Bryan/College Station, TX // S21    Spring 2021
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Perspectives is a 15 week life and learning opportunity that will change the way you view the world around you. In it, you will have your eyes opened to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban streets of America to the rain forest and deserts of distant lands. A fantastic array of pastors, theologians, international missiologists and mobilizers will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences that will open your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know HimWhether you are single, married, a student, a homemaker, a professional or retired, Perspectives will bless and challenge your life and direction. 





THE FOLLOWING EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS HAVE ACCEPTED THE PERSPECTIVES COURSE AS A TRANSFER CREDIT IN THE PAST.

EACH STUDENT DESIRING TO EARN COLLEGE/SEMINARY CREDIT WILL NEED TO VERIFY WITH THEIR ADVISOR IF/HOW THE TRANSFER CREDIT CAN BE APPLIED.

Class Info

Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Restoration Church Bryan 1401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. St. Bryan TX 77803

Contact: Callie Bearden

 
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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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      Michael

      Houston TX

      Michael came to Christ as a freshman at Texas A&M. While attending Texas A&M God began to reveal to him His heart for all peoples and about the unreached peoples of the world. After graduation he attended a missionary training school and upon completion felt the call to advocate for the unreached and mobilize the church in America. Primarily ministering at Texas A&M, Michael spoke at various ministries, taught and coordinated Perspectives, and discipled young men who desired to be long term missionaries. In 2007 he felt called to move to Houston continue to serve God as a layman. He has traveled to numerous countries encouraging friends on the field. In Houston he has been a part of multiple church plants as well as a non-profit focused on ministering to children in foster care. He has been a Perspectives coordinator and Area Representative. He loves to teach the Bible, especially about God's heart for the nations as well as advocating for the unreached people's of the world and encouraging current and future missionaries however he can.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 18, 2021

      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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      Greg Despres

      East-West Ministries International, Cypress TX

      Dr. Greg Despres is the Director of Short-Term Mission Teams for East-West Ministries International. He lives in Cypress and also directs the Houston East-West Team. Greg has formerly served as a Lead Pastor, Missions Pastor, and Youth Pastor. He is married to Alli and they have 5 kids. Both Greg and Allison have a desire to see people get mobilized for Great Commission service.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 25, 2021

      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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      Jeff Lewis

      Radical , Redlands CA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Specialist with Pioneers For 17 years Jeff was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, and for four years Director of Mobilization at CBU, until the spring of 2019. Ministry highlights: 20 years at California Baptist University, 17 years as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, and four years as Director of Mobilization at CBU. Mobilization/disciple ministry for 33 years, church planter, instructor/trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of God's Heart for the Nations and Calling: A Scriptural Journey. Jeff has also assisted with training indigenous mobilization leadership and developing field strategies in over 30 countries. Married to Elaine McClary, for 47 years. We have seven children and 19 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 1, 2021

      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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      Christopher Lane

      Center for Mission Mobilization, Springdale AR

      Chris graduated from Texas A&M in '11 with a bachelor's degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering. He then moved to East Asia to play collegiate basketball and use his platform to share the Gospel with athletes and college students. From there he moved to West Texas to become a high school math & science teacher and basketball coach. Chris now serves with the Center for Mission Mobilization. Because of COVID-19, he and his family recently moved back Stateside from East Asia, where he was mobilizing the Asian church to take the Gospel to the unreached. His passion is to see the global Church raised up to play their most strategic role in the Great Commission.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 8, 2021

      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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      Colleen Wong

      Deoworks , West Hills CA

      Colleen is currently on staff with Deoworks as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Platforms, with a focus on national leadership development. Deoworks is a Gospel-centered consulting non-profit company connecting the body of Christ and accelerating the ministry of the Kingdom of God, seeking to incubate ideas to contribute the furthering of the Kingdom.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 15, 2021

      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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      Jonathan Atwell

      CrossRoads Church of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills TX

      Jonathan has served as Lead Pastor of CrossRoads Church in North Richland Hills, TX since 2003 when he graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. He has a passion for building strong, ambitious families who understand their place and purpose in the incredible story of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 22, 2021

