SE Portland, OR S18    Spring 2018
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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
will be offered at Good Shepherd Community Church, 
Beginning January 22, 2018!

Great things happen when our hearts align around God's global purpose.  Perspectives will take you on a journey of seeing God's covenant throughout Scripture, exploring God's global purpose of redemption through History, expanding your understanding of reaching across Cultures, and engaging Strategically in the present work He is doing in the world.

This happens during 15 impactful weeks with 15 passionate and experienced instructors, a class community of fellow students, and inspiring study materials.

The SE Portland class begins with Registration & Orientation on January 22nd and finishes with Lesson Fifteen, "World Christian Discipleship", on May 14th at 

Good Shepherd Community Church
Mondays from 6:30-9:30 PM.

Perspectives can be taken at the Certificate, Credit, and Key Reading level.  

Key Reading Level: This level requires about 3 -5 hours of reading per week with no written homework. There are five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. Cost:  $250.00

Certificate Level: This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves a weekly 10 question Review assignment, five "Personal Reflections", and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires approx 7 hours of work per week.  Cost:  $250.00

*The Certificate level is recommended for students to get the full impact of the course and be kept accountable to read, as 90% of the course is in the text. Further, several mission sending agencies, committees, etc. require this level for candidacy; as does Perspectives for those wanting to coordinate a class in the future.

Credit Level: This level can be taken for undergraduate or post graduate credit. This involves a mid-term and final exam plus an integrative project in addition to regular weekly assignments. This level requires about 8 hours of work per week. The credit will come through Trinity International University and Excelsior University.  Cost:  $500.00

Alumni are welcome and encouraged to register!   Cost is minimal, especially if you have the current Reader and Study Guide.

Please note you can attend the first two nights free!  You'll need to register by the end of the second week of class.

Begin planning now to make your Monday nights free for this experience of learning in a safe community.  To learn more, contact Christine Lotz, Coordinator, at .


 

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Good Shepherd Community Church 28986 SE Haley Rd Boring OR 97009

Contact: Christine Lotz

(503)380-0447

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      John Wilson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Hillsboro OR

      My wife Jody and I are 20 year career members with Wycliffe Bible Translators. We have served for 7 years in the Philippines in administrative support roles, with both SIL (Wycliffe) Philippines and Faith Academy. The balance of our time has been with Wycliffe USA in similiar admin support roles. Our jobs in the Philippines involved travel throughout Asia with exposure to many different mission agencies, programs, strategies and personnel.


    • Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Ron Billings

      Trinity International University, Corvallis OR

      Ron Billings was born in Everett, Washington and grew up in Oregon and the Philippines, where his parents were missionaries. His grandparents and great-grandparents were also missionaries, with China Inland Mission. Ron’s great-grandfather and great-grandmother were recruited by Hudson Taylor from England and Australia, respectively, and they met and married in China (as did Ron’s grandfather and grandmother, who was from California). Ron’s mother and grandfather were both born in China. Ron’s father was born in Oregon with a Native American heritage, and he met Ron’s mother in college in Seattle. After serving with the military, Ron attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received way too many degrees: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, an M.B.A., an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an M.S. in Computational and Applied Mathematics, and a Ph.D. in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Ron first took the Perspectives class while he was an undergraduate in 1986, and as usual it wildly transformed his plans for the future. While in graduate school, he coordinated the Perspectives class in Austin from 1987 to 1992. He also worked for twelve years in the electronics industry as an international standards negotiator and traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. He then started his own software-development company. Dr. Billings has served on the faculty of Concordia University in Austin, Texas; Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta; Oregon State University in Corvallis; the University of Oregon in Eugene; and Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon. He is now an Adjunct Professor for Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, and has served as the Professor of Record for many Perspectives classes on the West Coast. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon, with his German wife Bina whom he met in the house church they attended. He likes to say that he married half the single women in the church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Gilbert A Gleason

