Grapevine, TX // S18    Spring 2018
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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 Enrollment Levels:

Certificate Level: $250
Credit Level: $500 / 3 credit hours
(Undergraduate & Graduate)
High School Dual Enrollment Credit: $500 / 3 credit hours


The following seminaries, universities & colleges have accepted the Perspectives course through a transfer credit from Trinity International University or Excelsior College in the DFW Area.
**Each student should take the syllabus to their Academic 
Advisor to see what the course will transfer as**



Class Info

Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Church at the Cross 3000 William D Tate Avenue Grapevine TX 76051

Contact: David Jackett

214-287-8361

 
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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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      Joshua Rolf

      Carrollton TX

      Joshua grew up in Honolulu Hawaii, the cultural melting pot of the pacific. He was educated at California Baptist University (where he took perspectives under Jeff Lewis), before finishing up a seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Joshua now leads the International Missions Ministry for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He is responsible for over 40 trips sent out by the church nationally and internationally. In addition to mobilizing short-term, he is involved in the development of many long-term overseas strategies including the development of a Bible Institute along the Amazon River. The institute trains indigenous leaders theologically to plant/shepherd village churches and vocationally to provide for their families through government co-ops. Joshua also sits on the advisory council of Seed Effect, an evangelical Micro-Finance Ministry in South Sudan.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

      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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      Vic Anderson

      Dallas Theological Seminary, Mesquite TX

      Dr. Vic's passion is helping others understand and communicate truth found in the Bible. This passion presently is channeled primarily through two organizations - Dallas Seminary and SIM. At the seminary, Vic serves as Department Chairman and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, teaching courses related to Spiritual Life and Preaching. With SIM, he continues his work in cross-cultural theological education, focusing primarily on developing church leaders for East Africa, especially Ethiopia. He helped establish a Bible College in Addis Ababa in the 1990's, and now, having finished 15 years of full time missionary service, he returns each summer to Ethiopia to teach for a couple of months. Vic has been teaching with Perspectives since 2007, and he finds great personal inspiration in the Story of God's Glory. He anticipates that students in every Perspectives class will be stunned as they are gripped by the Master's mission for His world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

      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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      jray

      Grace Church of NWA, Fayetteville AR

      Husband, father of four daughters, YWAMer, teaching elder, Seminary grad, any and all things outdoors. You can dig around for more at www.gorayfamily.com and www.oliviasbasket.org/

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

      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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      Stephen Vannah

      SIM USA, Lee MA

      Stephen Vannah is an ordained pastor, has been the field leader for SIM in Senegal for about ten years. He is presently the Northeastern Regional Director for SIM. He and his wife live in Western MA. They have two daughters. He holds a Masters in New Testament Studies, an MDiv. and a DMin. His current responsibilities involve a considerable amount of traveling to churches, Christian colleges and institutions to preach, teach seminars and workshops on missions, leadership and synergetic teamwork. He teachers Missions, at Berkshire Institute of Christian Studies.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

      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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      John Oh

      Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, McKinney TX

      After working as an engineer and completing his seminary education, John worked as a mobilizer at a mission agency. He joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1998 and served as a Bible translator in Southeast Asia. He also served as the director of Korean Church Engagement and provided missions education and training. He is currently serving as the Director of External Relationship at GIAL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 19, 2018

      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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      Josh Drury

      Perspectives, McKinney TX

      Josh is a young professional and Perspectives coordinator with a heart to see people find their role in following Jesus and advancing His Kingdom at home or abroad. Josh has short term mission experience in Haiti, Latvia, South Africa and Mexico, with additional travel experience in India and the UAE. A jack of all trades, Josh's current hobbies include playing the guitar, mandolin, and photography. He and his wife, Sarah, currently live in Tyler with their daughter, Riley.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      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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      Courtney Contos

      Cafe 1040, Inc., Cleburne TX

      Courtney Contos received a history degree from Texas Tech University, and then worked in a health club as a personal trainer before switching to full-time work in mobilization. From 2007-2010 she lived on the road with The Traveling Team, casting missions vision to college-age audiences around the U.S. That was followed by three years with Cafe 1040, an Atlanta-based group with intensive missional training bases in Africa and Southeast Asia. She currently resides in Cleburne, Tx with her husband where she spent most of her growing-up years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 5, 2018

      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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      Ron Wilson

      NEXT Worldwide, Roanoke TX

      Ron grew up in Charlotte, NC but has spent time serving churches as a Student Pastor in SC, LA and KY. He currently lives in Roanoke, TX with his wife and three children. He received his degree in Student Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, before finishing up a seminary degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ron now serves as the Director of Missions for NEXT Worldwide in Flower Mound, TX. He has led over 40 short-term mission trips to 10 countries sent out by NEXT both domestically and internationally. In addition to mobilizing and leading short-term teams, he is involved in training and equipping pastors and leaders in these countries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

      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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      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: Monday, March 26, 2018

      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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      Colleen Wong

      Barnabas International, West Hills CA

      Colleen & her husband have a passion to see God’s Church established among the nations. Together, they have a heart to see families live out their blessed lives and become a blessing to the nations as families. They seek to minister together as a couple and family whenever possible and have frequently traveled together as a family to live and minister overseas. David’s gift for leading worship and Colleen’s gift of teaching and heart for intercession have allowed them to minister together in various speaking roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

      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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      Chad Johnston

      6 Stones Mission Network, Bedford TX

      Chad studied missional leadership at Fuller Seminary after finishing a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Texas. He has worked as a Student, Campus and Lead Pastor at churches in Texas and Florida. He's been married to his best friend, Amy, for 18 years and they have two kids, Kylie and Bristoe. Currently, Chad serves as the Director of Community Ministries at 6 Stones Mission Network in Bedford TX, specializing in church mobilization and training in the areas of gospel-sharing, discipleship and church planting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

      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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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

      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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      Kent Parks

      Beyond. Formerly "Act Beyond" and "Mission to Unreached Peoples", Plano TX

      http://beyond.org/president/ Kent Parks is President and CEO of Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & "Mission to Unreached Peoples"). See beyond.org for a powerful video. This mission sending organization is focused on launching Disciple-Making Movements (also called Church Planting Movements) among the Unreached People Groups of the world. This 29% of the world does not have even access to witness of word or deed about Jesus in any kind within their culture. Act Beyond is focused on global collaboration to change this spiritual injustice. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Muslims in Asia for 20 years. They continue to lead regular Disciple-Making Movement trainings around the world. He continues to occasionally teach graduate courses in mission strategy. Previously, he coordinated outreach strategies for Unreached People Groups, and developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. Kent also pastored in Texas for 7 years before going to the mission field. He has been a seminary professor, the academic dean of a seminary and has taught internationally in a graduate school. Kent is Co-Facilitator for the Ethne (a global network of UPG-focused leaders; is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and is Senior Assoc. for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

      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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      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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      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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