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LIVE WITH PASSION - RUN WITH PURPOSE

We are MADE FOR MORE

It has been said that "Perspectives will ruin you for the ordinary." Perspectives is a 15-week discipleship course that changes the way you view the world. It's a course in which you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world—from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. 

A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists, and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. Whether single, married, student, homemaker, professional, or retired, you will explore God's heart for every tribe, tongue, and language He created.


When: Sundays, 2-5pm (Jan 14 - Apr 29)

Where: The Chapel on The Campus - 3355 Dalrymple Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Cost: $300 for Certificate or Key Readings (includes reader and study guide)


Early Registration Discount: Receive $25 off when you register and pay by December 15th 

Special Alumni Pricing: Alumni can experience Perspectives again for a heavily reduced rate!



The First 2 classes are free. Come and join us!


Class Info

Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

Location: The Chapel on The Campus 3355 Dalrymple Drive Baton Rouge LA 70802

Contact: Steve Elworth

(847) 977-4088

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Brooks Buser

      New Tribes Mission, San Diego CA


    • Date: Sunday, October 8, 2017

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last 9 years traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Melissa Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Melissa has worked with Frontier Ventures (from the legacy of the U.S. Center for World Mission) since 2008. From 2008-2014 she lived and worked at the national office in Pasadena CA. Before this she interned with Frontier Ventures in NC, her home state. She has been involved with Perspectives since 2004. While in Pasadena, Melissa was the Insight National Director and involved in the local Pasadena Insight program. Melissa is passionate about God's heart for the nations and specifically mobilizing college students to find their place in God's global plan. Melissa and her husband Adam returned to NC in 2014 to be the Southeast Regional Directors for Perspectives.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 21, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Casey Williamson

      Campus Outreach, Baton Rouge LA

      Casey graduated from Troy University, and is working to complete his Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando. He has worked with Campus Outreach for the last 15 years and is currently the director of a new region in Baton Rouge, LA. Casey and Jill have spent several short-term stints in Central Asia teaching English and evangelizing Muslim college students. They really believe the college campus is the most strategic place to train and mobilize future missionaries as well as evangelize the many nations that are represented through international students. Casey and Jill have three children, Jadyn, Jonathan, and Joshua.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 28, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Cam and Tricia

      Baton Rouge LA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Steve Foster

      Community Bible Church, Baton Rouge LA

      Steve has been the pastor at Community Bible Church in Baton Rouge since 2010. Prior to that he served as a youth pastor in New Orleans and an associate pastor in Old Bridge, New Jersey. He is a graduate of New Orleans Baptist Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and Biblical Seminary in Hatfield, PA. Steve and his wife, Liz, have led and ministered together on several short-term mission trips in Latin America and Eastern Europe. They have four boys, Nate, Noah, Jonah, and Joshua.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Nathaniel Allen

      Global Outfitters, Fayetteville AR

      Nathan Allen graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a bachelors in History & Political Science. After being discipled in college by missions mobilizers, he joined The Traveling Team as a professional missions mobilizer for 4 years, speaking to thousands of college students at over 380 universities in over 33 states. He now resides in Fayetteville Arkansas where he is the Missions pastor at New Heights Church, Coordinates the Perspectives classes of Northwest Arkansas, and is the Director of Global Outfitters, a missions training organization and the sending arm of New Heights Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 25, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Hans Googer

      The Chapel, Baton Rouge LA

      Hans is currently the teaching pastor at The Chapel in the the Oaks in Baton Rouge, LA. Before serving at The Chapel he was pursuing his Master of Theology at Dallas Seminary. It was there that his vision for what God was planning to do in the world began. Hans' goal through his ministry has been to help people understand who they are in Christ and what God is destined to do in this world to bring glory to himself. Hans has been married to Courtney over nine years and they have three small boys, whom they pray become the next generation of world changers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Hans Googer