      Portland OR

      Gilbert Gleason's initial exposure to missions came as a missionary kid on with the Navajos of Northern Arizona. He witnessed their passion for reaching others in their tribal group with the Gospel. Following his training at Biola University and Western Seminary, he has served for more than thirty years in the pastoral ministry at Grace Bible Fellowship in Portland, Oregon. He has made four trips to Peru to encourage and support the church's missionary team there.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

      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

      J.W. Matt Hennessee

      Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church, Portland, OR, Portland OR

      Bio of: J.W. Matt Hennessee Senior Pastor, Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church 3138 No. Vancouver Ave., Portland, Oregon Pastor Hennessee was elected as the fourth Senior Pastor of Vancouver Ave. First Baptist Church on December 29, 2004. He began his pastorate on Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday, January 15, 2005 and was formally installed on May 29, 2005. Prior to his installation at Vancouver Ave. 1st Baptist he served as Associate Pastor at Portland’s St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church from January 15, 1989 to January 15, 2005. He is a native of Columbus, OH; lived in Michigan and moved to Oregon in 1988. He had a very distinguished career in senior leadership roles in city and state government in Ohio, Michigan, and Oregon. He then entered the private sector as an executive in a variety of positions at Nike, Inc., CEO of a small private financial/technology business; Vice President of Streamlined Solutions, a division of the Rentrak Corporation; (presently) Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Energy Film, a division of Artscape Inc., all located in Portland, OR. He has also served in a variety of volunteer roles in the non-profit world locally, nationally, and internationally for many years including medical boards, alternative education boards, higher education boards, and a number of commissions whose mission was superior service in education and economic development. Pastor Hennessee has traveled nationally and internationally for business and speaking engagements. He has spoken on a variety of subjects including: economic empowerment, diversity, the importance of pre-school education, and organizational and financial development. He earned his B.A. at Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH in Religion, Sociology, and Anthropology; the Masters of Divinity from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA; and is presently enrolled at Portland Seminary a part of the George Fox University Campus earning the Doctorate of Ministry degree (EDG: Spring of 2018). He is very active working in the Portland community across denominations to engage and create an active model for peace. He leads several initiatives to bring faith, community, and law enforcement together in all dimensions. He is passionate about building on the success of the past, loves history, loyal to the importance of honoring those who came before us, making the path for the next generation, generating funds for continuing education for all who wish to pursue it, determined to do everything he can to help everyone succeed, and enjoys bringing people of diverse races, cultures, and backgrounds together. He has one son Matt Jr. (Lisa); they have three children and reside in the Cleveland, Ohio area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      A.C. Hawthorne

      Frontier Ventures, Portland OR

      Ahshuwah has been a church planter and missions team leader since 2005. He lives with his wife and 6 kids in Portland, OR.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Kevin Williamson

      Tigard OR

      Kevin Williamson is a graduate of Multnomah University, the University of Utah, and did graduate studies at Harvard University. He has served as a pastor, a project and program manager of international relief and development in Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, and is currently a Senior Project Manager in the energy industry. He and his family are active in outreach to international students and refugees and in mobilizing and mentoring others. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THEIR OUTREACH, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE HIS PICTURE OR POST HIS NAME ONLINE.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Andy Peloquin

      InterFACE Ministries Inc., Lake Oswego OR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bill Vermillion

