Athens, AL F20    Fall 2020
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Note: Perspectives is committed to following all governmental and host location recommendations in our decisions to hold classes and gatherings. We are planning for this class to be a live, in-person class. We have a back-up plan to hold the class in a virtual environment if needed because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Want to be a part of God's Story?

Join us on this journey to discover God's heart and purpose - a purpose in which you have a part to play. It may be sending, welcoming, praying, supporting, and yes - even going. Discovering this purpose is valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

What is Perspectives?

Perspectives will take you on a 15-week journey, looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

You will learn from 15 Different Instructors over 15 weeks.  All of them excellent and all of them passionate about this course. They will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy, greatness and love.

Class Information

Tuesday Nights | 6:00PM - 9:00PM

Sept. 1 – Dec. 8, 2020

Come to our Registration Night on Aug. 25, 2020 to learn more about the class and meet the Coordinating team.

Class Location

Lindsay Lane Baptist Church

1300 Lindsay Lane South, Athens, AL 35613

Enrollment Options

Please Note:  Textbooks are no longer included in the registration cost as was historically the case. A price reduction has been implemented to reflect this. Once registered for the course, your coordinator will send you information on how to order your books at a discounted rate.

First Night Free

If you are interested in taking the Perspectives course, but not ready to register then sign up for First Night FREE and come check it out at no cost to you. Registering as First Night Free allows preview access to the first two weeks material and videos.

Key Reading Level - $245

Key Reading level is the lowest exposure to the Perspectives curriculum. Students will be enriched by instructors, lesser weekly reading, and five personal reflections, but will miss the accountability and additional learning that Certificate level provides. Students will not earn a certificate of completion, but may attend future classes for free or for a minimal cost.

Certificate Level - $245

We recommend Certificate level for students looking to fully engage with all that Perspectives has to offer. Along with the instructors, you will engage with excellent weekly readings, weekly lesson review questions, five personal reflections, and a class project. You will receive a certificate of completion and be able to visit any future classes for free or for a minimal cost.

Excelsior Undergraduate Credit - $495

If you wish to earn college/high school dual enrollment credit for your Perspectives coursework, then register at this level.  NOTE: this is not "Perspectives credit" but credit earned from the partner institution for the Perspectives coursework.  Credit students complete Certificate level, plus a little more reading, a midterm and final exams, and a more comprehensive class project.

Key Reading Level (Alumni Only) - $15

If you have completed the Perspectives course and would like to attend as an Alumni, then you can do so at minimal cost. If you plan to attend the class each week, please consider serving on our coordinating team.

Certificate Level (Alumni Only) - $45

If you have completed the Perspectives course as a Key Reader and now wish to earn your Certificate, then register at this level.

Excelsior Undergraduate Credit (Alumni Only) - $295

If you have completed the Perspectives course but now wish to earn college/high school dual enrollment credit for your Perspectives coursework, then register at this level. NOTE: this is not "Perspectives credit" but credit earned from the partner institution for the Perspectives coursework.  Credit students complete Certificate level, plus a little more reading, a midterm and final exams, and a more comprehensive class project.

Available Discounts

Early Bird Discount: Automatically receive a $30 discount if you register and pay by 8/15/20

Family Member Discount: When one family member registers, the 2nd family member receives a $50 discount. 

Church Leader Discount: Pastors may claim a $30 discount. 

Contact Information

Please contact Class Coordinator, Will Herndon, if you have any questions or need more information.

(256) 800-4890

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Class Info

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Athens, AL Lindsay Lane Baptist Church 1300 Lindsay Ln. S Athens AL 35613

Contact: Will Herndon

(256) 800-4890

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Come learn about the class, register, ask questions, and meet the Coordinating team.

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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.