      The Chapel, Baton Rouge LA

      Hans is currently the teaching pastor at The Chapel in the the Oaks in Baton Rouge, LA. Before serving at The Chapel he was pursuing his Master of Theology at Dallas Seminary. It was there that his vision for what God was planning to do in the world began. Hans' goal through his ministry has been to help people understand who they are in Christ and what God is destined to do in this world to bring glory to himself. Hans has been married to Courtney over nine years and they have three small boys, whom they pray become the next generation of world changers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Steve Elworth

      Baton Rouge LA

      Steve serves at The Chapel on The Campus, a non-denominational church in Baton Rouge LA, as the Global Initiative Director. He helps lead the church in reaching the nations, both in Baton Rouge through International Ministry, and around the world through trips and partnerships. He and His wife Amber have a passion to see the church grasp and act on her God given opportunity and responsibility to make disciples of all nations. After pursuing going to the Muslim world themselves, God has had them stay in the states to help every follower of Jesus see that their lives have been bought and their redemption has been given not just for themselves, but so Jesus will be made known through every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 11, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Sunny Hong

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dallas TX

      Born in South Korea, Sunny Hong came to the US in 1983. She was employed in the computer software profession and was active in a local church. At that time Sunny was seeking for God’s call as to how she could be involved in missions. Eventually she felt God’s calling to the ministry of Wycliffe Bible translators. She joined Wycliffe in 1994 and worked as a mobilizer for Koreans in the US and Canada for 12 years. She then was sent to the Philippines to work as a mobilization consultant for the Wycliffe Asia and Pacific areas. While in the Philippines, she sensed God redirecting her ministry to missiology/anthropology. She pursued an intercultural studies Ph.D. program at Biola and after completing these studies, started working as an intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at GIAL (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistic), in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 18, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Danny Kennison

      The Medical Centers of West Africa, Inc., Sunshine LA

      Danny and his wife Frances along with their two sons moved to a central African country in 1992. There they served as part of a pioneering church planting team working among a major unreached people group with an estimated population of around fifteen million in all of sub-Saharan Africa. They returned to the US in 2013 and continue to serve the work in Africa by offering logistical and administrative support. They desire to serve the Body of Christ in the US as mobilizers and encouragers to those who serve in hard places. They also welcome the nations who live among us.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 25, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Bradley Buser

      Director Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 8, 2018

      Time: 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM

    • 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

      Steve Vinton

      Village Schools International, Mafinga

      Steve Vinton has served for more than two decades as a missionary in Africa, first as a teacher, and then as an advisor to his former students as they worked together to plant churches, to start primary and secondary schools, medical clinics, a teacher training college and a theological college, as well as to launch various community development projects. Steve and his wife Susan took the Perspectives Course together in 1989, quit their jobs in Washington DC and served as missionaries in the Congo until they were forced by war in 1999 to relocate to the neighboring country of Tanzania. In 2005, together with a number of their former students, Steve and Susan founded Village Schools International. VSI partners with people in villages to help them build schools for their children and then sends short-term missionaries to teach those students and to share the Gospel with them and their families. Today they have 31 schools open, another 7 currently under construction, and 8963 students enrolled, all of whom would have otherwise never had the opportunity to go to school. Since 2005 they have sent 158 short-term missionaries from North America and Europe to serve in Africa. Steve teaches the Perspectives Course whenever he has to travel to the United States.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 15, 2018

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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

      Tollie Meggs

      Out of the Boat Ministries, Tuscaloosa AL

      Founder of Out of the Boat Ministries where she is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Missions Mobilizer at Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa. Tollie leads retreats and conferences around the world, and has an ongoing counseling/teaching ministry to women in homeless shelters, helping them re-establish their lives. A passionate and gifted communicator, Tollie’s mission is: challenging and mobilizing followers of Christ to know Him more deeply and to make His glory known among the nations and to take the gospel of Jesus to the lost.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 22, 2018

      Time: 2:00 PM to 5:00 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

      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have four children: Camden, Brody, Axel and Quincy.

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      Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

      Time: 2:00 AM to 5:00 AM

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