Huntsville, AL S19    Spring 2019
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You are MADE FOR MORE

Perspectives is a 15-week discipleship course that changes the way you view God and the world around you. This exciting experience will open your heart and eyes to God’s grand purpose and how you play an important role in reaching your family, friends, and the nations of the world. Join with other Christ followers who want to be “ruined for the ordinary” as you learn principles you may have never considered before and hear breath-taking real-life experiences from 15 different speakers. 

An impressive array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists, and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences from around the world. You will hear stories of God’s work around the globe that will deepen your worship of Him and challenge you to become more involved in His grand plan. God desires to be worshiped by all the nations of the world and He wants to involve you in His plan to reach every tribe, nation and tongue He created. He is worthy!


COURSE INFORMATION

When: Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 pm (Lessons 1-15, January 23 - May 1)

*******Registration & Orientation Night, January 16 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm*******

Where: Summit Crossing Community Church | Madison Location

7200 Governors West, Huntsville, AL 35806

Cost: $275 for Certificate or Key Readings (includes reader and study guide)
$550 for undergraduate or graduate credit through Excelsior College

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DISCOUNTS


Early Bird Discount (New Students Only): Register and pay by the end of 2018 to receive $25 off!

Family Member Discount: When one family member pays full price, any additional family members receive $50 off!

eReader Book Discount: Buy the Kindle Reader and Study Guide from The William Carey Library website (http://tempuri.org/tempuri.html) and receive $30 off of your registration fee!

Special Alumni Pricing: Alumni can experience Perspectives again for a heavily reduced rate!

New Students can apply multiple discounts! Please contact  if you have any questions. 


Class Info

Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Summit Crossing - Madison Location 7200 Governors West Huntsville AL 35806

Contact: Adam Schrimsher

(256) 509-7556

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Wednesday, January 16, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last decade traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 23, 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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      Tollie Meggs

      Out of the Boat Ministries, Tuscaloosa AL

      Founder of Out of the Boat Ministries where she is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Missions Mobilizer at Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa. Tollie leads retreats and conferences around the world, and has an ongoing counseling/teaching ministry to women in homeless shelters, helping them re-establish their lives. A passionate and gifted communicator, Tollie’s mission is: challenging and mobilizing followers of Christ to know Him more deeply and to make His glory known among the nations. She has a passion to help Christ followers discover their gifting and maximize their gifts, talents and life experience for the glory of God at home and abroad.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, January 30, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the North American Regional Leader for Youth With A Mission Frontiers as of March 2016. Previously, Mark was the YWAM base director in Jacksonville, Florida which his wife Janet has now taken over. Mark and Janet, started the base in January 2001 along with a small team all committed to reaching those who have never heard the Good News of Jesus. Mark and Janet have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer. Mark has ministered in over 120 nations of the world Mark, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 6, 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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      John Sloan

      Harvest AL

      As the Senior Pastor at Capshaw Baptist Church, just outside of Huntsville, Alabama, John is responsible for preaching, leading, vision-casting, and shepherding a diverse flock of Christ- followers. John also remains actively involved in global outreach. For eleven years, he served as an International Board Member of Bethesda Outreach in Hammanskraal, South Africa, an organization which provides physical and spiritual care for children orphaned by AIDS, and his missional endeavors have allowed him, by God’s grace, to preach or lead ministries in nineteen different countries, including Kenya, Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany and Greece. John and his wife, Jenine, live in Madison with their two sons, Quinn and Lucas, and two daughters, Olivia and Julia Piper.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 13, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dave Baker

      Summit Crossing Community Church - Limestone, Athens AL

      Dave Baker is a great sinner with a great Savior. The Lord brought him to repentance and saving faith around age ten, and called him to full-time Christian service at fourteen. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelor's degree in Religion, (Christian Studies,) after which he studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife Tiffany served as missionaries from Summit Crossing Community Church in Huntsville, Alabama to refugees and immigrants in Nashville, Tennessee. Dave is now on staff at Summit Crossing Community Church in Athens, Alabama. He and Tiffany have one son, Gus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 20, 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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      Trace Donahoo

      Hartselle AL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, February 27, 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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      Nathan Jewett

