Athens, GA S22    Spring 2022
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Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Alps Road Presbyterian Church 380 Alps Road Athens GA 30606

Contact: John Shields

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration/Overview

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor

      Julio Moromisato

      Operation Mobilization, Tyrone GA

      Julio Moromisato has been serving as a missionary with OM (Operation Mobilization) since 1998. During this time, he played different roles – Training Coordinator, Personnel Manager, CEO/President for OM Brazil. While working for OM he also served as a pastor and as a Bible College Teacher. In 2014 he joined OM in the US, where he currently serves as the TeenStreet Director. He is a strategic thinker, and passionate communicator that loves to connect Christians with God’s mission around the world. Julio is married with Gildelia and they have one son, Lucas


    • Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021

      Time: 6:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Nicole Parks

      Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

      God has been calling Nicole to missions since before she was walking with Him. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in International Business and Risk Management. Through studying abroad twice in college, God began to open her eyes to her love of other cultures, languages, and travel. After graduation, she worked in financial services for a few years before God called her into ministry. While working for North Point Ministries, she went on her first short-term missions trip. Through 2 trips to the 10/40 window, God called her into vocational missions. In 2014, she joined the staff of Cafe 1040 first as a mobilizer and then as a team lead. She now serves on their board of directors. She is passionate about the unreached, mobilization, and God's heart for the nations. When she's not traveling around the globe sharing the love of Jesus with the unreached, she is actively involved in her home church with her husband and their three future missionaries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 13, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      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: Thursday, January 20, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      John Shields

      Bishop GA

      John has worked as a director of a core lab at the University of Georgia for over 20 years. He met his wife Corie at an Intervarsity Christian Fellowship meeting as undergraduates. They have been involved with English Language Institute- China (ELIC) for the last several years working with Chinese English teachers in Hunan. John and Corie volunteer at a local homeless shelter. They are part of the Athens Perspectives coordinating team in various roles.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 27, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Myrtle Smalls

      , Covington, GA

      Ever since the Lord called her with the Scripture, “…Whom Shall I send, and who will go for US? Then I said, here am I; Send Me…” Myrtle has taken that call seriously. She is willing to leave the ninety-nine in pursuit of the one soul. She has a burden to see the body of Christ, particularly the African-American community, mobilized, trained, equipped, activated, and released to the nations of the earth in fulfillment of the Great Commission. God has provided opportunities for her to travel throughout the world declaring the glory of God in London, Tunisia, Puerto Rico, Canada, Dominican Republic, Peru, Belgium, India, Trinidad-Tobago, Jamaica, China/Tibet, Ethiopia, Brazil and among the Poarch Creek American Indians. Her local evangelistic service has involved prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, door-to-door, bridges, various street outreaches, convalescent homes and local work among the refugee communities. Myrtle is a graduate of the World Outreach Church for All Nations Missions Training School (1995), US Center for World Missions Perspectives on the World Christian Movement (1998) and The Campus Crusade for Christ (MAC) Missions Training program (1999). She previously served as the Evangelism Director (1997-2004) and Missions/Evangelism Pastor (2005-2011) for the Total Grace Christian Center in Decatur, Georgia and now currently serves as the Missions/Evangelism Coordinator for Kingdom Harvest Outreach Ministries in Stockbridge, Georgia under the leadership of Pastor Ramone and Dionne Preston. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Family Heritage Foundation, Inc. in Clarkston, Georgia which reaches out to the large international refugee community. She a native of Charleston, South Carolina and currently resides in Covington, Georgia. Myrtle attended the University of South Carolina and is employed by Barrow County Government.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 3, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Carol

      LoveCompels, Augusta GA

      Carol is the Australian founder of a missions ministry that for 30 years has worked in partnership with churches and ministries to help train and deploy thousands of Christian workers in over 30 countries. Carol's cross cultural perspective developed over many years serving indigenous ministries in urban and rural sub-saharan African contexts. She has assisted multiple international Churches, denominations and movements and contributed to developing a global network of ministry training centers. Carol is currently engaged in mobilizing church planters in North Africa and the Middle East.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      John

      Church of God World Missions, Charleston TN



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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 17, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Jimmy R.

