Huntsville, AL F19    Fall 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!




Class Info

Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: Rivertree Church 652 Taylor Road Owens Cross Roads AL 35763

Contact: Ron Dunaway

256-656-2339

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Sunday, August 18, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Bob Sjogren

      UnveilinGLORY, Mechanicsville VA

      Bob Sjogren (pronounced show - gren) is the president of UNVEILINGLORY, a ministry awakening the Church to new awareness of God's glory in all areas of life, and to seeing His glory go to all the world's peoples. Bob has been mobilizing the Body of Christ to reveal God's greatest glory through reaching all ethnic groups with the gospel. Bob's teaching is in audio, video and book form. Bob and Debby live in Richmond, VA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, August 25, 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.

    • Instructor

      Gerald Robison

      To All Nations, Daytona Beach FL

      Dr Robison presents Lessons #1 or #2 with a fast-paced, humor-filled interaction that leaves students in a state of joyful conviction, new understanding and primed with motivation. Gerald authored and co-authored 8 books: "Cat and Dog Theology" being the best-known. He has had an international ministry of teaching and training Bible teachers and pastors stretching over 40 years and over 24 countries, including Australia, Netherlands, the Middle East, parts of Africa, Europe and the former Soviet countries. He is the Founding President of "To All Nations", Vice-President for UnveilinGLORY, and often speaks at conferences around the nation and the world. He is also a strategist, coach and mentor to churches and pastors through "Issachar Initiative". Dr Robison has taught in over 24 countries and worked with "Walk Thru the Bible Ministries in many of those for the past 35 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 8, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the North American Regional Leader for YWAM Frontier Missions and co-leads the YWAM base in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Janet. 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. They have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer along with 6 grandchildren. Mark has ministered in over 130 nations and he, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09. Mark is also the missions pastor at Redeemer Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 15, 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).

    • Instructor

      Scott Miller

      Summit Church, Acworth GA

      Scott and his wife, Chris, have been married 36 years and are blessed with two grown children. Scott completed a BSBA in 1978 from Mars Hill College (NC), a Master of Divinity from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY in 1983, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in 1995 in Evangelism and Church Growth. He is now the Senior Pastor of Summit Church in Acworth, Georgia, and an adjunct professor at the North Georgia campus of New Orleans Theological Seminary. He is personally involved in mission partnerships on four continents and serves on the Board of Directors for two international mission organizations. He has led 55 short-term international projects to Asia, Africa, and Europe and in his Perspectives lessons seeks to weave stories and experiences from the front lines into the time-tested practical principles of the world of missions. He has experience helping to mobilize churches and individuals to catch God's vision for the world and to develop ongoing mission partnerships between local churches and believers here with indigenous partners in unreached areas. He loves to teach God's Word in its simplicity and power and has a passion to reach the unreached and to see believers grow in Christ and become pioneers of Kingdom growth.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 22, 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.

    • 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: Sunday, September 29, 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.

    • Instructor

      Scott Montgomery

      Maranatha International, Birmingham AL

      Scott Montgomery spent 20 years working for Aramark ServiceMaster Facility Services as a South Eastern District Manager. Scott and his wife Renee relocated to Birmingham, AL from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2001 to help plant a life giving church. In 2003 they moved to South Korea to serve as full time missionaries with NCDKorea. In addition they helped churches transition to a small group style of ministry and used these groups as well for friendship evangelism to reach the people around them. In December, 2005 they relocated back to Church of the Highlands to focus on local outreach, national church planting and global missions as well as capital projects. They have recently collaborated to establish “Maranatha” a global fellowship of disciple makers. Their heart for the lost and unreached as well as mobilizing others is what motivates them. They have one son, Alexander and one daughter Olivia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 5:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Renee Montgomery