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      Date: Tuesday, September 1, 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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      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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      Date: Tuesday, September 8, 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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      Will Herndon

      Clements Baptist Church, Athens AL

      After serving in the mission field for 16 years, we are now serving as Missions pastor at Clements Baptist Church in Athens, AL and seeking to be used in church member’s mobilization to evangelism across the street and around d the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 15, 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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      Galen W Jones

      Birmingham AL

      I am the third child and second son born to Dr. and Mrs. William W. Jones, II (Christie) in St. Louis, MO in 1960. I am brother to Andrea Suzette, Aaron Warren, Jonathan Paul, and Carla Annette. After moving around a bit as a child my family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since then, life and experience has afforded me the opportunity to live in many other places and to experience many other cultures. I am grateful to my parents who opened up my heart and mind to the wonders of God’s creation. My life has been filled with many great male influences, particularly my paternal grandfather Professor Emeritus William W. Jones, Sr. [deceased]. Pops, as he was affectionately called was professor and department chair of mathematics and physics [quantum-mechanics] at the Kentucky State University—a position he held for forty-four years. I have been eternally affected by his vast intellect, charming wit, his powerful sense of justice and his undying faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I became a captive of Christ at 10 years old and was called to His Service shortly thereafter. I spent the next few years preaching the Gospel message to all who would dare listen to but a boy—until I had a David and Goliath experience. Unfortunately, I did not do as David did but ran from my foe. Although I went into a Prodigal son hiatus; God’s good hand of protection remained. Before re-entering ministry, I was blessed beyond measure to meet and marry the Queen of my life and heart Cathy Renee Thomas. She has been for me a lover, yet more; she has been a barometer for my conscious, yet more; she has been a ‘balm in Gilead,’ yet more. She is my gift, my companion, my friend, my wife. I am overjoyed to have become her husband for the past thirty years and I am looking too many, many more days of life, love, laughter, and ministry. For the past twenty-eight plus years I have served as missionary, church planter, pastor and have as a staff member of various churches, para-church ministries, and in the university setting. I completed a Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership (with an emphasis in the Theology of Servanthood) through The School of Church Ministries at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. My passion is to serve my Master and Lord who is the King of my life as a Scholar-Pastor by impacting the lives of people, particularly young people, to take the Gospel seriously and to live the Great Commission passionately. I am a gifted teacher and preacher and I have a deep desire to help the Church live out her calling with knowledge and zeal. I am overjoyed by what God is doing through the new Ministry Training Program at Samford University. To be part of this special group of Scholars and practitioners goes well beyond what I first imagined. Our team will be teaching, training, and equipping a new generation of young people who will take the Gospel around the world, thereby setting a platform for revival, renewal and for a modern renaissance in Christian living and serving!!!! To God Be The Glory!!!! Soli Deo Gloria

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, September 22, 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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      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: Tuesday, September 29, 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.

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      Dave Baker

      Summit Crossing Community Church - Limestone, Athens AL

      Dave Baker is a great sinner with a great Savior. The Lord brought him to repentance and saving faith around age ten, and called him to full-time Christian service at fourteen. In 2004 he graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelor's degree in Religion, (Christian Studies,) after which he studied at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Dave and his wife Tiffany moved to Nashville, Tennessee to serve its large and diverse refugee and immigrant population. Dave is now on staff at Summit Crossing Community Church in Athens, Alabama. He and Tiffany have one son, Gus.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 6, 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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      Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 7:30 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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      Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

      Time: 7:35 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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      JD Payne

      Birmingham AL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, October 20, 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.

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      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: Tuesday, October 27, 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.

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      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: Tuesday, November 10, 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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      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: Tuesday, November 17, 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.

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      Date: Tuesday, November 24, 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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      Charles Yungkurth

      Madison AL

      Chuck Yungkurth is a missions mobilizer in Madison, AL, where he helped start the current Perspectives movement in North Alabama. Chuck and his wife Stacy served in Kazakhstan from 2000 to 2003, reaching people in some of the most remote places on earth. Stacy is a retired physical therapist, and currently serves at Asbury UMC doing ESL and outreach to internationals. When he is not mobilizing for missions, Chuck is a hopefully soon-to-be-retired engineer working in Huntsville. Chuck and Stacy have two grown children living in Huntsville and would like to be grandparents sooner than later.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Tuesday, December 1, 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.

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      Mike Pollard

      Pioneers, Thompsons Station TN

      Mike Pollard serves as a regional Church Partnerships Facilitator and is based in Nashville, TN. In this capacity he mentors, encourages and resources local churches to grow in missions health and send missionaries well, with an end goal of an increased, effective footprint among the world's least reached peoples.

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      Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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