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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, August 22, 2021

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg 8900 US Hwy 19 N Pinellas Park FL 33782

Contact: David Stevenson

727-466-8621

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Introduction and Overview

      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 see God change other 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, August 22, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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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      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, August 29, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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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      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, September 5, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Alexandra Zamora

      Nexus Internacional, Hallandale FL

      Alexandra Zamora is a missionary from Costa Rica. She is the vice-president of Hispanic Agency Nexus Intl. Former SIM Hispanic Director. Among her contributions are, planting churches in Costa Rica and Spain, training the Latin/Hispanic church and member care. Her formal education is in Theology (MA, Costa Rica) World Religions( Singapore), Transcultural Communication (MA) and Biblical Counseling (PhD) In USA.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      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: Sunday, September 19, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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 Frank

      GLobal Connections, Orlando FL

      Roger received eternal life while in college. In seminary he received God's call into cross-cultural missions. After seminary he planted a church in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 1989 he and his wife joined Youth With A Mission and focused on church planting among Muslims in Southeast Asia. In 1992 he worked for Far East Broadcasting. In 1993 he became the Dean of Tung Ling Bible College's School of Ministry. In 1996 he became the director of mobilization for YWAM Singapore and then from 1999 to 2006 led the School of Frontier Mission. In 2006 Roger became the director of YWAM's Frontier Mission Int'l Coordination Office. In 2011 he has been helping YWAM Orlando train, send, and support long-term workers. Since 2018 he and his wife are sharing the gospel with international students at local Orlando universities and coaching emerging Asian leaders.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, September 26, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Steven Masood

      Jesus to Muslims, Summerfield FL

      Steven Masood became a follower of Jesus in April 1973 in Karachi, Pakistan from a Muslim background. His testimony is chronicled in Into the Light. Steven earned a PhD from the London School of Theology thru Brunel University, London, on Islam and Christianity. He has spent 30+ years studying and working in Christian-Muslim relations and has taught Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim relations as a visiting lecturer in Christian institutions in Britain and the Far East. Steven also lectures in conferences and churches on varied subjects including the integrity of Christian and Muslim scriptures, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus. For further info: www.JesusToMuslims.org

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 3, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 10, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Art Dykstra

      Feather Sound Community Church, Clearwater FL

      Art's first hands-on encounter in missions occurred right after graduating from college where he spent the summer with Wycliffe in Papua New Guinea. After starting the climb up the corporate ladder, Art left the exciting world of paper distribution to finish off his MBA and then made the perfectly illogical but wonderful jump to full-time missions with a short-term missions agency working in South America and Africa. After 14 years as a missions pastor, he currently serves as the Lead Pastor at Feather Sound Community Church in Clearwater, FL and has the best job in the world!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 17, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Emily Avila

      Abundant Life Ministries, Largo FL

      Emily Avila is a woman on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ! She is passionate about God's Glory and about reaching unreached people groups! She loves to mobilize and teach people about missions! Emily grew up in West Michigan. She graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee with a degree in elementary education, and minor in Bible. She taught at a missionaries' kid school in Indonesia. Emily also has had the opportunity to do 1 week to 2 months missions trips in Guatemala, Mexico, Ghana, Indonesia and Ecuador. She is married to Anel, an Hispanic Pastor, originally from Panama. He has done a lot ministry in Hispanic churches in America. He currently is the Assistant Pastor and Missions pastor. Emily is very involved with the Missions programs at the church as well. She has been a Perspectives speaker and Cordinator. She is now a mother to two little girls and a part time 2nd grade teacher. Emily will ignite in you a passion for God's Glory to revealed to the unreached people around the world!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 24, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      David Stevenson

      St Petersburg FL

      David Stevenson is a musician, businessman, and friend of international students and people from other cultures. With his wife Patricia, he has in the past taken teams of young people into cross-cultural ministry through music and performing arts. He has trained and directed King's Kids Puerto Rico in studio recordings, and has directed men's choirs for Promise Keeper events. Over many years, David and Patricia have served as welcomers by hosting international students in their home and organizing lessons and discussion groups related to American culture. Currently, they are involved in teaching ESL classes and helping mobilize the church through coordinating Perspectives classes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      DJ Alicea

      CLEARWATER FL

      DJ Alicea has served in missions for the past 18 years and has lived in a restricted/creative access location for the past 15 years. His work focuses on building relationships and impacting lives with the gospel of Jesus Christ. He partners with the local church in his place of service in order to have a more effective impact for God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 7, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Jared Looney

      Global City Mission Initiative , Tampa FL

      Dr. Jared Looney grew up a few minutes from the Texas/Mexico border. In 1996, he graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in mission studies. He then worked in cross-cultural ministry in Houston, TX in impoverished neighborhoods at Impact Ministries. While in Houston, he completed a Master of Arts in theological studies at Houston Graduate School of Theology, with a research emphasis on multiethnic church growth. In 2001, Jared relocated to New York City as an urban missionary and spent 15 years serving in The Bronx in culturally diverse settings. In 2010, he completed a Doctor of Missiology from Fuller Theological Seminary. In 2013, he founded Global City Mission Initiative (GCMI), a missions organization pursuing disciple-making in globalized urban areas. As missionaries in global cities, GCMI serves diverse populations, including Unreached People Groups, ethnic enclaves, international students, at-risk youth, Post-Christendom populations, and various other communities. Dr. Looney has trained missionary candidates both on-the-field and in the classroom. Working with the leadership team of the Equip program in NYC, he was involved in training missionary apprentices from multiple agencies; he has often served as adjunct faculty for universities and seminaries; and he has mentored numerous missionary apprentices & interns. He is author of Crossroads of the Nations: Globalization, Diaspora & Evangelism -- named a top 15 mission studies text of 2015 by International Bulletin of Mission Research -- and co-author of Mosaic: A Ministry Handbook for a Globalizing World. He has been a guest lecturer in various colleges & university classrooms including: Abilene Christian University, Yale University, Biola University, and various others. Leading the expansion of Global City Mission Initiative, he relocated to the Tampa Bay area in 2016, where he currently resides with his wife, Hylma, and daughter, Adalia.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 14, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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

      Jeff

      Strategy Coordinator, St. Petersburg FL

      Jeff is happily married for 30 years with his German wife Brigitte. They have one son, Josh who was born in Jerusalem. Here is the simple timeline: I took Perspectives January 1983 on Pasadena Campus with R Winter, D McGavran, & others. 1. 3 years on OM ship Doulos, sharing about UPGs in 22 countries of Europe and Africa. 2. 6 years in Israel bringing over 300+ German volunteers to serve Holocaust survivors. 3. 4 years catalyzing an underground CPM in Iran. 4. 12 years pioneering CPMs in India alongside D Garrison. 5. During this same time we worked with Burmese refugees in Thailand; mobilized Chinese believers to South Asia alongside the B2J movement; and was part of the original "Storying" team EPIC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, November 28, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 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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      Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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      Date: Sunday, December 12, 2021

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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