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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 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.

COURSE INFORMATION

When: Sundays, 6:00-9:00 pm (Lessons 1-15, January 26 - May 3)

***Registration & Orientation Night, January 19, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm***

Where: Capshaw Baptist Church

14944 Dupree Worthey Rd, Harvest, AL 35749

Cost: New Students $275 for Certificate or Key Readings (includes reader and study guide)

Greatly reduced amounts for Alumni (see Class Pricing tab at right)

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DISCOUNTS


Early Bird Discount (New Students Only): Register and pay by the end of December to receive $20 off!

Family Member Discount: When one family member pays full price, any additional family members receive $50 off!

eReader Book Discount: Buy the E-Book version of the Reader and Study Guide and receive $30 off of your registration fee!

New Students can apply multiple discounts! Please contact anny Gaston if you have any questions.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 26, 2020

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Capshaw Baptist Church 14944 Dupree Worthey Road Harvest AL 35749

Contact: Danny Gaston

(256) 749-6460

 
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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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      Sean Cooper

      The Traveling Team, Fayetteville AR

      Sean and his wife Meredith have spent the last decade traveling the entire Continental U.S. casting mission vision with Traveling Team. They have a two year old daughter named Haven. Sean graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Communication. He has short term exposure in India and Indonesia. Sean continues to travel nation wide speaking to students and churches. When not speaking he serves alongside The Traveling Team Leadership as the Director of Ministry Advancement. He is working on a Masters Degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

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      Date: Sunday, January 26, 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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      Tollie Meggs

      Out of the Boat Ministries, Tuscaloosa AL

      Founder of Out of the Boat Ministries where she is a Bible teacher, conference speaker, and author. Missions Mobilizer at Capstone Church in Tuscaloosa. Tollie leads retreats and conferences around the world, and has an ongoing counseling/teaching ministry to women in homeless shelters, helping them re-establish their lives. A passionate and gifted communicator, Tollie’s mission is: challenging and mobilizing followers of Christ to know Him more deeply and to make His glory known among the nations. She has a passion to help Christ followers discover their gifting and maximize their gifts, talents and life experience for the glory of God at home and abroad.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 2, 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: Sunday, February 9, 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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      John Sloan

      Harvest AL

      As the Senior Pastor at Capshaw Baptist Church, just outside of Huntsville, Alabama, John is responsible for preaching, leading, vision-casting, and shepherding a diverse flock of Christ- followers. John also remains actively involved in global outreach. For eleven years, he served as an International Board Member of Bethesda Outreach in Hammanskraal, South Africa, an organization which provides physical and spiritual care for children orphaned by AIDS, and his missional endeavors have allowed him, by God’s grace, to preach or lead ministries in nineteen different countries, including Kenya, Australia, Brazil, Ethiopia, Germany and Greece. John and his wife, Jenine, live in Madison with their two sons, Quinn and Lucas, and two daughters, Olivia and Julia Piper.

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      Date: Sunday, February 16, 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: Sunday, February 23, 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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      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, March 1, 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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      David Cashin

      Columbia Int'l University, Columbia SC

      Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies at Columbia Int'l University. He is fluent in Bengali and Swedish. The 1st due to investing 9 years with Bengali speakers (the 6th largest living language). The 2nd, thru marriage to Margareta, pastoring churches and earning his PhD in Indiology at Stockholm University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 8, 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.

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      CH Hills

      US Center, Roswell GA

      Chiu Hea loves everything multicultural, from her husband and kids, ethnic foods, refugees and international students, and the work of World Relief, Free Burma Rangers, and the Int'l Justice Mission. Chiu Hea left Malaysia to attend Harvard in 1980, where she grew spiritually through InterVarsity. She studied Theology in Singapore, and Marriage & Family Therapy in New York. She worked as a family therapist in L.A. for ten years, and as staff counselor with her agency. Chiu Hea lives in Atlanta with Mark, Brandon and Kimberly. Together, they grow vegetables, make music, and throw parties for refugees from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 15, 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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      Nicole Parks

      Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

      God has been calling Nicole to missions since before she was walking with Him. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business and Risk Management. Through studying abroad twice in college, God began to open her eyes to her love of other cultures, languages, and travel. After graduation, she worked in financial services for a few years before God called her into ministry. While working for North Point Ministries, she went on her first short-term missions trip. Through 2 trips to the 10/40 window, God called her into vocational missions. In 2014, she joined the staff of Cafe 1040 first as a mobilizer and then as a team lead. She is passionate about the unreached, mobilization, and God's heart for the nations. When she's not traveling around the globe sharing the love of Jesus with the unreached, she is actively involved in her home church with her husband and their two future missionaries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 22, 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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      Edward Speyers

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Saugatuck MI

      Ed and Linda Speyers joined Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1976 and invested 20 years (1979-1999) in South America doing incarnational ministry which included Bible Translation among the Suriname Javanese people. In March 2000 the fruit of their efforts culminated in the dedication of the Suriname Javanese New Testament. At the time this also marked the 500th New Testament in which Wycliffe members (known as SIL overseas) had been involved. The Suriname Javanese New Testament also marked a transition in the way Bible translation was approached in the years that followed. Until this translation, most projects were done by generalists. That is, field workers who handled nearly all of the logistics of a translation project such as linguistics, literacy, translation, distribution, and Scripture Use. The Suriname Javanese project was a different approach to translation in that local speakers were equipped to become proficient themselves in Bible translation techniques and all other aspects of the work. This led to greater involvement of local speakers which led to more proficiency and ultimately greater accuracy. With this approach, the Speyers assumed a more facilitator-type role as expatriates on the translation team with the nationals as the specialists in their own areas of expertise. Largely because of this transfer of ownership and responsibility, translation of the Old Testament continued by the Suriname Javanese translators until August 2018 when the entire Bible was completed and dedicated. Around this same time, Wycliffe marked their involvement in the 1000th New Testament. The first 500 took 67 years and the second 500 took 17 years. This indicates the accelerated pace of Bible translation today. The Speyers currently reside in MI and serve as recruiters on Wycliffe’s Mobilization team traveling to graduate schools and seminaries nationwide looking and praying for translation consultants and exegetical workers. They love to tell their story and encourage others to join the movement of God called Bible translation.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 29, 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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      Lindsey Sprague

      TMS-Global, Norcross GA

      Lindsey received her degree in Anthropology where she gained knowledge and love for peoples and culture. She served in the Middle East a few years after college where she gained more insight on culture and passion for God's mission. Lindsey, also served with Perspectives Global as the Associate Director serving the Perspectives movement in over 30 countries. She currently works with TMS-Global as the Coordinator of Mobilization and Candidacy where she is able to journey with people as they explore leveraging their gifts, talents, and skills to come alongside God and His mission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 5, 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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      Trace Donahoo

      Hartselle AL



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      Date: Sunday, April 12, 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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      Charles Yungkurth

      Madison AL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 19, 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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      Jay

      24:14 Ministries, Hueytown AL

      Jay and his wife served as church planters to the north of Iran from 2001, and in 2008 assumed the role as team strategy leader for teams serving the north of Iran and Iranians working and living in the Middle East. Since 2012 he has served as CEO for 24:14 Ministries, and their ministry has expanded into Afghanistan and Pakistan as well.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 26, 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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      Date: Sunday, May 3, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 10, 2020

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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