      Maranatha, Birmingham AL

      Renee Montgomery spent 20 years working in the Dental field as a Periodontal Hygienist. Renee and her husband Scott relocated to Birmingham, AL from Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2001 to plant a church and start the missions program at Church of the Highlands. In 2003 Renee and Scott moved to South Korea to serve as full time missionaries, while there they worked with NCDKorea and helped churches transition to a small group style of ministry and used these groups as well for friendship evangelism. In December 2005 they relocated back to Church of the Highlands to focus on local outreach, national church planting and global missions. Renee has coordinated many Perspectives on a Worldwide Christian Movement classes since 2012. Renee has now transitioned out of the local church to work with an organization doing Disciple-making in “closed” harsh to the gospel countries. She has also co-founded an organization called “Maranatha” which endeavors to bring the world-wide body of Christ together in unity to complete the Great Commission. (www.maranatha.community) Renee’s heart for the unreached, least reached and persecuted church as well as mobilizing others is what motivates her. They have one son, Alexander and one daughter Olivia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 6, 2019

      Time: 5:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Glenn Mason

      Carver International Missions, Lithonia GA

      Rev. Mason and his wife Kimberly served as missionaries in Liberia in the 90s, teaching in high school and Bible college, counseling, and supervising field staff. Upon their return to Atlanta, Glenn was appointed Executive Director of their agency, Carver Int’l Missions. Glenn’s main role is motivating the Church toward global engagement. Glenn earned his BA in Psychology and Sociology from UPenn, and has done grad studies at Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia. The Masons have two teen daughters, Eliana and Calin. Glenn is an Elder at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 13, 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.

    • Instructor

      Nathan Parvin

      Indian Springs AL

      Dr. Parvin graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry in 2004 and started a successful private practice, iCare-Mobileyes. In 2008 he became the Executive Director of Global Hope Development Services, a Community Development NGO, that helped in developing communities in the Middle East and North Africa. Projects included business development, economic dvelopment, ESL, and Mobile-Sustainable health clinics.  His NGO was the first group to begin Aid to Syrian refugees in Jordan in 2012. In 2013 Dr. Parvin and his family moved back to the US to start another NGO, iCare International Foundation, where he currently serves as Executive Director. He also continued to develop and grow his practice iCare-Mobileyes to serve nursing homes and health care clinics in Alabama. In 2015 he began working as a Clinical Assistant Professor at UABSO, and worked on research including: 1.  How political instability and war affect Eye Care delivery from a provider's perspective and also patient's perspective. 2. Sustainable Eye Care delivery and training in developing countries using emerging technology. 3. Assessment and Effectiveness of Community Eye Care programs in Alabama. Dr. Parvin has a wife and four children and they are all very active in helping others in their community.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 20, 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.

    • Instructor

      Dennis Cochrane

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 27, 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.

    • Instructor

      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: Sunday, November 3, 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.

    • 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: Sunday, November 10, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 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

      Kevin King

      International Project, New York NY

      Kevin King is the President of International Project, an organization that focuses on church planting among unreached people groups in ethnic communities and on campus. He launched the Equip program, which focuses on training cross-cultural church planters who will start simple multiplying churches. Kevin’s vision is to see a movement of churches started among unreached people groups starting with diaspora communities here and spreading to least evangelized countries. You can learn more about their ministry at www.internationalproject.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 17, 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.

    • Instructor

      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: Sunday, November 24, 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.

    • Instructor

      Steve Elworth

      Baton Rouge LA

      Steve serves at The Chapel on The Campus, a non-denominational church in Baton Rouge LA, as the Global Initiative Director. He helps lead the church in reaching the nations, both in Baton Rouge through International Ministry, and around the world through trips and partnerships. He and His wife Amber have a passion to see the church grasp and act on her God given opportunity and responsibility to make disciples of all nations. After pursuing going to the Muslim world themselves, God has had them stay in the states to help every follower of Jesus see that their lives have been bought and their redemption has been given not just for themselves, but so Jesus will be made known through every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.

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      Date: Sunday, December 1, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, December 8, 2019

      Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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