Athens, GA S17    Spring 2017
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Why take Perspectives?  What is this course?


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You are invited to join a unique discipleship course. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a new and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it. Perspectives will change the way you view the world. 

We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural & strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.  Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. 

6 Ways to Reach God's World: Learn, Pray, Go, Send, Welcome, or Mobilize

When:  Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 pm
January 11-April 26
No class March 8th

Where:   Watkinsville First Baptist Church
1610 Simonton Bridge Rd.
Watkinsville, GA 30677
                  
Cost for Certificate or Key Reading Level:  $285 -includes Reader & Study Guide; 

or 

Cost for Undergraduate or Graduate Credit:  through Trinity International University  (not UGA): $585 , includes Reader & Study Guide.        

  • eReader Book Discount:   Buy the eBook Reader and Study Guide from Amazon and receive a $30 discount! Go here.

  • Early Bird Discount Register and pay by Dec. 28 to get $35 off! 

  • Additional Family Members:  When one family member pays full price the second and additional family member(s) in the same household may claim this discount and receive $100 off!

  • Alumni Pricing:  Key Reading Level is $45 and Certificate Level is $70.  (If you already own your Reader and Study Guide, you qualify for a $30 book discount)

First class, free to all. 


Contact: Joy Crumpton     


Click on the numbered boxes below to see the instructors' biographies.

Class Info

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Watkinsville First Baptist Church 1610 Simonton Bridge Rd Athens GA 30677

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    • 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

      Richard O Coleman

      TMS Global, Decatur GA

      For 10 years Richard served as the director of mobilization and candidacy for TMS Global, a sending agency in Peachtree Corners, GA. He left this role in June 2017 in order to pursue an opportunity In Ethiopia through TMS Global. Richard's ministry passions are networking, teaching, evangelism, and helping people to discern their calling. In addition to his responsibilities with TMS Global, Richard participates in several national and international networks, including the Lausanne Movement. He had the privilege of serving as the global selection chair for the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, which brought together younger leaders and mentors from over 140 countries. A person who loves diversity, Richard has a variety of friendships all of which have made him who he is today. He and his wife Amanda have 4 young children, who they enjoy raising as World Christians.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 11, 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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      Marco Murillo

      Perspectivas, Dallas TX

      Marco, his wife Aubrey, and their children form a transcultural family. They have serve as missionaries in Mexico and Texas for over 10 years in the area of Christian education and church planting. Marco served on the faculty of The Rio Grande Bible College in Texas. After taking Perspectives, Marco and Aubrey moved to the metropolitan area of Atlanta as church planters under the NAMB Initiatives. Marco holds a Master of Theological Studies from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and pursuing a DMin at Midwestern Baptist. The Murillo Family see themselves as a bridge between cultures and languages. Their goal is to mobilize the church to reach the lost. Marco currently serves as the Director of Perspectives in the Spanish language in the United States.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 18, 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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      Dan Koenig

      Commission To Every Nation, Lilburn GA

      Dan served with his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, in Ecuador for 15 years; leading short term experiences for HCJB Global, and serving under the Primera Iglesia Bautista of Ambato, Ecuador, in the areas of discipleship and mobilization. He currently co-leads a refugee job training program in Clarkston, GA, and is actively involved in the international community there. (thelanternproject.org) Dan is also equipping the local church across Latin America to share the good news with unreached people groups in their neighborhoods, and among the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 25, 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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      Sky Pratt

      Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Athens GA

      Sky Pratt has been involved with student ministry for twenty years serving at churches in Texas and Georgia. The Lord moved Sky and his family to Prince Avenue Baptist in Athens in 2001. Sky has a passion to see believers develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and impact their world by capturing God’s heart for the nations. Sky and his wife Karen have two children, Josh and Lauren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 1, 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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      David H

      Cafe1040, Maxeys GA

      David is married with four beautiful daughters. He has served in campus ministry for 8 years and is now the Chief Strategist and Global Team Leader for Cafe1040.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 8, 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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      Kathleen

      EastWest Ministries International , Atlanta GA

      Kathleen worked for four years mobilizing and training those who were planning to move to the unreached. All along her intention was to go herself and now her family is preparing to move to Southeast Asia to train and equip local believers in church planting movements. As they prepare to go they continue to engage with internationals in their diverse midtown Atlanta neighborhood, praying for a movement of the gospel right where they are.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Richard Allen Farmer