      Canby OR

      Brief Vita/ C.V. for Rev. Dr. William H. Vermillion, PhD. Born: August 31, 1946, Seattle, Washington Married: Diana M Waggoner March, 16 1968 Children: Benjamin and Joel, who are in Heaven. Academic Degrees: BA in English with Honors from Washington State University, 1968 MA, PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Washington, 1972, 1979 (PhD dissertation: Critical Comparison of the Latin Life of Saint Martin of Tours with Anglo Saxon and Icelandic Translations) M.Div. in Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 Post-Doctoral Studies: Jerusalem University College, Israel Military Service: US Army 1968-1978 (3 years active duty, 7 in reserves) Brach: Infantry. Final Rank: Captain; Duty Stations: various Posts in USA, 11 months in Vietnam as an advisor to Vietnamese forces. Academic Positions Held: Professor of Bible and Counseling, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1976 – 1990. Academic Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary, 1984-1988 Professor of Christian Ministries, Western Evangelical Seminary 1995-7 Transition Dean, Western Evangelical Seminary merger with George Fox University 1996-7 Church Positions Held: Youth Pastor: Village Chapel Evangelical Free Church, Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1972-1976 Interim Pastor: Bethany Evangelical Free Church 1976-7 Pastor: First Evangelical Methodist Church 1977-1980 Associate Pastor, Valley View Evangelical Church 1980-1990 Pastor Oregon City Evangelical Church 1990-1995 Pastor Valley View Evangelical Church 1997-2000 General Superintendent of The Evangelical Church 2002-2006 Conference Superintendent, Pacific Conference, The Evangelical Church 2006-2009 Mission Involvement: One Mission Society (OMS): Rector of Moscow Evangelical Christian Seminary 2000-2003 Vice-President of Theological Education 2009- (I manage a team of 12 with contacts in 35 partner schools around the world.) Printed works: Various articles in denominational periodicals, bible dictionaries and study bibles, Pastoral Letters in Asbury One Volume Commentary, Unpublished notes for captivity Letters in NASB Study Bible, Courses Taught: English Bible both Old and New Testament; Hermeneutics, Greek language and exegesis, Latin language and Latin Fathers, Wesleyan Theology, Homiletics. Worship, Pastoral Ministry, Pastoral counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Mentoring, Leadership, Fourfold Gospel and Comparative Study of Statements of Faith of OMS and Partner Denominations. Administrative areas presented: Curriculum Design, accreditation, strategic planning, board development, president/rector/faculty assessment, advance standing, conflict resolution, team development, distance learning, etc.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Bruce Benson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Oregon City OR

      My wife Jan and I have worked for over 37 years with Wycliffe Bible Translators, 30 of those in Peru. In 2003 the Huamalies Quechua New Testament was published and distributed. In 2011, the Huallaga Quechua Bible was published and distributed. We are currently retired (as of October 1, 2015) and are looking forward to what God has for us next. Perspectives will continue to be a vital part of our lives and we are prayerfully considering other ministry opportunities.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Pat & Rakel Thurman

      Good Shepherd Community Church, Gresham OR

      Pat and Rakel served for over 20 years in the Middle East. They are presently involved in mentoring and mobilizing those who now part of Operation Mobilization's College Recruitment team and are on staff with Good Shepherd Community Church as part of their Global Outreach Team. Pat and Rakel mentor, support and coach many who are interested in missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Adrienne Livingston

      Anti-Sex Trafficking, Happy Valley OR

      Adrienne Livingston is the Director of Anti-Sex Trafficking Initiatives with WorldVenture. She desires to help equip the church become aware of the issue of sex trafficking, understand how the intersections of a culture of sex and violence contribute to this issue and learn how they can get engaged to prevent, end the demand and take a kingdom stance against it.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Jonathan Martin

      Gresham OR

      Jonathan has lived in Central Asia for seven years and East Asia for five where he had the privilege to work among Muslims. He has been a pastor at Good Shepherd Community Church since 2004 where he oversees outreach all over the world. He has written two books "Giving Wisely" and the "King Saul Syndrome", and is working on a third with his father called "The Letter of the Apostle Paul to the 21st Century". All three books offer solutions that deal with the chronic problems that plague the church worldwide. Jonathan is married to Janie and has three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

      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

      Richard Enders

      Church Planting team, Marysville WA

      He and his wife have been privileged to work among Mslm people since 2004. The entire time they have been engaged in pioneer church planting in two separate countries. They have been blessed also with 4 children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Jim Stevens

      Fr., Portland OR

      Training in Biology and Environmental Science Worked as agricultural consultant and water quality specialist 6 years in Uganda in late 80's early 90's as agriculture development specialist. 4 years in Kyrgyzstan (06 thru 09) teaching in national ag university and doing projects outside of capitol. Currently Pac NW area director for recruiting and mobilization for a mission agency.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 7, 2018

      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

      Bill MacLeod

      Mission ConneXion, Hillsboro OR

      Bill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland. He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men's movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/executive director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

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      Date: Monday, May 14, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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