Gainesville, FL S18    Spring 2018
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It will ruin you for the ordinary.

 

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an intense 15-week course about God, His glory, & His unfolding purposes for the people and nations of the earth.

 

More than a class, Perspectives causes participants to evaluate how God wants to involve them in His plans for the world.

 

 

SPRING 2018 PERSPECTIVES  -  GAINESVILLE, FL

Mondays 6:30 - 9:00pm

January 8 - April 30, 2018 (dates include Orientation, 14 Class Sessions covering 15 Lessons, one week off for Spring Break, and a Wrap Up Prayer / Commissioning Night) 

 

Hosted at City Church

19 SW 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601

citychurchgnv.com

 

For questions about childcare, please contact Elizabeth Lopez ator 352-587-2144. 

Cost:

$295 Key Reading and Certificate Level

$535 College Credit Level

(Trinity International University  -  tiu.edu)

 

Discounts:

$30 Early Registration Discount if registered and paid in full by December 31, 2017.

$100 Family Member Discount  -  $100 off registration for each additional family member when one family member has registered and paid in full.

May be combined with Early Discount.


Want to learn more? Contact Jeff at 352-262-4978 or

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: City Church Gainesville 19 SW 1st Street Gainesville FL 32601

Contact: Jeff Moody

352-262-4978

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee loves to see people flourish in their God given gifts! She has been multiplying global disciples using Perspectives since 1991, running classes in Orlando while her husband, Scott, earned his MDiv. Then Sundee led Washington Baltimore Center for World Mission, preparing over a dozen teams each year to run both Perspectives and Encountering the World of Islam courses. Sundee is now serving the Perspectives National Office as Director of Training. Sundee was discipled in Young Life, which accounts for her great sense of humor and adventure! She and her husband Scott have 3 children, and live in Orlando. Her husband serves Third Millenium Ministries as their Director of Curriculum Development.


    • Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 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

      Nicole Parks

      Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

      God has been calling Nicole to missions since before she was walking with Him. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business and Risk Management. Through studying abroad twice in college, God began to open her eyes to her love of other cultures, languages, and travel. After graduation, she worked in financial services for a few years before God called her into ministry. While working for North Point Ministries, she went on her first short-term missions trip. Through 2 trips to the 10/40 window, God called her into vocational missions. In 2014, she joined the staff of Cafe 1040 first as a mobilizer and then as a team lead. She is passionate about the unreached, mobilization, and God's heart for the nations. When she's not traveling around the globe sharing the love of Jesus with the unreached, she is actively involved in her home church with her husband and their two future missionaries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 15, 2018

      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

      Jaime Saint

      I-TEC, Dunnellon FL

      Jaime was born in Willmar, MN, into a family with a heritage in missions.  His dad, Steve, is the son of martyr, Nate Saint, a jungle missionary pilot who was speared to death in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador, South America in 1956 by the Waodani tribe.  Jaime grew up in a family that participated in mission ventures in Ecuador as well as in Mali, West Africa, in-between businesses that took them from Minnesota to Texas and eventually to central Florida where I-TEC is headquartered. After graduating from high school in 1995, Jaime moved with his family to the Amazon Rainforest to help the Waodani tribe learn to do for themselves what outsiders had been doing so that the Waodani could reach their own people with the Gospel.  After returning from the jungles, Jaime attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Marketing.  After his second year of college, Jaime married Jessica Shea, a girl he met just before leaving for the jungles.  Jaime and Jessica have been married for over 19 years and have six beautiful daughters, including one set of twins who became their grand finale. In 2010, Jaime joined the Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), which was founded by his dad, Steve.  Since his Dad's injury in 2012, Jaime has become the primary spokesperson for I-TEC, helping people in North America and around the world catch the vision for training Indigenous Christ followers with tools to open doors for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      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: Monday, January 29, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 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

      Mateo Echeverry

      Gainesville FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 2018

      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

      Steven Masood

      Jesus to Muslims, Summerfield FL

      Steven Masood became a follower of Jesus in April 1973 in Karachi, Pakistan from a Muslim background. His testimony is chronicled in Into the Light. Steven earned a PhD from the London School of Theology thru Brunel University, London, on Islam and Christianity. He has spent 30+ years studying and working in Christian-Muslim relations and has taught Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations as a visiting lecturer in Christian institutions in Britain and the Far East. Steven also lectures in conferences and churches on varied subjects including the integrity of Christian and Muslim scriptures, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. For further info: www.JesusToMuslims.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 2018

