Charleston, SC // S23    Spring 2023
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Date: Monday, January 16, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Centerpoint Church at Remount 1520 Remount Rd North Charleston SC 29406

Contact: Jordan Deshon

(302) 373-9798

 
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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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      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: Monday, January 16, 2023

      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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      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: Monday, January 23, 2023

      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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      Victor Cuartas

      Columbia International University & Crossover Global, Blythewood SC

      Dr. Victor H. Cuartas is the Elmer V. Thompson chair of church planting and professor of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. He is also serving in different capacities at Crossover Global. Originally from Cali, Colombia. His wife Isabel is also from Colombia, and they have one amazing daughter, Eliannah. He spent a number of years in mission and church planting in his home country before continuing his ministry in the United States and North Africa. Victor earned a DMin in Leadership & Renewal from Regent University and a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies from Columbia International University. Victor’s most recent publication is entitled "Hispanic Muslims in the US."

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 2023

      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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      Cindy Keehn

      Missions Mobilizer, Canton NC

      After her first mission trip to Eastern Europe in 1991, Cindy joined full time with Christian Outreach International, an evangelistic sports ministry. She lived several years in the Czech Republic helping to organize and lead short term sports missions,which even led to planting a church in their home base Czech city.Her life radically impacted, Cindy cont to be involved in a variety of STM trips to the Czech Republic after her return to the USA doing prayer ministry, English teaching,and youth camps. She helped establish a sending missions program at her FL church for international and national service. Her heart is to mobilize the church to fulfill the Great Commission and to utilize quality short term trips to impact both the participants and the world in which they serve.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 6, 2023

      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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      Chip Atkinson

      Crossover Global, Columbia SC

      Chip Atkinson began serving with Crossover while attending Columbia International University. Upon completion of his course work, earning a Master of Arts degree in Leadership for Evangelism and Discipleship, Chip moved into full-time service with Crossover for four and a half years. For a time, the Lord led him into Pastoral ministry, so he was ordained and served as Associate Pastor at Fellowship Bible Church. Chip has also taught several Perspectives courses on missions and taught in a variety of churches. Recognizing God’s call on his life to mobilize workers to missions, Chip returned to Crossover in 2009 to fulfill his passion to mobilize individuals to fill their role in helping complete the Great Commission. Today, Chip serves as Assistant US Director with Crossover Global. Having a passion for helping people discover how and where they fit in God’s plan of redeeming the world to Himself. Chip has led numerous teams on trips to Jamaica, Brazil, Bahamas, Canada, Colombia, Moldova, Turkey, Lebanon and Central Asia His experience makes Chip an excellent selection to speak at a missions conference or fill the pulpit for a missions emphasis Sunday. He loves to bring scripture to life as it relates to missions and is comfortable speaking to any size or age group. Chip’s enthusiasm for mobilizing individuals is evident as he speaks on reaching the unreached for God’s global glory! Chip is married to Tana and they live in Irmo, SC. In their “spare” time, you might find them enjoying walks on the beach, working out at the gym, or hanging out with friends.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

      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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      Shawn Maze

      Acts 29 Network, Johns Island SC

      Shawn is the founding pastor of Sanctuary, an Acts 29 Network church in Charleston, SC. He is also a certified leader for the Antioch School of Church Planting & Leadership Development. Originally from Houston, Shawn took Perspectives as a college student while at Texas A&M. Prior to Sanctuary, Shawn served eight years as the director of Cru at The Citadel.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 2023

      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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      Edward Smither

      Columbia International University, Irmo SC

      Ed Smither is Professor of Intercultural Studies, History of Global Christianity and Dean of the College of Intercultural Studies at Columbia International University. Ed spent 14 years in intercultural ministry in France, North Africa, and the USA. He has authored, edited, or translated 11 books, including Christian Mission: A Concise Global History, Mission as Hospitality, and Mission in the Early Church. Ed is married to Shawn and they have 3 kids (Brennan, Emma, and Eve). Ed enjoys biking the backroads of Columbia, following Clemson football, and listening to modern rock and old hymns.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 2023

