Arkadelphia, AR S18    Spring 2018
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15 weeks. 15 Instructors. One Epic Story.

Perspectives is a 15 week epic journey designed to open your eyes to God's purpose for every believer, regardless of age, gender, or vocation.

You are invited to join us for this life changing event. Register today.

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Where?

  • First Baptist Church Arkadelphia
  • 701 Pine Street Arkadelphia, AR 71923

When?

  • Tuesdays: January 23 – May 8, 2018       6:00 – 9:00 pm 
  • Class will not meet March 20
  • First Two Sessions (January 23 and January 30) are open to the public!

Cost?

  • $270 for Key Reading or Certificate level new students (includes reader and workbook)
  • $25 Early Bird discount – save $25 for registration and payment by January 3, 2018.
  • $75 Family Member discount – for additional family member; second family member in the same household may claim this discount (Early Bird discount also allowed).
  •  How to Register?

    •  Register online! Click on "Register for this class" in the upper right section of the web page. If you need assistance call class coordinator, Amy Gattis at 5017039967.

     Course Materials?

    • The printed materials (Perspectives Study Guide and Reader) are part of the class cost.  Students will not need to order printed materials.  

     Why take Perspectives?

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    Class Info

    Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    Location: First Baptist Church 701 Pine St Arkadelphia AR 71923

    Contact: Amy Gattis

    (870) 703-9967

     
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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

        Hudson Smith

        The Traveling Team, Conway AR

        Hudson Smith grew up in Arkansas, and earned a degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the Director of Operations for The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. During his time on staff, he has traveled to 49 states and 3 countries and spoken to over 40,000 college students, sharing God's heart for the world.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Eric G.

        Beautiful Feet, Choctaw OK

        Eric Guthrie is the Executive Director of Beautiful Feet, a missionary mobilization, training and sending organization focused on the unreached. Eric has traveled to more than 35 countries and ministered among all of the major religious blocks. He has been involved with a church planting movement in India that has seen more than 750,000 people swept into the Kingdom in the past fifteen years. Eric has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Missiology at Fuller. He has been married for 31 years. In his free time, Eric enjoys reading, collecting comic books, playing guitar, and listening to the blues.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Kyle Reno

        The Summit Church, Conway AR

        Kyle has been married to his amazing wife since June 2004 and they have two sons. Cooper & Able. In April 2014 he planted The Summit Church in Conway, Ar. By God's grace the church has many reached locally and mobilized globally.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, February 6, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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).

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        Kevin Little

        Maumelle AR



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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

        Time: 6:00 PM to 6:00 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.

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        Marty Brown

        Heritage Baptist Church, Oklahoma City OK

        Marty is the Lead Teaching and Missions Pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He is married to Jan and they have three children and six grandchildren. His is leading his church in church planting among an unreached people group in Central Asia.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, February 20, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Clif Johnson

        Hope AR

        Clif has been on staff at Garrett Memorial Baptist Church in Hope, AR., since 2005, & has served as Senior Pastor since 2008. He is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas who loves reading, traveling, Yankees baseball, & being around people. He has led mission work in Dominican Republic, Belize, Tanzania, Czech Republic, and Haiti. He met his wife, Kristi, while attending Central Baptist College in Conway, AR. They married in 2001. Kristi was raised in St. Louis & is passionate about being the wife & mother God has called her to be. Clif & Kristi have three children: Jack, Sam, & Sophia. Clif is a graduate of Central Baptist College in Conway, AR., & Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN. He also earned his D.Min from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Anna Darnell

        Perspectives, Conway AR

        Anna is passionate about mobilizing; realizing that it will take an army of God's children all walking in their specific gifting's and working together to finish this great task. Whether locally or abroad, one of her greatest joys is helping others realize who God created them to be and guiding them as they take steps toward their specific role in fulfilling the Great Commission. She currently serves through Perspectives as the South Central Regional Director.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Andrew Broeckelman

        Christar, Garland TX

        Andrew grew up on a farm in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013. Upon graduation, Andrew joined staff with The Traveling Team, a mobilization ministry that recruits students from all major universities to God's global purposes. During a five year span, Andrew spoke to over 25,000 students at 150 different universities across the country about God's heart for the world. In 2018, Andrew and his wife joined Christar and moved to Spain for one year to work on a mobilization project hosting college students for short term trips and internships while working with Muslim immigrants and refugees. Andrew has firsthand experience in 12 different countries where Christar workers labor to bring light to least reached peoples.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Yvonne Huneycutt

        Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

        Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for 25 years as a local class coordinator, regional director, instructor, author and Perspectives Global trainer. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and numerous short-term trips into over 35 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Gene Daniels

        Run Ministries, Jacksonville AR

        "Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, most of that time as church planters in Central Asia. He is now the Director of Fruitful Practice Research, multi-agency network of missiologists who are studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including “Searching for the Indigenous Church” and "Margins of Islam." (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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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, April 10, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Cliff Peters

        Paraclete Mission Group, Siloam Springs AR

        Cliff is an inventor, trainer, and missionary with Paraclete Mission Group. He comes alongside missionaries and national workers to help them meet basic human needs and share Christ’s love in tangible ways. He has worked with the Navigators and REACH Ministries in the Philippines, with UWM in Bolivia, with Servants in Faith and Technology in Alabama, and the Inst. for Biblical Community Development in Arkansas. He's been married to Jeannie for 35 years, and has 4 children, one with the Lord.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Gene Daniels

        Run Ministries, Jacksonville AR

        "Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, most of that time as church planters in Central Asia. He is now the Director of Fruitful Practice Research, multi-agency network of missiologists who are studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including “Searching for the Indigenous Church” and "Margins of Islam." (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Brian Hogan

        Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

        Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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      • Class Info

        Date: Tuesday, May 1, 2018

        Time: 6:00 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.

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        Joe G

        PIONEERS, Orlando FL

        Joe has been with Pioneers for 15 years. Previously., he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia 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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        Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

        Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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