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Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...

Matthew 28:29

God’s Purpose + Your God Given Purpose = Significance!

On Monday nights starting, August 20, 2018 you can join the movement.

Perspectives is a 15 week in-depth discipleship course that will change the way you view the world around you. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will open your eyes to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world - from the urban and suburban streets of Baldwin County to the rain forests and deserts of distant lands. Whether single, married, student, homemaker, children, men or women's ministry, you will explore God's heart for every tribe, tongue, and language that He has created and placed around us here at home and to the ends of the earth. 

After this course, your life may never be the same!!

You will learn from 15 Different Instructors over 15 weeks.  All of them excellent and all of them passionate about this course. They will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s Mercy, Greatness and Love.

This course is not just for those going as full-time missionaries!

Find out what is your PURPOSE! It may be sending, welcoming, praying, supporting, and yes even going.

When: Mondays, 6:30- 9:30 PM -- Aug. 20, 2018 thru Dec. 10, 2018 (Lesson #1 - Aug. 27, 2018)

Where: Redemption Church – Saraland1251 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland, AL 36571 

Pricing: $285 includes the Reader and Study Guide. Pay online registration 'in full' by Aug. 5, 2018 for the $25 Early Bird Discount!

Additional $25 discount If a family member takes the course.

Pastor Discount: $50

Alumni Pricing:  No charge, but former Key Reading alumni can upgrade to Certificate Level for only $70.

Information Session: Orientation & Pre-Registration - Pick Up Books: Monday, Aug. 20th at 6:30 PM

Visit first and second class at no charge.        

Coordinator:  Craig Wells - 334-456-9197  

 

Class Info

Date: Monday, August 20, 2018

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Redemption Church 1251 Industrial Parkway Saraland AL 36571

Contact: Charles Craig Wells

(334) 456-9197

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Orientation NIght

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, August 20, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mike Megginson

      Fairhope AL

      Mike currently serves as an Associate Pastor at 3Circle Church in Fairhope, Alabama. He and his wife, Sally, recently completed two years of missionary service in Costa Rica helping with leadership development and discipleship. Mike is passionate about seeing God's people live out their "sentness" whether it's across the street or across an ocean.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 27, 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

      Doug Gehman

      Globe International, Pensacola FL

      Doug has been involved in full-time missions since 1978 ministering in over 50 nations. He founded a outreach and church planting ministry in Thailand and Sri Lanka. Doug and his team saw the ministry grow in Sri Lanka to a church planting movement of nearly 100 congregations and 35,000 members. Doug is the President/Director of Globe International which is headquartered in Pensacola, FL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 3, 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

      C. Thomas Wright

      Mobile Baptist Association, Mobile AL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 10, 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).

    • Instructor

      Jim Mather

      Friends of Internationals, Mobile AL

      Jim and Mary Mather began leading Friends of Internationals in Mobile, AL in July of 1998. Prior to this time the Mather Family lived in Northern Pakistan helping to establish and direct an eye hospital there. Their experience in Pakistan helped them develop an understanding of the importance of hospitality in adjusting to a different culture and lifestyle. All Nations Community Church was started in January 2009 as an outgrowth of this ministry. Jim Mather is now the Lead Pastor of ANCC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 17, 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

      Daniel Owen

      Gobal Gates, Sugar Land TX

      Daniel Owen and his family serve with Global Gates among South Asian Muslims in Houston, TX. Their vision is to see disciples made and churches planted among South Asian Muslims that starts in our global cities and spreads back to unreached people groups in their home countries, to the ends of the earth, to the glory of God! In addition to their ministry among Muslims, Daniel serves in the role of Chief Operations Officer for the Global Gates missions organization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 24, 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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      Danny Armstrong

      Globe International, Pensacola FL

      Danny and Judy Armstrong ministered overseas first in Indonesia helping launch a Bible Institute that grew to 500+ students. Then while living in Penang, they partnered with others to start the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, training, mobilizing, and facilitating a church planting team focused in S. Thailand, while directing Field Training for Bethany Int’l University. In 2004, Danny and Judy launched Perspectives in Augusta, GA. Danny and Judy now coordinate Interns and Training as part of the Leadership Team with Globe International in Pensacola, FL.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 1, 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

