College Station, TX    Spring 2015
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Welcome to the Bryan-College Station class site for Spring 2015! We're glad you have decided to explore God's heart for the nations. This course promises to be life changing - it will "ruin you for the ordinary!"

Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of international missiologists and instructors will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. Join friends from churches across the Bryan - College Station area, including Central Baptist, Fellowship Church, Grace Bible Church, Steep Hollow Baptist and more to experience the ever increasing momentum of God's central priority - calling all nations into worship for His glory.

First night FREE! 

When: Monday nights, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Dates: January 19 - May 4th, 2015 

Where: Grace Bible Church - Anderson

Price: Click on "Class Pricing" to the right to see the options - Certificate is the recommended level.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 19, 2015

Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Location: Grace Bible Church 700 Anderson St. College Station TX 77840

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    • Registration & Orientation

      KICKOFF Night!

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Steve Decker

      LG, College Station TX

      Steve graduated from college in 2005, took perspectives in 2009 and was rocked by learning about God's heart for the nations. He and his wife coordinated Perspectives and then changed career paths in 2011. He works to help people use their gifts and passions anywhere in the world. He is married to an amazing woman and together they have four beautiful and rambunctious children. He enjoys sharing Jesus' love with the lost, mobilizing and training people to go to the unreached.


    • Date: Monday, January 19, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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 Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 26, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Blake Mankin

      Every Village, Houston TX

      Blake leads advocacy initiatives for Every Village, mobilizing people to make an impact in South Sudan for the glory of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Leroy Armstrong

      Proclaiming the Word Ministries, Mckinney TX

      Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr. is a native of Kansas City, MO and resides in the Dallas area with his wife Genena and family. Leroy holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B. S. Electrical Engineering) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He is Lead Servant of Proclaiming the Word Ministries (www.proclaimingtheword.com) and Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church, McKinney, TX (www.firstmckinney.com). Leroy has been teaching in the Perspectives Movement since 2007. Leroy served as a Senior Pastor for 13 years. He was Director of the International Conference on Expository Preaching, sponsored annually by E. K. Bailey Ministries, Inc. for 5 years. He also owns Charis Communications, LLC, an umbrella business focused on acquiring income producing assets.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 9, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Ryan Wayson

      Heart of God Ministries, Hurst TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 16, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Brian Fisher

      Grace Bible Church, College Station TX

      Since 2004, Brian Fisher has served as the Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in College Station, TX, a multi-site church of over 4,000 worshippers located near the Texas A&M University Campus. Each week Brian preaches to a congregation of 2,500, half of whom are college students. Prior to serving as Senior Pastor, Brian led the college ministry from 1998-2004, overseeing the growth of the ministry from 200 to 1,500 students. He holds a Master of Theology degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, along with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from Texas A&M. Brian and his wife Tristie have been joyfully married since 1996 and are the proud parents of two children, Benjamin and AnnaJoy.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 23, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      David Smithers

      Awake and Go , Chino CA

      David Smithers is the founder of "Awake and Go Global Prayer Network", which is designed to call this generation to watch, pray and prepare for a genuine Christ centered Revival and Global Awakening. He has been a student of Church History for the past twenty five years and never wearies of bringing the stories of the past to life for a new generation through his writings and teaching. In addition to writing, traveling and speaking frequently, David is also the father of five. David and his wife Lucretia are based in Southern California and regularly minister in the areas of Prayer, Revival and Missions History Seminars, Perspectives Classes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 2, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up and studied in Arkansas, earning a degree in history. For the past 7 years he has served with The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. Hudson has taught over 40,000 college students at universities in 49 states and 3 countries, encouraging them with God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up and studied in Arkansas, earning a degree in history. For the past 7 years he has served with The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. Hudson has taught over 40,000 college students at universities in 49 states and 3 countries, encouraging them with God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 9, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Leroy Armstrong

      Proclaiming the Word Ministries, Mckinney TX

      Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr. is a native of Kansas City, MO and resides in the Dallas area with his wife Genena and family. Leroy holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B. S. Electrical Engineering) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He is Lead Servant of Proclaiming the Word Ministries (www.proclaimingtheword.com) and Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church, McKinney, TX (www.firstmckinney.com). Leroy has been teaching in the Perspectives Movement since 2007. Leroy served as a Senior Pastor for 13 years. He was Director of the International Conference on Expository Preaching, sponsored annually by E. K. Bailey Ministries, Inc. for 5 years. He also owns Charis Communications, LLC, an umbrella business focused on acquiring income producing assets.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 23, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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.

