Clemson, SC S19    Spring 2019
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 God is passionately committed to the fame of His name and His worship among all peoples. 

 

How do we join Him in that passion?

 

God has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering that vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional, empty-nesters or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. 


What is Perspectives?

 

Perspectives will take you on a 15-week journey, looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

 

The class will be taught by a fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international workers, and mobilizers. They will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences and expertise, opening your eyes to see how God is working among all peoples and how you can be equipped to join Him. 



Class Info
Thursday Nights 6:30-9:30 pm       January 10 - April 25, 2019

Clemson Presbyterian Church

346 Old Greenville Hwy

Clemson, SC 29631 


Key Dates

Registration: Now thru January 17th.

Register by Dec. 28 as an early-bird registrant to receive a $30 automatic discount.

 

The first two classes on January 10 and 17 are FREE!


Cost 

$285 for CERTIFICATE or KEY READING Level (includes Reader and Study Guide.)


Family Member Discount: When one family member registers, any additional family members (parent/child, spouse, fiance, sibling in the same household) receive $100 off!

Book Discount: If you purchase the Kindle version of the combined Reader and Study Guide, receive a $30 book discount. 

$500 for ACADEMIC CREDIT through Columbia International University.

Alumni Pricing:  Key Reading Level is $45, Certificate Level is $75 and Credit Level $295.


Contact: Audrey Milam,


Class Info

Date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Clemson Presbyterian Church 346 Old Greenville Hwy Clemson SC 29631

Contact: Audrey Milam

(770) 658-7195

 
    • Instructor


    • 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

      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: Thursday, January 10, 2019

      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.

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      Nicole Parks

      Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

      God has been calling Nicole to missions since before she was walking with Him. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business and Risk Management. Through studying abroad twice in college, God began to open her eyes to her love of other cultures, languages, and travel. After graduation, she worked in financial services for a few years before God called her into ministry. While working for North Point Ministries, she went on her first short-term missions trip. Through 2 trips to the 10/40 window, God called her into vocational missions. In 2014, she joined the staff of Cafe 1040 first as a mobilizer and then as a team lead. She is passionate about the unreached, mobilization, and God's heart for the nations. When she's not traveling around the globe sharing the love of Jesus with the unreached, she is actively involved in her home church with her husband and their two future missionaries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019

      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.

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      Joshua Crowe

      Hendersonville NC

      Josh has served in various locations including inner-city Chicago, France, and Japan. He and his family of five were involved in creative church-planting strategies in the Kanto Plain (Tokyo). His passions include being a kingdom-builder and culture-learner. He and his family currently reside in Hendersonville, NC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

      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).

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      Victor Prieto

      Betania Hispanic Baptist Church, Taylors SC

      Dr. Victor Prieto is Professor of Linguistics & Spanish, and the Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages & Linguistics at North Greenville University (NGU). He has an MA and a PhD in linguistics (Univ. of Florida), a Masters in Christian Ministry (NGU), a Bachelor in Theology (Venezuela Baptist Seminary) & Language Education (Carabobo University, Venezuela, his 1st home country). Victor is a linguist, a preacher, a college professor, & has worked in a church plant (Florida, 2005, with Hispanic migrants; Berea, SC in 2017, among Hispanics in general) Victor does Christian ministry in different roles: 1) Hispanic Ministries Consultant (Spartanburg Baptist Assoc./Network, 2013-2015); 2) Bible/Theology Teacher (Hispanic Bible Institute in Taylors, SC); 3) Associate & Worship pastor (Betania Church, Taylors, SC); 4) Short-term volunteer Linguist/ Missionary (Wycliffe) He and his family live in Greenville and are active at Betania Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

      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

      Gabriela Phillips

      Adventist Muslim Relations Coordinator for North America, Ooltewah TN

      Gabriela Phillips and her husband have served for over twenty years among Muslim in Central Asia, the Middle East and currently they are in North America, where they serve among refugees from the Middle East. Gabriela is currently pursuing doctoral studies in the area of Missiology and loves to share the many ways in which God is drawing Muslims to himself.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

      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.

