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Perspectives is an intense 15-week course about God, His glory, & His unfolding purposes for the people and nations of the earth. More than a class, Perspectives causes participants to evaluate how God wants to thread them into His plans for the world. It will ruin you for the ordinary.


Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional, or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. 


Perspectives Celebration, FL

Sundays 6:00-9:00pm

August 20th - December 10th

Celebration Community Church, 501 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747


The course may be taken at one of three levels:


Key Reading: $285, weekly reading, three personal responses


Certificate (recommended level): $285, weekly reading with questions, three personal responses, integrative project


Credit: Students may take Perspectives for credit through one of two programs:

Trinity International University: $550, 3 credit hours, weekly reading and questions, integrative project and two exams. High school students may not earn credits through TIU.


Excelsior College: $550, 3 credit hours, weekly reading and questions, integrative project and two exams. High school students may earn credits through Excelsior.


If you would like to purchase the Kindle version of the combined Perspectives Reader/Study Guide textbooks, you can preview and/or download (and pay for) your Kindle version here. The normal course fee includes a hard copy for the texts, so if you only want the Kindle version, take the Textbook Discount when making your payment during registration.

 

Other available discounts: 


Early Bird - $40 off when you register by August 1, 2017


Family Member - $50 off when family members register together


Ministry - $50 off for those in full-time ministry


The first three weeks are free, so bring your friends! Please register as “first night free” so we can be expecting you.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Celebration Community Church 501 Celebration Place Celebration FL 34747

Contact: Mason Martin

(407) 399-6028

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation night

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee loves to see people flourish in their God given gifts! She has been multiplying global disciples using Perspectives since 1991, running classes in Orlando while her husband, Scott, earned his MDiv. Then Sundee led Washington Baltimore Center for World Mission, preparing over a dozen teams each year to run both Perspectives and Encountering the World of Islam courses. Sundee is now serving the Perspectives National Office as Director of Training. Sundee was discipled in Young Life, which accounts for her great sense of humor and adventure! She and her husband Scott have 3 children, and live in Orlando. Her husband serves Third Millenium Ministries as their Director of Curriculum Development.


    • Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017

      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.

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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017

      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.

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      David Bridgman

      Presbyterian Frontier fellowship, Orlando FL

      Rev. Dr. David Bridgman is former Associate Director for Presbyterian Frontier Fellowship, now living in Orlando, Florida. He now directs China Minorities Ministry amd travels frequently to China on behalf of evangelism and church planting among China's 55 Minority People Groups, especially in Yunnan Province. "For every people, an indigenous church; for every church, a mission vision."

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017

      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

      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: Sunday, September 10, 2017

      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

      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: Sunday, September 17, 2017

      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

      Kathleen Peterson

      Aaron & Hur Interational Ministries, Titusville FL

      Kathleen is the founder and director of Aaron & Hur International Ministries: A ministry to strengthen, equip and restore church leaders. She is the daughter and granddaughter of pioneer missionaries. Today she works in Latinamerica, most extensively in Cuba and in Panama.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017

      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

      Jennifer Webster

      Winter Park FL

      Jennifer Webster grew up in Florida where her love of reading and studying developed her heart for history, cultures and the world. She took Perspectives in 2011 where God used Lesson 6 powerfully to guide her steps. She received her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology and Theatre Studies from the University of Central Florida in 2012 and is currently studying for her Masters in Church History from the University of Nottingham. Over the years, her passion for the Lord and His Name led her to work with unreached people groups locally, do a 3-month mission to North Africa, and help mobilize others by being on several Perspectives coordinating teams. She has a passion for showing others the importance of “hindsight” so that we might see God’s glory and amazing purposes unfold before our eyes as we study history.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 1, 2017

