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PERSPECTIVES CLASS

15 WEEK CLASS, September 12-December 19

 MONDAYS, 6:30 - 9:00 PM

Orientation Session Tuesday Sept 6th, 7-8:00pm


WHAT IS PERSPECTIVES?

Perspectives is a Christian education course designed to help believers learn more about God's heart for all nations and how believers worldwide can play an active role in the Great Commission. 

WHY PERSPECTIVES?

Perspectives helps believers from all walks of life see how they can get threaded into God’s story of redeeming people from every tribe, tongue, and nation to Himself. From Genesis to the prophets, Jesus Christ to the early church, and Constantine to today, you will see how God has been moving, how the global Church has responded, and what the greatest needs in world evangelization remain today. It isn’t a class about missions, but a course on how every believer can be intimately woven into the story of God using His people to be a blessing to all the peoples of the earth.

WHO SHOULD TAKE PERSPECTIVES?

The short answer is anyone who wants a closer walk with the Lord, who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of His ultimate purpose in the world. It's for anyone who wants to learn how to strategically invest their lives in seeing God glorified; for anyone who wants to gain insight and direction that will help them to impact their generation.

WHAT MAKES PERSPECTIVES UNIQUE?

Perspectives has a unique focus. Perspectives has a long and singular track record in the business of opening students' eyes to the Bible, world history, international culture, and God's purpose for it all in a way that no other course can offer.

Perspectives is also unique in that a different expert teaches each of the 15 sessions. This allows you to be exposed to people who specialize in the area they cover.

ENROLLMENT TYPES

Key Reading students attend class, read a few key articles each week, and complete five personal responses (reflections on what they are learning) throughout the semester. Requires 1-2 hours of reading with no written homework assignments.

Certificate level earns a certificate of completion from the US Center for World Mission. It is the recommended level (over key reading) for getting the full impact of the course. The instructors are fantastic, but about 90% of the course is in the text, and at this level students are kept accountable to read. This level is required by several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. for candidacy, and is required if someone wants to coordinate Perspectives in the future. The work involves about 3 - 4 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, and a project due at the end of the class.

Undergraduate credit is roughly 4-7 hours reading per week, with weekly homework over the reading, 2 exams, and a paper (10-15 pages) due at the end of the class. As with graduate credit, if students are planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

Graduate credit is roughly 5-8 hours reading per week, with weekly quizzes on the reading, 2 exams (including several essay questions), and a paper (18-20 pages) due at the end of the class. Depending on the credit-granting school, there may be additional work required. As with undergraduate credit, if students planning on transferring credit, it is their responsibility to check with their advisor to see ascertain their school's policy on transferring credit into their program.

HOW MUCH DOES PERSPECTIVES COST?

Key Reading & Certificate Level - $250

Undergraduate & Graduate Level - $550

*Prices do not include cost of Study Guide and Reader

Perspectives Alumni:
If you have taken Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in the past, you can take the course again for free or a very minimal cost. Look for the Alumni - Key Reading option when registering.

WORTHWHILE STEWARDSHIP OF TIME AND FINANCES! 

In reality, the Perspectives course is a bargain. Each session costs a little more than going to a movie, but offers a far better return than mere entertainment. You are getting a glimpse into the eternal purpose of God in a way you will never forget. If you look at it in terms of investment instead of cost, the value of the course will far exceed the money invested.

The fees for the class are based on the honorariums for speakers, administrative costs, costs for class materials, etc. This is necessary to ensure the quality of the program.

Class Info

Date: Monday, September 12, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Virtual on Zoom Hosted by Hope Church Cranston RI 02921

Contact: Todd Hampson

401-749-3949

 
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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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      Jamie Farr

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Orlando FL

      I grew up in the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea the son of Translators speaking four languages. I experienced the joy of watching my ethnic people receive the NT and experience the power of God in amazing ways. I later went with my beautiful Wife Anita to Thailand to serve with Wycliffe. On our watch we have seen over 2000 missionaries go to serve among over 1800 people groups in the last 24 years. We are passionate about God's glory to be experienced by all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 12, 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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      Jon F

      Reaching & Teaching , Durham NC

      Works alongside Arab brothers and sisters in the Middle East in order to make mature disciples, establish & strengthen healthy churches, and train local leaders to carry the gospel message to every tribe for the global glory of Jesus Christ and the joy of all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 19, 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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      Stephen Vannah

      SIM USA, Lee MA

      Stephen Vannah is an ordained pastor, has been the field leader for SIM in Senegal for about ten years. He is presently the Northeastern Regional Director for SIM. He and his wife live in Western MA. They have two daughters. He holds a Masters in New Testament Studies, an MDiv. and a DMin. His current responsibilities involve a considerable amount of traveling to churches, Christian colleges and institutions to preach, teach seminars and workshops on missions, leadership and synergetic teamwork. He teachers Missions, at Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 26, 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 Istrati

      Diplomat, SOUTH ORLEANS MA

      Focused on intercessory prayer for the nations. Tentmaker missionary with the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer/Diplomat. Involved with Men's Ministry in Peru and Russia, Missionary Care in Afghanistan, and Church Planting, Alpha Course hosting and Missions Teaching in Paraguay. Served 7 years with PIONEERS in Kyrgyzstan, church planting among Uyghur Diaspora. Missions mobilizer and Unreached Peoples Advocate with Caleb Project in Littleton, CO. Missions Pastor at Cherry Creek Presbyterian Church, Englewood, CO. Graduated with BA in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and MA Religion from Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina; speaks English, Spanish, French and Russian. Married to Melody with three daughters and four grandchildren. Global nomad currently retired in Cape Cod, MA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 3, 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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      Gabriela Phillips

