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Spring 2022 North Tampa area, FL

Perspectives is committed to following all governmental and host location recommendations in our decisions to hold classes and gatherings. We are planning for this class to be a live, in-person class. We have a back-up plan to hold the class in a virtual environment if needed because of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Perspectives is a 16 week course about God's plan of redemption from beginning to end and how you fit into it. You will explore this plan in 4 ways:

Biblical | Lessons 1-5

The Word of God is revealed with striking clarity as Perspectives illuminates God's unchanging promises as they unfold from Genesis to Revelation.

Historical | Lessons 6-9 

Discover your spiritual lineage as you learn that Christian history is wrought throughout with the immeasurable power of God as He makes His name known among the nations.

Cultural | Lessons 10-11

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 | Lessons 12-15

Find your place in God's story as there are endless opportunities to help complete the Great Commission.

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And prepare to be ruined for the ordinary.

 

Dates:    January 9 - May 8, 2022

When:    Sunday 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Where:   Bible-Based Fellowship Church

4811 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, FL 33624

  First Two Nights Free:

Register at no cost to give the class a try. Everyone is welcome to hear the first 2 lessons before deciding to commit to the course.

The Perspectives Class offers 3 levels for completion:

Key Reading Level | $275

Prepare for great speakers and great material with light reading. Be challenged to consider your own role in world missions. This level requires about 1-2 hours of reading each week with little written homework. Five "Personal Reflections" assigned during the term will require about an hour each to complete. 

Certificate Level | $275

This is the recommended level which provides a rich learning experience. It involves weekly homework assignments, five "Personal Reflections" and one research project due by the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week. 

Credit Level | $550

An in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours given through Trinity International University, Excelsior College.  It involves additional reading and two research projects. It is offered at both the undergraduate or the graduate level.


*There is an additional $30.00 charge for textbooks. Each student will receive an email or text with ordering details after registration.


Class Info

Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Bible-Based Fellowship Church 4811 Ehrlich Road Tampa FL 33624

Contact: Gene Murdock

(727) 490-1712

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Neil Moyer

      Perspectives USA, Mims FL

      Neil is currently a missionary with Converge and Perspectives Regional Director for FL+ (Florida, Puerto Rico, and US Virgin Islands). 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! Now I want to "Finish Well".


    • Date: Sunday, January 9, 2022

      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 2000 missionaries go to serve among over 1800 people groups in the last 24 years. We are passionate about God's glory to be experienced by all peoples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 16, 2022

      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.

    • Instructor

      Jaime Saint

      I-TEC, Dunnellon FL

      Jaime was born in Willmar, MN, into a family with a heritage in missions.  His dad, Steve, is the son of martyr, Nate Saint, a jungle missionary pilot who was speared to death in the Amazon Rainforest of Ecuador, South America in 1956 by the Waodani tribe.  Jaime grew up in a family that participated in mission ventures in Ecuador as well as in Mali, West Africa, in-between businesses that took them from Minnesota to Texas and eventually to central Florida where I-TEC is headquartered. After graduating from high school in 1995, Jaime moved with his family to the Amazon Rainforest to help the Waodani tribe learn to do for themselves what outsiders had been doing so that the Waodani could reach their own people with the Gospel.  After returning from the jungles, Jaime attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Marketing.  After his second year of college, Jaime married Jessica Shea, a girl he met just before leaving for the jungles.  Jaime and Jessica have been married for over 24 years and have six beautiful daughters, including one set of twins who became their grand finale. In 2010, Jaime joined the Indigenous People’s Technology and Education Center (I-TEC), which was founded by his dad, Steve.  Since his Dad's injury in 2012, Jaime has become the primary spokesperson for I-TEC, helping people in North America and around the world catch the vision for training Indigenous Christ followers with tools to open doors for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 23, 2022

