the African church. In 1995, they returned to the US and pastored a church in Mayville, ND for 5 ½ years. After Mayville, they moved to Fergus Falls where Jim served for 6 years in the Lutheran Brethren International Missions as Assistant to the Director for Africa missions. In this capacity, he helped launch the mission to reach unreached people groups in Chad. In November 2006, Jim and Marilyn moved to Fullerton, CA where he served in a congregation as lead pastor for 11 years. They both retired from full time ministry in August of 2017. Jim and Marilyn have 4 sons. All of them are married and we have 7 grandchildren

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 6, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Efi Tembon

      Oasis Network for Community Transformation, Hutchinson MN

      Efi Tembon is from Southern Cameroons. He is married to Mindy and they have three kids. Efi has an MA in Organizational Leadership from Crown College in MN and a BA in History from the University of Yaoundé. He serves as the Executive Director of the Oasis Network for Community Transformation, a ministry serving communities in the Sahel in Africa. Efi has previously served in a variety of capacities: as Co-facilitator of the Impact Conference of Global South Organizations, an initiative that brings together organizations from Asia and Africa to share best practices; Executive Director, Cameroon Association for Bible Translation and Literacy (CABTAL) 2012-2018; Facilitator of the Platform for Impact in Cameroon, an informal initiative that brings together the various denominational blocks and Bible translation agencies to serve communities in Cameroon, 2013- 2018; President of FOBA - Cameroon (Forum of Bible Agencies Cameroon, which brings together 9 Bible Agencies and a denomination in Cameroon), 2012-2016; and Church Relations Director for SIL and CABTAL, 2008-2012.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 13, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Darrell Racey

      Christar, Lincoln NE

      Darrell and Ruth worked in the Middle East for 26 years, witnessing and gathering believers into fellowship groups. They now work with Arabic speaking refugees in Lincoln, NE, from Muslim, Yazidi, Christian and Sabean (followers of John the Baptist) backgrounds.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 20, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Tim Lubinus

      Baptist Convention of Iowa, Ames IA

      Tim Lubinus and his family served in South Korea for six years in student ministry with the International Mission Board and ten years as team leader for the IMB in Turkey. Then after serving on staff at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa as the Global Ministry Director for eight years, Tim became the Executive Director for the Baptist Convention of Iowa in March, 2014. Darlene and Tim have four children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 4, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 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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      Bradford Greer

      Interserve USA, Upper Darby PA

      Bradford Greer, PhD Dr. Greer worked in South Asia for over 25 years. His writings have been published in the EMQ, the IJFM, and the St. Francis Magazine. His book has been published by William Carey Library.

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      Date: Sunday, December 11, 2022

      Time: 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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