San Antonio, TX // F19    Fall 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 Texas.

**Each student should take the syllabus to their Academic 
Advisor to see what the course will transfer as**


Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Location: First Presbyterian 404 N. Alamo St. San Antonio TX 78205

Contact: Kelsey Dwyer

 
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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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      Matt Clayton

      Forefront Experience, Richardson TX

      I help direct an organization called Forefront Experience. We work to see disciples made among international populations who are living in the United States. We focus almost exclusively on individuals coming from unreached countries many who are refugees and international students. We also train western believers how to develop fruitful ministries among these populations. I have a passion to see the unreached reached and the churched equipped for that mission!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      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, August 25, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Kristin Huffman

      Frontier Fellowship, San Antonio TX

      Rev. Dr. Kristin Huffman has been an ordained Presbyterian pastor since 1983, serving 4 churches in CA, LA and TX. She currently serves as a mission mobilizer for Frontier Fellowship and as an Affiliate Professor for Fuller theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 8, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Dr. Greg Despres

      East-West Ministries International, Cypress TX

      Dr. Greg Despres is Area Director for Church Mobilization Galveston, Houston, and College Station for East-West Ministries International. East-West's vision is to glorify God by multiplying believers in the spiritually darkest areas of the world. We do that by MOBILIZING the body of Christ to EVANGELIZE the lost and EQUIP local believers to MULTIPLY disciples and healthy churches among the unreached peoples and/or in restricted access communities. Greg has formerly served as Lead Pastor of 290 Community Church from 2015-2018, as the Missional Life Pastor at Cypress Bible Church 2008-2014 and Pastor of Student Ministries at Calvary Church from 2000-2008. Immediately prior to coming to Lancaster he was the Pastor of Student Ministries at Cypress Bible Church in Cypress, Texas for six years (1994-1999). He played college football at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina where he received a BS in Business Management (1987-1991). Greg received his Master’s of Divinity at Columbia International University (1991-1994). Greg received his D-Min in Leadership also from Columbia International University (December 2013). He married a sweet girl, Allison, who he met while studying for his M-DIV. They were married December 19, 1993 and have four children Seth (1997), Sean (1998), Sophie (2002) and Sawyer (2004). In December 2011, Greg and Allison rejoiced that God brought them Sienna (2009) a sweet baby girl from China. Both Greg and Allison have a desire to see people get mobilized and encouraged to develop or maintain a world vision and heart for the community just outside the walls of the Church. They believe Acts 1:8 commands the church to be a witness to Jerusalem AND Judea & Samaria AND the uttermost parts, not either or! They have participated and led over 25 short term trips. Allison spent 1.5 years in Japan teaching English as a foreign language. Additionally, Greg has been an assistant football coach at Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, PA and is a certified Cat and Dog Theology conference speaker.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      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 been training church leaders around the globe in the 4 Fields Strategy for Church multiplication and Church Planting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 22, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      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, September 29, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Courtney Contos

      Cafe 1040, Inc., Cleburne TX

      Courtney Contos received a history degree from Texas Tech University, and then worked in a health club as a personal trainer before switching to full-time work in mobilization. From 2007-2010 she lived on the road with The Traveling Team, casting missions vision to college-age audiences around the U.S. That was followed by three years with Cafe 1040, an Atlanta-based group with intensive missional training bases in Africa and Southeast Asia. She currently resides in Cleburne, Tx with her husband where she spent most of her growing-up years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      James George

      East West Ministries International, San Antonio TX

      James has a background in Jesus movements, from the Jesus People of the US, to the revivals in Africa. He is passionate about helping everyone live in the atmosphere of prayer in the Spirit. His teaching will lead to understanding not just what the heroes of the faith have done, but how they were able to do it. James is a former Wycliffe Bible Translator, Billy Graham discipleship coach, and current Area Director of Church Mobility for East West Ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      John Oh

      Dallas International University, McKinney TX

      After working as an engineer and completing his seminary education, John worked as a mobilizer at a mission agency. He joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1998 and served as a Bible translator in Southeast Asia. He also served as the director of Korean Church Engagement and provided missions education and training. He is currently serving as the Director of External Relationships at Dallas International University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Grace Fabian

      Douglassville PA

      Grace tells her amazing story in a new book, Outrageous Grace. You’ll be inspired to hear how our Almighty God brings life out of death. Grace Fabian, whose missionary husband was slain while translating the New Testament into a Pacific island language, could easily be excused if she were to carry to her grave the conviction that the loss was meaningless. “Couldn’t I also, in a gesture of adoration and faith, offer my husband’s blood as a precious ointment to my Savior?” she asked after reading in God’s word about a woman who, in an act of worship, poured out expensive perfume over Jesus’ head. She along with her husband, Edmund, lived in an isolated Nabak-speaking village in Papua New Guinea, learned the language, devised an alphabet, produced literacy materials and translated the Scripture for the 25,000 people speaking this language. God’s kindness was poured out on this family, and after Edmund’s death, Grace, along with dedicated Nabak men and women completed the translation. In 1998 the Nabak New Testament was dedicated to the glory of God. Now Grace resides in Pennsylvania where she speaks, teaches and writes, hoping that others will be inspired to join in the work of reaching Bibleless people groups around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 27, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Robin Harris

      International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE), Dallas TX

      Dr. Robin Harris is the director of Dallas International University's Center for Excellence in World Arts (www.diu.edu/arts) and also serves as the president of the International Council of Ethnodoxologists (ICE). She co-edited "Worship and Mission for the Global Church: An Ethnodoxology Handbook" (William Carey Library, 2013) and speaks widely on the topic of arts and cross-cultural service.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 3, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      James Palmer

      Missional Team Inc, Athens TX

      James (Jim) is a 38 yr veteran missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (30yrs) and Missional Team (8ys). He and his wife Viola have directed disaster relief and community development projects, church planting, and leadership training. Most recently Jim and Viola were part of a church planting movement that saw over 400 churches planted in 18 years among the Miskito people of Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 17, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      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 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: Sunday, November 24, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 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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      Blake McDaniel

      The Navigators, World Missions / Nations Within, Cedar Park TX

      Since 2001, Blake has helped local church leaders become more effective and strategic in their cross-cultural engagement with the great commission through The Navigators, Pioneers, and ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment). He currently serves as The Navigators mobilization director for Eurasia through World Missions. He also serves among the diaspora nations within the U.S. through Nations Within in Austin, with a special interest in mobilizing and equipping churches to engage Muslim background people and other unreached peoples from Asia and north Africa. And he serves as a certified life and leadership coach.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

      Time: 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

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