    • Instructor

      John Parsons

      Arlington TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      William Taylor

      Mission Commission, WEA; TaylorGlobalConsult, Austin TX

      BRIEF BIO ON WILLIAM (BILL) TAYLOR William D. Taylor, Ph.D., TaylorGlobalConsult, President WEA Mission Commission, Senior Mentor www.taylorglobalconsult.org www.worldevangelicals.org/commissions Bill Taylor, a (TCP: third culture person), was born in Costa Rica of missionary parents and has lived 30 years in Latin America. He went to the USA for his senior year of high school, and returned to Latin America after college, seminary and graduate school (Moody Bible Institute, diploma; North Texas University, BA; Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M.; University of Texas, Austin--Ph.D. in Latin American studies). He is a former Texas staff member of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. From 1968-1985 Bill and his artist wife, Yvonne served 17 years in Guatemala (where their three children were born) in leadership development, theological education and church planting. Bill and Yvonne have three married adult children and seven grand children. He continues as a visiting professor in seminaries (Seminario Teológico Centroamericano, Trinity School of Ministry, Columbia International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and missionary training in other nations. From 1986-2006 he served as Executive Director of the Mission Commission of World Evangelical Alliance and now served as MC Senior Mentor. He also coordinates the MC publication program and edited the MC journal, Connections. He is a writer and editor of a number of mission publications in English and Spanish. His publications include Global Mission Handbook: A Guide to Cross-cultural Mission (with Steve Hoke), 2009; lead editor of Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom, 2012; Misiones Mundiales, CLASE-SETECA, 2013. As founder and president of TaylorGlobalConsult, Bill now invests much of his time in selective mentoring-apprenticing of key leaders, consulting with agencies, schools, churches and business-as-mission ventures, speaking, teaching, and writing to address key issues of our world today. Yvonne DeAcutis Taylor is a native-born Texan from Dallas. With a university degree in liberal arts/music from the University of North Texas, she is Bill’s full partner serving him as a critical thinker and sounding board, editing his writings, and ministering with him locally and internationally. She and Bill are patrons of the arts and she is an accomplished classical pianist; they enjoy Irish dancing, all things Italian, reading, and photography. She also cherishes her role as a mother and grandmother and being able to serve/love/pray for her family. She is an intercessor and woman of wisdom. Finding themselves in a later stage of life, Bill and Yvonne desire to serve and strengthen Christ’s global Church, locally and globally, and to finish their own race with faithfulness and integrity. For more information see http://taylorglobalconsult.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 6, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Jimmy Dorrell

      Mission Waco Mission World, Waco TX

      Moved into an low-income neighborhood in Waco, TX, in 1978, and founded Mission Waco, a large urban Christian community development organization with 24 programs and 70 staff. We work among the addicted, unemployed, homeless, sick, illiterate and unchurched. In 1992, Church Under the Bridge was established as an outdoor church meeting under the Interstate 35 and S. 4th Street underpass. As pastor, we now have 300 very diverse attendees. I teach Christian community development and world missions classes at Truett Seminary (Baylor Univ), and have written three books, including "Dead Church Walking," "Trolls and Truth" and "Plunge2Poverty." We continue to work in Haiti, India, and MxCity. Janet and I have been married 34 years and have four children (one deceased).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Carol Davis

      LeafLine Initiatives, Glendora CA

      As co-founder of Global Spectrum and Executive Director of LeafLine Initiatives, Carol pioneers pathways to the future, which keep her on "the grow" and usually in hot water. She is a sought after speaker for her futuristic perspectives and strategic insights. Carol can often be found presenting in Perspectives classes around the world. Having served on church staffs for nearly 30 years, and now as a consultant, she continues to catalyze new initiatives; consults and mentors pastors, marketplace professionals, global strategists, field teams and their organizations, and the next generation. When she's not working, she's lovin' on her grandkids

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 20, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Joel Mathai

      Christar, College Station TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 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

      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have four children: Camden, Brody, Axel and Quincy.

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      Date: Monday, May 4, 2015

      Time: 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

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