Houston, TX - Willowbrook // S17    Spring 2017
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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 different local church communities for this amazing course!

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College / Seminary Credit Available
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**Students will need to work with school advisors to explore what 
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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Cy-Fair Christian Church 9730 Grant Road Houston TX 77070

Contact: Doris Scott

713-249-7311

 
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    • 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

      James Mason

      Frontier Ventures, Perspectives Study Program, Pasadena CA

      James served as a pastor for 12 years before responding to a growing passion to see God's glory established among all peoples on earth. He is now on staff with Frontier Ventures in Pasadena, CA where he serves as the US Director for the Perspectives Study Program. James has been married to his wife Kelly for 25 years and they have 3 precious children. Their passion is to help every person, every church, every denomination, and every missions organization find their most strategic place in the completion of the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

      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.

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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in various executive leadership roles in missions agencies for over 15 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague, is a graduate of Denver Seminary, and also has an MBA. He is a CPA and worked for IBM Corporation for nine years before going into full-time ministry.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 23, 2017

      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.

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      Christopher French

      Grace Presbyterian Church, Houston TX

      Currently, Chris serves as the Missional Living Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Houston, TX. He also serves as the Moderator of the local presbytery’s Ministry Partnership Team of the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians denomination. He received his Masters of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2005. He contributes much of his discipleship and development to a few congregations including La Canada Presbyterian Church just outside of Pasadena, CA, First Covenant Church in Oakland, CA, and Community Presbyterian Church in Ventura, CA. He has lived in Houston for almost 10 years. He has been married for nearly 19 years to his beautiful bride, Amy and they have three daughters – Natalie, Jenna, and Sophia. He loves coaching, drinking coffee, and all things outside. He is currently coaching two softball teams which his daughters play.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 2017

      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).

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      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: Monday, February 6, 2017

      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.

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      Dale Smith

      Montgomery TX

      Dale Smith has served as lead pastor in local churches for over 30 years along with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters. During that time they also served as a church planters in Louisville, Kentucky and Northern Virginia. Currently he is privileged to serve Cy-Fair Christian Church as Executive Pastor. Dale is passionate about mobilizing people from all walks of life to engage people with the gospel of Christ beginning in their neighborhoods and stretching to the ends of the earth. Dale holds two graduate degrees in missions and evangelism. His passion is to lead the local church to identify and engage unreached people groups with the gospel of Christ. He has been blessed to invest his time and energy in the house church movement in East Asia. He has also been blessed to do work in Kenya, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 2017

      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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      John Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw OK

      John Zumwalt is the Cross Cultural Coach for the innovative organization, Outrageous Love. After serving as a missionary among the unreached Minnan he returned to America and for over 22 years served as the founder and Director of the Missionary Training Institute, Beautiful Feet Boot Camp. He has trained over 300 Career Missionaries. He has a Doctorate of Divinity from International University for Graduate Studies. John has authored the book, Passion for the Heart of God and travels widely, preaching and holding seminars, raising up activist to go to the ends of the earth. John and his wife, Jamie, also pastor a church in a “red light district” of Oklahoma City. They have five children, Jessica, Josiah, Jael, Jewel and James.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 2017

      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.

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      Joel Hodges

      , Georgetown TX

      Joel is a resident of Georgetown, TX and an active member of Hill Country Bible Church - Brushy Creek Campus. Having an MBA from Texas A&M, he is a businessman with a heart for missions. Joel cut his mission teeth in the Rio Grande Mission Ministry in the mid 80s, participating in construction/repair work, VBS, and evening evangelistic services on both sides of the Texas/Mexico border. That led to a passion for ministry to Latin-America.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 2017

      Time: 6:25 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.

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      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 6, 2017

      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.

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      Stephen Samuel

      Free Life Missions, Beaumont TX

      Pastor Stephen serves as the director of missions at Cathedral Church in Beaumont, TX. He has led numerous mission trips into various countries over the past fifteen years. As the founder of Free Life Missions, he has engaged unreached people groups throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and South America. Stephen completed his M.Div. at MidWest College of Theology and a BBA in Economics at Lamar University. He is a licensed Faith-Based Counselor. He is the father of four boys and he and Jenilee have been married for twelve years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 2017

      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.

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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 27, 2017

      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.

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      Omar C. Garcia

      Katy TX

      Omar is the Missions Pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church in Katy, Texas. He is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as a writer for LifeWay Christian Resources since 1995. Omar enjoys leading the people of Kingsland to make meaningful connections with others from Katy to the ends of the earth. The Kingsland Missions Ministry mobilizes more than 4,000 volunteers annually to serve in local and international missions initiatives. Omar and his wife Cheryl have three grown children. When Omar is not traveling, he enjoys outdoor activities and marathon canoe racing with his son, Jonathan. You can read more about his global adventures at GoBeyond.blog.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      James Palmer

      Restore Hope, Athens TX

      James (Jim) is a 35 yr veteran missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. He and his wife Viola have directed disaster relief and community development projects, church planting, and leadership training. Most recently Jim and Viola were part of a church planting movement that saw over 200 churches planted in 12 years among the Miskito people of Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 10, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 17, 2017

      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.

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      Alice H.

      Sugar Land TX

      Alice and her husband David, along with Joshua and Jonathan served in Southeast Asia with OMF International among an unreached people group from 2002-2014. Upon returning the States, they are now serving as missions mobilizers with OMF international. Alice is currently the Area Coordinator for Texas with OMF International.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

      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.

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      Justin Schell

      Pioneers / The Lausanne Movement, Tulsa OK

      Justin is passionate about doing whatever he can to see the Great Commission completed in his life. He mobilized with The Traveling Team for 5 years. He studied Missiology and Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been a part of a church planting team in North Africa. He also received his MBA in France and is passionate about the use of business to get laborers into creative access countries. He is on staff with PIONEERS, and spends most of his time on-loan as the Director of Executive Projects for The Lausanne Movement.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Monday, May 8, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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