Athens, GA S19    Spring 2019
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 God is passionately committed to the fame of His name and to be worshipped 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
Tuesday Nights 6:30-9:30 pm       January 8 - April 23, 2019

Prince Ave. Baptist Church     3691 Monroe Hwy, Bogart, GA 30622


Key Dates

Registration: Now thru January 15th.

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

 

Prince Ave. Baptist Church,  3691 Monroe Hwy, Bogart, GA 30622 

The first two classes on January 8 and 15 are FREE!


Cost 

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


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


Family Member Discount: When one family member pays full price, any additional family members receive $100 off!

Book Discount: If you already own (the 4th edition Reader and Study Guide) or are borrowing the books from a friend, or if you will purchase the Kindle version of the combined Reader and Study Guide, receive a $30 book discount. 

$595 for ACADEMIC CREDIT through Trinity International University. 

$595 for ACADEMIC CREDIT through Athens College of Ministry.  Please contact Alex Fields atto register.

Alumni Pricing:  Key Reading Level is $40, Certificate Level is $75 and Credit Level $400. ($10 Key Reading / $45 certificate if you already have the 4th edition Reader and Study Guide.  See $30 Book Discount.)


Contact: Joy Crumpton 


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The Athens Class Vision--To glorify and love God by cultivating global Christians who mobilize the full body of believers in Athens, GA to bring the transforming Gospel of Jesus Christ to Athens and to all peoples of the earth.


Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Prince Ave. Baptist Church 3691 Monroe Hwy Athens GA 30622

Contact: Joy Crumpton

(706) 464-5114

 
    • 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

      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: Tuesday, January 8, 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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      J. Josh Smith

      Bogart GA

      Dr. J. Josh Smith began his ministry as senior pastor of Prince Avenue Baptist Church on January 14, 2018. Formerly, Josh was senior pastor of MacArthur Boulevard Baptist Church in Irving, Texas since 2006. Pastor Josh has ministered in over 25 countries, worked with international students, and served as a missionary in central Europe. His greatest passion is the exaltation of Christ and the advancement of Christ’s kingdom to the ends of the earth through the ministry of the local church. Josh received his Bachelors in Cross-Cultural Studies from Liberty University, a Masters of Divinity from Southeastern Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Andrea, have four daughters and one son. He loves reading, music, collecting LP’s, spending time with family, and being outdoors.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 15, 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.

    • 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: Tuesday, January 22, 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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      Sky Pratt

      Prince Avenue Baptist Church, Athens GA

      Sky Pratt has been involved with student ministry for twenty years serving at churches in Texas and Georgia. The Lord moved Sky and his family to Prince Avenue Baptist in Athens in 2001. Sky has a passion to see believers develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, and impact their world by capturing God’s heart for the nations. Sky and his wife Karen have two children, Josh and Lauren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 29, 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

      Solomon Smothers

      Athens GA

      Solomon Smothers is the husband of the beautiful Lora Smothers and father to radiant Ruby Smothers. He is honored to serve as the associate pastor with Parker James at Lord of Glory Fellowship, a PCA church plant that hopes to launch in early 2019 in Athens, GA. As an African American who has worshiped and served in both predominately black and predominately white churches in the South, Solomon is skilled in cross-cultural communication. As a son of God and student of the Bible he knows and teaches that people are drawn to Jesus when they see the gospel reconciling enemy peoples into one family. Solomon likes Atlanta sports franchises making music. He loves spending time with his family and praying.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 5, 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

      Glenn Mason

      Carver International Missions, Lithonia GA

      Rev. Mason and his wife Kimberly served as missionaries in Liberia in the 90s, teaching in high school and Bible college, counseling, and supervising field staff. Upon their return to Atlanta, Glenn was appointed Executive Director of their agency, Carver Int’l Missions. Glenn’s main role is motivating the African American church toward global engagement. Glenn earned his BA in Psychology and Sociology from UPenn, and has done grad studies at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. The Masons have two teen daughters, Eliana and Calin. Glenn is an Elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 12, 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.

    • 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: Tuesday, February 19, 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: Tuesday, February 26, 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.

    • Instructor

      Stephen B

      Cafe 1040, Athens GA

      Stephen joined Cafe 1040 in 2013 and serves as US Team Leader. Before Cafe 1040, Stephen invested 8 years directing Freshmen Ministries at UGA’s Wesley Foundation, where he realized the vast potential of the emerging generation. The Lord broke his heart for the nations during a short-term trip to Costa Rica in 2010. His life is committed to mobilizing this generation to complete the Great Commission, and see Jesus worshipped by all peoples. Stephen earned degrees from UGA and Asbury Theo. Seminary (MDiv). He loves organizational leadership, mobilization, and developing unrealized potential. Stephen and his wife, Christina (also with Café 1040), and daughter Kate, live in Athens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 5, 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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      Suwanee GA



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 19, 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

      Richard Kronk

      Gainesville GA

      Rick and his wife, Denise, spent 17 years in Europe as church planters with Christar in France among North African Muslim immigrants. They served on church planting teams in Lyon, Grenoble, and Mulhouse, France. In addition, Rick has been involved in the training of potential workers among Muslims and contributes to the development of pastoral leadership of the emerging North African church. Rick is Assistant Professor of Global Ministries at Toccoa Falls College.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 26, 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

      Jeff Hancock

      International Justice Mission, Acworth GA

      Jeff Hancock serves as a Director of Church Mobilization for International Justice Mission. This role affords him the opportunity to equip churches and communities throughout the Southeast by sharing the biblical call to seek justice, introducing them to IJM’s work, and mobilizing them to engage in both local and global ministry. Jeff comes to the team by way of 16 years of pastoral ministry. He is passionate about the invitation to the Church to engage in God’s work of justice. Most recently he served as Lead Pastor of Crossroads International Church of the Hague in the Netherlands. Prior to that he served as Teaching Pastor for Grace Community Church in Raleigh, N.C. and Associate Pastor at Forestdale Community Church in Malden, MA. Jeff received his undergrad degree in History from UNC-Greensboro, and earned his MDiv from Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife Heather and their kids, Bella and Elisha.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 2, 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

      Grant Haynes

      Global Frontier Missions, Lilburn GA

      Grant Haynes founded Global Frontier Missions in 2000 while church planting among indigenous groups in southern Mexico. His passion is to see as many individuals and churches as possible praying, giving, welcoming, and going to the least reached people groups of the earth. Grant spent 14 years serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with his wife and three children church planting, hosting short-term mission groups, running an indigenous Bible school, and starting a missionary training school for North Americans. Grant now serves in Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse square mile in America, reaching refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and many other nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 9, 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

      Mayumi Pohl

      Second Level Ministry , Atlanta GA

      Mayumi was born and raised in Osaka, Japan. She accepted Christ as her own savior during college. She has served as the president of Second Level Ministry since 2006. The ministry has been expanded by God's guidance, with the vision of raising "disciples" of Christ among Japanese. She and her husband started a Japanese church plant that began in 2011. The Lord has blessed her with 4 children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 16, 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

      Lorna Bius

      Alpharetta GA

      Lorna Bius is a Send Relief missionary with the North American Mission Board. A native of Valdosta, Georgia, she surrendered her life to ministry in 1993 and led student ministry at three churches in South Georgia until 2005. Lorna joined the Nevada Baptist Convention as the Director of Women’s and Community Ministries in 2005, and then to Denver, Colorado in 2012 serving churches across the West region. Continuing as a Send Relief missionary, Lorna now lives in Clarkston, Georgia. She brings special emphasis to ministry among refugees and immigrants.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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