      Elise Dockery

      Tampa FL

      Elise Dockery currently works as a Corporate Trainer residing in sunny Tampa, FL. Missions is her primary passion in the Kingdom taking her to urban areas of the US, Mexico, China, and Africa. Although she has served in multiple areas of the local church for many years, she greatly anticipates this next chapter of service as one of two SE Regional Administrators for Perspectives and any form of mobilization. Whatever the role of service, her goal and desire is to continue to make a Kingdom impact on those she meets through Perspectives and the marketplace at large!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 8, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Mike Hoppe

      Saraland United Methodist Church, Saraland AL

      Dr. Mike Hoppe has served as Lead Pastor of Saraland UMC since 2013. Mike believes that the local church is God's greatest resource for completing the Great Commission, and that the whole church has a role to play in completing our unfinished mission. Mike previously served as a missionary to Kazakhstan, serving in a long term role while receiving short term teams, and he later served as a missions pastor, overseeing all aspects of missions for a large congregation. Mike earned his doctorate in missions, and he has served in all leadership roles of Perspectives course coordination. Mike is married to Reed, who serves on staff with a mission-sending organization, and together they have two young children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 15, 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

      Keith B

      Chattanooga TN

      Keith has more than 30 years’ experience helping to bring the gospel into unreached people groups of Africa. Keith and his wife, first moved to East Africa in the early 80’s where they worked in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania in various community health evangelism and church-planting projects. Through most of the 90’s the B’s developed and directed a two-year church-planting training program based from Arusha, Tanzania. This program continues to be one of the most effective training programs in missions today having trained nearly 500 missionaries on more than 50 teams and in 15 countries. Since 2000, Keith has been directing a new focus to see Christ’s Church planted in Islamic areas of Africa, specifically North Africa and the Horn of Africa. Because these countries do not issue ‘church’ or ‘mission’ visas, Keith has developed alternate ways to gain access for Christian workers to live and proclaim in these countries. These creative means of access have included the development of more than a dozen profitable Kingdom companies across several North African countries as well as the development of a number of not-for-profit, Non-Governmental Organization’s (NGO) in four countries. He also developed relationships within the governments of three diverse countries that allow for the placement of proclaimers in government offices and public institutions. Keith holds a degree in Business Administration. The B’s are currently engaged in the recruiting, training, mentoring and coaching of Business For Transformation (B4T)/Business As Mission (BAM) personnel. Keith and his wife have three children, all born and raised in Africa.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 22, 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.

    • 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, October 29, 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.

    • Instructor

      Paul Koehler

      Biblical Storytelling, Lillian AL

      25 fruitful years in Latin America, establishing training schools, led Paul to seek even more effective methods of Bible teaching. The Koehler’s took Perspectives in San Antonio, in 1993. Paul says "Perspectives provoked a big shift in our ministry, changing the course of our lives!" He went on to earn a M.A. from Fuller Sem, and a doctorate in Biblical Storytelling from United Theological Seminary. The result of his investigation led to development of a storytelling method, The Oral Bible. Primitive tribal peoples as well as modern urban people understand the Bible deeply by learning it as a story. Consequently, families find salvation, physical healing, liberation from demonic forces, many childless couples conceive, and hundreds of new congregations are planted.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 5, 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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      Ken Wheeler

      Christians United Ministries Inc., Foley AL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 12, 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

      John Lambert

      Liberty Church | Liberty Network International, Pensacola FL

      John Lambert is the Executive Pastor of Liberty Church, a thriving multi-site church with a strong global missions focus. He is also the Executive Director of Liberty Network International, a missional focused network of ministers both in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to this role, John served as missions strategist and trainer with Frontier Ventures (formerly known as the U.S. Center for World Mission USCWM and the Frontier Mission Fellowship FMF). John has also served with his family as missionaries to the Isan and Northern Thai people. He has traveled extensively and continues to travel with an emphasis on supporting indigenous leaders. John is a writer for Mission Frontiers magazine and is a part of SEANET (South and Southeast Asia Network), a group of scholars and missions practitioners working to accelerate Gospel breakthrough among Buddhist peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 19, 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

      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 26, 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

      William Waters

      IMB, Milton FL

      I began my ministry working with skate boarders, developing ciriculum and leaders. Then I began working with surfers nationally and golbally raising leaders for an international mission movement. I currently serve as a church planter and evangelist in Portugal reaching and raising up leaders to develop disciples in Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 3, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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      Celebration Night

      Celebration

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 10, 2018

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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