Harrisonburg, VA    Spring 2023
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Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Faith Community Church 1660 South Main Street Harrisonburg VA 22801

Contact: Carol Tobin

540-435-9887

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Shank

      Pioneering Coach, Strasburg PA

      Steve and his family have served among the formerly unreached people group, the Garifina, along the coast of Central America in church planting. For the past ten years he has been the Regional Representative for the Americas (North, Central and South) for Eastern Mennonite Missions. He travels to Central and South America numerous times each year.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Dave Shive

      Frontier Ventures (formerly US Center for World Mission), Catonsville MD

      Dave Shive is a 1968 graduate of the Washington Bible College, a 1972 graduate of Capital Bible Seminary with a Th.M. in New Testament Studies, and a 1994 graduate of Baltimore Hebrew University with an M.A. in Biblical Literature. Dave has spent the past 47 years in full time ministry as a pastor, Christian school director, and college professor. He currently serves with Frontier Ventures (formerly the US Center for World Mission) as a missions mobilizer for the northeast region of the United States. Dave lives in Catonsville, MD, with Kathy, his wife of 52 years. Dave and Kathy have three married children, Dan, Mike, and Becky. They are also the proud grandparents of 9 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

      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).

    • Instructor

      Blake Wood

      Faith Community Church, Port Republic VA

      Rev. Dr. R. Blake Wood has served in the Middle East since 2001. He founded Impact Middle East which is committed to planting creative discipling groups in underserved areas and empowering national leaders. He served as Executive Director of IME until 2011. Presently he serves as chairman of the board of IME and makes regular ministry trips into the Middle East to train and encourage national leaders. He is also Lead Pastor of Faith Community Church in Harrisonburg, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

      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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      Lizzette Hernandez

      Harrisonburg VA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Douglas Batson

      Global Frontier Missions, Cross Junction VA

      Douglas Batson is a retired Defense Department geographer. With award-winning research and publications, he was an expert on land tenure and international migration. Also a National Certified Career Counselor, Doug is on the Board of Directors of Global Frontier Missions, which operates a missionary training school in Atlanta, GA. He has been a Perspectives coordinator, instructor, and Professor of Record in the DC area for 25 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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.

    • Instructor

      Jeff Graf

      Missions Connections, Blacksburg VA

      Jeff and his wife Suzanne served for six years in Papua New Guinea. They were lecturers at the Christian Leaders Training College. In addition they conducted village ministries, spoke on the radio and at national Christian conferences. They have a good background in animistic religions and Melanesian culture. Upon their return to the United States, they served as Missionaries in Residence at Capital Bible Seminary and Washington Bible College. At these institution they taught missions classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jeff has an M.Div. degree from Capital Bible Seminary, and Sue has a degree a Masters of Arts in Christian Counseling and Discipleship.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Robert Duhart Sr

      Perspectives , Fort Washington MD

      Robert Gregory DuHart Sr. is a father, husband, grandfather and Elder at Cherrydale Baptist Church, where he teaches a Sunday Class and is a long-time member of the CBC Finance committee. Greg also serves on the boards of NAAMC & Pioneers. Greg has mentored immigrant families through the asylum process here in the US, worked with missionaries in Turkey, where he used his skills as a certified ESL teacher to prepare Iranian Christians for their journey west as well as preaching the Gospel in Cappadocia the land of the cave churches. In India, along with East-West Ministries, his team instructed 75-80 Pastor on the Sword Method of sermon preparation. In Indonesia, as a board member of Pioneers USA he and his wife Kimberlia prayed, listened, evaluated, and encouraged the teams bringing the Gospel to the Indonesians. Greg serves as mobilizer, coordinator, and instructor for Perspectives USA and is passionate about cross cultural ministry as a way of racially reconciling the Church in North America.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bradley Long

      Frontier Fellowship, Dayton VA

      Rev. Bradley Long is a Presbyterian (ECO) Minister who grew up in Southwest Virginia. He holds degrees from King College in Bristol, TN (2007) and Princeton Theological Seminary (2010) and is currently working towards a PhD in Intercultural Studies (sometimes called Missiology) at Columbia International University. Bradley has served as a Pastor, Hospital and Hospice Chaplain, Mission Worker in Central Asia and now as a Mission Mobilizer. He lives in Dayton, VA with his wife (Jessica) and three girls (Susie, 7, Jenya, 4, and Aziza, 1).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

      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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      Clair Good

      Eastern Mennonite Mission, Columbia PA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Skip Tobin

      Virginia Mennonite Missions, Harrisonburg VA

      Skip got his ‘feet wet’ in church planting during a dozen years of being church with folks incarcerated in Delaware and Chester County prisons in PA and with the variety of people of different backgrounds on the streets of Kennett Square PA. Then came the opportunity to share Jesus with Buddhist background rice farmers in Northeast Thailand who had never heard the gospel, let alone met a follower of Jesus, or seen a worshipping community of believers. Over the 20 years that Skip and Carol and their six daughters enjoyed the release to serve in SE Asia, they were privileged to see a multiplying church emerge in northeast Thai (Isaan) style. Seminary training followed, rather than preceded these experiences, verifying for Skip that there is something about what Jesus modeled for us in the New Testament that works! Skip currently serves as Director of USA ministries with Virginia Mennonite Missions

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Carl S Stauffer

      Harrisonburg VA

      BA - Social Work & Biblical Studies, MA - Conflict Transformation & Restorative Justice, PhD - The Power of Narrative Discourse in Shaping the Conflict in Zimbabwe

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Charlie

      Asian Access, Potomac Falls VA

      Charlie is presently directing the work of Asian Access in Vietnam. He has served as the Director of Outreach and Missions at The Falls Church in Falls Church, Virginia and as the Pastor of Missions and Outreach at McLean Presbyterian Church in McLean, Virginia as well as many years of ministry on the field.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

      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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      K.

      Frontier Ventures, Columbia MD

      Karen has been involved in coordinating and instructing in Perspectives for 31 years. She currently serves with Frontier Ventures in Baltimore, and as an associate with Common Ground Consultants. Her focus is on mobilizing and training followers of Jesus to share Him with their Muslim friends. Her love for and appreciation of Muslims has taken her to Turkey 19 times. As a result, she has many Turkish friends both in Turkey and in the U.S. She is also known as the "fun captain" by her grandchildren and she loves spending time with them.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023

      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.

    • Instructor

      Brittany Woods

      SIM USA, Washington DC

      Brittany worked as a Corporate Educator for a season before devoting herself full-time to cross-cultural ministry. After serving with SIM in South America, she returned to Charlotte to join the Recruitment and Mobilization Team, working specifically to educate and equip African American believers seeking to engage in God's global gospel work. Leading short-term teams, teaching, and helping organizations and churches create environments where multicultural teams can thrive are among many things that bring her joy in this role.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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