      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 Swanson

      College Station TX

      David is an avid storyteller. As a missions mobilizer he uses story to help people understand God’s global purpose and discover their place in that plan. David grew up as a missionary kid in Panama. A graduate of Texas A&M University, David currently works for his alma mater. He also serves as a volunteer with a campus ministry. He has helped lead short-term student ministry trips and has worked with churches and church-planting ministries in several countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 1, 2021

      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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      Sunny Hong

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dallas TX

      Born in South Korea, Sunny Hong came to the US in 1983. She was employed in the computer software profession and was active in a local church. At that time Sunny was seeking for God’s call as to how she could be involved in missions. Eventually she felt God’s calling to the ministry of Wycliffe Bible translators. She joined Wycliffe in 1994 and worked as a mobilizer for Koreans in the US and Canada for 12 years. She then was sent to the Philippines to work as a mobilization consultant for the Wycliffe Asia and Pacific areas. While in the Philippines, she sensed God redirecting her ministry to missiology/anthropology. She pursued an intercultural studies Ph.D. program at Biola and after completing these studies, started working as a senior intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at Dallas International University, in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 8, 2021

      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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      Andrew Broeckelman

      Christar, Garland TX

      Andrew grew up on a farm in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013. Upon graduation, Andrew joined staff with The Traveling Team, a mobilization ministry that recruits students from all major universities to God's global purposes. During a five year span, Andrew spoke to over 25,000 students at 150 different universities across the country about God's heart for the world. In 2018, Andrew and his wife joined Christar and moved to Spain for one year to work on a mobilization project hosting college students for short term trips and internships while working with Muslim immigrants and refugees. Andrew has firsthand experience in 12 different countries where Christar workers serve among least reached peoples and now serves with his wife as the directors of mobilization for Christar in the US.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 22, 2021

      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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      Sarah

      Africa Inland Mission, Euless TX

      Sarah was born and raised in Texas and grew up with aspirations of becoming an architect. After graduation from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design, she began her career working for a large architecture firm in Dallas, TX. During her 7 years in the world of architecture, she ended up in Zambia on 3 separate short term visits. It was there in Africa, that God changed her heart, future plans and view of the world as He showed her His heart for the nations. She went on to serve for 5 years on a church-planting team in a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean that is 99.9% Muslim. In that tiny African nation, she served as a Gospel seed sower, language learner, ballet teacher, seamstress, baker, English teacher, henna artist and active neighbor in her wonderful island village. Sarah returned to the States in May 2017 and now serves as a mobilizer with Africa Inland Mission. She loves talking with people about what God is doing in the Muslim world and how they can be part of it!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 29, 2021

      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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      Ken

      Pioneers International, Plano TX

      Ken has walked alongside Hindus for over a decade. He loves helping Hindus in their spiritual journeys and teaching others how to better love and serve their Hindu friends.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 5, 2021

      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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      Jimmy Dorrell

      Texas Christian Community Development Network, Waco TX

      Jimmy & Janet Dorrell moved into an low-income neighborhood in Waco, TX, in 1978, and founded and is now president emeritus of Mission Waco, a large urban Christian community development organization with 16 programs and 80 staff, with work among the addicted, unemployed, homeless, sick, illiterate and unchurched. In 1992, The Dorrells planted Church Under the Bridge in 1992 as an outdoor church meeting under the Interstate 35 and S. 4th Street underpass (currently meeting at the Magnolia Silos until Summer 2022). As pastor, the church now has 275 very diverse attendees. Dorrell also founded the statewide Texas Christian Community Development Network. As an adjunct professor at Truett Theological Seminary and Baylor, he teaches Christian community development, missions, and community engagement classes. Dorrell has written four books, including "Commonwealth: Transformation through Christian Community Development;" "Dead Church Walking," "Trolls and Truth" and "Plunge2Poverty." The couple, married 43 years, also continue to work in Haiti, India, and MxCity. They have four children (one deceased) and 10 grandchildren.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 12, 2021

      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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      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 19, 2021

      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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      Brian

      McKinney TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 26, 2021

      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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Currently on staff with Perspectives Global, Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for over 25 years both nationally and internationally. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and travel in 40 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 3, 2021

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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