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You Were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!


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. 




Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Wayside Chapel 1705 NW Loop 410 San Antonio TX 78213

Contact: Matt Gruber

317-753-8023

 
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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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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 22, 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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      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: Tuesday, August 29, 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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      Jamie Zumwalt

      Outrageous Love, Choctaw 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 a book called Simple Obsession, Enjoying the Tender Heart of God and 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: Tuesday, September 5, 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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      Joseph Shane Bennett

      Frontiers, Rye CO

      Shane has served in missions mobilization since 1987, primarily recruiting, training, and sending short term research teams. He's been on teams in Bangkok, Bombay, and Turkey. He co-authored Exploring the Land, a guide to researching unreached peoples and writes regularly for Missions Catalyst ezine. He is currently dreaming and scheming for God's kingdom among Muslim immigrants in Europe. Shane, his wife, Ann live in Colorado. Four of their children live with them and one is in college in Arizona.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 12, 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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      Leroy Armstrong

      Proclaiming the Word Ministries, Mckinney TX

      Leroy R. Armstrong, Jr. is a native of Kansas City, MO and resides in the Dallas area with his wife Genena and family. Leroy holds degrees from the University of Kansas (B. S. Electrical Engineering) and Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.). He is Lead Servant of Proclaiming the Word Ministries (www.proclaimingtheword.com) and Teaching Pastor at First Baptist Church, McKinney, TX (www.firstmckinney.com). Leroy has been teaching in the Perspectives Movement since 2007. Leroy served as a Senior Pastor for 13 years. He was Director of the International Conference on Expository Preaching, sponsored annually by E. K. Bailey Ministries, Inc. for 5 years. He also owns Charis Communications, LLC, an umbrella business focused on acquiring income producing assets.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 19, 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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Global Perspectives Movement, 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: Tuesday, September 26, 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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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations Family, Inc., Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted simple churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 3, 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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      Ed Pollasch

      ReachGlobal, St Louis MO

      Ed Pollasch, and wife Janet, have served the Lord in missions since 1996. Their passion and call is to see the gospel advance into unreached and unengaged peoples. They were part of a church planting team in Tanzania; coordinated a pastoral training and repatriation ministry with South Sudanese; and served as mobilizers and trained in the Middle East/North Africa region. Ed believes strongly in an equipping ministry to Majority World movement leaders. He is equally committed to teaching and training the US church to engage in global missions – “there is fit for anyone and everyone.” Ed is a student of mission history and gospel movements throughout the church age. He and Janet married in 1979 and are currently living in the St Louis area.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 10, 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: Tuesday, October 17, 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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      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: Tuesday, October 24, 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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      Marsha Relyea Miles

      Pioneer Bible Translators, Duncanville TX

      Marsha Relyea Miles is a missionary with Pioneer Bible Translators. Together with her late husband John Relyea, she has served as a Bible translator for the Aruamu people group in Papua New Guinea for 23 years. The Relyeas lived in an Aruamu village, analyzed and created an alphabet for this previously unwritten language, and worked together with local leaders to develop an extensive literacy and scripture-use program, and completed the translation of the New Testament into the Aruamu language. Marsha continues working as translation advisor to the Aruamu Old Testament team. During 2007 Marsha served as President of the National Missionary Convention. She currently serves as Director of Church Mobilization and Development with PBT and is based in Dallas, TX. Marsha is married to Nathan Miles of the United Bible Societies. She holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. God has given Marsha a passionate heart for world missions, and a very compelling story to tell, drawn from front-line mission experience, sitting in the dirt in steamy jungles sharing with people about the Lord and translating the scriptures for them. Her inspiring challenge to mission involvement comes through with bold eloquence.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 31, 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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      Larry Singletary

      Xtreme Teams International & Building New Bridges, San Antonio TX

      Started my Following Jesus from first grade. I was called into the ministry by age 14. I attended Wheaton College in 1974-5. I transferred to East Texas Baptist College and graduated with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Religion in 1978. I have a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have been married to Terry (Halford) Singletary since 1978. We have 3 adult children. We spent 12 years in the pastorate in New Braunfels, TX at Lakeside Baptist Church. I took Perspectives in 1991 and then sensed the call to full-time missions in 1992. Our family spent 10 years among the Karamojong of Uganda, East Africa. We have been training through mentoring and mobilizing through our non-profit organization called Xtreme Teams International, Inc.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 7, 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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      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 14, 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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      Date: Tuesday, November 28, 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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      Bill MacLeod

      Mission ConneXion, Hillsboro OR

      Bill MacLeod is the Executive Director of Mission ConneXion which he founded in 2001 during his fifteen years as a missions pastor in Portland. He has been a mobilizer for over 30 years dedicating his life to city-wide people movements while serving in an evangelistic organization, a national men's movement, a local church as missions pastor, and as founder/executive director of a regional church-missions-mobilizing effort.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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