Charlotte, NC S18    Spring 2018
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15 weeks. 15 instructors. 15 readings. One Epic Story!


Why take Perspectives?

Whatever else you choose to do with your life, every Christian is called to take part in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19,20).  The great unifying theme of believers worldwide is to make disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.


Each one of us has been uniquely gifted to play a special role in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.  Come and learn about what God is doing to redeem people to Himself - and how He desires for you to engage and participate in that task.  (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)


6 Ways to Reach God's World: Learn, Pray, Go, Send, Welcome, or Mobilize

When: Tuesday January 16 - May 8
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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

Location: Calvary Church 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road Charlotte NC 28226

Contact: Wayne Smith

(704) 998-7805

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      Len Bartlotti

      Frontiers, La Mirada CA

      Leonard N. (Len) Bartlotti, Ph.D. is a well-known speaker, author, mobilizer, educator and strategy consultant to faith-based organizations. He and his wife Debi served 14 years among one of the world's largest Muslim people groups. Dr. Len is a passionate communicator who combines a love for students with deep empathy and understanding of other cultures. He and his wife Debi, a nurse midwife and licensed Spiritual Director, have been married for 43 years, and have three married adult children, five grandchildren and one bi-cultural (Cockapoo) dog, and live in Southern California.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Coty Pinckney

      Desiring God Community Church, Harrisburg NC

      With a doctorate in the economics of poor countries, Coty worked with developing country governments in Africa and Asia for two decades. During the 1990's God called him out of economics into a full-time preaching and teaching ministry. The Pinckneys served as missionaries in Cameroon during 2001/02. Coty returned to the Charlotte area in 2002 to plant Desiring God Community Church. Coty also partnered with David Voth of Steele Creek Church to bring the Perspectives course back to Charlotte after a long hiatus. In addition to his pastoral work and his service with Perspectives Charlotte, Coty is involved in training and equipping pastors in India, Indonesia, and elsewhere. Coty and his wife Beth have six children and three grandchildren, and live in Harrisburg, NC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      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, January 30, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      John Munro

      Calvary Church, Charlotte NC

      Formerly an attorney in Scotland, God called John to be a preacher of grace and a shepherd of souls. After receiving the call, John and his wife, Gudny, relocated to the US to attend Dallas Theological Seminary and entered full-time ministry. John has served in pastoral ministry for over 30 years; formerly in the role of Senior Pastor in churches in Kalamazoo, MI; Pittsburgh, PA; and Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has been Senior Pastor at Calvary Church since February 2006.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      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, February 13, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Marti Wade

      Pioneers, Columbia SC

      Marti Wade has been serving Pioneers since 2007, focusing primarily on projects involving research and writing. Before joining Pioneers she spent time in more than a dozen countries supporting cultural research teams sent to explore unreached communities and mobilize efforts to reach these groups. Since 2004 she has been the editor of Missions Catalyst weekly email newsletter. Marti wrote "Through Her Eyes," a book about the lives of missionary women in the Muslim world and in 2016 completed a Master's thesis on trends and tensions in how agencies train new workers. She began teaching Perspectives, primarily the history lessons, in the late 1990’s.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      David Livingston

      Bethlehem Baptist Church, Burnsville MN

      In 2009 my wife and I completed a sabbatical journey to South Africa & the British Isles to study the famous lives of John Bunyan, William Carey, & David Livingstone . . . seeing all sorts of places from Capetown to Hadrian's Wall! This year we will have completed 25 years of service at our current church and 41 years altogether. And we are the delighted grandparents of 8 grandchildren, ranging in age from 10 years to 6 months.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Jason McKnight

      Kinston NC

      Jason has been involved in mission in many ways: serving with Hockey Ministries International, based in Montreal; pastoring a mission-oriented church for 12 years (Grace Fellowship), serving on the board of South America Mission, participating in the Lausanne 2010 Congress in Cape Town, and for the past five years training pastors/church planters in Romania and Egypt. He loves to watch God’s kingdom purposes accomplished across the world. He and his family live in Kinston, NC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Momo S

