Houston, TX - West // 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: Monday, August 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Bayou City Fellowship 1400 Brittmoore Road Houston TX 77043

Contact: Katie Gregory

(713) 829-1788

 
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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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      Andy Kampman

      Launch Global and Austin Stone Community Church, Austin TX

      Empowering this generation to bless all nations. Andy and Jamie Kampman did college ministry for 8 years. In 2006, they help start Launch Global and now also works with Austin Stone Community Church as Director of Mobilization. Their strong desire is to see young people engaged in the evangelization of the world! They have four children and live in Austin, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 26, 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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      Greg Despres

      East-West Ministries International, Cypress TX

      Dr. Greg Despres is the Director of Short-Term Mission Teams for East-West Ministries International. He lives in Cypress and also directs the Houston East-West Team. Greg has formerly served as a Lead Pastor, Missions Pastor, and Youth Pastor. He is married to Alli and they have 5 kids. Both Greg and Allison have a desire to see people get mobilized for Great Commission service.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 2, 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, September 9, 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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      Brendan T.

      Houston TX



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 16, 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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      AJ P.

      INIM Inc., Forest VA

      AJ is the Director & General Secretary for INIM established 1964. The sole focus of this indigenous Mission remains Evangelism, Discipleship & Church Planting. AJ, who was born & raised in New Delhi India is an alumnus of Liberty University. AJ shares responsibility for INIM's church planting & field evangelism efforts in South Asia. He serves as the Men's Pastor at his home church. AJ & his wife have been married for over 20 years and blessed with five children ranging from 16 years old to 6 yrs old.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 23, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      David Swanson

      College Station TX

      David is an avid storyteller. As a missions mobilizer he uses story to help people understand God’s global purpose and discover their place in that plan. David grew up as a missionary kid in Panama. A graduate of Texas A&M University, David currently works for his alma mater. He also serves as a volunteer with a campus ministry. He has helped lead short-term student ministry trips and has worked with churches and church-planting ministries in several countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 30, 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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      Ally S.

      Carrollton TX

      Ally has served the Perspectives Movement in various roles from coordinator to instructor, for the past eleven years in Texas, where she lives with her husband and two boys. Her passion for the nations has been the driving force throughout her Christian walk, taking her into the inner cities of England, the mountains of the Afghanistan and India and the refugee camps of Pakistan, and now the suburbs of North Texas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 7, 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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      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: Monday, October 14, 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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      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 public school system, she began to sense God's calling to full-time service among people with little access to the gospel. Karen & her husband responded by serving an unreached people group in the Middle East by 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: Monday, October 21, 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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      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: Monday, October 28, 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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      Darrell Whiteman

      Asbury Theological Seminary 1984-2005; The Mission Society 2005-2014; Global Development 2017-present; , Gig Harbor WA

      Darrell Whiteman is semi-retired as VP and Resident Missiologist at The Mission Society. Darrell served in cross-cultural ministry for nine years in Melanesia and Central Africa, then was one of the founding professors of Asbury Seminary School of World Mission and Evangelism, where he taught for 21 years and served as dean in the later years. He’s given leadership to many professional societies researching the intersection of cultures and biblical worldviews. Darrell annually equips hundreds of long-term workers to understand God at work all over the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 4, 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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      James Palmer

      Missional Team Inc, Athens TX

      James (Jim) is a 39 yr veteran missionary with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board (30yrs) and Missional Team (9ys). 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 300 churches planted in 18 years among the Miskito people of Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and Honduras.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 11, 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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      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, November 18, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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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      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: Monday, December 2, 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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      Hudson Smith

      The Traveling Team, Conway AR

      Hudson Smith grew up in Arkansas, and earned a degree in history from the University of Arkansas. He now serves as the Director of Operations for The Traveling Team. The Traveling Team is a mobilization organization that recruits students from all major universities toward Christ's global cause. During his time on staff, he has traveled to 49 states and 3 countries and spoken to over 40,000 college students, sharing God's heart for the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, December 9, 2019

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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