Frisco, TX    Spring 2016
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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 pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers 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. 

Many local churches have partnered together to bring Perspectives to the Frisco/North Plano area. Join people from all different local church communities for this amazing course!

                 

College / Seminary Credit Available
High School Dual Enrollment Credit Available




If you are a Perspectives alumni in the area and would like more information and would be interested in serving on the class's Coordinating Team, please contact us!

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Providence Church 5625 Preston Road Room: TBA Frisco TX 75034

Contact: Wil Norris

(469) 503-1152

 
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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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      Justin Schell

      Pioneers / The Lausanne Movement, Tulsa OK

      Justin is passionate about doing whatever he can to see the Great Commission fulfilled. He mobilized with The Traveling Team for 5 years. He studied missiology and global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and global leadership and business at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. He has been a part of a church planting team in North Africa. He is on staff with PIONEERS, speaking at mission classes and conference, and coaching churches in their missional engagement. However, he spends most of his time on-loan as the Director of Executive Projects for The Lausanne Movement, creating and catalyzing initiatives to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission. Areas of interest/expertise include Reaching Muslims, Church Planting, Global Christianity, Biblical Theology, Church Mission Strategy, Global Partnership, Theological Education, Business as Mission, and Mobilization. He is husband of Megan and papa of Henry and Evie.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 19, 2016

      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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      Vic Anderson

      Dallas Theological Seminary, Mesquite TX

      Dr. Vic's passion is helping others understand and communicate truth found in the Bible. This passion presently is channeled primarily through two organizations - Dallas Seminary and SIM. At the seminary, Vic serves as Department Chairman and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, teaching courses related to Spiritual Life and Preaching. With SIM, he continues his work in cross-cultural theological education, focusing primarily on developing church leaders for East Africa, especially Ethiopia. He helped establish a Bible College in Addis Ababa in the 1990's, and now, having finished 15 years of full time missionary service, he returns each summer to Ethiopia to teach for a couple of months. Vic has been teaching with Perspectives since 2007, and he finds great personal inspiration in the Story of God's Glory. He anticipates that students in every Perspectives class will be stunned as they are gripped by the Master's mission for His world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

      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.

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      jray

      The Abide Collective , Fayetteville AR

      Husband, father of four daughters, YWAMer, teaching elder, Seminary grad, director at The Abide Collective, any and all things outdoors. You can dig around for more at www.abidecollective.org and www.oliviasbasket.org/

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

      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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      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). Leroy has been teaching in the Perspectives Movement since 2007. Leroy has served in pastoral leadership roles in churches for 25 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 (https://chariscommunications.now.site/home).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

      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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      Karen Hatley

      Missional University, Dallas TX

      Karen's passion is helping others connect to God’s global mission. After working for a decade in the Texas public school system, she began to sense God's calling to full-time service among people with little access to the gospel. Karen & her husband responded by serving an unreached people group in the Middle East by helping birth strategic multi-denominational and multi-cultural partnerships. Karen also served as International Connections Leader for WorldconneX, as Director of Global Connections for Texas Baptists, and on the global support team of Beyond. She holds a PhD in leadership, an MDiv in Global Missions, and a Bachelors in Speech Communication. Dr. Hatley teaches part-time with Development Associates International (DAI) and International Partnering Associates (IPA). Karen & her husband are retiring in 2022 & being called to a new full-time ministry. STAY TUNED!!!!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

      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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      Phillip Bleecker

      Mckinney TX

      Phillip Bleecker has been involved in international and local ministry for 20 years. From short-to long-term mission trips, to living in Asia, to working with the homeless in his city, he has seen and experienced the incredible grace God has for His people, and he wants to share that passion with other Christians. Phillip currently serves with yesHeis, a ministry that helps Christians share their faith online.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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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      David Jackett

