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Welcome to the Ft. Smith Perspectives Course 

Spring 2019


January 14 - April 29, 2019

Monday Nights 6:30pm-9:30pm


Location: TBA


New Students Certificate or Key Reading: $275

New Students Undergrad/Graduate Credit: $550

Alumni Key Reading: $0

Alumni Certificate: $60

Alumni Undergrad/Graduate Credit: $350


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .WHAT is Perspectives?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

This non-denominational course presents the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of fulfilling the Great Commission. We encourage anyone in the area who is serious about gaining a deeper understanding of God’s ultimate purpose globally and locally to attend this course.

Perspectives seeks to reveal the nature of God's purpose to reconcile all peoples to Himself and bring them into the goodness of His Kingdom. We are called to be a part of HIS purpose. It's about gaining a deeper understanding of who God is, what He's about, and how we are ALL called to be a part of it. 

Throughout the 16 weeks, students will learn about God’s nature, His purpose, and how He uses ordinary people like us to bring glory to His name. Over 120,000 people have taken the Perspectives course over the last 40 years. This year there are over 300 classes world-wide with over 9,000 students. 


. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .What Will the Course Entail?. . . . . . . . . . . .


Class time will be held on Mondays, once a week and will include lectures from dynamic professors from around the world, interactive learning experiences, and creative demonstrations. The readings include 170 articles from 150 mission scholars and practitioners. Homework assignments are specifically designed to engage every aspect of a Christian’s life and to encourage students to see how to they can utilize their own unique abilities to advance the Kingdom locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Biblical Lessons (1-5): The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Historical Lessons (6-9): Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is wrought with the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations.

  • Cultural Lessons (10-11): The peoples of the world come alive as we eventually see, through Christ Jesus, the expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people and language.
  • Strategic Lessons (12-15): Find your place in God's story as there are endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission.

If you are unsure or just want to come check it out... 

* THE FIRST NIGHT IS FREE! *

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 14, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Grand Ave Baptist Church 3900 Grand Avenue Ft. Smith AR 72904

Contact: Mary McCutchen

479-629-2027

 
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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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      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: Monday, January 14, 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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      Ken Shackelford

      Lumenations, Searcy AR

      Ken Shackelford was in pastoral ministry for 14 years, mostly in California and Arkansas. For more than ten years after that, he and his wife, Tanja and their children were missionaries in Central Asia and Albania. Ken also worked with the Perspectives Global team. In 2018, Ken formed a new organization called Lumenations, which gathers stories of disciple-making movements from around the world and develops media-based training resources to connect disciples to their co-mission with Jesus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 21, 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.

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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: Monday, January 28, 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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      Pam Arlund

      All Nations, Kansas City MO

      Pam has a wealth of experience working as a linguist/translator and as a church planter. In Central Asia for ten years, she planted simple churches among 3 people groups, 2 of whom are Muslim. She now trains others to advance the Great Commission in the US and abroad. She earned an MA and PhD in Linguistics from UT-Arlington.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 4, 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.

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      Bobby Greenwood

      Fayetteville AR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 11, 2019

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Nathaniel Allen

      Global Outfitters, Fayetteville AR

      Nathan Allen graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a bachelors in History & Political Science. After being discipled in college by missions mobilizers, he joined The Traveling Team as a professional missions mobilizer for 4 years, speaking to thousands of college students at over 380 universities in over 33 states. He now resides in Fayetteville Arkansas where he is the Missions pastor at New Heights Church, Coordinates the Perspectives classes of Northwest Arkansas, and is the Director of Global Outfitters, a missions training organization and the sending arm of New Heights Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 18, 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.

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      Jessica Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Jessie Smith grew up in Arkansas, and graduated from college in Missouri, earning a degree in English. For the past 5 years she has served with The Traveling Team alongside her husband Hudson. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 25, 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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      Steve Shadrach

      The Center for Mission Mobilization , Fayetteville AR

      Steve has a passion for developing laborers for Christ to finish the Great Commission. He is the founder of Student Mobilization, The BodyBuilders, NVision, and The Traveling Team. Formerly the Director of Mobilization for the US Center for World Mission, he is now the Executive Director for The Center for Mission Mobilization, headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 4, 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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      Todd Ahrend

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Todd Ahrend graduated from Northeastern State University, has a Masters from Dallas Theological Seminary and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the founder and international Director of The Traveling Team, a national missions mobilization movement. He and his wife, Jessica, have spent over a decade traveling both nation-wide and abroad, speaking to thousands of people about involvement in world evangelization. Todd has exposure in over sixty countries and has lived in the Middle East. He is the author of The Abrahamic Revolution and In This Generation. Todd and Jessica have six children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 11, 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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      Sean Richards

      , Fayetteville AR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 25, 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.

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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: Monday, April 1, 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.

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      Clifford Peters

      Paraclete Mission Group, Siloam Springs AR

      Cliff is an inventor and missionary with Paraclete Mission Group. He comes alongside missionaries and national workers to help them meet needs and share Christ’s love in tangible ways.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 8, 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.

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      Josh Foliart

      , Fayetteville AR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 15, 2019

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    • 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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      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 22, 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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      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      I spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students and another 4 mobilizing for PIONEERS. My wife and I just returned from serving on a church planting team in Central Asia where we served in and out of country from 2002-2012. I am currently the Vice President of Mobilization for PIONEERS. I LOVE Perspectives and would love to share in your classes. I am passionate about mobilizing people to the least reached peoples on the planet and in particular helping people see how their unique gifts, talents and passions can be used in making God famous.

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      Date: Monday, April 29, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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