Birmingham, AL F17    Fall 2017
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Birmingham Perspectives Class
Fall 2017


15 Challenging Topics - 15 World Class Speakers - 15 Life Changing Weeks

Why Perspectives?
God has a world-sized role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

What is Perspectives?
Perspectives is a fifteen week course designed around four vantage points or perspectives: Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose. The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day. The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very do-able task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.


Class Information

Tuesdays,  6:00PM - 9:00PM
August 22 - December 5

Mountain Brook Community Church

Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Mountain Brook Community Church 3001 Highway 280 East Birmingham AL 35243

Contact: Stephanie Jones

205-802-7070

 
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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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      Tollie Meggs

      Out of the Boat Ministries, Tuscaloosa AL

      Founder of Out of the Boat Ministries where she is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Missions Mobilizer at Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa. Tollie leads retreats and conferences around the world, and has an ongoing counseling/teaching ministry to women in homeless shelters, helping them re-establish their lives. A passionate and gifted communicator, Tollie’s mission is: challenging and mobilizing followers of Christ to know Him more deeply and to make His glory known among the nations and to take the gospel of Jesus to the lost.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 22, 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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      Steve Elworth

      Baton Rouge LA

      Steve serves at The Chapel on The Campus, a non-denominational church in Baton Rouge LA, as the Global Initiative Director. He helps lead the church in reaching the nations, both in Baton Rouge through International Ministry, and around the world through trips and partnerships. He and His wife Amber have a passion to see the church grasp and act on her God given opportunity and responsibility to make disciples of all nations. After pursuing going to the Muslim world themselves, God has had them stay in the states to help every follower of Jesus see that their lives have been bought and their redemption has been given not just for themselves, but so Jesus will be made known through every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, August 29, 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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      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the North American Regional Leader for Youth With A Mission Frontiers as of March 2016. Previously, Mark was the YWAM base director in Jacksonville, Florida which his wife Janet has now taken over. Mark and Janet, started the base in January 2001 along with a small team all committed to reaching those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. Mark and Janet have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer. Mark has ministered in over 120 nations of the world Mark, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2017

      Time: 6:00 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).

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      Scott Miller

      Summit Church, Acworth GA

      Scott and his wife, Chris, have been married 34 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. He has led over 40 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 12, 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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      Nathan J'Diim

      TOAG Internship and Frontiers, Tempe AZ

      Nathan J'Diim (pen name) is the Founder of TOAG (www.TOAG.net) and Consultant, Instructor and Coach for Frontiers (www.FrontiersUSA.org) in their Training department. TOAG is a year long after-hours internship preparing beautiful feet to serve in the Unreached World. Offered in cities across the US, TOAG has apprenticed hundreds of interns, many who serve or will soon serve the least reached world wide.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 19, 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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      Nathan Jewett

      Summit Crossing Community Church, Huntsville AL

      Nathan Jewett is a follower of Christ, husband to Amber, and pastor at Summit Crossing Community Church in Huntsville, AL. He studied Bible and Preaching in Dallas, Texas, before moving to Alabama in 2010. His heart to see God's glory among all nations has taken him to Nicaragua, India, and Nepal. As a pastor in the local church, his desire is to mobilize Christians to recognize their role in the great mission of making disciples among all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 26, 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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      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: Tuesday, October 3, 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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      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 10, 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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      Marco Murillo

      Perspectivas Estados Unidos, Marietta GA

      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. Discipleship and pioneering works are their passion. Marco and Aubrey 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. Aubrey teaches High School World Geography and Bible.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 17, 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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      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 24, 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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      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: Tuesday, October 31, 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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      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, November 7, 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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      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: Tuesday, November 14, 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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      David Kaufmann

      City Church Network, Nashville TN

      David Kaufmann is the lead pastor of City Church Network. He is married to Rebekah, his high-school sweetheart, and has 4 amazing and wonderful children (William, Gracie, Belle, and Noah). His heart for church planting comes from over 10 years of prayer, experience, and study in the ministry. He first began as youth pastor in Huntsville, AL and then moved on to e3 Partners to become the International Director for Students. After traveling to 15 different countries spanning four years and training international leaders, David received a call to serve as a pastor with Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Antioch, TN. David planted City Church of Woodbine five years ago with a vision to birth a church planting movement in Nashville, TN that would successfully spread the gospel among all refugee and immigrant communities in the city. David’s hope is that someday Nashville will be known as a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). David is now leading a team of 9 Missionary families to plant churches among the most unreached people groups in Nashville, TN. In addition, he helps train church planters across the United States and India.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017

      Time: 6:00 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.

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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 four children: Camden, Brody, Axel and Quincy.

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      Date: Tuesday, December 5, 2017

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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