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Date: Monday, January 7, 2013

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Community Fellowship 28 W 240 North Ave West Chicago IL 60185

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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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      Mitchel Lee

      Grace Community Church, Ellicott City MD



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 7, 2013

      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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      Kevin Sampson

      Community Fellowship Church, West Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 14, 2013

      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.

    • Instructor

      Gregg Okesson

      Wilmore KY

      I teach at Asbury Theological Seminary in the E. Stanley Jones School of World Mission and Evangelism. For 13 years I was a missionary in East Africa, involved in church planting and theological education.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 21, 2013

      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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      Dave Davis

      The Evangelical Alliance Mission, Carol Stream IL

      Second generation missionary kid who grew up in Pakistan. Served in Pakistan 1971-1989 and again 2007-2008. Work at TEAM mobilization office in Wheaton, IL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 28, 2013

      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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      Dave McDowell

      West Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 2013

      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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      Ray Prigodich

      Discipleship Director, Crossville TN

      Ray Prigodich served as a missionary for 17 years with WorldVenture in Uganda, Kenya, and the Philippines. He also served for 15 years on the missions faculty of Denver Seminary. In addition, he co-founded Donetsk Christian University in Ukraine and served for a number of years as the school’s academic dean. Before retiring in 2008, Ray was on the home office staff of TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission), serving first as Placement Coordinator and then as Director of New Member Development. He recently completed six years of service as a member of the board of directors of InterAct Ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 2013

      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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      Robert Gallagher

      Wheaton IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 2013

      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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      Robert Nordstrom

      OMF, Wheaton IL

      Robert currently helps equip Christians for ministry to Chinese in the US with OMF, an organization founded by Hudson Taylor to serve the people of East Asia with the love of Christ. He served in Thailand for a decade and loves journeying with individuals and churches as they engage with the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 2013

      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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      Marvin Newell

      Elgin IL

      Marv Newell is Senior Vice President of Missio Nexus, a network that connects evangelical mission agencies, churches and training centers across North America. Previously he served as a missionary to Indonesia, a mission administrator, a professor of missions, and director of a missions association. He is the author of: A Martyr’s Grace, Commissioned: What Jesus Wants You to Know as You Go and Expect Great Things: Mission Quotes that Inform and Inspire.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 2013

      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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      Gord Nickerson

      , Carol Stream IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 11, 2013

      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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      Jim Plueddemann

      Moody Bible Institute, West Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 2013

      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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      Bethany Dudley

      Chicago IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 1, 2013

      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.

    • Instructor

      Charlie Davis

      TEAM, Winfield IL

      I grew up in Pakistan, lived and worked in Venezuela for approximately 20 years, and more recently led a global mission agency for 12 years. I'm married to Kris, with three grown children, and four grand children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 8, 2013

      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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      Bill Oberlin

      Carol Stream IL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 2013

      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.

    • Instructor

      JR

      TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission), WHEATON IL

      Jim was born and raised as an MK in Korea and participated in numerous short-term trips since college. He spent 13 years in Venezuela working primarily in MK ministry and continues to serve with TEAM, a mission agency which helps churches send missionaries to establish reproducing churches. Currently he is the Director of Northeast Asia, partnering with Korean churches and others to engage the region. Jim met his wife, Kimberly, at Dallas Theological Seminary. When he took Perspectives in 2011, he did his integrated project on the "Bell" unreached minority people group of East Asia. Since then he has been blessed to speak at Perspectives classes in Illinois, Michigan and Tennessee. Jim loves teaching Lesson #15 since, as the "closer" for the course, he guides the class in considering the "now what?" aspect of applying the course along with others from their own church and takes a closer look at what it really means for a church to "send." He and Kimberly are enjoying life with two children at home and one in college. Jim likes to play the sax and travel internationally to see more of God's world first-hand!

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      Date: Monday, April 22, 2013

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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