Orlando-UCF, FL    Fall 2016
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Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Location: Blanchard Park YMCA 10501 Jay Blanchard Trail Orlando FL 32817

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    • Registration & Orientation

      Course Overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Christopher Deckert

      JESUS Film - Cru, Orlando FL

      Chris works with The JESUS Film Project, a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. He has been working in the field of missions research and mapping of languages and people groups for 20 years. Chris has shared the story of the unfinished task at conferences around the globe and helps coordinate the World Missions Atlas Project (www.worldmap.org).


    • Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up in Arkansas, and earned a degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the Director of Operations for The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. During his time on staff, he has traveled to 49 states and 3 countries and spoken to over 40,000 college students, sharing God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      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 4, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Mo Leverett

      Rebirth Int'l, Jacksonville FL

      Rebirth Int'l is an emerging urban ministry with a global vision. Founder and president Mo Leverett brings 20 years experience in urban community revitalization in the Desire Housing Project of the Upper Ninth Ward. His perspective, enduring vision, and unique ministry model inspire innovation around the country. Mo’s teaching is the outgrowth of his many experiences and reflections as he lived out incarnational ministry principles in one of the most challenged urban communities in the U.S. Mo has been featured in Christianity Today, World Magazine, CCM and many other publications. He has been featured on the 700 Club and is the recipient of many awards including The Angel Award.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Gary Peterson

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Kangaroo Ground, VIC Not in USA

      I am passionate about God and His mission. I love to inform and inspire the Church so that His people get involved in His mission. I have been a Mobilizer with Wycliffe in the US, Australia, New Zealand and Kenya, in support of Bible Translation initiatives and world missions. Currently I'm the Victoria State director for Wycliffe Australia in Melbourne, Victoria. I'm involved with engaging the Christian community here with God's heart for the World, from kids through to adults. I'm known as "The Storyteller". I love recounting what God has done, is doing and anticipating our Creator's exciting next steps.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Brian Moore

      Orlando FL

      Brian took the perspectives class for the first time with his wife, Wendy, in Iowa City in 2007. That experience profoundly and permanently changed how they pray for and give to world missions, and it strongly influenced how freely people are welcomed into their home. As a faculty member at University of Central Florida, Brian has many opportunities to share the love of Christ with students, especially foreign nationals, and he is currently the chair for the missions team at University Presbyterian Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Francis Patt

      Frontier Ventures, Exton PA

      Graduated from Penn State in 1974 with a degree in History. Graduate work at Penn State in Public Administration 1976-7. Helped to coordinate the first Perspectives class at Penn State in 1980. Began hosting and coordinating Perspectives classes in 1984. Have coordinated at least 100 classes. Joined the staff of Frontier Ventures (formerly the USCWM) in 1981. Regional director of Eastern Regional Office of Frontier Ventures 1988-2017. Church elder for 15 years. Part of leadership for church planting teams 1998-2004. Training workers to serve on Muslim fields 2004 to present. Chairman of the Board and CEO of Frontier Ventures 2016. Appointed CEO of Frontier Ventures January 2017. Operations Director, Frontier Ventures January 2019.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 2, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Lesson 7 Video Instruction

      Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho (pictured) and Andrew Pearce

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 9, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Adam Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Adam was transformed by Perspectives in 2005. More than a missions course, this class was discipleship into God's Kingdom purposes - and the best premarital counseling they had. Adam and his wife Melissa were married that summer and joined with Frontier Ventures (from the legacy of the US Center for World Mission), where they have been on staff since. He currently co-directs the Southeast region of Perspectives with Melissa. Adam and Melissa are passionate about people understanding and living out God's global purposes. More at staff.frontierventures.org/hoffman

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 23, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Culture Game Activity

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 30, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 3:30 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

      Julie C

      Pioneers, Orlando FL

      While pursuing her degree, God grew Julie’s heart for missions among people who have little or no access to the gospel. Before even going on a short-term mission trip Julie made a three-year commitment to church planting in South Asia. She loved those years, but afterward God led her to work at Pioneers in Orlando. After four years on the mobilization team, now she serves as a pre-field coach, helping people move into cross-cultural, church-planting ministry with unreached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Mike Rufo

      Pioneers, Manlius NY

      Mike and Dorene recently sold the company they founded and operated for 17 years and now serve with the Pioneers Orlando Base. Mike is the assistant to the president for marketplace ministries. Marketplace ministries includes equipping and assisting missionaries in starting and operating businesses; and mobilizing and equiping professionals to participate in the great commission while working as an expat in a full time position.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      Bekele Shanko

      Cru, Global Church Movements, Orlando FL

      At 19, Bekele led the MIS Dept for the National HIV/AIDS Control Program under the Ethiopian Ministry of Health. In 1993, Bekele accepted God’s call for service with Campus Crusade for Christ in Ethiopia. Since then he has served Campus Crusade for Christ, including Ethiopia’s national director for Ethiopia, regional director for Southern and Eastern Africa (23 countries); and now, Global VP, responsible for Global Church Movements, building multiplying movements of churches and faith communities. Bekele’s mission: “To serve the purpose of God in my generation by empowering the Body of Christ for world evangelization that results in holistic transformation of humanity.” Bekele and his wife, Shewa and their 6 children live in Orlando.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 20, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      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: Sunday, December 4, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 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

      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.

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      Date: Sunday, December 11, 2016

      Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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