      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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      Jonathan St Clair

      Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC

      Jonathan and Abby St.Clair served with Africa Inland Mission from January 2013 to June 2022. Until 2018, they helped lead AIM’s T.E.E. program (Theological Education by Extension) based in Mokhotlong, Lesotho. In June 2019, they moved to AIM's Diaspora Region based in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, serving in international refugee resettlement and sharing the love of Jesus with refugees through cooperation with the Spanish evangelical church. Jonathan now serves as the Missions Pastor at Riverland Hills Baptist Church in Irmo, South Carolina. The St.Clairs have four kids - Kyle (2011), Ellee (2013), Sadie (2015), and Rose (2019).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 6, 2023

      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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      Christina S.

      Africa Inland Mission, Philadelphia PA

      Christina first went to Africa in 2010 while a student at the University of Delaware. Africa’s imprint was laid on her heart, and in 2013 she partnered with Africa Inland Mission to serve as a teacher among a formerly unreached people group. Feeling a burden for long-term missions, she pursued further training upon arriving back in the States, and in 2019 completed her Masters in Counseling at Westminster Theological Seminary. She now serves in mobilization with AIM, helping others get to the field as she also hopes to one day return. When she’s not mobilizing others to Africa, she enjoys leading her church's missions team and opening her home to friend and stranger alike.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 13, 2023

      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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      Dennis Cochrane

      Lexington SC

      Dennis and his wife Nancy served as linguists and Bible translators among the 20,000 Duna people of Papua New Guinea. After devising an alphabet for this previously unwritten language they produced primers and readers, teaching many to read their own language. They then translated the first portions of God's Word into the Duna language. Several thousand Duna came to faith in Christ and today there are many churches among these people.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 2023

      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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      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: Monday, March 27, 2023

      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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      Steven Wise

      First Baptist Spartanburg, Spartanburg SC

      Steve has been married to his wife, Eloise for 39 years. He serves as Minister of Missions at First Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC. Formerly he served in the Student Volunteer Mobilization area of the North American Mission Board (SBC). Steve has earned the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been involved in missions mobilization for over 40 years, leading groups all over North America and to 30 countries on 5 continents.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 2023

      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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      Allen James

      Roanoke VA

      Allen, along with his family, served as a church planter and trainer of pastors and missionaries in East Asia for 20 years. During that time they witnessed a people group go from no known believers to a church planting movement where thousands came to faith and many churches were planted. In addition, the New Testament is currently being translated into the people group language. He currently serves as Community and Mission Pastor at Cave Spring Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA. He is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and holds a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Inheriting a love for the outdoors from his dad, Allen enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and kayaking. For Allen, an ideal way to spend a day would be walking on the beach and then sharing a good book with Stepheny.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 10, 2023

      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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      Patrick Hansen

      OMF International, Columbia SC

      Came to know Christ as Savior and Lord at the University of South Carolina in 1971, and was discipled through the Navigators campus ministry. Earned an MDiv (Missions Track)at Columbia International University (CIU) in 1982 and my Doctorate of Ministry at CIU in 2007. Served as a church planter in Japan with OMF International from 1984-2008. Regional Director for the Southeast U.S. from 2008-2012. Director of Equipping for OMF Mobilization since 2012.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 17, 2023

      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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      Kate Dempsey

      East Mountain, Duncan SC

      Kate’s life was greatly impacted by the Perspectives class when she was in college. She spent the next several summers helping lead a summer project of students taking the class & studying world religions in L.A. Over the last 16 years, Kate and her husband, Billy, have worked for The Traveling Team, United World Mission and East Mountain. Their jobs have been about mobilization, discipleship, mentoring younger missionaries, and serving as missionaries in Bangkok, Thailand. Kate has also been a stay at home mom with their 3 boys.

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      Date: Monday, April 24, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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      Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

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