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Coming Spring 2018
Perspectives on the World Christian Movement!

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


You are invited to join a unique discipleship journey! Perspectives on the World Christian Movement is an adventure of a lifetime that will give you a fresh and deeper understanding of God's story and His desire for you to be a part of it. Perspectives is a course of vision - a vision that will change the way you view the world and help mobilize and equip you to live a life of passion and purpose as Jesus did.

We will hear 15 outstanding speakers as they share from their experiences and teach on the biblical, historical, cultural & strategic perspectives of God's plan for the nations.  Hear how God has been and continues to work throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Find out what your part is in this exciting movement to make Jesus' disciples from all nations. 

6 Ways to Reach God's World: Learn, Pray, Go, Send, Welcome, or Mobilize
Join us for our FIRST NIGHT FREE and see how Perspectives can change the way you see the world!

CHECK OUT THIS PROMO VIDEO 


Is this course mainly for those interested in missions?

Absolutely not! This is a course for the Church. The goal is to bring our individual lives into a closer alignment with God's purpose. To join God in His story. If you want to grow and be challenged—want more vision, direction and eternal impact to come from your life—you will love this class!


Where?

Southside Church of Christ, 1533 Nicholasville Rd., Lexington KY 40503.

When?

Monday evenings — 6:30-9:30 PM
January 8 through May 2

 

What are the enrollment options?
Key Reading Level: Prepare for great speakers and their material with light reading. Be challenged along with certificate and credit level students to consider your own role in the Great Commission. 
Reading: 1-2 hours/week
Homework: 
None
Personal Reflections: 
5/course
Research Project: None
Exams: None 

Certificate Level
: This is the recommended level. If you desire to dig deeper into the material than is required with the "Key Reading Level", and you feel the need for a push to help motivate you to cover the material, then this is the level for you. 
Christian Educators: This also qualifies in fulfillment of 7 teaching CEUs. 
Reading: 2-3 hours/week
Homework: 1 hour
Personal Reflections: 5/course
Research Project: 1 short paper at the end of the course
Exams: None 

Credit LevelA college level study with 3 semester credit hours given through Trinity International University.

Reading: 3-4 hours/week
Homework: 1 hour
Personal Reflections: 5/course
Research Project: 1 paper at the end of the course
Exams: 2 - Midterm and Final

How much does it cost?

Key Reader and Certificate Levels: $275($250 w/Early Registration)
Credit Level: $500 (3 credit hrs transferable to UK)

To qualify for Early Registration you must be registered by Jan. 1st

Are there any discounts?

Early Registrants receive a $25 discount. (Before Jan. 1)

Student Registrants can receive a $25 discount. (Students can only receive one discount)


Other scholarships may be available.  Please don't allow the cost to deter you from participating in this life changing course!  Just let us know.

 

How do I Register?

Simply click on registration to the right & fill in the form.  We do ask that you pay a $45 registration fee as soon as possible so we can assure we have the funds to order the books.  

You can also contact Miles Phelps with any questions.

 

Other pertinent information:

Please contact the class coordinator, Miles Phelps, at (859) 229-1909 or  if you have any questions.


Hear how God has been, and still is working throughout the world. Learn more about God's kingdom and His glory. Be encouraged to hear how God is working in local, national and global missions, and find out what your part may be in Christ's command to "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations."

Check out our Lesson 1 sample, below!


Class Info

Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Southside Church of Christ 1533 Nicholasville Rd Lexington KY 40503

Contact: Miles Phelps

(859) 229-1909

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Miles Phelps

      City For The Nations , Lexington KY

      Miles and Melanie Phelps have been happily married for 16 years. They currently resident in Lexington, Kentucky with their five year old daughter Penielle. They believe in serving a God that has no limits. Their lives together have been marked by a lifestyle of living by faith and seeing God’s faithfulness to His word. Miles and Melanie Phelps are popular speakers and well known for their workshops on the prophetic, spiritual warfare, church planting, city reaching, evangelism, leadership, and spirituality. A strong part of Miles and Melanie’s ministry is reaching out to the poor, marginalized and supporting many projects around the world. They also financially support and help to underwrite church planting, leadership development, evangelism, and health and rescue projects in the third world.


