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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SUNDAYS, JANUARY 9 - MAY 1, 2022

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
 
Join us and experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the WORLD CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.

Perspectives allows you to hear from 15 different instructors over the course of 15 weeks. Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life. Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement. No matter who you are or what you do, Perspectives will help you learn how to live for GOD'S KINGDOM.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Riverlawn Christian Church 4243 N Meridian Ave Wichita KS 67204

Contact: Josh Abel

(316) 249-6541

 
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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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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Jeff Isaacs

      Valley Center KS

      Jeff Isaacs has been the Lead Pastor at Riverlawn Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas, for the past 14 years. Jeff is married to Jennifer and they have 4 amazing boys. Jeff has always had a heart for missions and strives to help share that heart with the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 16, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Tim Fritson

      Liberty Christian Fellowship, Liberty MO

      Tim Fritson currently serves as the Lead Pastor of Liberty Christian Fellowship in Liberty, MO. He and his wife, Melody, share a passion for the Lord, His word, and mobilizing the proclamation of the gospel through the lives of believers. In 10 years of ministry, Tim has had the opportunity to see the work that God is doing in places around the world, including Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Haiti, and numerous cities in the United States. He is humbled to lead a church that is invested in missions and church-planting endeavors among some of the least reach people in the world in countries in Eastern Asia, Western Asia, Africa, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Phyllis Swanson

      Fellowship Bible Church, Topeka KS

      A teacher by profession, Phyllis provides pastoral care to female missionaries through All Nations Family and also serves on the Board of All Nations. Having spent time with missionaries on the field, Phyllis has developed a heart for sending and caring for missionaries well. For many years she has mobilized believers toward personal involvement in God's global mission through serving locally in a variety of Perspectives roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      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: Sunday, February 13, 2022

      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.

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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, February 20, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      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, February 27, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Mark Gray

      International Students, Inc., Bel Aire KS

      BIO. SKETCH—MARK GRAY When I graduated from High School, if there had been a contest for the kid least likely to ever be a Christian, I would have been a high contender. Furthermore, I would have laughed at anyone suggesting that I would invest my life in Christian ministry. However, just as I was promised when I first decided to become a follower of Jesus, God has given me abundant life—life that includes a diverse, challenging and unexpected career path. I was born and reared in the Southeastern Kansas community of Chanute. Growing up in an Episcopalian background, I had exposure to a rather liberal perspective of the Christian life. As a teenager I chose to leave the religious life of an Episcopalian for a rowdy and reckless lifestyle that brought pain and problems to me and to my family. It was one year before graduating from the University of Kansas that a Cru staff member succeeded in introducing me to Jesus. This Cru staff guy showed me Jesus’ promise in Jn. 10:10--God would give me an "abundant life" if I chose to trust in Jesus as the Savior who died to save me from sin and the Lord who rose from the dead to give me new life. I have found that promise to be true. After acquiring a degree in Chemistry, I began to work for my father in his dynamic hodgepodge of businesses that included laundry, dry cleaning, real estate and mini-storage. During the next two years I grew spiritually through the encouragement of Christian friends, my local Baptist church and sporadic involvement with the Cru ministry. I made the decision to join the Cru staff while attending "Explo '72" in Dallas. I quickly discovered the satisfaction of vocational Christian work and have continued in a 45-year (to the present) career of Christian service that has included 4 different ministries: Cru, Pathway Church, World Team and International Students, Inc. The Lord has led me to a wonderful Christian wife and blessed our marriage with 9 children. Subsequently we have been further blessed with three sons-in-law, four daughters-in-law and eighteen grandchildren. We have struggled and grown in our ability to conform more to Scripture and less to expectations of a society that is spiritually adrift. The Lord has proven Himself more than adequate as we have embraced His guidance and provision. I am so thankful that Jesus has revealed Himself to me, taught me to be a witness for Him and expanded that privilege and responsibility to cross-cultural dimensions. I have every intention of continuing to live out the rest of my life in faithful service to the Lord and the people of His world through International Students Inc. Mark Gray Mar. 29, 2018

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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

      Dave Percy

      Ethnos 360, Roach MO

      I Served on the field of Thailand for 14 years. God allowed me to be involved in many facets of ministry. I see myself as an ORDINARY MAN SERVING AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD! I am a firsthand witness of a God who moves in incredible ways. God has given me a passion for his people, a love for his word and a desire to encourage and strengthen the church in this task of seeing a church birthed and matured among the unreached people of this world. My wife and I are presently located at the Missionary Training Center (MTC) located in central MO. I serve as a Teacher/ Trainer and Speaker for the MTC and we also serve together as advisors to students as they train for serving overseas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      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: Sunday, March 27, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      David Cupery

      Manhattan Christian College, Manhattan KS

      Currently, I teach intercultural studies at Manhattan Christian College. My family and I served as missionaries in the country of Estonia, I was a part of developing a national organization that trains and equips workers for the local church. For my PhD, I am researching the barriers that North American leaders face when they engage in leading in second culture situations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Joshua Johnson

      All Nations Family, Kansas City MO

      Joshua is the Executive Director of All Nations Kansas City – a missions training and sending organization that oversees church planting work in 25 countries. He is also a core team member, coach, and consultant for 5Q, an organization that unlocks and releases the potential of five-fold ministry in the body of Christ and part of the mDNA Training Ecosystem team that is a part of Movement Leaders Collective. Joshua spent 7 years in the Middle East and Asia catalyzing movements to Jesus and saw many Muslim background people get baptized, say yes to following Jesus, and start simple reproducing Jesus communities amidst their own culture. He loves to coach and train others to ignite movements to Jesus. He is also the host of the podcast Shifting Culture. He loves movies, traveling the world, being surrounded by nature, and spending time on the golf course. Joshua lives in Kansas City, Mo. with his wife Meredith, who co-leads All Nations Kansas City. They have one son, Luke.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Eric Guthrie

      Beautiful Feet, Choctaw OK

      Dr. James Eric Guthrie is the Executive Director of Beautiful Feet, a missionary mobilization, training, and sending organization focused on the unreached and neglected people groups of the world. He has traveled to more than 40 countries and ministered among all of the major religious blocks. Dr. Guthrie was involved with a church planting movement in India that saw more than one million people swept into the Kingdom over fifteen years. He has a Doctor of Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and his dissertation was focused on missionary training. He has been married for 34 years. In his free time, Dr. Guthrie enjoys reading, collecting comic books, playing guitar, and listening to the blues.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Andrew Broeckelman

      Christar, Garland TX

      Andrew grew up on a farm in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013. Upon graduation, Andrew joined staff with The Traveling Team, a mobilization ministry that recruits students from all major universities to God's global purposes. During a five year span, Andrew spoke to over 25,000 students at 150 different universities across the country about God's heart for the world. In 2018, Andrew and his wife joined Christar and moved to Spain for one year to work on a mobilization project hosting college students for short term trips and internships while working with Muslim immigrants and refugees. Andrew has firsthand experience in 12 different countries where Christar workers serve among least reached peoples and now serves with his wife as the directors of mobilization for Christar in the US.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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