Abilene, TX // S19    Spring 2019
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You Were MADE FOR MORE!

Use what's in you to bless the world around you!


Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, 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 HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. 



Class Enrollment Levels:

Certificate Level: $250
Credit Level: $500 / 3 credit hours
(Undergraduate & Graduate)
High School Dual Enrollment Credit: $500 / 3 credit hours


The following seminaries, universities & colleges have accepted the Perspectives course through a transfer credit from Trinity International University or Excelsior College in the DFW Area.
**Each student should take the syllabus to their Academic 
Advisor to see what the course will transfer as**




Class Info

Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Southside Baptist Church 1425 S 7th Street Abilene TX 79602

Contact: David Jackson

 
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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.

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      David Jackett

      Frontier Ventures / Perspectives Study Program, Lewisville TX

      After spending 10 years as a professional firefighter/EMT / Fire Marshal in Fort Worth, TX, David left the fire service for full-time vocational ministry with Frontier Ventures (formerly known as the US Center for World Mission). He currently serves as the Texas Regional Director of the Perspectives Study Program. David has led more than a dozen trips to Central America doing evangelism, medical and orphan care, firefighter training and church planting. He has helped his church and others develop missionary training and equipping programs and he has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the US and Central America about God’s global mission with a great passion to mobilize the body of Christ to strategic engagement in God’s global purpose.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

      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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      Blu Tidwell

      Brownwood TX

      Originally from West Texas, Blu became a follower of Jesus at nine years old. He and his wife, Darbi, served more than a decade in Zambia, Africa first with the International Mission Board and later helping to start an orphanage. Blu & Darbi have three children - Caedmon (13), Cambree (11), and Cason (9). In 2018, they felt God calling them back to Texas to minister to their own people. Blu currently lives in Brownwood, Texas, where he runs his family's construction business and serves God wherever he sees Him at work, eager to make Christ known wherever he goes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 21, 2019

      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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      Berry Alvis

      Abilene TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 28, 2019

      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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      Blake McDaniel

      The Navigators, Nations Within, Cedar Park TX

      Since 2001, Blake has served local church leaders helping them become more effective in their cross-cultural engagement with the great commission through The Navigators, Pioneers, and ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment). He currently serves among the diaspora nations within the U.S. through Nations Within, with a special interest in mobilizing and equipping churches to engage Muslim background people and other unreached peoples from Asia and north Africa. He also serves as a mobilizer for Eurasia for The Navigators.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      Samuel Goff

      Brownwood TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

      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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      Date: Monday, February 18, 2019

      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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      David Swanson

      College Station TX

      David is an avid storyteller. As a missions mobilizer he uses story to help people understand God’s global purpose and discover their place in that plan. David grew up as a missionary kid in Panama. A graduate of Texas A&M University, David currently works for his alma mater. He also serves as a volunteer with a campus ministry. He has helped lead short-term student ministry trips and has worked with churches and church-planting ministries in several countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 2019

      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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 2019

      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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      Ron Wilson

      NEXT Worldwide, Roanoke TX

      Ron grew up in Charlotte, NC but has spent time serving churches as a Student Pastor in SC, LA and KY. He currently lives in Roanoke, TX with his wife and three children. He received his degree in Student Ministry from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, before finishing up a seminary degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Ron now serves as the Director of Missions for NEXT Worldwide in Flower Mound, TX. He has led over 40 short-term mission trips to 10 countries sent out by NEXT both domestically and internationally. In addition to mobilizing and leading short-term teams, he is involved in training and equipping pastors and leaders in these countries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 18, 2019

      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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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

      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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      KayLyn Hopper

      Dallas Baptist University, Grand Prairie TX

      KayLyn Hopper has over thirty years of cross cultural communication experience.She was an assistant professor at Dallas Baptist University for eleven years. She is currently an adjunct professor at DBU where she teaches Understanding the Islamic Faith, Integrating Faith and Culture, Developing the Christian Mind and Strategies for the 21st Global Marketplace. She served as a cross-cultural missionary journalist in the Middle East with the International Mission Board. She served in Beirut, Lebanon as editorial director for Baptist Publications and also as deputy editor for the magazine, Middle East & International Review in Dubai. She lived in Beirut,Damascus, Syria and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She holds a B.S.degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband Jerry, a retired contractor share their home with Maxwell Edison McHopper the Scottish terrier, and their two cats from Beirut, one is a Sunni the other is a Shi’ite - they all live in in Grand Prairie, Texas. She is a mosaic artist and is currently working on several commission pieces on the theme of the Middle East.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 1, 2019

      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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      Larry Singletary

      Xtreme Teams International & Building New Bridges, San Antonio TX

      Started my Following Jesus from first grade. I was called into the ministry by age 14. I attended Wheaton College in 1974-5. I transferred to East Texas Baptist College and graduated with a Major in Sociology and a Minor in Religion in 1978. I have a Masters of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. I have been married to Terry (Halford) Singletary since 1978. We have 3 adult children. We spent 12 years in the pastorate in New Braunfels, TX at Lakeside Baptist Church. I took Perspectives in 1991 and then sensed the call to full-time missions in 1992. Our family spent 10 years among the Karamojong of Uganda, East Africa. We have been training through mentoring and mobilizing through our non-profit organization called Xtreme Teams International, Inc.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 8, 2019

      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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      Steve Hawthorne

      Austin TX

      Steve Hawthorne serves as the director of WayMakers, a prayer and mission mobilization organization in Austin, Texas. He's the author of the widely used prayer guide called Seek God for the City. After co-editing the course and the book Perspectives on the World Christian Movement in 1981, he launched “Joshua Project,” a series of research expeditions among unreached peoples in world class cities. He co-authored, with Graham Kendrick, the book Prayerwalking: Praying On-Site With Insight. He has helped leaders in numerous cities unite and sustain life-giving prayer for entire communities. With humor and seasoned wisdom, he speaks with living passion for the greater glory of Jesus. He says of his ministry, “I like to commit arson of the heart.”

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

      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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      Pete Errington

      Beyond, Plano TX

      Pete is the Pre-Field Training Coordinator for Beyond, an organization completely focused on launching movements of disciples among unreached peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 22, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Richard Brindley

      Richardson TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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