Jacksonville, FL VF20    Fall 2020
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Want to be a Part of God's Story?  

Join us on this virtual 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. Usually this course is in person, however due to COVID the class will be meeting via zoom.

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.

Class Info

Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Join Virtual Zoom Class (The Church of Eleven22) 651 Commerce Center Dr #100, Jacksonville FL 32225

Contact: Elizabeth Williams

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Anne-Marie Fort

      The Church of Eleven22, Ponte Vedra Beach FL

      Anne-Marie has been in full-time vocational ministry since 2016. She and her husband, Brad, live in Ponte Vedra, Florida and are actively involved in The Church of Eleven22 where she serves as Ministries Director. Anne-Marie and Brad completed perspectives in 2019 and it forever changed them. They love God more and love people better as a result.


    • Date: Monday, July 27, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Todd Engstrom

      The Austin Stone Community Church, Austin TX

      Dr. Todd Engstrom is the Executive Pastor of Ministry Strategies at The Austin Stone Community Church in Austin, Texas. He directs the efforts of The Austin Stone in multiplication and church planting - training, resourcing and deploying church leaders to glorify God wherever they are. He regularly speaks, writes and consults with churches on the topics of missional communities and organizational leadership. At home, he is husband to Olivia, father to five kids, and a makes disciples in his neighborhood.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 10, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Ronald Nelson

      Evangelism & Missions, Arlington TX

      Ron Nelson served nearly six years as the Director of Missions & Evangelism at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX under the pastoral leadership of Dr. Tony Evans. He and wife Star as mission mobilizers have launched their ministry "Sowing Seeds of Joy." Ron has 15 years of missions mobilization experience. He and Star, have an unconditional passion for missions and have led countless teams and trained hundreds for short-term missions. Together, they took the Perspectives course which literally changed their 10 year plan. Their travels have taken them to thirteen countries, the likes of Kenya, Papua New Guinea, Haiti, and the Philippines. Ordained and licensed to preach in 2005, Ron and Star, married for 32 years, have two children and one grandson.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 17, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Victor Barousse

      Go To Nations, Jacksonville FL

      Victor, along with his gifted wife Kathie, are experienced field missionaries, seeing much fruit in church planting, leadership development and humanitarian / developmental work. They first encountered Go To Nations while already serving as missionaries in Siberia. Impressed with the results of the Global Pathway curriculum, they began service with Go To Nations in 2011. Victor and Kathie returned to Russia full-time, planting new works and aiding national church networks to embrace their Great Commission calling. Now based at the Go To Nations World Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida, Victor currently serves as Director of GTN Frontier Missions, with a two tiered strategy. First, equipping American missionaries to reach Frontier People Groups, while also envisioning and mobilizing indigenous workers to raise up powerful, self-supporting disciple making movements.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 24, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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).

    • Instructor

      Augustine "Gus" Davies

      Longwood FL

      Pastor Augustine (Gus) Davies is passionate about Perspectives because it is a great and compelling course that continues to advance discipleship and leadership development for the Kingdom. Gus was introduced to Perspectives in the 80’s at African Bible College in Liberia and Reformed Theological Seminary USA. During those times he read several of the articles for missions, anthropology and cross-cultural classes. Gus is serving as pastor at Northland Church in Longwood Florida since 1998. Perspectives course was part of his beginning days as he participated in both local and global missions along with pastoral responsibilities. In the last year Gus’s heart and mind has been re-ignited to reengage in this class as a student and facilitator. Perspectives go deeper in equipping and empowering the Church for the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, August 31, 2020

      Time: 6:00 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.

    • Instructor

      Chuck Walton

      Wycliffe Bible Translators - Ret., Newtown PA

      Chuck Walton is a graduate of Cairn U, Wheaton College and Temple University. He and his wife Janice have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators for many years. Most of their career has been in the Philippines. They worked with two very different ethnic groups in there, the Itneg of Northern Luzon and the Sama of Pangutaran Island (a Muslim UPG) where they completed the translation of the New Testament. In addition to translation Chuck had been involved in mission administration and has taught Linguistics at the Wycliffe affiliate school in Dallas, Texas, Alliance Biblical Seminary in Quezon City, Philippines and the University of North Dakota. In 2013 Chuck retired but still does Mobilization for Wycliffe on a volunteer basis, and teaches ESL. They live in Newtown, PA (Bucks County). Chuck has taught for Perspectives since 2006 and is a coordinator.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 14, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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