      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

      Kendi Howells Douglas

      Kissimmee FL

      Dr. KENDI HOWELLS DOUGLAS Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Dr. Howells Douglas was the Professor of Cross Cultural Ministry at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI for 15 years. And Is now the Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Her passion is in the area of urban mission and her dissertation was on the history of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the cities of North America. She enjoys research in other areas as well including: women in missions, postmodernism and culture, mission history, and mission biographies. Dr. Howells Douglas served as the associate editor of New Urban World Journal, and co-editor of a new book series entitled Urban Missiology in the 21st Century, and the urban editor of a new Biblical commentary series entitled, The Polis Commentary. Her hobbies include all types of music, reading (her favorite authors being Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Stanley Hauerwas, Ruth Tucker, and Eugene Peterson), a founding member of International Society of Urban Missiology and member of Evangelicals for Social Action and the American Society of Missiology, involvement in Habitat for Humanity, as well as traveling and visiting several urban partners all over the world, and learning continually from her 15 year old son, Truman. A.A., 1989, Minnesota Bible College B.A., Music, 1992, Minnesota Bible College M.Div., 1996, Emmanuel School of Religion D.Miss., 2004, Asbury Theological Seminary

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

      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

      Kendi Howells Douglas

      Kissimmee FL

      Dr. KENDI HOWELLS DOUGLAS Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Dr. Howells Douglas was the Professor of Cross Cultural Ministry at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI for 15 years. And Is now the Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Her passion is in the area of urban mission and her dissertation was on the history of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the cities of North America. She enjoys research in other areas as well including: women in missions, postmodernism and culture, mission history, and mission biographies. Dr. Howells Douglas served as the associate editor of New Urban World Journal, and co-editor of a new book series entitled Urban Missiology in the 21st Century, and the urban editor of a new Biblical commentary series entitled, The Polis Commentary. Her hobbies include all types of music, reading (her favorite authors being Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Stanley Hauerwas, Ruth Tucker, and Eugene Peterson), a founding member of International Society of Urban Missiology and member of Evangelicals for Social Action and the American Society of Missiology, involvement in Habitat for Humanity, as well as traveling and visiting several urban partners all over the world, and learning continually from her 15 year old son, Truman. A.A., 1989, Minnesota Bible College B.A., Music, 1992, Minnesota Bible College M.Div., 1996, Emmanuel School of Religion D.Miss., 2004, Asbury Theological Seminary

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

      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

      Bonnie Nystrom

      Seminole FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Dave Daggett

      Orlando FL

      My wife Ivette and I served 15 years as church planters in the Philippines with the International Missions Board from 2000-2015.We worked to facilitate a church planting movement among both Hearing and Deaf Filipinos. During that time the Lord blessed our efforts with 5 Hearing churches and 5 Deaf churches. We continue to mentor the church leaders weekly through the internet.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017

      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

      Julie C

      Pioneers, Orlando FL

      After graduating from college Julie moved to Asia to work with Hindus. During her three years there she was actively involved in evangelism, contextualization, discipleship and church planting. After returning to the US she joined staff with Pioneers as a recruitment coordinator. Her job is now to travel around the US to educate people about mission and how they can be involved.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017

      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

      Brad Ward

      ECHO, Fort Myers FL

      Brad serves as an agriculture development adviser and directs the Latin America/Caribbean region for ECHO, a Christian organization dedicated to fighting hunger by sharing innovative and sustainable agriculture practices to missionaries and development workers in the majority world. Before coming to ECHO in 2012 Brad, along with his family lived and worked as community development/agriculture missionaries in rural Honduras.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017

      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

      Ted Esler

      Missio Nexus, Orlando 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: Sunday, November 19, 2017

      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

      Bruce L.

      Ocala FL

      Lived with wife and children as pioneer church planters and disciple makers in Central Asia for five years. Also worked in strategic research for Central Asia's 371 unreached people groups. Currently living in Florida.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

      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

      Robert Leatherwood

      Global Quest Minisistry, Tampa FL

      About the instructor: Robert is the president of GlobalQuestSeminars.com - a one day seminar that gives a complete overview of Perspectives curriculum with creative handsigns. and also teaches seminars for Walk Thru the Bible and the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement study course. He brings two decades of teaching experience and has taught over 100 seminars. He is a full-time Missions Mobilizer, who also serves as the Southeast Area Director for International Cooperating Ministries (ICM). Audiences everywhere have enjoyed his humor and insight.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

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      Date: Sunday, October 29, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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