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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.
**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: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Location: Houston Chinese Church 10305 S Main Street Houston TX 77025

Contact: Ellie Tow

(832) 326-9478

 
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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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      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, January 20, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Jon Hardin

      Frontiers, Highlands Ranch CO

      Dr. Jon Hardin is the National Communications Specialist for Frontiers. He has served in full-time missions work for over 25 years. Jon regularly speaks and teaches in churches, conferences, and various training events around the world--he has taught over 25,000 Perspectives students. Jon has a passion for seeing local churches and ordinary Christians step into strategic roles in the global missions enterprise. Jon is an ordained minister, holds a PhD from the VU University in Amsterdam, and did post-graduate studies at the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Prague. He is also a graduate of Denver Seminary. Jon is a CPA and prior to going into full-time ministry he worked for IBM Corporation for nine years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 27, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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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 an intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at GIAL (Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistic), in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 3, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Kelley Kerr

      , Fulshear TX

      Kelley Kerr has spent the last 16 years in full-time ministry in Texas and New Mexico. She currently serves as the Missions Pastor at Grace Fellowship in Katy, TX focusing on both local outreach and the global adoption of unreached people groups from the 10/40 Window. Kelley enjoys teaching God's Word, encouraging others to understand the importance of the 10/40 Window and how the local church can join God's work there, and leading missions teams around the world. She has the ability to relate to multi-generations and various denominations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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      Dale Smith

      Montgomery TX

      Dale Smith has served as lead pastor in local churches for over 30 years along with his wife, Jennifer, and their two daughters. During that time they also served as a church planters in Louisville, Kentucky and Northern Virginia. Currently he is privileged to serve Cy-Fair Christian Church as Executive Pastor. Dale is passionate about mobilizing people from all walks of life to engage people with the gospel of Christ beginning in their neighborhoods and stretching to the ends of the earth. Dale holds two graduate degrees in missions and evangelism. His passion is to lead the local church to identify and engage unreached people groups with the gospel of Christ. He has been blessed to invest his time and energy in the house church movement in East Asia. He has also been blessed to do work in Kenya, Southeast Asia and Mexico.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 17, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Karen Hatley

      Missional University, Dallas TX

      Karen's passion is helping others connect to God’s global mission. After working for a decade in the Texas educational system, Karen and her husband began to sense God's calling to full-time service among people with little access to the gospel. The Hatleys responded by serving in the Middle East, yet were based in England and in the United Arab Emirates. They worked with an unreached people group helping birth strategic multi-denominational and multi-cultural partnerships. Karen also served as International Connections Leader for WorldconneX, as Director of Global Connections for Texas Baptists, and on the global support team of Beyond. She holds a PhD in leadership, an MDiv in Global Missions, and a Bachelors in Speech Communication. Dr. Hatley currently teaches part-time with Development Associates International (DAI) and Missional University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 24, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Chad C Mason

      McAllen TX

      Currently Chad is serving as the Pastor of Mobilization and Global Impact at Calvary Baptist Church in McAllen, TX. He and his wife have served as missionaries in Mexico and lead Short Term Teams all over the world. His passion to mobilize the church to the nations. He has co-founded an organization called REAL Network that seeks to innovate solutions for global missions problems.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 3, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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      Alice H.

      Sugar Land TX

      Alice and her husband David, along with Joshua and Jonathan served in Southeast Asia with OMF International among an unreached people group from 2002-2014. Upon returning the States, they are now serving as missions mobilizers with OMF international. Alice is currently the Area Coordinator for Texas with OMF International.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 17, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 21 and 16.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 24, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      Jerry Squyres

      Innovative Mission Opportunities, Pearland TX

      Four years working with university students in Taiwan, Twenty plus years on church staff with emphasis on missions, Nineteen and a half years mobilizing short-term mission teams...last sixsteen years plus to closed countries/unreached people groups. Founded Innovative Mission Opportunities (www.imoi.org) in 1998. Founded Innovative Humanitarian Solutions (www.innovativehs.net) in 2002.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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      Sarah

      Africa Inland Mission, Euless TX

      Sarah was born and raised in Texas and grew up with aspirations of becoming an architect. After graduation from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design, she began her career working for a large architecture firm in Dallas, TX. During her 7 years in the world of architecture, she ended up in Zambia on 3 separate short term visits. It was there in Africa, that God changed her heart, future plans and view of the world as He showed her His heart for the nations. She went on to serve for 5 years on a church-planting team in a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean that is 99.9% Muslim. In that tiny African nation, she served as a Gospel seed sower, language learner, ballet teacher, seamstress, baker, English teacher, henna artist and active neighbor in her wonderful island village. Sarah returned to the States in May 2017 and now serves as a mobilizer with Africa Inland Mission. She loves talking with people about what God is doing in the Muslim world and how they can be part of it!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 7, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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      Jimmy Dorrell

      Mission Waco Mission World, Waco TX

      Moved into an low-income neighborhood in Waco, TX, in 1978, and founded Mission Waco, a large urban Christian community development organization with 24 programs and 70 staff. We work among the addicted, unemployed, homeless, sick, illiterate and unchurched. In 1992, Church Under the Bridge was established as an outdoor church meeting under the Interstate 35 and S. 4th Street underpass. As pastor, we now have 300 very diverse attendees. I teach Christian community development and world missions classes at Truett Seminary (Baylor Univ), and have written three books, including "Dead Church Walking," "Trolls and Truth" and "Plunge2Poverty." We continue to work in Haiti, India, and MxCity. Janet and I have been married 40 years and have four children (one deceased).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 14, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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.

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      Kent Parks

      Beyond. Formerly "Act Beyond" and "Mission to Unreached Peoples", Plano TX

      http://beyond.org/president/ Kent Parks is President and CEO of Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & "Mission to Unreached Peoples"). See beyond.org for a powerful video. This mission sending organization is focused on launching Disciple-Making Movements (also called Church Planting Movements) among the Unreached People Groups of the world. This 29% of the world does not have even access to witness of word or deed about Jesus in any kind within their culture. Act Beyond is focused on global collaboration to change this spiritual injustice. Kent and his wife Erika worked among Muslims in Asia for 20 years. They continue to lead regular Disciple-Making Movement trainings around the world. He continues to occasionally teach graduate courses in mission strategy. Previously, he coordinated outreach strategies for Unreached People Groups, and developed trans-national, trans-denominational networks at various levels. Kent also pastored in Texas for 7 years before going to the mission field. He has been a seminary professor, the academic dean of a seminary and has taught internationally in a graduate school. Kent is Co-Facilitator for the Ethne (a global network of UPG-focused leaders; is a part of the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and is Senior Assoc. for Least Reached Peoples with the Lausanne Committee on World Evangelization.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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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      David Jackett

      Frontier Ventures / Perspectives Study Program, Lewisville TX

      After spending 10 years as a professional firefighter/EMT / Fire Marshal in Fort Worth, TX, David left the fire service for full-time vocational ministry with Frontier Ventures (formerly known as the US Center for World Mission). He currently serves as the Texas Regional Director of the Perspectives Study Program. David has led more than a dozen trips to Central America doing evangelism, medical and orphan care, firefighter training and church planting. He has helped his church and others develop missionary training and equipping programs and he has spoken to thousands of students and adults across the US and Central America about God’s global mission with a great passion to mobilize the body of Christ to strategic engagement in God’s global purpose.

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      Date: Sunday, May 5, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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