Winston-Salem, NC S19    Spring 2019
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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 see 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 show you just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him and make Him known. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction.


The material covered in Perspectives follows four sections:

 

·      Biblical:  A study of the Bible exploring God’s eternal three-fold purpose of kingdom victory against evil, redemption and blessing for the nations, and global glory and worship for Himself.

 

·      Historical:  A study of how God’s purpose has moved relentlessly from Abraham’s day until the present moment. It looks at different eras of history, pioneers of the world Christian movement, and the task remaining.

 

·      Cultural:  A study of how culture interfaces with the spread of the gospel and of the incarnation as a model of missionary humility.


·      Strategic:  A study of current world need, and the goal of spontaneous multiplication of churches in unreached areas of the world. It looks at what it means to live a life integrated with Christ’s global purpose.


 
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The Spring 2019 Class will meet at:
Calvary Baptist Church 
132 S. Peace Haven Rd.
Winston Salem, NC 27104
on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:00, January 8 - April 23, 2019

Orientation is on January 4, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
You will be given your books, 
study guides, an overview of the course and any 
questions you have will be answered.


Course Offerings

 

Perspectives can be taken at 3 levels: Key Reading, Certificate, and Credit.

 

The Certificate level is recommended for students to get the full impact of the course and be kept accountable to read, as 90% of the course is in the text. Further, several mission sending agencies, committees, etc., require this level for candidacy, as does Perspectives for those wanting to coordinate a class in the future.

 

The Credit level is available for those who would like to earn University Credits with this course. Earned credits are with Trinity College and Excelsior College

 

The Key Reading level is available for those who would like to learn from our speakers but are not able to commit to the readings. 

 

Pricing and Discounts

 

Key Reading - $275

Certificate - $275

Credit (undergraduate/graduate) - $550

 

 

Scholarship forms available upon request.

Family Discount of $25 for the second member of the same family.

 

Not sure if Perspectives is for you?

Sign up to visit Lesson 1 for free by choosing "First Night Free" on the Class Pricing link to the right. Can't make it the first night? Send an email and we will help resolve any questions.

 

 

Alumni Pricing:  Key Reading is $30 (if you already have a book, apply the Book Discount which will result in no charge), but former Key Reading alumni can upgrade to Certificate Level for $50 (grader fee.)

Class Info

Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Calvary Baptist Church 132 S. Peace Haven Road Winston Salem NC 27104

Contact: Kathy Brehm

336-462-7738

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Friday, January 4, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 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

      Marsha Woodard

      Greensboro NC

      Marsha came to faith in Christ in 1979 on a hippie journey to Africa, searching for the meaning of life; three years later she began what would become a life-time career, engaging the globe for her Lord. Marsha has served in Latin America, Europe and North Africa, including the adventure of living in refugee camps in the Sahara Desert. She recently retired from Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators, but continues her involvement in missions as a mobilizer and consultant. Marsha's passion, training and mentoring new cross-cultural workers, led her to author “To Timbuktu and Beyond: A Guide to Getting Started in Missions”, published by William Carey Library, in 2009.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Adam and Melissa Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Adam & Melissa have been "Team Hoffman" since 2005 - living our lives in partnership for ministry, discipleship, mobilization, family and teaching. Perspectives was the best premarital counseling we received and forged the future of our lives into mobilization ministry. Since 2005 we have been on staff with the Perspectives parent organization, Frontier Ventures. Since 2014 we have been stewarding mobilization as the Perspectives Southeast Regional Directors. Join us in praying for 50 classes annually by 2020 in these Southeast states: AL, GA, FL, NC, SC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Bradley Buser

      Director Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Bob Hay

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Born in Nigeria, but raised in New Jersey, Bob Hay is a Third Culture Kid and a third generation SIM missionary. He has been involved in ministry since 1982. He graduated from Bryan College (TN) with a BA in history and minors in Bible and Biblical Greek, and then from Columbia Biblical Seminary (now Columbia International University (SC)) with an M.Div in cross-cultural ministry. Ordained to gospel ministry in 1991, he and his wife, Amy, went to Japan in 1992 where they helped plant a Japanese church in the Tokyo suburbs and he served as pastor while raising their sons together. Since 2003 he has been involved in the recruiting, selecting, and equipping of missionaries serving with SIM.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Gabriela Phillips

