Fort Smith AR S17    Spring 2017
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Welcome to the Ft. Smith Perspectives Class!

You have an epic role to play in the biggest story of all time.  You're about to experience God's heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the World Christian Movement.  Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God's unchanging purposes and why they're relevant to your life.
. . . . . 15 different instructors over 15 weeks . . . . .
You will learn firsthand from the global experiences of various Pastors, Professors, Theologians, and Missionaries from the field (see instructor lineup below) as you look at God's ultimate purpose from these four perspectives:
  • Biblical (Lessons 1-5): The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Historical (6-9): Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is wrought with the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations.
  • Cultural (10-11): The peoples of the world come alive as we eventually see, through Christ Jesus, the expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people and language.
  • Strategic (12-15): Find your place in God's story as there are endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission.

Come join us as we strive towards a deeper understanding of who God is, what He's about, and how we are ALL called to be a part of it. 

January 16 - May 1, 2017 on Monday Nights 6:30-9:30p.m.

City Christian Church

2203 South 38th St. Ft. Smith, AR

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* THE FIRST NIGHT IS FREE! *

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 16, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: City Christian Fellowship 2203 South 38th Fort Smith AR 72903

Contact: Mary McCutchen

479-629-2027

 
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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.

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      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last decade traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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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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      Scott Ward

      Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith AR

      Scott Ward is the mission pastor at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Prior to this position, he and his family served in Tanzania with the International Mission Board starting churches among an unreached, Muslim people group. He has been married to Jennifer for 25 years and has 4 boys: 3 biological and their last one adopted three years ago from Korea.

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      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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      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, January 30, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      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 six children.

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      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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      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: 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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      Nathaniel Allen

      Global Outfitters, Fayetteville AR

      Nathan Allen graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a bachelors in History & Political Science. After being discipled in college by missions mobilizers, he joined The Traveling Team as a professional missions mobilizer for 4 years, speaking to thousands of college students at over 380 universities in over 33 states. He now resides in Fayetteville Arkansas where he is the Missions pastor at New Heights Church, Coordinates the Perspectives classes of Northwest Arkansas, and is the Director of Global Outfitters, a missions training organization and the sending arm of New Heights Church.

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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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      David Flynn

      Center for Mission Mobilization, San Isidro, Lima Not in USA

      David graduated from Nyack College in 1986 with an MS Degree in Missiology, and a Mastors in Management, International Development from Hope International University in Fullerton, CA. After 12 years in the corporate world in the greater NY/NJ area, he joined the U.S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, where he served as the Director of Recruiting for 6 years. In 2005, he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he assumed the role of National Director for the Perspectives Study Program. In 2012, he joined the Center for Mission Mobilization. He is also part of the Perspectives Global Team, living and serving in Latin America. He has served on brief short term trips to India, Kenya and Peru.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 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.

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      Jamie Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Oklahoma City OK

      Jamie Zumwalt is the Founder and President of Outrageous Love, an organization that starts Communities of Hope among marginalized peoples. Jamie and her husband, John, served as missionaries in Taiwan among the Hakka and Taiwanese. For 22 years, John and Jamie have been training and sending missionaries out to plant the church among the unreached. She now pastors and a leads a coffee house, church community called Joe's Addiction in a "red light" district of Oklahoma City, doing life together with the poor. She has authored two books: Simple Obsession: Enjoying the Tender Heart of God and Beloved Chaos: moving from religion to Love in a red light district. Jamie travels widely, teaching and inviting more people to plant Communities of Hope. She and John have five children and one grand daughter.

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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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, 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: Monday, March 13, 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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      David Shibley

      Rockwall TX

      David Shibley is founder and world representative of Global Advance, a ministry that equips frontline leaders to fulfill the Great Commission. Each year Global Advance brings on-site training, resources, and encouragement to thousands of pastoral, business, women, and Next Generation leaders in many of the world’s neediest areas. Global Advance also brings practical aid to persecuted Christians through its humanitarian initiative, Alpha Relief. Founded in 1990, Global Advance has brought face-to-face training to more than 822,000 Christian leaders in 102 nations. Since his call to preach the gospel over 50 years ago, David has ministered personally in over 60 nations in conferences, churches, and evangelistic outreaches. Also, he speaks extensively throughout the United States, challenging the American church to reach its full missions potential.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 27, 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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      Cliff Peters

      Paraclete Mission Group, Siloam Springs AR

      Cliff is an inventor, trainer, and missionary with Paraclete Mission Group. He comes alongside missionaries and national workers to help them meet basic human needs and share Christ’s love in tangible ways. He has worked with the Navigators and REACH Ministries in the Philippines, with UWM in Bolivia, with Servants in Faith and Technology in Alabama, and the Inst. for Biblical Community Development in Arkansas. He's been married to Jeannie for 35 years, and has 4 children, one with the Lord.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 10, 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.

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      Doug Schaible

      Ethnos360, Wichita KS

      Doug & Cheryl Schaible were church planters among the Solong people of Papua New Guinea from 1991- 1998. They were able to see believers raised up as a result of learning the language and culture, building relationships and teaching and translating the Scriptures in the native language.

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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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      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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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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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      Joe has been with Pioneers for 15 years. Previously., he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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      Date: Monday, May 1, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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