Kansas City Area - Shawnee, KS // F22    Fall 2022
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Date: Monday, August 15, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Christ Community Church - Shawnee Campus 13330 W 62nd Terr Shawnee KS 66216

Contact: Steve Gordon

(913) 579-5659

 
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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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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 15, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Dave Rofkahr

      Center for Mission Mobilization, Springdale AR

      Dave Rofkahr has a tremendous background in grass roots campus ministry, in cross-cultural church planting (in Asia for thirteen years), and Business As Mission. He served as the International Director for all of Asia for EFCA ReachGlobal, its US Director of Recruiting/mobilization and now serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Mission Mobilization (www.mobilization.org). He is married with three children and now makes his home in Woodbury, Minnesota. He hopes to bring glory to God by using the talents and opportunities God has entrusted to him to strategically multiply healthy leaders and churches among all people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 22, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      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: Monday, August 29, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Chris Regas

      LifeBridge Baptist Church, Kansas City MO

      Chris is the associate pastor at LifeBridge Baptist Church (WeAreLifeBridge.com), where his teaching and equipping ministry has been focused on discipleship and world missions. He was saved at LifeBridge as a teenager and served on staff after graduating from Liberty University (B.S.) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). While in school he ministered with a mission mobilization team and studied for a summer with missionaries in Mexico City. He has done further doctoral-level studies at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His heart for the world has led to teaching ministries with Asian Americans and leading short-term teams on five continents (Romania, Hungary, Netherlands, Philippines, Tanzania, England, Mexico, Colombia, the Lakota Nation, and Barbuda). He is passionate about mobilizing the local church to experience the Great Commission in a well-balanced and wholehearted manner. He and his wife live in Kansas City, MO and their daughter is completing her MA in Art Education at John Brown University.

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      Date: Monday, September 12, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      John Powell

      Eagles Flight Ministries , Waycross GA

      Dr Powell served in the US Armed Forces as a pediatrician prior to solo practice in Waycross, Georgia. Inwardly he struggled with the daily chores of managing a business, caring for children, and hearing God’s call “to do more.” Taking a leap of faith and selling his practice, he went fulltime into medical missions ministry. Over the next ten years, he Founded Evangelism Task Force, an evangelical medical missions organization, and partnered with church planting efforts all over the globe. Thousands of health needs were met and churches were planted during this time. While serving in Venezuela he met his wife, Elsa. Dr. Powell then felt the call to leave the comforts of the US and live fulltime in Venezuela. He agreed to “fill-in” for a pastor at a Venezuelan church during a sabbatical. He pastored the church for fifteen years until the conditions in Venezuela became life threatening and forced him and his family to flee to Colombia. Dr. Powell now serves Venezuelans at the border of Colombia with health care, food ministry, making sure every person has the opportunity to receive a bible, and hear the Gospel.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 19, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Jordan Schlake

      Lincoln NE

      Jordan grew up in a small town church with a big heart for missions. That global outlook has continued with him in his career in international trade development where he gets to see God at work in people and places around the world. He has a particular heart for the Japanese people and he enjoys using his language skills to get to know the Japanese community living in Lincoln.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 26, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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 Herbek

      Perspectives, Omaha NE

      God took this farm boy from the middle of nowhere in Nebraska and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia doing ethnographic research. God used this experience to shape Andrew into a mobilizer and sent him back to North America to equip the body of Christ back home to engage and participate with God in His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Perspectives and serves on the Curriculum Revision Team. He has a Masters of Divinity and a MA in Intercultural Studies, and has field experience in thirteen countries. His heart is that of an educator and discipler, and he desires is to see Christ named and known by all the peoples of the earth, so that Christ can be loved and obeyed within all the peoples of the earth.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Andrew Herbek

      Perspectives, Omaha NE

      God took this farm boy from the middle of nowhere in Nebraska and sent him to serve among an unreached people group in East Asia doing ethnographic research. God used this experience to shape Andrew into a mobilizer and sent him back to North America to equip the body of Christ back home to engage and participate with God in His global purpose. Andrew is a member of Perspectives and serves on the Curriculum Revision Team. He has a Masters of Divinity and a MA in Intercultural Studies, and has field experience in thirteen countries. His heart is that of an educator and discipler, and he desires is to see Christ named and known by all the peoples of the earth, so that Christ can be loved and obeyed within all the peoples of the earth.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 3, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      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: Monday, October 10, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      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: Monday, October 17, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      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: Monday, October 24, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Louise Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Louise first took the Perspectives course in 1988, when she and her husband Brian were working with Navajo Gospel mission in Arizona. The course changed the course of their lives and ended up at the ends of the earth. 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, 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 – “Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – included in Perspectives Reader Louise trained as a midwife in 2010-2011 and practiced in Northern California and NW Arkansas. She now devotes her time and energy to training Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs – village midwives) who are also disciple makers. She has run multiple trainings in Uganda, Columbia, South Sudan, Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar. Louise finances the travel and expenses for these trips from the sale of her home-made artisan greeting cards. Louise also staffs Schools of Frontier Mission for YWAM and mentors college-age women headed for the mission field. Together, Brian and Louise put on semi-annual GAP Gatherings where church planters come from around the world to share a week with their peers and relaunch their vision to see a Disciple Making Movement among the people they work with.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 31, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Meredith Johnson

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Meredith is the Executive Director of All Nations North America and coaches and trains people to live in loving obedience to Jesus and His commands. She loves 2 Timothy 2:2 and is thrilled by the idea of exponential multiplication! She has lived in the Middle East for seven years and has been engaged with catalyzing Disciple Making Movements among Muslims since 2005. She has a Masters of Divinity with Global Missions emphasis and a Cambridge CELTA ESL Certificate. Meredith co-instructs Perspectives classes with her husband Joshua.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 7, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      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, November 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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      Jeannie Marie

      Frontiers, Gilbert AZ

      Jeannie Marie is a strategist for Frontiers, an international sending agency that recruits, trains, and sends long-term field-workers to more than fifty Muslim countries. She's also lived overseas in the Philippines and in India with her husband and four children, worked with refugees and international students locally, and worked at a church mobilizing. Jeannie Marie is the author of Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood and Beyond, published by Thomas Nelson, available October 2, 2018. And the creator of the digital The Neighbors & Nations Course. To book a speaking or training engagement, see www.jeannie-marie.com/about and/or write hello@jeannie-marie.com

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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