Greensboro, NC S22    Spring 2022
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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.


NOTE: Based on a partnership with Crossover Global, $100 scholarships are being provided for general use, as is available. Inquire with the coordinator, Shannon Gann.

Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Living Way Church 4433 Rehobeth Church Road Greensboro NC 27406

Contact: Shannon Gann

(336) 855-1888

 
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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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      Wade Hobbs

      CIty Church, West Columbia SC

      Wade has been in ministry for over thirty years with experience in youth ministry, pastoring and missions. Wade has a heart to see God glorified through the planting of multiplying churches among the unreached.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Phillip Nelson

      SIM, Charlotte NC

      Rev. Dr. Phillip Nelson pastored for over thirty years. He has served as a mission mobilizer for over ten years and, in addition, began teaching Perspective classes 25 years ago. He is the husband of one wife and father of five saved adult children. He is a preacher and teacher of the Gospel for 45+ years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 16, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Earl

      East Lake Community Church , Irmo SC

      Raymond E. Washington, Jr is a father of three wonderful children, and married to his 1st and only wife Cherilyn for 19yrs. My passion since coming into ministry in 2001 has been learning to love God, and love people by connecting them to the very heart of GOD for all people here, near, and far!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Matt W.

      , Winston-Salem NC

      Matt serves as the Missions Pastor at Calvary in Winston-Salem, NC. He along with his wife & their 3 kids served in South Asia for 7 years as IMB missionaries. Their family's lifetime mission statement is to grow as disciples & make disciples of Jesus Christ of the least reached people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Mitch Monroe

      Clemmons NC

      Mitch Monroe graduated from High Point University and has a masters from Southeastern Theological Seminary. Mitch and his wife Trish live in Clemmons NC where he is currently on staff as Missions Director at Center Grove Church.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      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, February 13, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Rodrigo Dinsmore

      Durham NC

      Rodrigo Dinsmore has been serving as the Missions Pastor at the Chapel Hill Bible Church since 2013 (having served in full-time church ministry since 2003). He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in Austria, Germany (helping start a church in Berlin), and in the US. He speaks four languages and dabbles in several others. His work and travels have taken him to over 40 countries and he has preached in five different continents. He is passionate about leading people to Christ and helping Christians grow in loving and serving God and neighbor through their vocations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Kathie Baggott

      Varied/ ESL , Raleigh NC

      B.A. in History. Studied civilizations and theology at the graduate level. Field experience throughout Asia and the Pacific. Currently mentors English Language (ESL) instructors and is associated with refugee resettlement organizations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Charles B.

      , Pittsboro NC

      Charles B. has been involved in mission work since 1980. He has lived and worked abroad doing long- and short-term missions in China, Latin America, Eastern Europe, India and Africa. Charles is a consultant in Business-as-Mission and cross-cultural issues and mentors individuals and agencies involved in missions and Kingdom Business around the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 6, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Bob Hay

      SIM USA, Charlotte NC

      Born in Nigeria, but raised in New Jersey, Bob Hay is a Third Culture Kid and a third generation SIM missionary. He has been involved in ministry since 1982. He graduated from Bryan College (TN) with a BA in history and minors in Bible and Biblical Greek, and then from Columbia Biblical Seminary (now Columbia International University (SC)) with an M.Div in cross-cultural ministry. Ordained to gospel ministry in 1991, he and his wife, Amy, went to Japan in 1992 where they helped plant a Japanese church in the Tokyo suburbs and he served as pastor while raising their sons together. Since 2003 he has been involved in the recruiting, selecting, equipping, and member care of missionaries serving with SIM. He currently serves as Deputy Director of People Care and Development.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Marsha Woodard

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Greensboro NC

      Marsha came to faith in Christ in 1979 on a hippie journey to Africa, searching for the meaning of life; three years later she began what would become a life-time career, engaging the globe for her Lord. Marsha has served in Latin America, Europe and North Africa, including the adventure of living in refugee camps in the Sahara Desert. In 2010 she joined Wycliffe Bible Translators, serving their partner Seed Company as Field Coordinator and Training Manager, and currently as Launch Coordinator for Wycliffe USA. Marsha's passion, training and mentoring new cross-cultural workers, led her to author “To Timbuktu and Beyond: A Guide to Getting Started in Missions”, published by William Carey Library, in 2009.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 20, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Tim

      Pinedale Christian Church, Lexington NC

      After graduating from William Carey Int.U.,Tim worked with Frontiers in a closed muslim country from 1985-87. He has served as missions chairman at his home church in Winston-Salem, and continues to consult on development projects in Africa, Asia, and the Carribean. Tim is President of GIS Inc., a landscape design franchise looking to eventually create BAM entry platforms for new teams of CP'ers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 27, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Ken Katayama

      Crossover Global, Columbia SC

      Ken Katayama, born in Curitiba, Brazil, joined Crossover Global in 1999. After serving at the Crossover Global base in Brazil for six years he began working in various leadership positions at the Crossover Global base in the USA. In 2020 he became the President and CEO of Crossover Global. Ken holds a Bible certificate from Word of Life Biblical Seminary in Brazil; a B.A. in Bible and a Master of Arts in Muslim Studies from Columbia International University in Columbia, USA. He served six years on the board of Missio Nexus (the North American Missions Association) and he served for five years on the board of COMHINA (COMIBAM USA). Currently he serves as a Deputy Leader for the World Evangelical Alliance Mission Commission and as a Perspectives instructor teaching various lessons throughout the United States. Ken, his wife Kristi, and their three children make their home in Columbia, SC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Rick Brown

      Wycliffe, Durham NC

      Rick gave his life to Christ in 1969. He and his wife Lenore have served with Wycliffe Bible Translators since 1973 living in a remote village in Sudan Africa as well as time in the Middle East. Their pioneer work in literacy and Bible translation resulted over time in the development and growth of churches in Sudan. In the Middle East, Rick has been involved in several Bible translation projects, the development of new Scripture-based media products, and the start-up of a digital Scripture publication network. Throughout this time Rick has studied the factors that affect how people in the Middle East engage fruitfully with Scripture and related materials, which he shares at many seminars and conferences worldwide. Rick has also authored numerous articles, including two in Lesson 14, and he is a contributing editor to the International Journal of Frontier Missiology and the Journal of Language, Culture, and Religion. Currently Rick and Lenore live in North Carolina where they continue to serve, Rick with Wycliffe, Lenore as a multilingual nurse in urban ministry, and both as volunteers with World Relief, helping refugees from genocide in Sudan get settled and adjusted to American life, customs, and values.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 10, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 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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      Melissa Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Melissa has been involved with Perspectives since 2005 as a coordinator, intern, regional director, and now in the training department. Melissa Loves to teach and is passionate about her role as a mobilizer.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

      Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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