Jacksonville, FL S21    Spring 2021
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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. 
 

What is Perspectives?

Experience 15 powerful lessons that have equipped thousands of every day believers with greater vision, hope, and passion. In Perspectives, scripture, history, culture, and strategy converge to reveal the unfolding of God’s redemptive purposes. He is on a mission to bless the peoples of the earth, and you’re invited to join him.

Perspectives is for believers from all walks of life: professionals, business leaders, high school & college students, military personnel, pastors, missionaries and mission leadership, retirees and many others.

What will I learn?

You will be challenged to see the world through God's eyes in 4 different perspectives:

  • Biblical: The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God’s unchanging promises unfolding from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Historical: Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is filled with the immeasurable power of God making His name known among the nations.
  • Cultural: The peoples of the world come alive as we eventually see, through Christ Jesus, the expressions of the New Testament church thriving among every nation, tribe, people and language.
  • Strategic: Discover God’s continuing plan for the church today and find your place in his story.

Who hosts this Perspectives class?

Perspectives is a community effort and an interdenominational course. It will include a diversity of speakers, authors, and students.

Who are the instructors?

We will have 15 dynamic & diverse instructors sharing from their knowledge and experience (pastors, lay leaders, field workers, mobilizers, senders & go-ers).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 Info

Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021

Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: Christian Family Chapel 10365 Old St. Augustine Road Jacksonville FL 32257

Contact: Rick Brackett

(904) 434-3314

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Neil Moyer

      Perspectives USA, Mims FL

      Neil has lived in the central Florida area since 1985. He worked as a building scientist and recently retired as a researcher from the University of Central Florida. He is currently an elder and missions pastor at his church in Titusville, FL. Neil loves to others see God change people's lives as they encounter Him in the Perspectives classes. What they say is true, Perspectives will 'ruin' your life - in a great way! My perspective of being a Christian changed, to see my role in God's plan.


    • Date: Sunday, January 10, 2021

      Time: 3:00 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.

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      Doug Rutt

      Jacksonville FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 17, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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, January 24, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Grant Haynes

      Global Frontier Missions, Lilburn GA

      Grant Haynes founded Global Frontier Missions in 2000 while church planting among indigenous groups in southern Mexico. His passion is to see as many individuals and churches as possible praying, giving, welcoming, and going to the least reached people groups of the earth. Grant spent 14 years serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with his wife and three children church planting, hosting short-term mission groups, running an indigenous Bible school, and starting a missionary training school for North Americans. Grant now serves in Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse square mile in America, reaching refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and many other nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 31, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the visionary leader of Youth With A Mission Jacksonville, Florida. Mark and Janet started the base in January 2001 because they are passionate about taking the Gospel to places where it isn't. They have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer along with 8 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 on YWAM's international frontier missions leadership team, is the missions pastor at Redeemer Church, and is part of the NoPLaceLeft network in Jacksonville.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 7, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Roger Peterson

      STEM Int'l & STEMPress, Saint Cloud FL

      Roger Peterson is a family man, tree house builder, and survivor of the harrowing TWA Flight #841 barrel roll and 35,000-ft accelerated nosedive over Flint, Michigan (April 1979). Roger has been in the ministry of recruiting, assessing, training and deploying missionaries (short-term, mid-term and long-term to unreached peoples). He was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, Minnesota, teaching "Short-Term Mission Missiology." Roger's academic credentialing includes: OT/NT Biblical Studies Diploma; B.A., Organizational Leadership; Mini MBA for Nonprofit Organizations; and M.A., Intercultural Leadership. He is a Licensed Minister of the Gospel, and oft-cited expert in Christian short-term missions. He founded STEM Int’l in 1984 (STEM Ministries, STEM Share, STEM Training, STEM Press) and has organized/led several other U.S.-based short-term mission networks, including the U.S. Standards of Excellence in Short-Term Mission. Roger was also the Director of Mobilization for Converge International Ministries (aka the Baptist General Conference) until 2019, overseeing the recruiting, assessing, training and deployment efforts of missionaries being sent to least-reached people groups of the world. Roger is the lead co-author of “Maximum Impact Short-Term Mission” and author/co-author within several other books, popular press magazine articles, and one scholarly journal article. He is a contributing author to the 4th edition of the “Perspectives Reader,” the editor of “These Words Changed Everything,” and founding publisher of “Mission Maker Magazine.” Roger is also an MC1 Nashville music recording artist. He is an accomplished keyboard musician (both pop rock and Christian worship), and was inducted into the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Roger’s recently released music includes “Trinity of Praise — No.1, The Father; No.2, The Son, No.3, The Holy Spirit;” “Chris ’n Iz — A Columbus Day National Ragtime;” and “Wintertime in Vienna.” Roger and his family live have lived in the Orlando Florida area since 2013.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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 Miller