      Adventist Muslim Relations Coordinator for North America, Ooltewah TN

      Gabriela Phillips and her husband have served for over twenty years among Muslim in Central Asia, the Middle East and currently they are in North America, where they serve among refugees from the Middle East. Gabriela is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the area of Missiology and loves to share the many ways in which God is drawing Muslims to himself.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Brian Hogan

      Youth With A Mission, 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: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Glen

      Open Door Libraries, Winston Salem NC

      Through his young adult years God developed within Glen a passion for the lost and a love for other cultures that eventually led to him serving in cross-cultural ministry for most of his adult life. Glen is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School at Hope International University, husband of Wendy, and a father of three wonderful daughters.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Jimmy R

      Pioneers, ATHENS GA

      Jimmy currently serves in the Balkans with Pioneers on team that aims to glorify God by multiplying disciples of Jesus throughout the Balkans. Their current vision is to see no place left in Balkans without access to the gospel of Christ. The team primarily does this by seeking to catalyze a uniquely Balkan movement of reproducing churches throughout the Balkans AND by equipping local believers with simple Biblical principles for making obedient disciples of Jesus Christ. Jimmy and his wife have been serving overseas with their three children since January 2017. Before his work with Pioneers, Jimmy worked with Cafe 1040 for eight years. While serving stateside as a mobilizer and missions coach Jimmy developed a passion for helping individuals find their fit with serving cross culturally. For that reason, when he's in the USA for home assignment, he loves engaging with those in the American church to find where they might fit best fit into God's Global Great Commission work.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Brittany Gardner

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Brittany Gardner is a North Carolina native serving with SIM USA. After living in South America, she returned to Charlotte to join SIM's Missions Mobilization team as the Director of African American Engagement. She is grateful for the opportunity to spend this season of life traveling the US and abroad to learn from and educate communities about cross-cultural missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Steve Beck

      Winston Salem NC

      Steve served in cross-cultural mission and local church leadership for over 20 years, personally experiencing both the barriers and the breakthroughs of interpersonal, workplace and community conflict. In 2010 he left vocational church ministry and followed a calling to begin working full time in the field of conflict resolution. As a Certified Christian Conciliator, Steve loves helping individuals, families, businesses and organizations resolve conflicts and build relational skills in a wide variety of cultural, socioeconomic, educational and religious settings. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Reformed Theological Seminary, he and his family are currently based in North Carolina. When he’s not making peace, he loves making music and cooking food on open fires.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Matt Willis

      , Winston-Salem NC



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Tim

      Pinedale Christian Church, Lexington NC

      After graduating from William Carey Int.U.,Tim worked with Frontiers in a closed muslim country from 1985-87. He has served as missions chairman at his home church in Winston-Salem, and continues to consult on development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Carribean. Tim is President of GIS Inc., a landscape design franchise looking to eventually create BAM entry platforms for new teams of CP'ers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      Jeff Sundell

      Shelby NC

      • Started and ran a small business for 16 years • IMB missionary/trainer in India/Nepal for 10 years - returned to the US in 2009 where he has trained 4550 people in the past 5 years in T4T • Leading the 50-5-50 strategy in the US with a goal to see 50 trainers reaching 4 generations in 50 major cities in the US by 2020

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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.

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      Mark LaFollette Nicholson

      PassionLife Ministries, Tobaccoville NC

      Mark and his family of six served as church planting missionaries among the unreached nomads of the Inner Asian Steppes for ten years. Mark has served various pastoral roles and is currently the Executive Director of PassionLife Ministries, targeting the most abortion-ravaged countries on the planet with the good news of the Gospel of Life.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019

      Time: 6:30 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

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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