      Pioneers, Athens GA

      Jimmy currently serves in the Balkans with Pioneers on a team that aims to glorify God by multiplying disciples of Jesus throughout the former Yugoslavia. Their current vision is to see no place left in Balkans without access to the gospel of Christ. The team primarily does this by seeking to catalyze a uniquely Balkan movement of reproducing churches throughout the Balkans AND by equipping local believers with simple Biblical principles for making obedient disciples of Jesus Christ. Jimmy and his wife have been serving overseas with their three children since January 2017. Before his work with Pioneers, Jimmy worked with Cafe 1040 for eight years. While serving stateside as a mobilizer and missions coach Jimmy developed a passion for helping individuals find their fit with serving cross culturally. For that reason, when he's in the USA for home assignment, he loves engaging with those in the American church to find where they might fit best fit into God's Global Great Commission work.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      CH Hills

      iFace Ministries, Roswell GA

      Chiu Hea loves to teach in a way that displays the power of God in lives released for God’s glory. After 10 years in Pasadena, CA, at Frontier Ventures, she and Mark moved to Atlanta to raise Brandon and Kimberly. From 2000-2015, they invested in Perspectives, mobilized many to serve refugees from Burma, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Iraq. They also provided homestay to international students learning English in an immersion setting. Recently, after 4 years in Jordan and Malaysia (counseling missionaries and serving refugees), they returned to Atlanta as empty-nesters, encouraging others to go deep with God. They enjoy caring for international students through iFace Ministries, and bringing people together around themes of global significance.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Stephen B

      Cafe 1040, Bogart GA

      Stephen joined Cafe 1040 in 2013. He served as the Director of Mobilization for the first 6 years and now serves as the Director of Development. Before Cafe 1040, Stephen invested 8 years directing Freshmen Ministries at UGA’s Wesley Foundation, where he realized the vast potential of the emerging generation. The Lord broke his heart for the nations during a short-term trip to Costa Rica in 2010. His life is committed to mobilizing this generation to complete the Great Commission, and see Jesus worshipped by all peoples. Stephen earned degrees from UGA and Asbury Theo. Seminary (MDiv). He loves organizational leadership, mobilization, and developing unrealized potential. Stephen and his wife, Christina, daughter Kate (9), and son Caleb (6) live in Athens.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      D

      Decatur GA

      After business school at Emory, D worked in consulting for several years until Perspectives rocked his world. Then he shifted careers by quitting the corporate world and getting a Master’s in linguistics and Bible translation. That paved his way to go to a remote part of Afghanistan to do Bible translation for an unengaged people group. However, for various personal reasons, he had to come back to Atlanta and reenter the corporate world again where he has worked for McKinsey & Company and Ernst & Young. After settling back into Atlanta, his focus is now on working with Muslims in the metro Atlanta area. His corporate life gives him the time, resources, and a sincere platform to interact with Muslims he meets.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 24, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Richard Kronk

      Gainesville GA

      Rick and his wife, Denise, spent 17 years in Europe as church planters with Christar in France among North African Muslim immigrants. They served on church planting teams in Lyon, Grenoble, and Mulhouse, France. In addition, Rick has been involved in the training of potential workers among Muslims and contributes to the development of pastoral leadership of the emerging North African church. Rick is Assistant Professor of Global Ministries at Toccoa Falls College.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 31, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Samuel Rai

      Clarkston GA

      Samuel Rai was raised in a Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal for the first 15 years of his life then moved to India. With the help of KY Refugee Ministries, he moved to Louisville, KY. Samuel earned a BS in Biblical Studies & is working on an MDiv. In Louisville, he served as director of GLOCAL Ministry with Youth for Christ, helped plant & pastor a Nepali church. Currently, Samuel is the minister of Discipleship at CIBC. He & his family are passionate about reaching the nations with the gospel. Samuel is developing tools for indigenous leaders to minister to people that others cannot reach.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Sarah Pascual

      Stone Mountain GA

      Sarah serves as the Executive Director of her church, Resonate Atlanta and is on the Leadership Team of Women in the Window International. She and her husband, Jonathan, have four kids and live near the international community of Clarkston.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 14, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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

      Grant Haynes

      Global Frontier Missions, Lilburn GA

      Grant Haynes founded Global Frontier Missions in 2000 while church planting among indigenous groups in southern Mexico. His passion is to see as many individuals and churches as possible praying, giving, welcoming, and going to the least reached people groups of the earth. Grant spent 14 years serving in Oaxaca, Mexico with his wife and three children church planting, hosting short-term mission groups, running an indigenous Bible school, and starting a missionary training school for North Americans. Grant now serves in Clarkston, GA, known as the most diverse square mile in America, reaching refugees from Iraq, Burma, Bhutan, Nepal, Somalia, Ethiopia, and many other nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 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.

    • Instructor

      Julio Moromisato

      Operation Mobilization, Tyrone GA

      Julio Moromisato has been serving as a missionary with OM (Operation Mobilization) since 1998. During this time, he played different roles – Training Coordinator, Personnel Manager, CEO/President for OM Brazil. While working for OM he also served as a pastor and as a Bible College Teacher. In 2014 he joined OM in the US, where he currently serves as the TeenStreet Director. He is a strategic thinker, and passionate communicator that loves to connect Christians with God’s mission around the world. Julio is married with Gildelia and they have one son, Lucas

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

    • Celebration

      Food and Fun and a time of reflection on What's Next?

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      Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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