      Huntsville Community of Hope, Huntsville AL

      Nathan Jewett is a follower of Christ, husband to Amber, and mobilizer for the nations. He studied Bible and Preaching in Dallas, TX before moving to Alabama in 2010 to pastor in the local church. His heart to see God's glory among all nations has taken him to Nicaragua, Panama, Rwanda, India, and Nepal. He now mobilizes through his work in the marketplace and advocates for social change around the issue of chronic homelessness in his local community, with the overall aim of seeing God's glory displayed among all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 6, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mari Beth Poor

      Seeking Eden, Helena AL

      After serving as a pastor at a church for 21 years, Mari Beth recently launched a ministry called Seeking Eden. This ministry was formed to provide biblical resources that aid people in studying Scripture in a hermeneutical fashion. While these resources will be available to anyone, the heart of Seeking Eden is to take resources into rural areas to aid pastors in the discipleship of their churches. In addition to founding Seeking Eden, Mari Beth has also joined Cardinal Counseling and Consulting as a life coach. As a coach, she feels passionate about partnering with people who feel "stuck" and helping them move towards positive change and a new direction in life.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, March 13, 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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      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: Wednesday, March 20, 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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      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: Wednesday, March 27, 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.

    • 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: Wednesday, April 3, 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.

    • Instructor

      Rick Donlon

      Resurrection Health, Memphis TN

      Rick Donlon grew up in New Orleans, graduated from LSU-N.O. medical school, and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. In 1995 he and three medical school classmates opened Christ Community Health Services (CCHS), a primary-care health center for the poor in Memphis’ most medically under-served neighborhood. Over the last 23 years, CCHS has grown to ten locations, with dozens of physicians and nurse practitioners, providing over 130,000 patient visits and delivering 700 babies annually. In 2014, Dr. Donlon and twenty other medical providers founded a second primary care missional clinic for low income communities in Memphis, Resurrection Health. Over the last 13 years the Memphis clinic and house church network has sent medical missionaries to Afghanistan, India, Sudan, Chad, Algeria, Dagestan, Iraq, Jordan, the UAE, and Somalia. Dr. Donlon is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He and his wife Laurie and their six children live in the inner city Binghampton neighborhood of Memphis, where he serves as an elder in their house church network.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 10, 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.

    • Instructor

      David Kaufmann

      City Church Network, Nashville TN

      David Kaufmann is the lead pastor of City Church Network. He is married to Rebekah, his high-school sweetheart, and has 4 amazing and wonderful children (William, Gracie, Belle, and Noah). His heart for church planting comes from over 10 years of prayer, experience, and study in the ministry. He first began as youth pastor in Huntsville, AL and then moved on to e3 Partners to become the International Director for Students. After traveling to 15 different countries spanning four years and training international leaders, David received a call to serve as a pastor with Lighthouse Christian Fellowship in Antioch, TN. David planted City Church of Woodbine five years ago with a vision to birth a church planting movement in Nashville, TN that would successfully spread the gospel among all refugee and immigrant communities in the city. David’s hope is that someday Nashville will be known as a light unto the nations (Isaiah 49:6). David is now leading a team of 9 Missionary families to plant churches among the most unreached people groups in Nashville, TN. In addition, he helps train church planters across the United States and India.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 17, 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.

    • Instructor

      Bradley Buser

      Founder Radius International, San Diego CA

      Brad came to faith in Christ at 17 and soon after was challenged with the need of unreached people groups. He began training for this directly after High School. Beth is from St. Johns MI., her Mom and Dad love the Lord Jesus and raised her with a heart for the world. They met, had two boys and left for Papua New Guinea in January of 1979. Soon after arriving they moved in among the Iteri people who live in the headwaters of the Sepik River Basin. After 4 years of studying the language and culture of the Iteri people they were fluent and began to share Christ with them for the first time. The baby church was discipled and in a few years leaders were ordained. The Busers worked on the New Testament translation and by 1999, after 20 years in the village, with the translation done, the church up and thriving, their need to be among the Iteris was over. Upon returning from PNG he and other men saw the need for appropriate training for missionaries who would be sent to Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists. In 2010 he helped found Radius International as a ministry to do such training. Radius is currently the largest training program for those going into Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Tribal peoples. For those who desire to do church planting among the least reached it is the premier training available.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

      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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      Date: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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