College Station, TX // S22    Spring 2022
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Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Grace Bible Church 700 Anderson Street College Station TX 77840

Contact: Perspectives TAMU

 
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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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      Michael

      Houston TX

      Michael came to Christ as a freshman at Texas A&M. While attending Texas A&M God began to reveal to him His heart for all peoples and about the unreached peoples of the world. After graduation he attended a missionary training school and upon completion felt the call to advocate for the unreached and mobilize the church in America. Primarily ministering at Texas A&M, Michael spoke at various ministries, taught and coordinated Perspectives, and discipled young men who desired to be long term missionaries. In 2007 he felt called to move to Houston continue to serve God as a layman. He has traveled to numerous countries encouraging friends on the field. In Houston he has been a part of multiple church plants as well as a non-profit focused on ministering to children in foster care. He has been a Perspectives coordinator and Area Representative. He loves to teach the Bible, especially about God's heart for the nations as well as advocating for the unreached people's of the world and encouraging current and future missionaries however he can.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

      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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      Greg Despres

      East-West Ministries International, Cypress TX

      Dr. Greg Despres is the Regional Director of the North American Field for East-West. He lives in Cypress and also directs the Houston East-West Team. Greg has formerly served as a Lead Pastor, Missions Pastor, and Youth Pastor. He is married to Alli and they have 5 kids. Both Greg and Allison have a desire to see people get mobilized for Great Commission service.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

      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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      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: Monday, January 31, 2022

      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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      Dan Marshall

      Faith Bible Church, Bryan TX

      Dan Marshall grew up in San Antonio, obtained his PhD from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and pastored two churches in Texas before being called to the Emirates Baptist Church International in Dubai, UAE where he served for eight years. He is currently the Pastor of Faith Bible Church in Bryan, Texas. He is married to Denise and has four sons and a daughter-in-law. He is passionate about preaching Christ and His Kingdom and longs to see Him exalted throughout the whole earth.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 7, 2022

      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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      Brian Hogan

      Disciple Making Mentors, Fayetteville AR

      Brian and Louise Hogan have served in mission since 1987. From the Navajo Tribe to Outer Mongolia, their passion has been to see Jesus glorified and lifted up among those who have never known Him. From 1993-1996 their team pioneered a church planting movement in Erdenet (AIR-DUH-NET), Mongolia that continues to grow under fully indigenous leadership to this day. Their Mongolian disciples are now training and sending out their own missionaries to other unreached people groups. The story of the work in Erdenet can be read in Brian’s book: There’s a Sheep in my Bathtub (Asteroidea Books), and in the case study article – “Distant Thunder: Mongols Follow the Khan of Khans” – on page 695 of your Perspectives Reader.

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      Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

      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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      Jonathan Atwell

      CrossRoads Church of Fort Worth, North Richland Hills TX

      Jonathan has served as Lead Pastor of CrossRoads Church in North Richland Hills, TX since 2003 when he graduated with his Masters in Divinity from Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. He has a passion for building strong, ambitious families who understand their place and purpose in the incredible story of God.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 21, 2022

      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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      Sunny Hong

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Dallas TX

      Born in South Korea, