Dunwoody, GA F17    Fall 2017
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Perspectives is a 15 week discipleship course focusing on God's global plan of cultural renewal and reconciliation to Himself.

We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural and 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.

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The class will be held on Sunday nights from 6pm until 9pm at Dunwoody Baptist Church - conveniently located at the corner of Mount Vernon and Ashford-Dunwoody Roads.

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Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Dunwoody Baptist Church (Dining Room) 1445 Mount Vernon Road Dunwoody GA 30338

Contact: Dan Russell

404-850-0551

 
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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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      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: Sunday, August 20, 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.

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      Brian Hogan

      YWAM's Church Planting Coaches, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and his wife Louise, 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: Sunday, August 27, 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.

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      Scott Miller

      Summit Church, Acworth GA

      Scott and his wife, Chris, have been married 35 years and are blessed with two grown children. Scott completed a BSBA in 1978 from Mars Hill College (NC), a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 1983, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995 in Evangelism and Church Growth. He is now the Senior Pastor of Summit Church in Acworth, Georgia, and is personally involved in mission partnerships on four continents and serves on the Board of Directors for two international mission organizations. He has led 46 short-term international projects to Asia, Africa, and Europe and in his Perspectives lessons seeks to weave stories and experiences from the front lines into the time-tested practical principles of the world of missions. He has experience helping churches and individuals to catch God's vision for the world and to develop ongoing mission partnerships between local churches and believers here with indigenous partners in unreached areas. He loves to teach God's Word in its simplicity and power and has a passion to reach the unreached and to see believers grow in Christ and become pioneers of Kingdom growth.

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      Date: Sunday, September 3, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 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).

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      Brian Fox

      Global Ministries, Johnson Ferry BC, Marietta GA

      Brian enjoys discovering new cultures and lands, loving family and friends, and igniting hearts for God and his Word. Brian’s position has given him considerable exposure to overwhelming human need, vast lostness, and the power of long-term and strategic engagement in the name and ways of Jesus. The Fox family enjoy sharing their home to internationals from around the world.

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      Date: Sunday, September 10, 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.

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      Darrell Whiteman

      The Mission Society, Norcross GA

      Darrell Whiteman is semi-retired as VP and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society. Darrell served in cross-cultural ministry for nine years in Melanesia and Central Africa, then was one of the founding professors of Asbury Seminary School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he taught for 21 years and served as dean in the later years. He’s given leadership to many professional societies researching the intersection of cultures and biblical worldviews. Darrell annually equips hundreds of long-term workers to understand God at work all over the globe.

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      Date: Sunday, September 17, 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.

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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: Sunday, September 24, 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.

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      Mike Stachura

      Grace Evangelical Church, Fayetteville GA

      Mike serves as pastor/elder for Community and Global Ministries at Grace Evangelical Church in Fayetteville, GA, a church with a passion for global and community transformation through the life and power of Jesus Christ. Mike worked 22 years with OPERATION MOBILIZATION, 16 with their ship ministry aboard MV LOGOS & MV DOULOS. He and his wife Jorie raised their 3 children aboard the ships while ministering in 60+ nations/cultures. He served as Director of the Book Fair and later as the Managing Director of the ship DOULOS. He then served 6 years as OM-USA President/CEO. Mike earned an MA in Missions (Wheaton Grad School), and an MA in Comparative Politics (U of IL-Urbana).

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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.

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      RB

      ISV, Loudonville NY

      God's heart for the nations captured RB's attention as a very young girl and it hasn't let go since. Shortly after graduating with her masters in nursing, RB left for central Asia where she served as part of an ISV team intent on demonstrating and sharing the good news of Christ. It was there where RB met CB, a fellow ISV partner from the UK; they married a short time later. After 8 years in central Asia, God called them to a very multi-cultural and multi-religious city in southeast Asia where they have been for the past five years. RB currently serves as a country team leader and CB as a regional leader with ISV. They have three beautiful children who prefer rice over potatoes.

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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.

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      Chuck P.

      Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

      Chuck is the Founder and Executive Director of Cafe 1040, Inc. an organization that takes Christian college students overseas for a 3-month missions experience inside the 10/40 Window. The organization's goal is not to make missionaries; it is to bring clarity of decision and to offer the facts of a missional vocation within the 10/40 Window so that young believers can make informed decisions about the path of their lives.

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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.

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      Larry Ragan

      CULTURELink Inc., Marietta GA

      Larry brings experience from 50+ countries, leading prayer teams, exchanges, school outreaches, disaster relief teams. Through his ministry, many are now globally engaged. Larry served as teaching pastor for 11 years. He now leads CULTURELink, training short term mission team leaders. He and Karen, and their 2 children live in Marietta.

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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.

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      Brian & Crystal B.

      , Newnan GA

      After serving for many years in the refugee community in Atlanta, Brian & Crystal currently serve as full time church planters with the Persian Diaspora in Europe. My wife and I were both relatively happy and we think successful in the ministry related jobs we had. I was the director of a local refugee resettlement office in Atlanta , but there began to be a nagging thought in my spirit that God had something more, something different in store for me and my family. The Perspectives Course cemented my resolve. It sort of made everything click into place. I think it was always there and God had been working on my spirit for some time. And, I want to say that I didn’t end the Perspectives course and hop on the next flight out of Atlanta. It took some time for God to move the circumstances in our life to bring me and my wife to a point where we said “Now is the time!"

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 29, 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.

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      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: 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.

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      Grant Haynes

      Global Frontier Missions, Clarkston 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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      Date: Sunday, November 12, 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.

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      Jean Johnson

      World Mission Associates, Richfield MN

      Jean Johnson serves primarily as a missionary and coach, while fulfilling the role of Executive Program Director for World Mission Associates. Jean brings 28 years of cross-cultural mission experience, the majority of those years in Cambodia. Her ultimate desire is to inspire a movement of disciple-makers who make disciples of Jesus by using methods that lead to local-sustainability and spontaneous multiplication in global missions.

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      Date: Sunday, November 19, 2017

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    • 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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      Bradford Greer

      Interserve USA, Upper Darby PA

      Bradford Greer, PhD Dr. Greer worked in South Asia for over 25 years. His writings have been published in the EMQ, the IJFM, and the St. Francis Magazine. His book has been published by William Carey Library.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 3, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Celebration and Graduation

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      Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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