Huntsville, AL    Spring 2016
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Huntsville Perspectives is a 16-week discipleship course that changes the way you view the world. It's a course in which 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 Him. Whether single, married, student, homemaker, professional, retired, you will explore God's heart for every tribe, tongue, and language He created.

After this course, your life will never be the same!


When: Tuesdays, 6-9pm (Jan 26—May 10)

Where: Summit Crossing Community Church

7200 Governors West, Huntsville, AL 35806


Key Class Dates:

Informational Meeting and Registration: Tuesday, January 26 at 6pm

First Class: Tuesday, February 2


Cost: $260 for Certificate / $500 for Credit* (includes reader and study guide)

Early Bird Discount: Register before February 1 to receive $30 off!

Family Member Discount: When one family member pays full price, any additional family members receive $75 off!

eReader Book Discount: Buy the Kindle Reader and Study Guide from Amazon and receive $30 off!

Special Alumni Pricing: Alumni can experience Perspectives again for a heavily reduced rate!


The first two classes are FREE (Feb 2 and 9) so come check it out!

* College credit is available at the following levels: high school dual enrollment, undergraduate, and graduate. Please contact the class coordinator for additional information.

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Summit Crossing Community Church 7200 Governors West Huntsville AL 35806

Contact: Nathan Jewett

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Perspectives Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Nathan Jewett

      Huntsville Community of Hope, Huntsville AL

      Nathan Jewett is a follower of Christ, husband to Amber, and mobilizer for the nations. He studied Bible and Preaching in Dallas, TX before moving to Alabama in 2010 to pastor in the local church. His heart to see God's glory among all nations has taken him to Nicaragua, Panama, Rwanda, India, and Nepal. He now mobilizes through his work in the marketplace and advocates for social change around the issue of chronic homelessness in his local community, with the overall aim of seeing God's glory displayed among all peoples.


    • Date: Tuesday, January 26, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 9, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the North American Regional Leader for YWAM Frontier Missions and co-leads the YWAM base in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Janet. Mark and Janet started the base in January 2001 along with a small team all committed to reaching those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. They have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer along with 6 grandchildren. Mark has ministered in over 130 nations and he, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09. Mark is also the missions pastor at Redeemer Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Nathan J'Diim

      TOAG Internship and Frontiers, Tempe AZ

      Nathan J'Diim (pen name) is the Founder of TOAG (www.TOAG.net) and Consultant, Instructor and Coach for Frontiers (www.FrontiersUSA.org) in their Training department. TOAG is a year long after-hours internship preparing beautiful feet to serve in the Unreached World. Offered in cities across the US, TOAG has apprenticed hundreds of interns, many who serve or will soon serve the least reached world wide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Nathan Jewett

      Huntsville Community of Hope, Huntsville AL

      Nathan Jewett is a follower of Christ, husband to Amber, and mobilizer for the nations. He studied Bible and Preaching in Dallas, TX before moving to Alabama in 2010 to pastor in the local church. His heart to see God's glory among all nations has taken him to Nicaragua, Panama, Rwanda, India, and Nepal. He now mobilizes through his work in the marketplace and advocates for social change around the issue of chronic homelessness in his local community, with the overall aim of seeing God's glory displayed among all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Nathan Jewett

      Huntsville Community of Hope, Huntsville AL

      Nathan Jewett is a follower of Christ, husband to Amber, and mobilizer for the nations. He studied Bible and Preaching in Dallas, TX before moving to Alabama in 2010 to pastor in the local church. His heart to see God's glory among all nations has taken him to Nicaragua, Panama, Rwanda, India, and Nepal. He now mobilizes through his work in the marketplace and advocates for social change around the issue of chronic homelessness in his local community, with the overall aim of seeing God's glory displayed among all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Jack R.

      Parker CO

      With decades of pioneering experience in some of the world's most remote locations, Jack and his wife founded an INGO focused on impacting children in the Himalayas. With a strong emphasis on frontier mission strategy, Jack travels the world inspiring a new generation of mission enthusiasts to carry out Christ's commands with radical obedience. Thru aid & development work, the organization builds practical bridges into wide cross section of unreached people groups where they are able to exemplify the love of Christ."

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Steve Elworth

      Baton Rouge LA

      Steve serves at The Chapel on The Campus, a non-denominational church in Baton Rouge LA, as the Global Initiative Director. He helps lead the church in reaching the nations, both in Baton Rouge through International Ministry, and around the world through trips and partnerships. He and His wife Amber have a passion to see the church grasp and act on her God given opportunity and responsibility to make disciples of all nations. After pursuing going to the Muslim world themselves, God has had them stay in the states to help every follower of Jesus see that their lives have been bought and their redemption has been given not just for themselves, but so Jesus will be made known through every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      David Kaufmann

      City Church Network, Nashville TN

      David Kaufmann is the lead pastor of City Church Network. He is married to Rebekah, his high-school sweetheart, and has 4 amazing and wonderful children (William, Gracie, Belle, and Noah). His heart for church planting comes from over 10 years of prayer, experience, and study in the ministry. He first began as youth pastor in Huntsville, AL and then moved on to e3 Partners to become the International Director for Students. After traveling to 15 different countries spanning four years and training international leaders, David received a call to serve as a pastor with Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Antioch, TN. David planted City Church of Woodbine five years ago with a vision to birth a church planting movement in Nashville, TN that would successfully spread the gospel among all refugee and immigrant communities in the city. David’s hope is that someday Nashville will be known as a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). David is now leading a team of 9 Missionary families to plant churches among the most unreached people groups in Nashville, TN. In addition, he helps train church planters across the United States and India.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Tollie Meggs

      Out of the Boat Ministries, Tuscaloosa AL

      Founder of Out of the Boat Ministries where she is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Missions Mobilizer at Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa. Tollie leads retreats and conferences around the world, and has an ongoing counseling/teaching ministry to women in homeless shelters, helping them re-establish their lives. A passionate and gifted communicator, Tollie’s mission is: challenging and mobilizing followers of Christ to know Him more deeply and to make His glory known among the nations. She has a passion to help Christ followers discover their gifting and maximize their gifts, talents and life experience for the glory of God at home and abroad.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 19, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Jay

      24:14 Ministries, Hueytown AL

      Jay and his wife served as church planters to the north of Iran from 2001, and in 2008 assumed the role as team strategy leader for teams serving the north of Iran and Iranians working and living in the Middle East. Since 2012 he has served as CEO for 24:14 Ministries, and their ministry has expanded into Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Jillian Combs

      Pioneers, Adel IA

      Jillian serves at the US office for Pioneers. One of her passions is meeting and building relationships with new people. She enjoys traveling the US to meet young people and families who are interested in reaching the unreached with the Gospel through going, praying and giving. She and her husband Jared have a mutual love for college football and training for marathons!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Celebration

      Graduation and Commissioning

      Celebration

    • Instructor

      Bailey Vinson

      Madison AL

    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 10, 2016

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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