      Matthews NC

      Born and raised in Pakistan, Momo came to the US to attend college. After undergraduate studies in Architecture and Business Administration, and 3 years of campus ministry, Momo earned graduate degrees in Cross Cultural Studies and in Divinity. Momo and his wife and 4 children, then lived 7 years among a Muslim tribe in West Africa, until displaced by Liberia’s civil war. They then worked 6 years in Karachi. In addition to his full-time job advancing the work of his denomination’s overseas ministries, Momo connects Christians with the many Muslims that God has brought to North America (+15,000 in Greater Charlotte alone). In addition, Momo also gives long term leadership to Perspectives Charlotte.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Marsha Woodard

      Greensboro NC

      Marsha came to faith in Christ in 1979 on a hippie journey to Africa, searching for the meaning of life; three years later she began what would become a life-time career, engaging the globe for her Lord. Marsha has served in Latin America, Europe and North Africa, including the adventure of living in refugee camps in the Sahara Desert. She now serves with Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators. As Special Projects Coordinator, she develops and implements training programs for partners around the world. Marsha's passion, training and mentoring new cross-cultural workers, led her to author “To Timbuktu and Beyond: A Guide to Getting Started in Missions”, published by William Carey Library, in 2009.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Karen Griffith

      Center for Intercultural Training, Forest City NC

      Karen and her husband Gary, with their two boys, joined Center for Intercultural Training, after 17 years of missions throughout Europe. Karen is burdened to see cross-cultural workers thrive in life and ministry. Karen married Gary in 1996, and moved from Poland to Bulgaria, to teach Theological English, preparing Eastern Europeans for ministry. In 2001 the Griffiths moved to Scotland. Karen served in women’s ministries, teacher training and leadership development. Returning to Bulgaria in 2005, Karen taught English to Bulgarians and coached missionaries through language and cultural adaptation. Now with CIT, she helps missionaries worldwide to thrive!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Tim

      Pinedale Christian Church, Lexington NC

      After graduating from William Carey Int.U.,Tim worked with Frontiers in a closed muslim country from 1985-87. He has served as missions chairman at his home church in Winston-Salem, and continues to consult on development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Carribean. Tim is President of GIS Inc., a landscape design franchise looking to eventually create BAM entry platforms for new teams of CP'ers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Bob Hay

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Born in Nigeria, but raised in New Jersey, Bob Hay is a Third Culture Kid and a third generation SIM missionary. He has been involved in ministry since 1982. He graduated from Bryan College (TN) with a BA in history and minors in Bible and Biblical Greek, and then from Columbia Biblical Seminary (now Columbia International University (SC)) with an M.Div in cross-cultural ministry. Ordained to gospel ministry in 1991, he and his wife, Amy, went to Japan in 1992 where they helped plant a Japanese church in the Tokyo suburbs and he served as pastor while raising their sons together. Since 2003 he has been involved in the recruiting, selecting, and equipping of missionaries serving with SIM.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Bobby

      HBI Ministries International, Forest VA

      Dr. Paul Gupta is a missionary statesman who has served the nation of India in building transformational leaders to disciple the nation. He serves as the Chairman and President of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India and the President of HBI Global Partners in the USA. He has served as a national missionary in mobilizing and envisioning the church in India and around the world. Dr. Gupta completed his Master of Divinity in 1980 from Talbot Seminary, and his Master of Theology and Ph.D in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, in 1992 In 1985 he pioneered a church planting movement called the Indian National Evangelical Church (INEC) that currently has 844 indigenous pastors who have planted 10,118 churches in 23 states of India and in Nepal. In 1987 Paul enabled a movement called "the Council on National Service" (CONS) that is committed to discipling the whole nation by envision, mobilizing and equipping the Church to disciple India. In 1985 India had less than 114,000 and after envisioning and mobilizing the local churches with a strategy of saturation church planting, it is estimated that India has over 750,000 churches presently. Paul Gupta has been honoured as the Alumnus of the year for 2005 by Fuller Seminary, California, USA In March 2006, Dr. Paul Gupta co-authored a book entitled, “Breaking Tradition to accomplish vision” with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter. He has co-authored a series of books titled "Unfinished Task" for the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition to Dr.Gupta’s teaching at HBI & College, he regularly teaches for the U.S. center for World Missions (Venture Missions) in their perspective courses; and the Haggai Institute of leadership development. Bobby and Linnet Gupta are married for 41 years and are blessed with three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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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      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

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