      Salem Church, McDonough GA

      Scott and his wife, Chris, have been married 38 years and are blessed with two grown children and one grandson. Scott completed a BSBA from Mars Hill University (NC), a Master of Divinity from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY., and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Seminary in 1995 in Evangelism and Church Growth. After serving as a Lead Pastor for 34 years he has now made the transition to invest 100% of his ministry in Missions as the Pastor of Global Missions at Salem Church in McDonough, Georgia and as 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 58 short-term international projects to Asia, Africa, and Europe. Scott also teaches 5 Perspectives on the World Christian Movement lessons and seeks to weave stories and experiences from the front lines into the time-tested practical principles of the world of missions. He loves 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, February 21, 2021

      Time: 3:00 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

      Jamie Farr

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Orlando FL

      I grew up in the South Pacific in Papua New Guinea the son of Translators speaking four languages. I experienced the joy of watching my ethnic people receive the NT and experience the power of God in amazing ways. I later went with my beautiful Wife Anita to Thailand to serve with Wycliffe. On our watch we have seen over 1800 missionaries go to serve among over 1500 people groups in the last 15 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Tim Hartman

      Pioneers, Saint Cloud FL

      Tim is passionate about missions mobilization and currently serves on the mobilization team with Pioneers. Originally from Maine, Tim had his heart opened to missions through several short-term experiences. His passion is to see people and churches mobilized to God's greater global purposes, especially for the 1/3 of the world that remains unreached. He, his wife Meaghan and their daughter Lilliana live in St Cloud, Florida.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 7, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Stephen B

      Cafe 1040, Bogart GA

      Stephen joined Cafe 1040 in 2013. He served as the Director of Mobilization for the first 6 years and now serves as the Director of Development. Before Cafe 1040, Stephen invested 8 years directing Freshmen Ministries at UGA’s Wesley Foundation, where he realized the vast potential of the emerging generation. The Lord broke his heart for the nations during a short-term trip to Costa Rica in 2010. His life is committed to mobilizing this generation to complete the Great Commission, and see Jesus worshipped by all peoples. Stephen earned degrees from UGA and Asbury Theo. Seminary (MDiv). He loves organizational leadership, mobilization, and developing unrealized potential. Stephen and his wife, Christina, daughter Kate (9), and son Caleb (6) live in Athens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 14, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      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: Sunday, March 21, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Marti Wade

      Pioneers, Blythewood SC

      Marti Wade has been teaching Perspectives since the 1990’s and serving with Pioneers since 2007, primarily in roles involving communications. Previously she was part of a ministry that sent teams to conduct ethnographic research in unreached cities. She is the editor and publisher of the weekly Missions Catalyst newsletter. Marti wrote "Through Her Eyes," about the lives of missionary women in the Muslim world and a 2016 Master's thesis on trends and tensions in how agencies train new workers. She is a board member for the Standards of Excellence in Short Term Missions.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Matthew Shiles

      Altamonte Springs FL

      Matt serves as the Missions Director at Northland. This includes both the local and global outreach expressions of the church. He recognizes that we must all examine the poverty in our own lives in order to be used most effectively in the lives of others. Prior to Northland, Matt worked in various roles as an analyst in the business world. He has a passion for creating spreadsheets, while also using his gifts in a unique way that will further God's Kingdom and bring Him glory.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 11, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Ted Esler

      Missio Nexus, St. Cloud FL

      Ted Esler is the President of Missio Nexus, an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 Great Commission workers worldwide. A Minnesota native, Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990’s. He is the author of the book, "Overwhelming Minority," about their family's ministry in Bosnia. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join Pioneers USA’s leadership team. He was appointed the President of Missio Nexus in 2015. Ted has BS in Computer Science and Speech Communication (Mankato State University, 1985), an MTS in Theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a PhD in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012). Ted is married to Annette and they have five children. Ted loves sailing, Crossfit, bikes, plays bass, and enjoys eating ethnic foods from around the world. Ted is a part of a church planting network in Orlando called "The Living Room," and serves as a board member for a couple of ministry organizations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 18, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Lee Wood

      1 Body Church, Land O' Lakes FL

      Lee Wood, a former orphan, an abused, addicted young man received Jesus at 23 and his life was completely transformed. Lee is the Founder and catalyst of 1 Body Church in Tampa, Florida and has seen that network of house churches multiply to the 8th generation. Lee has seen the Lord use him to train and catalyze other movements in 10 other countries since 2013.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 25, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 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

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee Simmons currently serves as Associate Director of Perspectives Global. Sundee has been serving the Perspectives program since 1991. She has served as a volunteer coordinator, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, East Coast Regional Administrator and the Director of Training for Perspectives USA before joining the Perspectives Global Team. Sundee Simmons is a wife and mother of 3 children, Nathan (1996), Emily (1998) and Julianna (2005). Her husband, Scott, is a ordained PCA Pastor serving Third Millennium Ministries as the Director of Instructor Relations.

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      Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021

      Time: 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

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