      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

      Ron Nelson

      Evangelism & Missions, Arlington TX

      Ron is a licensed and ordained minister and co-founder of Sowing Seeds of Joy, Inc., an organization founded in 2007 to connect the hearts of people to the heart of God. This is done by empowering church leaders and believers through discipleship and training. The belief is that effective evangelism, biblical training, and discipleship of leaders lead to community transformation. Ron holds a B.A. in Vocational Rehabilitation and Counseling, is a former world-class sprinter, police officer, US federal agent, and mission director at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX.; he currently serves as the CEO of Sowing Seeds of Joy, Inc., a mission mobilizer, Perspectives instructor and coordinator, certified Evantell trainer, trained chaplain, and trauma healing facilitator. Ron’s travels and experience have taken him to Haiti, Belize, Brazil, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, Australia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nigeria, Kenya, Philippines, South Africa, and countless regions and cities of the US.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, January 30, 2022

      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, February 6, 2022

      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

      Alexandra Zamora

      Oasis for the Nations, Hallandale FL

      Dr. Alexandra Zamora is originally from Costa Rica. Among her contributions to the community, she has been planting churches in Costa Rica and Spain, training leadership and the church in Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa. She is a former Hispanic director of SIM and former vice president of the NEXUS Hispanic Agency, member of the Steering Committee of the Latin American Theological Fraternity. She currently chairs the organization Oasis forte Nations, training in leadership, mission, culture and faith. Her formal education is in Theology (MA, University of the Americas, Costa Rica), World Religions (Haggai Institute, Singapore), Cross-Cultural Communication (MA, Calvin Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI) and Biblical Counseling (PhD, Christian Center University, Orlando, FL)

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 13, 2022

      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

      Mark Baxter

      YWAM Jacksonville, Jacksonville FL

      Mark Baxter is the visionary leader of Youth With A Mission Jacksonville, Florida. Mark and Janet started the base in January 2001 because they are passionate about taking the Gospel to places where it isn't. They have 3 children - Daniel, Kathleen, and Jennifer along with 8 grandchildren. Mark has ministered in over 130 nations and he, Janet, and their youngest child lived in Harbin, China teaching English and planted a church among unreached people in 2008/09. Mark is on YWAM's international frontier missions leadership team, is the missions pastor at Redeemer Church, and is part of the NoPLaceLeft network in Jacksonville.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 20, 2022

      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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      Sam Thomas

      Africa Inland Mission, Minneola FL

      I am passionate about seeing the unreached of Africa and the world discipled. My joy is discipling and mentoring those whose hearts God has touched. I am always ready to hear a funny story or share one. My wife Bonnie and I along with our 4 children have served in the countries of France, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Canada and the U.S. My wife Bonnie and I love worshiping as we experience the mountains and oceans of God’s creation. I am a woodsman who loves fishing and oil painting.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, February 27, 2022

      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, March 6, 2022

      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

      Brittany Woods

      SIM USA, Washington DC

      Brittany worked as a Corporate Educator for a season before devoting herself full-time to cross-cultural ministry. After serving with SIM in South America, she returned to Charlotte to join the Recruitment and Mobilization Team, working specifically to educate and equip African American believers seeking to engage in God's global gospel work. Leading short-term teams, teaching, and helping organizations and churches create environments where multicultural teams can thrive are among many things that bring her joy in this role.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, March 13, 2022

      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

      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, March 20, 2022

      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

      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, March 27, 2022

      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.

    • Instructor

      Matthew Shiles

      Altamonte Springs FL

      Matt serves as the Missions Director at Northland. This includes both the local and global outreach expressions of the church. He recognizes that we must all examine the poverty in our own lives in order to be used most effectively in the lives of others. Prior to Northland, Matt worked in various roles as an analyst in the business world. He has a passion for creating spreadsheets, while also using his gifts in a unique way that will further God's Kingdom and bring Him glory.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 3, 2022

      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, April 10, 2022

      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Sunday, April 24, 2022

      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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      Lesson 15 Video Instruction

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      Bryan Padgett (pictured) and Richard Coleman

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      Date: Sunday, May 1, 2022

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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      Date: Sunday, May 8, 2022

      Time: 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

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