By Dean Zimmerman, Missions Deacon
The Kossuth Street Baptist Church Missions Team is excited to announce that we are hosting a Perspectives Class this fall in partnership with Covenant Church of West Lafayette.
Perspectives is an intensive 15-week course designed around four aspects of missions: Biblical, Historical, Cultural, and Strategic. Each aspect highlights different “perspectives” on God’s global purpose. The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God’s relentless work to redeem His people from the dawn of history to this day. The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very doable task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope. Perspectives is a part of Frontier Ventures, a non-denominational ministry that exists to enhance the effectiveness of the mission movement among the world’s least reached peoples. If you’d like more information about Perspectives, check their website at www.perspectives.org.
Why should you study or get excited about missions? God the Father and His Son command it in many passages of Scripture. For example, Jesus says in Mathew 28:19-20 (ESV), “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This follows Jesus’ promise in Mathew 24:14 (ESV), “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Also, consider the call of Psalm 96:3 (ESV), “Declare His glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” These verses aren’t just for those who go overseas as missionaries. The intent is to challenge all believers to be involved in God’s global mission, whether by praying, giving, training and sending people into missions, or actually going.
Our class vision is this: To host a multi-generational class, composed of local church people and college students in the Greater Lafayette area from various denominations, that will focus on studying the Biblical foundations and mandates for missions, praying for the advancement of the Gospel among the nations, and mobilizing our local churches to love and reach the nations at home and abroad, all for the glory of God.
Since late January, a team of about 15 people has been planning to bring this awesome class back to Lafayette. A registration and orientation class will be held on Monday, August 31, with the first class scheduled for September 8 from 6-9 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held on Monday evenings through December 7. The class will be taught by 14 different people who have deep connections to and a passion for missions.
There are three levels to take the class. Most take the class at the “Key Reading” level which exposes the student to all instruction and resources but has limited accountability. At the “Certificate” level, in addition to instruction, you will engage with excellent weekly readings, weekly lesson review questions, five personal reflections, and a class project. You will receive a certificate of completion and be able to visit any future class for free or a minimal cost. Lastly, you may take the class for three college credits with additional work and accountability. To serve in a leadership position for future classes, one must take the class at the certificate or credit level.
Registration is open now. If you register before August 8, you will receive a $30 discount off the registration price of $275. Additionally, the Kossuth mission team is offering a rebate of $100 to Kossuth members or attendees who successfully take the class at the key reading level or $150 at the certificate or credit level. Additional family members registering can receive a $50 discount as well. To register or to learn more about the class, view please visit our class webpage: www.perspectives.org/lafayette. The last chance to register is our “Registration and Orientation” night scheduled for August 31 at 6 p.m.
I am personally excited about bringing this class back to Lafayette. Kossuth hosted a class in 2011, and it really expanded my view of missions and how to “do” missions. Everyone can be involved. If you want to know more about God’s plan to reach the world, how to get involved in missions through your local church, or have even considered becoming a missionary, I challenge you to make the commitment to taking the Perspectives class this fall. Again, check out our class webpage, preview the lesson titles, and look at the slate of instructors. You won’t regret making this investment in God’s kingdom.
For more information, contact Dean Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the church office at 765-448-1620.