Fort Smith, AR // S20    Spring 2020
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You have an epic role to play in the biggest story of all time. You’re about to experience God’s heart for all peoples and encounter the momentum of the World Christian Movement. Perspectives will open the eyes of your heart with fresh knowledge and understanding of God’s unchanging purposes and why they’re relevant to your life.


You will learn firsthand from the global experiences of various Pastors, Professors, Theologians, and Missionaries from the field as you look at God’s ultimate purpose from these four perspectives:

  • Biblical (Lessons 1-5): The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God’s unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation.
  • Historical (Lessons 6-9): Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn Christian history is wrought with the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations.
  • Cultural (Lessons 10-11): 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 (Lessons 12-15): Find your place in God’s story as there are endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission.

Come join us as we strive towards a deeper understanding of who God is, what He’s about, and how we are ALL called to be a part of it.


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Class Info

Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Grand Avenue Baptist Church 3900 Grand Avenue Fort Smith AR 72904

Contact: Scott Ward

479-783-5161

 
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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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 13, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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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: Monday, January 20, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 6:30 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.

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      Justin Schell

      Pioneers / The Lausanne Movement, Tulsa OK

      Justin is passionate about doing whatever he can to see the Great Commission fulfilled. He mobilized with The Traveling Team for 5 years. He studied missiology and global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and global leadership and business at EDHEC Business School in Nice, France. He has been a part of a church planting team in North Africa. He is on staff with PIONEERS, speaking at mission classes and conference, and coaching churches in their missional engagement. However, he spends most of his time on-loan as the Director of Executive Projects for The Lausanne Movement, creating and catalyzing initiatives to accelerate the completion of the Great Commission. Areas of interest/expertise include Reaching Muslims, Church Planting, Global Christianity, Biblical Theology, Church Mission Strategy, Global Partnership, Theological Education, Business as Mission, and Mobilization. He is husband of Megan and papa of Henry and Evie.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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).

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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: Monday, February 3, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Bobby Greenwood

      Fayetteville AR



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 10, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Nathaniel Allen

      Global Outfitters, Fayetteville AR

      Nathan Allen graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a bachelors in History & Political Science. After being discipled in college by missions mobilizers, he joined The Traveling Team as a professional missions mobilizer for 4 years, speaking to thousands of college students at over 380 universities in over 33 states. He now resides in Fayetteville Arkansas where he is the Missions pastor at New Heights Church, Coordinates the Perspectives classes of Northwest Arkansas, and is the Director of Global Outfitters, a missions training organization and the sending arm of New Heights Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 17, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      Joshua Babb

      First Baptist Centerton, Centerton AR

      Joshua serves as the Pastor of Preaching and Vision at First Baptist Centerton. He and his wife, Melinda, have three children and one on the way. Joshua is a 2016 graduate of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he received a Master of Divinity with an emphasis in Biblical Languages. At Midwestern, he served as a teaching assistant for the seminary's Old Testament/Hebrew professors. Joshua's short-term exposure includes India, Greece, and Central America. He has a degree in Marketing Management and an MBA from Missouri State University.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 24, 2020

      Time: 1:00 AM to 1:00 AM

    • 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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      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: Monday, March 2, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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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, March 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Gene Daniels

      Run Ministries, Jacksonville AR

      Gene Daniels has a passion to spread the fame of Jesus in the Muslim world, something he and his family have been involved in since 1997, first as church planters in Central Asia and now as Director of Fruitful Practice Research, studying effective church planting across the Muslim world. Daniels has his doctorate in Religious Studies from the University of South Africa. He is also the author of several articles and books on missiolog, including Searching for the Indigenous Church, Margins of Islam, and Fruit to Harvest. (Gene Daniels is a pseudonym)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 16, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Laura D.

      Pioneers USA, Colorado Springs CO

      Laura D. Pioneers, Colorado Springs CO Teaches Lesson 11 Laura developed a passion for mobilizing the Church to live out the Great Commission after the Lord redirected her from a career in biomedical engineering. Laura served for a year developing software to help reach the unreached and lived in Southeast Asia for about 6 months after that. While preparing to move back overseas, she is taking time to help others discover their place in God’s work and also share her passion for sacrificially and whole-heartedly following Christ to the ends of the earth.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 30, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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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: Monday, April 6, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      Josh Foliart

      MULTIPLi global , Springdale AR

      Josh and Casandra have been married for sixteen years. They have two children, Lucas and Sofia and live in Northwest Arkansas. They both have degrees from the University of Arkansas where they met one another. Casandra is from Bolivia and Josh grew up in Arkansas. Josh enjoys helping leaders live a more courageous story. He brings insight and inspiration to businesses, educational institutions, sport teams, churches and non-profits. His athletic background and global life experience make his perspective unique and warm.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 13, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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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, April 20, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

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      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: Monday, April 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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