      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

      Mike Roop

      Gainesville FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 19, 2018

      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

      BJ Chandler

      The Navigators, Gainesville FL

      Jesus invested three years of his life in twelve ordinary guys. Those guys, with the help of the Holy Spirit, flipped the world upside down for the Kingdom of God. My wife and I have bought in to the vision of "one generation to the next," and have been laboring for the Gospel at the University of Florida for the last 5 years. We are convinced it is the most strategic place in the world for a missionary to be, and we are praying like crazy that we'd send 100% of our students as full-time laborers into their career, excited and equipped to reach their friends for Christ. We have a passion for people, love college football, and will take you down in any board game of your choosing!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      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

      BJ Chandler

      The Navigators, Gainesville FL

      Jesus invested three years of his life in twelve ordinary guys. Those guys, with the help of the Holy Spirit, flipped the world upside down for the Kingdom of God. My wife and I have bought in to the vision of "one generation to the next," and have been laboring for the Gospel at the University of Florida for the last 5 years. We are convinced it is the most strategic place in the world for a missionary to be, and we are praying like crazy that we'd send 100% of our students as full-time laborers into their career, excited and equipped to reach their friends for Christ. We have a passion for people, love college football, and will take you down in any board game of your choosing!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Kendi Howells Douglas

      Kissimmee FL

      Dr. KENDI HOWELLS DOUGLAS Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Dr. Howells Douglas was the Professor of Cross Cultural Ministry at Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI for 15 years. And Is now the Professor of Intercultural Studies at Johnson University, Florida Her passion is in the area of urban mission and her dissertation was on the history of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ in the cities of North America. She enjoys research in other areas as well including: women in missions, postmodernism and culture, mission history, and mission biographies. Dr. Howells Douglas served as the associate editor of New Urban World Journal, and co-editor of a new book series entitled Urban Missiology in the 21st Century, and the urban editor of a new Biblical commentary series entitled, The Polis Commentary. Her hobbies include all types of music, reading (her favorite authors being Annie Dillard, Anne Lamott, Stanley Hauerwas, Ruth Tucker, and Eugene Peterson), a founding member of International Society of Urban Missiology and member of Evangelicals for Social Action and the American Society of Missiology, involvement in Habitat for Humanity, as well as traveling and visiting several urban partners all over the world, and learning continually from her 15 year old son, Truman. A.A., 1989, Minnesota Bible College B.A., Music, 1992, Minnesota Bible College M.Div., 1996, Emmanuel School of Religion D.Miss., 2004, Asbury Theological Seminary

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 12, 2018

      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

      TOBY SORRELS

      International Friendship, Gainesville FL

      Toby Sorrels is a native Floridian who has visited a variety of cultures ranging from Beijing China to primitive villages in the Amazon Jungle. Toby is a graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and he earned two Masters degrees focused on Culture and Communication. He has done graduate study abroad, and has served as Executive Director of International Friendship since 2000. Toby is passionate about saltwater fishing & photography. He regularly takes international scholars on their first fishing trip in the Gulf of Mexico. Toby and his wife Linda, have been married for 33 years and have two adult children, Stephanie and David.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 19, 2018

      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

      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: Monday, March 26, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Orlando Rivera

      Orlando FL

      Dr. Orlando Rivera is the director of the Center for Transformative Work CTW). CTW seeks to establish urban centers for church planting and leadership develop; stimulate the integration of faith, work, and economics through entrepreneurship and business acceleration in disadvantaged communities; and encourage indigenous church planting movements globally. Dr. Rivera is a workshop facilitator/ consultant to the DeVos Urban Leadership Initiative for alumni engagement and an adjunct instructor at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. He has a Masters degree in Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, a Masters in Business Administration from Rollins College, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership from Regent University. He and his wife Nancy have ten children and three grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 2, 2018

      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

      Jennifer Oberg

      Alachua FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 9, 2018

      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.

    • Instructor

      Kathleen Peterson

      Aaron & Hur Interational Ministries, Titusville FL

      Kathleen is the founder and director of Aaron & Hur International Ministries: A ministry to strengthen, equip and restore church leaders. She is the daughter and granddaughter of pioneer missionaries. Today she works in Latinamerica, most extensively in Cuba and in Panama.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 16, 2018

      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

      Craig and Rachel Frey

      Gainesville FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 23, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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