      Adventist Muslim Relations Coordinator for North America, Ooltewah TN

      Gabriela Phillips and her husband have served for over twenty years among Muslim in Central Asia, the Middle East and currently they are in North America, where they serve among refugees from the Middle East. Gabriela is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the area of Missiology and loves to share the many ways in which God is drawing Muslims to himself.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 10, 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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      Todd Johnson

      , South Hamilton MA

      Todd M. Johnson is Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity and co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Johnson is visiting Research Fellow at Boston University’s Institute for Culture, Religion and World Affairs leading a research project on international religious demography. He is co-editor of the Atlas of Global Christianity (Edinburgh University Press) and co-author of the World Christian Encyclopedia (Oxford University Press, 2nd ed, 3rd ed.) and World Christian Trends (William Carey Library). He is editor of the World Christian Database (Brill) and co-editor of the World Religion Database (Brill).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 17, 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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      Dan Darko

      Wenham MA

      A New Testament Professor at Gordon College. A native of Ghana, Dan served as a Director in Youth for Christ (Ghana), Dean of Students at the Evangelical Theological Seminary (Croatia), Seminary and University chaplain in Croatia and Ghana, and local church pastoral positions in Ghana, Croatia, England (Fulham–London) and the Poconos (PA) United States. He was educated in Ghana, Croatia and England. Dan and his family (Maryl his wife and two daughters, Esther and Debbie) live in South Hamilton, MA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 24, 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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      Sharon Yen

      North Andover MA

      Trained as a computer engineer and working as a technology product manager, Sharon is a Jesus follower with a heart to mobilize Christians to find their place in God’s story. After attending the Urbana 2015 Mission Conference, she took Perspectives and then became a class coordinator for the Merrimack Valley in MA and NH and a coordinating team member for Perspectives' first national virtual class. She has served on her church’s Missions Committee and participated in a church planting short term mission in southeast Asia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 31, 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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      James Houston

      Global Gates Network, grand prairie TX

      Bud is a practitioner of, a catalyst for, and researcher of gospel movements to Christ among the world's least-reached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 7, 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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      Dennis Washington

      Anacostia River Church, Upper Marlboro MD

      Pastor Dennis Washington is a native New Yorker and a veteran in the United States Air Force. Since his time in service, he has served in several international capacities, both as an employee of the Department of State and as a mission Director. He has served on the leadership team for the National African American Mission Conference, as an Area Mobilizer for Perspectives and Campus Minister for International Students Inc. He currently serves as the Mission Pastor at Anacostia River Church. Dennis is married to Tarsha Washington and they have four children together: D’mani, D’naja, Joshua, and Jonathan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 14, 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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      Susan Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Sue Patt has worked as a mobilizer for more than 35 years (since 1982) with Frontier Ventures, formerly the US Center for World Mission. She has served as a Perspectives Regional Director (13 years) and as the Perspectives National Program Director (7 years). Her current assignment is Chief Strategy Officer with FV. She has been developing deliberate friendships with Muslims since 1980, and Hindus since 2005. She is married to Fran Patt since 1986. They have 3 adult children and live in Exton, PA in the Philadelphia suburbs.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 21, 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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      Craig Parker

      The Navigators, Winthrop MA

      Craig Parker is the city leader for the Navigators in Boston, seeking to transform the city through life-to-life discipleship. Craig has worked for the Navigators for 37 years, with previous staff assignments in New Hampshire, Germany, and Virginia. He served as campus director at Boston University for 7 years, and at Dartmouth College for 17 years. As founding board member and former chairman of the board of directors of the Lwala Community Alliance, he has engaged in international development in western Kenya. He has also worked among Roma people in Croatia, helping to create a long term Croatian partnership with the Northeast Collegiate Navigators. Craig and his wife, Nancy have four children and seven grandchildren. Many years ago he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 28, 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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      Rick and Julie S.

      Newton NH

      Rick and Julie S. currently work as full-time missionaries and are involved in mobilizing teams to ignite church planting movements with unengaged, unreached people groups in the 10/40 Window. Rick and Julie have recently left their vocational careers in Finance (Rick) and Occupation Therapy (Julie) to pursue their passion for reaching the unreached. Rick and Julie have been married for 31 years and have 3 children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 5, 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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      Kathleen Peterson

      Aaron & Hur International Ministries, Titusville FL

      Kathleen is the founder and director of Aaron & Hur International Ministries: A ministry to strengthen, equip and restore church leaders and their families. She is the daughter and granddaughter of pioneer missionaries. Today she ministers in the USA, Latinamerica, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 12, 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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      James Cha

      Crescent Project, Leesburg VA

      Rev. James Cha was born in Korea, but grew up here in the US. He studied electrical engineering at Cornell University, and worked ten years as an engineer. In 2000 he and his family went to Central Asia, where they served ten years as church planting missionaries with Pioneers. They are now back in the US reaching out to the Muslims in the Washington, DC area. He and his wife, Faith, are the Washington DC Area Coordinators for Crescent Project. Faith is also the director of an ESOL ministry in Leesburg, VA. They have three adult children and one grandchild.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 19, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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