    • Date: Monday, January 8, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 15, 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.

    • Instructor

      Brett Martin

      Louisville KY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 22, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mark Driskill

      Emmanuel Fellowship Church, Jackson KY

      Mark and Mary Driskill work together as community ministers in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. We have been married for 29 years and have home-schooled four children. We co pastor a Baptist church, Serve as camp pastors in a Mennonite youth camp and Mark teaches in a Free Methodist boarding school. Mark has written three books and travels overseas every two years to train pastors in developing countries. Mary is a certified Yoga instructor and an ordained minister. She uses her gifts to help people find wholeness in body, mind and spirit. Our vision is to "Be a blessing to all the families of the earth." By preaching, teaching and healing in Jesus name. (Genesis 12:1-3 / Matthew 4:23)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 29, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 5, 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.

    • Instructor

      Corrie

      Nitro WV

      Hi, my name is Corrie! I have spent 9 years in cross-cultural ministry: 7 years among international students in the US and 2 years among college students in China. I credit the 2012 Perspectives class as a major factor in my decision to move to China. Now I'm super excited to be an instructor and share with you some of the things God has taught me as He's helped me put Perspectives into practice.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 12, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Pearson

      Nicholasville KY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 19, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dean Davis

      Wilmore KY



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 26, 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.

    • Instructor

      Meredith Garrison

      Lexington KY



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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.

    • Instructor

      Jay Moon

      Nicholasville KY



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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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    • 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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    • 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.

    • Instructor

      Larry Frick

      GO InterNational, Wilmore KY

      Dr. Larry Frick is a family physician who serves as Director of Medical Missions for GO InterNational, leading short term medical teams to minister with GO’s partners to the poor of the world who have little access to medical care. He is developing GO’s Community Health Evangelism ministry, working with GO’s indigenous partners establish CHE programs in their communities. He has ministered with GO in fourteen countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Prior to coming to GO in 2008, he practiced family medicine for 14 years in Chillicothe, Ohio.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Jason Holland

      Joshua Nations, Rockwall 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.

    • Instructor

      Ken Shirkey

      Gateway Center for World Mission, Versailles KY

      Twenty six years in mission with emphasis on mission mobilization, training church leaders in nations, missionary care and discipleship: Formerly with U.S.Center for World Mission regional ministries Currently Director Gateway CWM working in Brazil, Haiti and Uganda and with churches in US.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Charles Madinger

      4.2.20 Foundation/Center for Oral Scriptures, Lexington KY

      My passion for mission began with a life transforming week where I first learned to share my faith. I knew at that moment bringing others into the Kingdom and multiplying the process was what my life was to be about. Since then God led me through 25+ years in located ministry culminating with a 10 year position as the missions pastor at a large church in Lexington, KY. He gave me mentors and insights that I now use to reach the Oral Majority of the world, and to help build mission strategies in churches and missions organizations around the world. I am also involved in helping church movements and missions organizations design and implement instruction and training for oral cultures.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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    • Instructor

      Miles Phelps

      City For The Nations , Lexington KY

      Miles and Melanie Phelps have been happily married for 16 years. They currently resident in Lexington, Kentucky with their five year old daughter Penielle. They believe in serving a God that has no limits. Their lives together have been marked by a lifestyle of living by faith and seeing God’s faithfulness to His word. Miles and Melanie Phelps are popular speakers and well known for their workshops on the prophetic, spiritual warfare, church planting, city reaching, evangelism, leadership, and spirituality. A strong part of Miles and Melanie’s ministry is reaching out to the poor, marginalized and supporting many projects around the world. They also financially support and help to underwrite church planting, leadership development, evangelism, and health and rescue projects in the third world.

    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, May 2, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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