Burleson, 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: Sunday, January 20, 2019

Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Location: Alsbury Baptist Church 500 NE Alsbury Blvd Burleson TX 76028

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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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      Joshua Rolf

      Lynchburg VA

      Joshua grew up in Honolulu Hawaii, the cultural melting pot of the pacific. He was educated at California Baptist University (where he took perspectives under Jeff Lewis), before finishing up a seminary degree from Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX. Joshua spent the following 13 years serving and leading the Missions Ministry for Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. He was responsible for over 50 trips sent out by the church nationally and internationally. In addition to mobilizing short-term, he has been involved in the development of many long-term overseas strategies including the development of a Bible Institute along the Amazon River, training indigenous leaders theologically to plant/shepherd village churches and vocationally to provide for their families through government co-ops. Joshua has also served on the advisory council of a number of different non-profits including Seed Effect, an evangelical Micro-Finance Ministry in South Sudan. Currently he serves as the Director of Church Relationships for Launch Global - helping local churches recruit, train, and send Long Term Missionaries to the unreached peoples of the world. Joshua and his wife Maria live in Lynchburg, Va.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 20, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Vic Anderson

      Dallas Theological Seminary, Mesquite TX

      Dr. Vic's passion is helping others understand and communicate truth found in the Bible. This passion presently is channeled primarily through two organizations - Dallas Seminary and SIM. At the seminary, Vic serves as Department Chairman and Professor of Pastoral Ministries, teaching courses related to Spiritual Life and Preaching. With SIM, he continues his work in cross-cultural theological education, focusing primarily on developing church leaders for East Africa, especially Ethiopia. He helped establish a Bible College in Addis Ababa in the 1990's, and now, having finished 15 years of full time missionary service, he returns each summer to Ethiopia to teach for a couple of months. Vic has been teaching with Perspectives since 2007, and he finds great personal inspiration in the Story of God's Glory. He anticipates that students in every Perspectives class will be stunned as they are gripped by the Master's mission for His world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      jray

      The Abide Collective , Fayetteville AR

      Husband, father of four daughters, YWAMer, teaching elder, Seminary grad, director at The Abide Collective, any and all things outdoors. You can dig around for more at www.abidecollective.org and www.oliviasbasket.org/

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Robert Blincoe

      Frontiers, Mesa AZ

      Bob led a Frontiers team into northern Iraq following the first Gulf War in 1991. He is President of U.S. Frontiers, living in Phoenix. He has a Ph.D. in History from William Carey International University in Pasadena. He has twice lost on television game shows.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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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: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Jonathan Atwell

      CrossRoads Church of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills TX

      Jonathan has served as Lead Pastor of CrossRoads Church in North Richland Hills, TX since 2003 when he graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. He has a passion for building strong, ambitious families who understand their place and purpose in the incredible story of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Dave Irby

      Perspectives, Burleson TX

      Dave has served as a youth pastor, missions pastor, small group leader and Perspective class coordinator. He has a passion for helping believers understand God's heart for all peoples and has led short-term teams to OKC, South Africa, Thailand, South Asia and Brazil. Dave currently serves as a Team Leader for Perspectives. He and his wife, Rhonda, have been married for 35 years and have 2 grown children, Alex and Russell, a daughter-in-law - Chelsea and grandson Hudson.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Justin Long

      Beyond, Garland TX

      Justin Long is a global missions researcher. He presently serves with ActBeyond as part of the Global Ephesus Initiative which seeks to send teams to start movements that cascade through whole People Clusters. As a researcher He maintains the Global District Survey (places to go), Movement Index, Movement Case Study archive, compiles People Cluster Forecasts, and edits The Long View weekly missions trends analysis. His website is http://www.justinlong.org.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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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      Sunny Hong

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dallas TX

      Born in South Korea, Sunny Hong came to the US in 1983. She was employed in the computer software profession and was active in a local church. At that time Sunny was seeking for God’s call as to how she could be involved in missions. Eventually she felt God’s calling to the ministry of Wycliffe Bible translators. She joined Wycliffe in 1994 and worked as a mobilizer for Koreans in the US and Canada for 12 years. She then was sent to the Philippines to work as a mobilization consultant for the Wycliffe Asia and Pacific areas. While in the Philippines, she sensed God redirecting her ministry to missiology/anthropology. She pursued an intercultural studies Ph.D. program at Biola and after completing these studies, started working as a senior intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at Dallas International University, in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Haedy Liu

      Warwick RI

      Originally from New York City, Haedy grew up with a heart for languages, culture, and the nations. Haedy served in East Asia for fifteen years as a secondary teacher and EFL instructor at a medical school. She is currently an associate professor and the ESOL Director at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX. Haedy and her husband, Dr. R. Liu have three grown children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Eric G.

      Beautiful Feet, Choctaw OK

      Eric Guthrie is the Executive Director of Beautiful Feet, a missionary mobilization, training and sending organization focused on the unreached. Eric has traveled to more than 35 countries and ministered among all of the major religious blocks. He has been involved with a church planting movement in India that has seen more than 750,000 people swept into the Kingdom in the past fifteen years. Eric has a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Missiology at Fuller. He has been married for 31 years. In his free time, Eric enjoys reading, collecting comic books, playing guitar, and listening to the blues.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Luke Baublet

      Greater Europe Mission, Nacogdoches TX

      Luke Baublet lives primarily in Berlin, Germany with his wife and daughter. Luke serves with Greater Europe Mission (GEM) coaching and leading a team that is working towards a multiplying movement of disciple-makers across the city.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for 25 years as a local class coordinator, regional director, instructor, author and Perspectives Global trainer. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and numerous short-term trips into over 35 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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