Searcy, AR // S20    Spring 2020
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PERSPECTIVES
on the World Christian Movement


SPRING 2020

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Perspectives ? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  

15 Challenging Topics
15 World-Class Instructors
15 Life-Changing Weeks

 
God has a "world-sized" role for every Christian in His global purpose. Whether people go to distant countries or stay at home is a secondary issue. The primary issue is what most people are hungry to discover: vision to live a life of purpose. Discovering what vision makes this course valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian. 


Perspectives is a discipleship course that takes you through the Bible, back in time, and across the globe. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you as they help bring the course content to life with their personal experiences and expertise. You will join a community of believers as you journey together toward a better understanding who God is, what He is doing, and your role within that. Whether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will encourage and challenge you to live on purpose, with purpose.  

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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Downtown Church of Christ 900 N Main St. Searcy AR 72143

Contact: Shelby Shackelford

(479) 387-0205

 
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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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

      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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      Lee Epstein

      New Heights Church, Fayetteville AR

      Lee Epstein received his undergrad degree in Pre-Law; Political Science from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA and his M. Div. (minor in counseling) from Columbia Biblical Seminary in Columbia, SC. He served as a youth pastor for 4 years in Greenville, TX and 10 years as Directional Leader/Senior Teaching Pastor at Cornerstone Bible Fellowship in Sherwood, AR. He came to Fayetteville, AR in January, 2008 to serve as Co-Directional Leader and Global Outfitters Leader at New Heights Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

      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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      Kyle Reno

      The Summit Church, Conway AR

      Kyle has been married to his amazing wife since June 2004 and they have two sons. Cooper & Able. In April 2014 he planted The Summit Church in Conway, Ar. By God's grace the church has many reached locally and mobilized globally.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 4, 2020

      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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      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: Tuesday, February 11, 2020

      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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      Kenneth Wilson

      Fellowship Bible Church, Conway AR

      Ken has a heart for God's Word and for the Nations. As a pastor and bible teacher Ken is actively involved in mobilizing, sending and supporting as well as being directly involved in mission efforts all over the world. Ken's pastors Fellowship Bible Church in Conway and since 1999 has seen Fellowship change its Mission Focus from being a Sending Agency to being Full Partners in Mission. With yearly trips for all ages to Mexico, Czech Republic, Ukraine, China and Nicaragua as well as sending many members of Fellowship to long term assignments (many of them from the church staff) Fellowship is deepening its heart for the Nations and the Gory of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2020

      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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, February 25, 2020

      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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      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee loves to see people flourish in their God given gifts! She has been multiplying global disciples using Perspectives since 1991, running classes in Orlando while her husband, Scott, earned his MDiv. Then Sundee led Washington Baltimore Center for World Mission, preparing over a dozen teams each year to run both Perspectives and Encountering the World of Islam courses. Sundee is now serving the Perspectives National Office as Director of Training. Sundee was discipled in Young Life, which accounts for her great sense of humor and adventure! She and her husband Scott have 3 children, and live in Orlando. Her husband serves Third Millenium Ministries as their Director of Curriculum Development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

      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.

    • Instructor

      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: Tuesday, March 10, 2020

      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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      Brian Darnell

      , Conway AR

      Brian first learned of God's heart for the nations on a trip to an orphanage in Jamaica. From that time as an 18 yr. old, he has lived in India on a church-planting team, done medical missions in multiple countries, and has partnered with his wife in mobilization in the U.S. and abroad. His passion is for the lost to hear, and for the church to be mobilized worldwide in an effort to give God the glory He is due.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2020

      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.

    • Instructor

      Scott Ward

      Grand Avenue Baptist Church, Fort Smith AR

      Scott Ward is the mission pastor at Grand Avenue Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Prior to this position, he and his family served in Tanzania with the International Mission Board starting churches among an unreached, Muslim people group. He has been married to Jennifer for 25 years and has 4 boys: 3 biological and their last one adopted three years ago from Korea.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2020

      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.

    • 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: Tuesday, April 7, 2020

      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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      Cliff Peters

      Paraclete Mission Group, Siloam Springs AR

      Cliff is an inventor, trainer, and missionary with Paraclete Mission Group. He comes alongside missionaries and national workers to help them meet basic human needs and share Christ’s love in tangible ways. He has worked with the Navigators and REACH Ministries in the Philippines, with UWM in Bolivia, with Servants in Faith and Technology in Alabama, and the Inst. for Biblical Community Development in Arkansas. He's been married to Jeannie for 35 years, and has 4 children, one with the Lord.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2020

      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.

    • Instructor

      Timothy Way

      Tulsa Boiler Room, Tulsa OK

      Tim has been married to Jill for 27 years, and together they have five wonderful children. Tim currently serves as pastor of a local church - The Tulsa Boiler Room - which he planted with a group of friends in 2009. The values of this ministry include making disciples through the experience of spiritual family and bringing the gospel to the poor. He also served along with his wife and children as a missionary in Uganda for nine years. Their primary work was in equipping local pastors and church planters. Tim is an instructor with several leadership and missions equipping organizations, working in the US and other nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

      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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      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: Tuesday, April 28, 2020

      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.

    • Instructor

      Joe G

      PIONEERS, Orlando FL

      Joe has been with Pioneers for 15 years. Previously., he spent 5 years on staff with the Traveling Team sharing the Biblical Basis of Missions and mobilizing college students. He and his wife Sarah served on church planting teams in Central Asia 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

    • Celebration

      Graduation and Commissioning

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      Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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