Houston, TX - West (Energy Corridor)    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 Houston area. Join people from all different local church communities for this amazing course!


College / Seminary Credit Available
High School Dual Enrollment Credit Available

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: BridgePoint Bible Church 13277 Katy Freeway Houston TX 77079

Contact: Sylvia Savage


    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

    • 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

      Jerrell Altic

      Houston's First Baptist Church, Houston TX


    • 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

      Ashley Bendickson

      Katy TX

      Ashley is the Lead Director of Junior High Ministry at Grace Fellowship. Ashley is most passionate about leading students to God's heart and launching them with God's heart into the World. God has been cultivating a heart for the Nations in Ashley for many years. After taking the Perspectives of The World Christian Movement course and spending time in the 10/40 window, that journey became clearly focused. For the past four years, she has been mobilizing students in joining God to reach the Unreached through globally minded missions and ministry.


    • 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

      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen & her husband have a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations. Together, they have a heart to see families live out their blessed lives and become a blessing to the nations as families. They seek to minister together as a couple and family whenever possible and have frequently traveled together as a family to live and minister overseas. David’s gift for leading worship and Colleen’s gift of teaching and heart for intercession have allowed them to minister together in various speaking roles.


    • 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

      Phil Luckett

      UnveilinGLORY, Coppell TX

      Most conversations with Phil at some point get around to football. That's because he is a recently retired referee for the National Football League. The NFL hired him in 1991 and in that capacity, he has officiated games from Tokyo to Europe. In 1997 he worked both the Super Bowl in New Orleans (Green Bay vs. New England) and the World Bowl in Barcelona, Spain (Barcelona vs. Frankfort). He brings this unique perspective to telling the world the story of God's Glory.


    • 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

      Saleim Kahleh

      SK ministries, Houston TX

      Saleim Kahleh ministers globally as an ordained minister through Lakewood Church [Houston, Texas]. He empowers youth to share their own faith through Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Campus Crusade for Christ, YWAM, Young Life and the Navigators. In addition, he shares his faith to college students on campuses such as Houston Baptist University, Penn State, Southern Illinois, Kansas State, Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Houston. He also leads chapel services for professional sports teams such as the Houston Rockets and the former Oilers. As a recognized speaker, he has spoken at Baptist State Evangelism Conferences in Alaska, North Carolina and Tennessee.


    • 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 Swanson

      College Station TX

      David is an avid storyteller. As a missions mobilizer he uses story to help people understand God’s global purpose and discover their place in that plan. David grew up as a missionary kid in Panama. A graduate of Texas A&M University, David currently works for his alma mater. He also serves as a volunteer with a campus ministry. He has helped lead short-term student ministry trips and has worked with churches and church-planting ministries in several countries around the world.


    • 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

      John Doe

      San Antonio TX


    • 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

      Keelan Cook

      Imago Dei Church, Wake Forest NC

      Keelan Cook is the Urban Resource Coordinator in the Center for Great Commission Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working on a PhD in Missiology at Southeastern. He spent time as a church planter in West Africa and doing ethno-graphic research in Washington, DC. Keelan is also one of the pastors at Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, NC.


    • 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


      Online Perspectives Courses, Missouri City TX

      Richard is professor and director of Biological Sciences at University of Houston-Victoria and Research Scientist at Rice University. He also is on faculty at several seminaries. Richard grew up in a Christian family in old Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), and was called to be a tent-making missionary in his teens. He earned his undergraduate degree at Baylor University, a master's degree and a doctorate in biochemical genetics while at the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. His area of research lies in Cancer Biology and Genetics. In his early training he went through a missionary internship at Houston Baptist University where he received a diploma in missiology while working as a missionary intern in Mexican churches. He has continued his theological training at Dallas Theological Seminary and has served as a local and foreign missionary. Dr. G serves Perspectives as the Director of Online Courses and POR. He lives in the Houston area in Texas with his family; wife Nisha an Anesthesiologist and children Charisa and Richard III.


    • 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


      McKinney TX



    • 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

      Robin Harris

      International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE), Dallas TX

      Dr. Robin Harris is the director of GIAL's Center for Excellence in World Arts (www.gial.edu/arts) and also serves as the president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). She co-edited "Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook" (William Carey Library, 2013) and speaks widely on the topic of arts and cross-cultural service.


    • 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, 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 40 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.


    • 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

      Guy Caskey

      Katy TX

      Guy is the founder of the M4 Network (see Mark 4:13) which is committed to a disciple making movement among unreached people groups and existing churches both locally and globally. Guy Caskey is married to his wife Kelli and has three children: Rachel, Candace and Besufekad. Guy is a catalyst, a church planter, and an equipper.


    • 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

      Jerry Squyres

      Innovative Mission Opportunities, Pearland TX

      Four years working with university students in Taiwan, Twenty plus years on church staff with emphasis on missions, Nineteen and a half years mobilizing short-term mission teams...last sixsteen years plus to closed countries/unreached people groups. Founded Innovative Mission Opportunities (www.imoi.org) in 1998. Founded Innovative Humanitarian Solutions (www.innovativehs.net) in 2002.


    • 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

      David Jackett

      Frontier Ventures / Perspectives Study Program, Flower Mound TX

      David spent 10 years as a firefighter/ EMT in the city of Fort Worth, TX. During that time he led over 10 trips to Central America doing evangelism, church planting & training firefighters. He now serves with Frontier Ventures as the Texas Regional Director for Perspectives, which educates, equips and mobilizes local churches and followers of Christ to "Get Threaded" into His story and take part in His global purposes.


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