      Sixteen:Fifteen, Lewisville TX

      After spending 10 years as a professional firefighter/EMT / Fire Marshal in Fort Worth, TX, David left the fire service for full-time vocational ministry. He currently serves as the Director of Operations at Sixteen:Fifteen. David has led more than a dozen trips to Central America doing evangelism, medical and orphan care, firefighter training and church planting. He has helped his church and others develop missionary training and equipping programs and he has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the US and Central America about God’s global mission with a great passion to mobilize the body of Christ to strategic engagement in God’s global purpose.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

      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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      Ron Wilson

      NEXT Worldwide, Roanoke TX

      Ron grew up in Charlotte, NC but has spent time serving churches as a Student Pastor in SC, LA and KY. He currently lives in Roanoke, TX with his wife and three children. He received his degree in Student Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, before finishing up a seminary degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ron now serves as the Director of Missions for NEXT Worldwide in Flower Mound, TX. He has led over 40 short-term mission trips to 10 countries sent out by NEXT both domestically and internationally. In addition to mobilizing and leading short-term teams, he is involved in training and equipping pastors and leaders in these countries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

      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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      Richard Gunasekera

      Online Perspectives Programs/Courses, La Mirada CA

      Richard is assoc dean and professor at Biola University CA and Faculty at Rice University, Houston, TX. Richard grew up in a Christian family in old Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). He earned his undergraduate degree and a doctorate in biochemical genetics at the Baylor University- Medical Center in Dallas. Richard has served Perspectives Since early 1990s as an instructor, Coordinator, the founding Director of Online PSP Programs and POR. He lives in the Houston, Texas area with his family; wife is an Anesthesiologist and they have two grown children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

      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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      John Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      John Zumwalt is the Cross Cultural Coach for the innovative organization, Outrageous Love. After serving as a missionary among the unreached Minnan he returned to America and for over 22 years served as the founder and Director of the Missionary Training Institute, Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. He has trained over 300 Career Missionaries. He has a Doctorate of Divinity from International University for Graduate Studies. John has authored the book, Passion for the Heart of God and travels widely, preaching and holding seminars, raising up activist to go to the ends of the earth. John and his wife, Jamie, also pastor a church in a “red light district” of Oklahoma City. They have five children, Jessica, Josiah, Jael, Jewel and James.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

      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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      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Healing Nations , Rye CO

      Shane helps Christians love Muslims and Muslims love Jesus. He has served in missions mobilization since 1987, recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey and he's lived among Muslim migrants in Europe. Shane writes a weekly email called Muslim Connect that helps Christians think about Muslims the way God does and love them like Jesus does. He works with Healing Nations and he and his family live in southern Colorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

      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.

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      Kyle Pierson

      East West Ministries, Lewisville TX

      Kyle grew up in Plano, Texas enjoying sports and academics. After finishing his degree at Texas State, He worked as a commercial real estate broker in Dallas for 7 years. During that time he volunteered in the inner city of Dallas and mentored college age and high school students. Although growing up in the church, Kyle became a Christian at 26 years old. In 2010 he took Perspectives On The World Christian Movement which had a significant impact on his view of God and the world we live in. Four months later Amy and Kyle moved to NYC to plant churches among the unreached Wolof of Senegal. They spent 3 years in Harlem and now work as the Diaspora Initiative Leaders for East West Ministries in Plano, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

      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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      Eric G.

      Beautiful Feet, Choctaw OK

      Eric Guthrie is the Executive Director of Beautiful Feet, a missionary mobilization, training and sending organization focused on the unreached. Eric has traveled to more than 35 countries and ministered among all of the major religious blocks. He has been involved with a church planting movement in India that has seen more than 750,000 people swept into the Kingdom in the past fifteen years. Eric has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Missiology at Fuller. He has been married for 31 years. In his free time, Eric enjoys reading, collecting comic books, playing guitar, and listening to the blues.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

      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.

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      Chad C Mason

      Mission TX

      Currently Chad is serving as the Pastor of Mobilization and Global Impact at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, TX. He and his wife have served as missionaries in Mexico and lead Short Term Teams all over the world. His passion to mobilize the church to the nations. He has been training church leaders around the globe in the 4 Fields Strategy for Church multiplication and Church Planting.

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      Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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