      Stone Mountain GA

      A graduate of Nyack College in Nyack, NY, where he received his Bachelor of Music degree, and Princeton Theological Seminary where he earned a Master of Divinity degree, Rev. Farmer has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by Gordon College (Wenham, Mass.) in 1986 and an honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology degree from Houghton College (Houghton, NY) in 1999. An accomplished pastor and college chaplain, Rev. Farmer accepted a call in December 2013 to be the Senior Pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Ga. Previously he has served as Senior Pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Pittsburgh (1980-88) and as Dean of the Chapel at both Gordon College (Wenham, Mass., 1988-1992) and Taylor University (Upland, Ind., 1999-2002).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Chris

      Athens GA

      Husband to my beautiful bride, father to my 4 crazy kids, servant of King Jesus, long-term Athenian. Besides these most important things - I love coffee, running, frisbee, airports, hiking, people, culture, the local church, college students, travel, awkward situations and new things.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 1, 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 B

      Cafe 1040, Watkinsville GA

      Stephen joined Cafe 1040 in 2013 and serves as Director of Mobilization. Before Cafe 1040, Stephen invested 8 years directing Freshmen Ministries at UGA’s Wesley Foundation, where he realized the vast potential of the emerging generation. The Lord broke his heart for the nations during a short-term trip to Costa Rica in 2010. His life is committed to mobilizing this generation to complete the Great Commission, and see Jesus worshipped by all peoples. Stephen earned degrees from UGA and Asbury Theo. Seminary (MDiv). He loves organizational leadership, mobilization, and developing unrealized potential. Stephen and his wife, Christina (also with Café 1040), and daughter Kate, live in Athens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 15, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 22, 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.

    • Instructor

      David Cashin

      Columbia Int'l University, Columbia SC

      Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies at Columbia Int'l University. He is fluent in Bengali and Swedish. The 1st due to investing 9 years with Bengali speakers (the 6th largest living language). The 2nd, thru marriage to Margareta, pastoring churches and earning his PhD in Indiology at Stockholm University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 29, 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.

    • Instructor

      Leroy Lamar

      Atlanta GA

      Leroy is a husband, father and educator-turned-activist who has lived among sex workers in Southwest Atlanta for the past seven years. He previously graduated with a B.A. in Bible with a concentration in Youth Ministries, and has completed Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics and working on one in philosophy. When he isn’t hanging out in the neighborhood, he is either reading obscure philosophy books or watching (or re-watching) Disney movies. Go figure.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Grant Haynes

      Global Frontier Missions, Lilburn GA

      Grant Haynes founded Global Frontier Missions in 2000 while church planting among indigenous groups in southern Mexico. His passion is to see as many individuals and churches as possible praying, giving, welcoming, and going to the least reached people groups of the earth. Grant spent 14 years serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with his wife and three children church planting, hosting short-term mission groups, running an indigenous Bible school, and starting a missionary training school for North Americans. Grant now serves in Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse square mile in America, reaching refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and many other nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 12, 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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      Corey Lee

      Team, Kennesaw GA

      Corey Lee is a pastor, church planter, urban missionary, missions coach, and relationship coach. He is from Newton, KS and moved to Atlanta, GA in 2006 with his wife Jade to become inner city missionaries. The two sought to aid homeless, homosexual boys bound in sex trafficking by adult men. After a year and a half in Atlanta they refocused their ministry to the Atlanta University Center campuses. By 2007 they commenced a University Church to reach Morehouse College, Spelman College, and Clark Atlanta University. In 2008, they also aided in beginning a School of Ministry entitle The Well primarily consisting of at risk African American young adults and those in major life transition. The University Church grew into a ministry of students from over seven college campuses in the Atlanta Metro Area. In In January of 2016 Corey and Jade Launched Convergence Movement to Mobilize students from college campuses to inner cities and from inner cities to the ends of the earth. Their desire is to mobilize African American Missionaries from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, HBCU's. Corey became a missions coach with The Evangelical Alliance Mission, TEAM, in April of 2016. Corey has been married to his wife Jade for over 12 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 19, 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.

    • Instructor

      Trent DeLoach

      Toccoa Falls College, Tucker GA

      Trent DeLoach serves as the lead pastor at Clarkston International Bible Church. He and his family live as missionaries to the international community in Atlanta, GA. They have special heart for the Bosnian and Ethiopian communities. He also supports the work of Friends of Refugees, Global Frontier Missions, and Global Gates.

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      Date: Wednesday, April 26, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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