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Join us on this journey to discover God's heart and purpose - a purpose in which you have a part to play.

What is Perspectives?
--Challenging 15-week study course exploring the world Christian movement and surveying the global cause of Christ
--Rich teaching from a diversity of church leaders, missionaries, and experts in the field, including Don Richardson and Dennis Cochrane (click links to watch their story)
--Outstanding readings from world-renowned authors and communicators
--Fun, dynamic learning environment with other believers

Why should I take Perspectives? 
--Learn about God's unchanging purposes in the world
--Discover your role in fulfilling God's grand redemptive plan
--Grow in your relationship with the Lord and His Church

This course is for all people from all walks and stages of life looking to know more of who God is, what He's about, and how we can join the adventure!

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*The course can be taken for college credit and transferred as "GenEd" at FSU or as a missions course at Tallahassee Christian College & Training Center.
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Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Four Oaks Midtown 526 E 8th Ave Tallahassee FL 32301

Contact: Scott Stake

850-385-6572

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Scott Stake

      Four Oaks Community Church, Tallahassee FL

      My name is Scott Stake, and I'm the Pastor of Groups & Missions at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee. Go Seminoles! As a husband, father of 4, and pastor, I'm constantly reminded of my sin and need for Jesus and His wonderful grace. And my hope is that I can point others to Him, not through my perfections, but my brokenness and dependence on His amazing love! As pastor of missions, I seek to lead our church in identifying, training, mobilizing, sending, and caring for missionaries throughout the world. In teaching Perspectives, my hope is that students would see God's heart for the nations and serve the Lord wherever He calls them.


    • Date: Thursday, January 11, 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.

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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      I spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students and another 4 mobilizing for PIONEERS. My wife and I just returned from serving on a church planting team in Central Asia where we served in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 18, 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: Thursday, January 25, 2018

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Gus Davies

      Longwood FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

      Time: 6:30 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).

    • Instructor

      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: Thursday, February 8, 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: Thursday, February 15, 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

      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: Thursday, February 22, 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

      Jim Govatos

      Deer Lake United Methodist Church, Tallahassee FL

      After a radical encounter with Jesus Christ during his senior year at college, Jim experienced the saving love and power of Jesus Christ. In preparation for full-time ministry, Jim studied at Yale Divinity School under Henri Nouwen and Charles Foreman. Jim's pastoral service has included time in Australia and Michigan, as well as Florida. His current church, Deer Lake UMC, is deeply involved with mission efforts in Cuba, Haiti, and Guatemala. Jim is happily married to Susan and lives in Tallahassee, FL. Jesus is Lord!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 1, 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

      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: Thursday, March 8, 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

      Kathleen Thomas

      Master's Mind Strategies, Tallahassee FL

      Teaching as a team, Dean and Kathy Thomas have a passion to encourage and empower leaders in their faith and work through the power of God as found in his Word. Over 20 years ago, they left their secular work, sold their home, and moved their family to answer God's call to serve with Wycliffe Bible Translators. From 1996 to 2002, they lived and worked among the Guji people of Ethiopia when they returned to the US. Dean continued to serve SIL Africa in leadership development and as teams coordinator and consultant. They retired from Wycliffe in 2016. Now, Dean and Kathy serve as consultants in leadership, organizational development, and biblically -inspired strategic planning helping organizational leaders transform their companies and communities through Godly leadership. They are excited to be a part of promoting Perspectives to those seeking God's purposes and plans and want to be a part of them.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 22, 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: Thursday, March 29, 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

      Don

      World Team, Orlando FL

      Canadian-born, Don received Christ at a YFC rally in 1952 and later graduated from Prairie Bible Institute and Wycliffe's SIL course. From 1962-1977 Don and his late wife, Carol Joy [Soderstrom], an RN, served in Irian Jaya (now Papua, Indonesia) among the Sawi, a Stone-Age cannibal-headhunter tribe. After Don designed a Sawi alphabet, he and Carol taught literacy, planted churches, healed the sick and translated the New Testament. More than half the tribe came to Christ. Author of six books, including "Peace Child" and "Eternity in Their Hearts," Don holds an honorary doctorate from Biola University. He represents World Team at missions conferences and in churches, teaches seminars, and lectures for Perspectives on the World Christian Movement. 17 months after his late wife's passing, Don wed Carol Joyce Abraham, who now serves with him in ministry by speaking to women's groups, singing solos, mentoring, and providing hospitality.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 5, 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

      Kate Schell

      SIL Philippines, Jacksonville FL

      Kate Schell (nee Shugart) works on a Wycliffe/SIL team serving a people group in the southern Philippines who are culturally marginalized because of their Muslim faith, semi-nomadic lifestyle and lack of resources. The SIL team is involved in Scripture engagement, Old Testament translation, community development projects and supporting formal and non-formal education in the languages of the people group. Kate is focused on teacher training, educational materials development and advocacy for greater inclusion of minority children in the multilingual formal education system. Kate earned her Bachelor's degree in English Literature and Spanish from Florida State University in 2008, and an M.A. in Linguistics from Florida State University in 2011. She is currently working on research to complete her M.A. in Literacy Programme Development with Redcliffe College, University of Gloucestershire in the UK. She lived in the Philippines from 2013-2015, but is now based in Jacksonville, Florida, where she lives with her husband, Chris. She continues to serve remotely with SIL Philippines, traveling to the Philippines periodically.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 12, 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

      Ted Esler

      Missio Nexus, Orlando FL

      Ted Esler is the President of Missio Nexus, an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 Great Commission workers worldwide. A Minnesota native, Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990’s. He is the author of the book, "Overwhelming Minority," about their family's ministry in Bosnia. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join Pioneers USA’s leadership team. He was appointed the President of Missio Nexus in 2015. Ted has BS in Computer Science and Speech Communication (Mankato State University, 1985), an MTS in Theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a PhD in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012). Ted is married to Annette and they have five children. Ted loves sailing, Crossfit, bikes, plays bass, and enjoys eating ethnic foods from around the world. Ted is a part of a church planting network in Orlando called "The Living Room," and serves as a board member for a couple of ministry organizations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 19, 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

      Richard Kronk

      Gainesville GA

      Rick and his wife, Denise, spent 17 years in Europe as church planters with Christar in France among North African Muslim immigrants. They served on church planting teams in Lyon, Grenoble, and Mulhouse, France. In addition, Rick has been involved in the training of potential workers among Muslims and contributes to the development of pastoral leadership of the emerging North African church. Rick is Assistant Professor of Global Ministries at Toccoa Falls College.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 26, 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

      Scott Stake

      Four Oaks Community Church, Tallahassee FL

      My name is Scott Stake, and I'm the Pastor of Groups & Missions at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee. Go Seminoles! As a husband, father of 4, and pastor, I'm constantly reminded of my sin and need for Jesus and His wonderful grace. And my hope is that I can point others to Him, not through my perfections, but my brokenness and dependence on His amazing love! As pastor of missions, I seek to lead our church in identifying, training, mobilizing, sending, and caring for missionaries throughout the world. In teaching Perspectives, my hope is that students would see God's heart for the nations and serve the Lord wherever He calls them.

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      Date: Thursday, May 3, 2018

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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