    • Instructor

      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: Thursday, February 14, 2019

      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.

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      Adam Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Adam was transformed by Perspectives in 2005. More than a missions course, this class was discipleship into God's Kingdom purposes - and the best premarital counseling they had. Adam and his wife Melissa were married that summer and joined with Frontier Ventures (from the legacy of the US Center for World Mission), where they have been on staff since. He currently co-directs the Southeast region of Perspectives with Melissa. Adam and Melissa are passionate about people understanding and living out God's global purposes. More at staff.frontierventures.org/hoffman

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 21, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Brittany Gardner

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Brittany Gardner is a North Carolina native serving with SIM USA. After living in South America, she returned to Charlotte to join SIM's Missions Mobilization team as the Director of African American Engagement. She is grateful for the opportunity to spend this season of life traveling the US and abroad to learn from and educate communities about cross-cultural missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

      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.

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      David H

      Cafe1040, Maxeys GA

      David is married with four beautiful daughters. He has served in campus ministry for 8 years and is now the Chief Strategist and Global Team Leader for Cafe1040.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

      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.

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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: Thursday, March 14, 2019

      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

      Ken Temple

      Propempo, Lawrenceville GA

      Ken loves Jesus only because Jesus first loved him! (I John 4:10, 19) Only because of the grace of God in salvation, can we do any ministry. Ken is an ordained minister, missionary among Muslims for the past 35 years, 3 years overseas; speaks a major Middle East Muslim language. Teaches and trains leaders in Bible, theology, Discipleship, hermeneutics; and mobilizes others for missions. Ken teaches lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, & 15

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019

      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.

    • Instructor

      Leroy Lamar

      Atlanta GA

      Leroy is a husband, father and educator-turned-activist who has lived among sex workers in Southwest Atlanta for the past seven years. He previously graduated with a B.A. in Bible with a concentration in Youth Ministries, and has completed Master’s degree in Christian Apologetics and working on one in philosophy. When he isn’t hanging out in the neighborhood, he is either reading obscure philosophy books or watching (or re-watching) Disney movies. Go figure.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019

      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

      Jeff Sundell

      Shelby NC

      • Started and ran a small business for 16 years • IMB missionary/trainer in India/Nepal for 10 years - returned to the US in 2009 where he has trained 4550 people in the past 5 years in T4T • Leading the 50-5-50 strategy in the US with a goal to see 50 trainers reaching 4 generations in 50 major cities in the US by 2020

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

      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

      Michelle Raven

      Columbia International University, Columbia SC

      Michelle L. K. Raven is a facilitator and mobilizer with a passion for involving the whole church in the mission of God. She served in various teaching/training and leadership roles in local churches, universities, training facilities/academies and communities as she traveled every 2 to 3 years during her Air Force (AF) career. She taught courses for Embry Riddle University, the AF Office of Special Investigations Academy, and was on the editorial team for the first AF Judge Advocate Leadership Book, “I Lead.” She was blessed to start and expand outreach ministries in Louisiana, South Dakota, California, Maryland, Texas, Nevada, Iraq, Burundi and Turkey. After a fruitful career as an AF attorney during which she was able to engage in ministry in the marketplace and in the local church, she devoted time to formal study in intercultural ministry obtaining a Masters in Global Studies (Thesis) at Liberty University and began working with Christar, a church planting ministry working among Muslims, Hindus, Buddhist and other Asian groups. She has passions for sharing the gospel with the least reached and others; for learning about and interacting with other cultures; for teaching and mentoring; for business and community development; and for equipping the local church to use their skills and talents for an eternal purpose. She is also the mother of two wonderful teenagers, Andre’ and Miles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019

      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

      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: Thursday, April 25, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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