St. Cloud, MN // S23    Spring 2023
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Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

Location: Westwood Community Church 5719 Walnut Drive St. Cloud MN 56303

Contact: Mark Watland

(320) 295-0367

 
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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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      Tom Steller

      Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis MN

      Tom Steller, M.Div. Academic Dean, Vice President Tom was born in Excelsior, Minnesota. He grew up Roman Catholic. When he was 16, he committed his life to Christ. After he graduated from Bethel College with a B.A. in Biblical and Theological Studies, he pursued further training at Bethel Seminary (St. Paul) and Fuller Seminary Steller_2009_small(Pasadena, California). He graduated from Fuller with an M.Div. From 1980-82 he worked part-time with college students at Bethlehem, taught Greek at Bethel College, and finished his seminary studies at Bethel Seminary. In 1982, Tom was ordained and came on Bethlehem’s staff full-time as Pastor for Students and Adult Education. In 1984, his position was changed to Pastor for Students and Missions. In 1989, his position was changed once again to Pastor for Missions and Leadership Development. In 1990-91 Tom and his family served at the Cameroon Baptist Theological Seminary. After returning to Bethlehem, Tom resumed his position until 1996, when he was asked to devote some of his time to developing and serving in the position of Executive Pastor. In 1997, after Bethlehem called its first full-time Executive Pastor, Tom was given a study leave at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Illinois, where he designed The Bethlehem Institute for Bible, Theology, and Missions. In 1998, Tom returned to Bethlehem and implemented the vision for TBI. Upon the arrival of Bethlehem’s first full-time Foreign Missions Pastor in the Spring of 2002, Tom’s pastoral heart and missions passion began being expressed as Pastor for Leadership Development and Dean of TBI. In 2009 TBI became Bethlehem College and Seminary where where Tom was appointed to serve as the Academic Dean for 10 years. He is now serving as Dean of Global and Alumni Outreach and Associate Professor of New Testament, while continuing his pastoral duties with the church. Tom and his wife, Julie, are the happy parents of Hannah, Ruth, Katie, Nate, CJ, and Emma. He and Julie are now glad to be grandparents as well. The Stellers live in the Elliot Park Neighborhood, just a few-minutes walk from the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Mike Williamson

      Timothy Two Project International, Saint Cloud MN



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      Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Pam Rozendaal

      Saint Michael MN



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      Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Andrea Kay

      Resurrection City Church, St Paul MN

      Andrea spent four years working as an ESL teacher to university students in Southeast Asia with a like-minded NGO that strategizes through a partnership with local governments in the countries where they serve and building relationships with students who will become the future leaders. She currently lives in the Twin Cities and is working on a Master's degree in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, along with actively being involved in Perspectives and the local church. She is passionate about sharing God's heart for the nations with the American church and seeing people of all cultures orient their lives toward Him and for His glory.

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      Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Jim Bloom

      Innerchange, Minneapolis MN

      Jim was the Minneapolis Director for InnerCHANGE, a Christian order among the poor, for 24 yrs. He also served as the U.S. Regional Director for 7 yrs. transitioning out of that position in 2018. He is currently serving with InnerCHANGE's Horizons team which is responsible catalyzing and training new teams. He has been married to Raquel for the past 35 years. They have two children. Jim served briefly with Youth With a Mission in Manila, Philippines, then with Bethlehem Baptist Church in downtown Minneapolis as minister for college-age, overseeing small groups and urban ministry. In 1995, Jim and Raquel were sent out from Bethlehem to start a team with InnerCHANGE in south Minneapolis that would focus on church planting among the unreached urban poor. Jim has an M.Div. from Bethel Seminary and a Doctorate in Transformational Leadership from Bakke Graduate University.

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      Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Candice Siewert

      Unto (Cru's Humanitarian Ministry), Minneapolis MN

      Candice is a world-traveling adventurer who never stops asking, “What is that?” She has ministered in 40+ countries over the course of her ministry and claims to be fluent in point. She travels frequently every year encouraging missionaries to persevere and remain faithful to God’s call. Candice has a deep passion and love for Jesus and for people to know Christ. She is a humorous and straightforward communicator who combines the Word of God and her story to make truth come alive. Candice is on staff with Unto Cru's humanitarian ministry working in the areas of Food and Agriculture, Clean Water and Critical Aid.

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      Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Bob Oehrig

      Arrive Ministries, Eden Prairie MN

      Bob Oehrig, was the Missions Pastor at Grace Church Roseville from 2001-2011, and the Executive Director of Arrive Ministries (formerly World Relief Minnesota) from 2011-2020 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: Tuesday, February 28, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Andrew Grimsley

      St. Cloud MN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 28, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      T. Cher Moua

      Cru, Maplewood MN

      Sinner. Saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Called by Christ to serve the Church of Christ to share the gospel of Christ to the world by connecting with, develop, and empower the local church to live out God's heart for the world so that all can grow in Christ and spiritually multiply. One person at a time.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 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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      Rick

      Minneapolis MN

      Rick planted churches among refugees in the US for over 20 years before moving to SE Asia to serve on a church planting team. During his time in Asia he was involved in developing an English vocational center as well as seeing a church planted among an UPG in that country. He now devotes his time living out his God given vision through a ministry called Engage Global. Engage Global exists to be a catalyst for the long term engagement of unreached peoples around the world by providing intensive World Christian training among unreached people groups living in the Twin Cities. He serves with a fantastic team along with his wife, Nicky and their two daughters Lilly and Liana.

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      Date: Tuesday, April 25, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 2, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:15 PM

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