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You Were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!


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. 




Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 27, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Acts Church 300 S 13th Street Waco TX 76701

Contact: Katy White

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      You Were "Made for More"!

      Registration & Orientation

    • 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.


    • Date: Sunday, August 27, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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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.

    • Instructor

      Michael Stroope

      Baylor University, Waco TX

      After 20 years of service overseas in various capacities, Mike joined the faculty of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University where he has taught classes in mission history, theology, principles and strategy for the past 11 years. He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.

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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

      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: 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

      Robbi Francovich

      University of Texas Baptist Student Ministry, Austin TX

      Dr. Robbi Francovich is privileged to hang out with the nations as a Cross Cultural Specialist for the Baptist Student Ministry at the University of Texas. She also teachs Missions and Cross Cultural Ministry as an adjunct at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor. Robbi and her husband James lived among the Banjara Gypsies in Hyderabad, India for ten years. She has been a campus minister at Texas Tech University, Angelo State University, and City University in Hong Kong. As a missionary and traveller to forty nations, she is a life-long learner of the cultures and peoples of the world. Her passion is to nurture the calling and vocation of the Next Generation.

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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

      John Oh

      Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, McKinney TX



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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

      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Global Perspectives Movement, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for 25 years as a local class coordinator, regional director, instructor, author and Perspectives Global trainer. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and numerous short-term trips into over 35 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 1, 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

      Rebekah P

      Cafe 1040, Lewisville TX

      Rebekah graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in International Development and spent 7 years serving with a children's advocacy organization in north and central Texas. She has a passion for the Name of Jesus and for the unreached, and she joyfully works for Cafe 1040 as a Student Mobilizer. She loves to encourage the church toward the mission of God, connect with internationals, and mentor young women and college students. She has studied in Italy and been on short-term mission to central China and southeast Asia. She loves Perspectives and is grateful to be able to share the course with others!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 8, 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

      Rebekah P

      Cafe 1040, Lewisville TX

      Rebekah graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in International Development and spent 7 years serving with a children's advocacy organization in north and central Texas. She has a passion for the Name of Jesus and for the unreached, and she joyfully works for Cafe 1040 as a Student Mobilizer. She loves to encourage the church toward the mission of God, connect with internationals, and mentor young women and college students. She has studied in Italy and been on short-term mission to central China and southeast Asia. She loves Perspectives and is grateful to be able to share the course with others!

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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

      Justin Schell

      Pioneers / The Lausanne Movement, Tulsa OK

      Justin is passionate about doing whatever he can to see the Great Commission fulfilled. He mobilized with The Traveling Team for 5 years. He studied missiology and global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and global leadership and business at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. He has been a part of a church planting team in North Africa. He is on staff with PIONEERS, speaking at mission classes and conference, and coaching churches in their missional engagement. However, he spends most of his time on-loan as the Director of Executive Projects for The Lausanne Movement, creating and catalyzing initiatives to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission. Areas of interest/expertise include Reaching Muslims, Church Planting, Global Christianity, Biblical Theology, Church Mission Strategy, Global Partnership, Theological Education, Business as Mission, and Mobilization. He is husband of Megan and papa of Henry and Evie.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 15, 2017

      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

      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.

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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

      William Taylor

      Mission Commission, WEA; TaylorGlobalConsult, Austin TX

      BRIEF BIO ON WILLIAM (BILL) TAYLOR William D. Taylor, Ph.D., TaylorGlobalConsult, President WEA Mission Commission, Senior Mentor www.taylorglobalconsult.org www.worldevangelicals.org/commissions Bill Taylor, a (TCP: third culture person), was born in Costa Rica of missionary parents and has lived 30 years in Latin America. He went to the USA for his senior year of high school, and returned to Latin America after college, seminary and graduate school (Moody Bible Institute, diploma; North Texas University, BA; Dallas Theological Seminary, Th.M.; University of Texas, Austin--Ph.D. in Latin American studies). He is a former Texas staff member of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship. From 1968-1985 Bill and his artist wife, Yvonne served 17 years in Guatemala (where their three children were born) in leadership development, theological education and church planting. Bill and Yvonne have three married adult children and seven grand children. He continues as a visiting professor in seminaries (Seminario Teológico Centroamericano, Trinity School of Ministry, Columbia International University, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and missionary training in other nations. From 1986-2006 he served as Executive Director of the Mission Commission of World Evangelical Alliance and now served as MC Senior Mentor. He also coordinates the MC publication program and edited the MC journal, Connections. He is a writer and editor of a number of mission publications in English and Spanish. His publications include Global Mission Handbook: A Guide to Cross-cultural Mission (with Steve Hoke), 2009; lead editor of Sorrow and Blood: Christian Mission in Contexts of Suffering, Persecution and Martyrdom, 2012; Misiones Mundiales, CLASE-SETECA, 2013. As founder and president of TaylorGlobalConsult, Bill now invests much of his time in selective mentoring-apprenticing of key leaders, consulting with agencies, schools, churches and business-as-mission ventures, speaking, teaching, and writing to address key issues of our world today. Yvonne DeAcutis Taylor is a native-born Texan from Dallas. With a university degree in liberal arts/music from the University of North Texas, she is Bill’s full partner serving him as a critical thinker and sounding board, editing his writings, and ministering with him locally and internationally. She and Bill are patrons of the arts and she is an accomplished classical pianist; they enjoy Irish dancing, all things Italian, reading, and photography. She also cherishes her role as a mother and grandmother and being able to serve/love/pray for her family. She is an intercessor and woman of wisdom. Finding themselves in a later stage of life, Bill and Yvonne desire to serve and strengthen Christ’s global Church, locally and globally, and to finish their own race with faithfulness and integrity. For more information see http://taylorglobalconsult.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 29, 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

      Jimmy Dorrell

      Mission Waco Mission World, 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 70 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 40 years and have four children (one deceased).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 5, 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

      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 12, 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

      Kent Parks

      Beyond. Formerly "Act Beyond" and "Mission to Unreached Peoples", Plano TX

      http://beyond.org/president/ Kent Parks is President and CEO of Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & "Mission to Unreached Peoples"). See beyond.org for a powerful video. This mission sending organization is focused on launching Disciple-Making Movements (also called Church Planting Movements) among the Unreached People Groups of the world. This 29% of the world does not have even access to witness of word or deed about Jesus in any kind within their culture. Act Beyond is focused on global collaboration to change this spiritual injustice. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Muslims in Asia for 20 years. They continue to lead regular Disciple-Making Movement trainings around the world. He continues to occasionally teach graduate courses in mission strategy. Previously, he coordinated outreach strategies for Unreached People Groups, and developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. Kent also pastored in Texas for 7 years before going to the mission field. He has been a seminary professor, the academic dean of a seminary and has taught internationally in a graduate school. Kent is Co-Facilitator for the Ethne (a global network of UPG-focused leaders; is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and is Senior Assoc. for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 26, 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

      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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      Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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