      Jennifer Webster

      Winter Park FL

      Jennifer Webster grew up in Florida where her love of reading and studying developed her heart for history, cultures and the world. She took Perspectives in 2011 where God used Lesson 6 powerfully to guide her steps. She received her undergraduate degrees in Anthropology from the University of Central Florida and her Masters in Church History from the University of Nottingham. She will begin a PhD in Systematic Theology at the University of Edinburgh in the fall of 2020. Over the years, her passion for the Lord and His Name led her to work with unreached people groups locally, do a 3-month mission to North Africa, and help mobilize others by being on several Perspectives coordinating teams. She has a passion for showing others the importance of “hindsight” so that we might see God’s glory and amazing purposes unfold before our eyes as we study history.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 21, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, September 28, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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

      BJ Chandler

      The Navigators, Gainesville FL

      Jesus invested three years of his life in twelve ordinary guys. Those guys, with the help of the Holy Spirit, flipped the world upside down for the Kingdom of God. My wife and I have bought in to the vision of "one generation to the next," and have been laboring for the Gospel at the University of Florida for the last 10 years. We are convinced it is the most strategic place in the world for a missionary to be, and we are praying like crazy that we'd send 100% of our students as full-time laborers into their career, excited and equipped to reach their friends for Christ. We have a passion for people, love college football, and will take you down in any board game of your choosing!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 5, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Bob Peckham

      Frontiers, Gilbert AZ

      Bob has served with Frontiers for over 30 years. He and his wife spent many years on the field working with and leading church-planting teams. Bob also served as a field director for Frontiers before transitioning to his current role as U.S. Director.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 12, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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

      Benjamin Annis

      Jacksonville FL

      Benjamin Annis has served on staff at The Church of Eleven22 in Jacksonville, Florida since 2016 and is currently the Director of Multiplication, primarily charged with executing the church’s global initiatives in sending and church planting. He and his wife, Tonya have been married since 2001, have three sons, and have worked and served together in both ministry and non-profit capacities since 2003, continuing to do so today. Whether working domestically or abroad, Ben’s approach to disciple-making is guided by his educational and professional background in architecture, engineering, art, and music; walking alongside both individuals and organizations as they navigate their own discipleship journeys and transform into global gospel multipliers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 19, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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

      Ginger P

      St. Augustine FL

      Ginger has served with a mission’s agency since 2013, and with love and respect, she invites Muslims to follow Jesus. After completing a Perspectives course in 2011 where God opened her eyes to the BILLIONS of people around the world who have never heard the gospel, she transitioned from teaching here in the US and became an Educational Consultant in an unreached area of the world. Through education, she has built bridges into communities both overseas, as well as the refugee community here in Florida, where she has seen God draw many Muslims to Himself. She loves to share how God is at work, and she loves to mobilize others to join God in the work He is doing both here and around the world!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, October 26, 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.

    • Instructor

      Mary Ho

      All Nations Family, Inc, Kansas City MO

      Mary Ho is currently the International Executive Leader of All Nations Family, a cross-cultural church planting and missions training and sending organization based out of Kansas City. Born in Taiwan and raised on four continents, Mary has lived in Swaziland, Taiwan, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, Hong Kong, and the U.S., and travelled extensively. They moved from Hong Kong to Kansas City in 2000. She worked as Managing Editor for four years in Taiwan, and has written and edited several publications. She then served for four years in World Vision Taiwan and World Vision Hong Kong. In World Vision Taiwan, Mary was the Manager of the International Ministry Department. She received her doctoral degree in strategic leadership from Regent University, VA in 2017, her M.A. in Communications, and her B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is married to John Ho and has two boys, ages 24 and 19.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 2, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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

      George Patterson

      Paul-Timothy, Sebring FL

      Dr. George Patterson trained pastors and planted churches in Central America, and his strategies for church multiplication became known worldwide. He taught church planters at Western Seminary, and mentors workers to follow New Testament guidelines to sustain church multiplication; many have made breakthroughs leading to widespread movements. He authored… Come Quickly Dawn (a training novel, www.WCLbooks.com), Church Multiplication Guide (www.WCLbooks.com), Train And Multiply (pastoral educ. by extension, www.TrainAndMultiply.com), Paul-Timothy pastoral training (www.Paul-Timothy.net).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 9, 2020

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Adam Flynt

      St Johns FL



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, November 16, 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

      Ryan Britt

      The Church of Eleven22, Jacksonville FL



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      Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

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