Orlando, FL    Spring 2016
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Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Orlando Grace Church 872 Maitland Ave Altamonte Springs FL 32701

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Course overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      John Matthews

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      John Matthews serves as a Summer Ministries Coordinator at Pioneers, a missionary sending agency that focuses on planting churches among the unreached. In 2009, while a business student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), John spent a summer exploring business as mission with a Pioneers missionary in the Middle East. This experience confirmed his desire to serve God in full-time ministry. In 2011, John joined Pioneers. His primary role is mentoring, equipping, and mobilizing college students to serve among the unreached.


    • Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Ted Esler

      Missio Nexus, St. Cloud FL

      Ted Esler is the President of Missio Nexus, an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 Great Commission workers worldwide. A Minnesota native, Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990’s. He is the author of the book, "Overwhelming Minority," about their family's ministry in Bosnia. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join Pioneers USA’s leadership team. He was appointed the President of Missio Nexus in 2015. Ted has BS in Computer Science and Speech Communication (Mankato State University, 1985), an MTS in Theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a PhD in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012). Ted is married to Annette and they have five children. Ted loves sailing, Crossfit, bikes, plays bass, and enjoys eating ethnic foods from around the world. Ted is a part of a church planting network in Orlando called "The Living Room," and serves as a board member for a couple of ministry organizations.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Ruth Hubbard

      InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (USA), Madison WI

      Ruth serves as the Director of Urbana with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. One of the largest student missions conferences in the world, Urbana is a catalytic event bringing together a diverse mix of college and graduate students, faculty, recent grads, pastors, church and ministry leaders, missions organizations and schools. God has used Urbana to challenge nearly 300,000 participants with their responsibility and privilege in global missions. In August 2016, Ruth transitioned to this from her role as an executive leader with Wycliffe Bible Translators with whom she served for 14+ years.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Scott Simmons

      Third Millennium Ministries, Winter Park FL

      Scott Simmons is currently the Director of Professor Relations for Third Millennium Ministries, a ministry designed to provide theological education to church leaders around the world for free. Scott is in charge of adding video content from seminary professors and pastors around the world into our free, online curriculum. Before this, Scott was the minister of missions and spiritual formation at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, where he oversaw global church planting partnerships and local evangelism and mercy ministries. Scott is the husband of one and father of three and he loves nature and wildlife photography, jazz and folk music, movies and a good book.

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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).

    • Instructor

      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, 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.

    • Instructor

      Alfonso Galeano

      Centro Internacional de la Familia, Orlando FL

      Pastor Alfonso Galeano was born in Bogota, Colombia. He has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor and a missionary church planter in Costa Rica. After serving in Costa Rica for ten years, he returned to Orlando to continue working with the Hispanic community. He continues to oversee CFC Costa Rica, its counseling center and bible institute. He is currently serving as associate pastor at the International Family Center church (Centro Internacional de la Familia). He travels internationally to oversee mission’s projects in Latin America and Europe and lives in Orlando with his wife Priscila and their three children.

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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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    • 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.

    • Instructor

      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      Joe has been with Pioneers for 15 years. Previously., he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016

      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

      Theresa

      Cru - StoryRunners, Orlando FL

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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.

    • Instructor

      John Matthews

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      John Matthews serves as a Summer Ministries Coordinator at Pioneers, a missionary sending agency that focuses on planting churches among the unreached. In 2009, while a business student at the University of Central Florida (UCF), John spent a summer exploring business as mission with a Pioneers missionary in the Middle East. This experience confirmed his desire to serve God in full-time ministry. In 2011, John joined Pioneers. His primary role is mentoring, equipping, and mobilizing college students to serve among the unreached.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 15, 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.

    • Instructor

      Don

      World Team, Orlando FL

      Canadian-born, Don received Christ at a YFC rally in 1952 and later graduated from Prairie Bible Institute and Wycliffe's SIL course. From 1962-1977 Don and his late wife, Carol Joy [Soderstrom], an RN, served in Irian Jaya (now Papua, Indonesia) among the Sawi, a Stone-Age cannibal-headhunter tribe. After Don designed a Sawi alphabet, he and Carol taught literacy, planted churches, healed the sick and translated the New Testament. More than half the tribe came to Christ. Author of six books, including "Peace Child" and "Eternity in Their Hearts," Don holds an honorary doctorate from Biola University. He represents World Team at missions conferences and in churches, teaches seminars, and lectures for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 17 months after his late wife's passing, Don wed Carol Joyce Abraham, who now serves with him in ministry by speaking to women's groups, singing solos, mentoring, and providing hospitality.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 22, 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.

    • Instructor

      JC

      TEAM, Tavares FL

      JC was born to a Cuban immigrant family, and grew up learning Spanish and English in a multi-cultural setting. He came to Christ as a teenager, quickly sensing God’s call to work among unreached peoples. JC worked for 29 years in Southeast Asia, Central Asia, and Europe: focused on evangelism and church planting, first directing a language institute in Central Asia, later leading a cross-cultural training program in Spain, preparing Latino and Iberians for service among Muslims. JC earned a MA in Islamic Studies from the University of Edinburgh. He has written articles on Islamic literature, and history, ministry to Muslims, and has authored numerous discipleship curricula. He is an accomplished lecturer, teaching world-wide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Phillip Sandahl

      Global Opportunities, Lehigh Acres FL

      Operations Director of GLOBAL Opportunities brings skills and enthusiasm for marketing, research, website development, organizing, staff development integrating work & faith, and Business as Mission. He uses a multi-discipline approach to building the Kingdom by helping people develop and reach their God-given potential. Experienced in both the for-profit and the non-profit sectors, his strengths include building multi-cultural teams and inter-organization collaboration.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 5, 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.

    • Instructor

      Keith Seabourn

      Cru, Orlando FL

      Keith currently serves with Global Church Movements as the Director of Field Strategies, giving leadership to the training process, engaging digital and mobile technologies, and developing measurement systems and processes. Joining Campus Crusade for Christ 39 years ago, Keith first served in Nigeria teaching electronics and discipling students, then training churches and recording the Jesus film in West African languages. Returning to the US, he served with the ministry to university professors, especially developing websites presenting a biblical worldview by renowned scholars to help disciple students during their university years on secular campuses. Pursuing his passion for using technology in ministry, Keith served for 12 years as the Chief Technology Officer implementing digital strategies and developing technology leaders. Keith and his wife Kay reside in Orlando, Florida. They have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 12, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve and Arlene

      Pioneers, Orlando FL

      Steve Richardson grew up in Indonesia where his parents served in a jungle tribe. Their family story is told in his father’s missionary classic, Peace Child. Steve and his wife Arlene led a network of church planting teams in Southeast Asia before he became President of Pioneers USA in 1999. Pioneers is based in Orlando and has grown into a leading international mission organization with 3,000 members who are impacting over 500 unreached people groups. The Richardsons live in Orlando and are blessed with four daughters and eight grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 19, 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.

    • Instructor

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee Simmons currently serves as Associate Director of Perspectives Global. Sundee has been serving the Perspectives program since 1991. She has served as a volunteer coordinator, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, East Coast Regional Administrator and the Director of Training for Perspectives USA before joining the Perspectives Global Team. Sundee Simmons is a wife and mother of 3 children, Nathan (1996), Emily (1998) and Julianna (2005). Her husband, Scott, is a ordained PCA Pastor serving Third Millennium Ministries as the Director of Instructor Relations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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