S. Charlotte, NC S19    Spring 2019
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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 8 - April 30
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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

Location: Southbrook Church 5607 Monroe-Weddington Rd Weddington NC 28104

Contact: Bob Seavey

704-301-0821

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 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.

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      Woody McLendon

      JAARS, Waxhaw NC



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

      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 22, 2019

      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 29, 2019

      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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      Charles B.

      Ambassador Coaching, Pittsboro NC

      Charles B. has been involved in mission work since 1980. He has lived and worked abroad doing long- and short-term missions in China, Latin America, Eastern Europe, India and Africa. Charles is a consultant in Business-as-Mission and cross-cultural issues and mentors individuals and agencies involved in missions and Kingdom Business around the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

      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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      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 six children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019

      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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      Elaine Vaden

      The Antioch Partners, Middlesex NC

      Elaine has served in Zambia, the Philippines, Kurdistan and Lithuania. She has traveled to many parts of the world in various capacities. Her passion is to teach and mobilize the next generation for Christ's global cause. Elaine currently serves with BridgesUS in a support role for community entrepreneurs who seek to develop communities of Christ followers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

      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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      Nate Irwin

      Fishers IN

      Born and raised in Pakistan by missionary parents, Nate has spent a total of 29 years in that country. From 1986-2000, he and his wife served as missionaries with TEAM in Pakistan. He has now been at College Park Church in Indianapolis for 12 years in the global outreach department.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2019

      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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      Edward Smither

      Columbia International University, Irmo SC

      Edward Smither is Professor of Intercultural Studies, History of Global Christianity and Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. Ed spent 14 years in intercultural ministry in France, North Africa, and the USA. He has authored, edited, or translated eight books, including Brazilian Evangelical Missions in the Arab World; Mission in the Early Church; Controversies in Mission; and Missionary Monks. Ed is married to Shawn with whom they parent “three amazing, hilarious, wild kids.” Their family loves the beach, watching movies, and cheering for Clemson and the Washington Redskins. Ed enjoys bold coffee, cycling the backroads of Columbia, and listening to modern rock and old hymns.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

      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 12, 2019

      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 recently retired from Seed Company, an affiliate of Wycliffe Bible Translators, but continues her involvement in missions as a mobilizer and consultant. 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 19, 2019

      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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      Joanne Shetler

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Waxhaw NC

      Joanne translated the Bible for the Balangao people of the Philippines, completing the New Testament in 1982. With Patricia Purvis, she wrote a book of the resulting people movement in "And the Word Came with Power." Now, Joanne helps others find the doorway into cultures with which they work. With colleague Amy West, she teaches Worldview and Cultural Orientation Workshops and Seminars, on Ethnotheology, and Spiritual Conflict Seminars for Wycliffe colleagues and others. Joanne continues to consults on the Balango's translation of the Old Testament.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019

      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 2, 2019

      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 9, 2019

      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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      Jimmy R

      Pioneers, ATHENS GA

      Jimmy currently serves in the Balkans with Pioneers on team that aims to glorify God by multiplying disciples of Jesus throughout the Balkans. Their current vision is to see no place left in Balkans without access to the gospel of Christ. The team primarily does this by seeking to catalyze a uniquely Balkan movement of reproducing churches throughout the Balkans AND by equipping local believers with simple Biblical principles for making obedient disciples of Jesus Christ. Jimmy and his wife have been serving overseas with their three children since January 2017. Before his work with Pioneers, Jimmy worked with Cafe 1040 for eight years. While serving stateside as a mobilizer and missions coach Jimmy developed a passion for helping individuals find their fit with serving cross culturally. For that reason, when he's in the USA for home assignment, he loves engaging with those in the American church to find where they might fit best fit into God's Global Great Commission work.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

      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, April 23, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

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      Date: Tuesday, April 30, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:20 PM

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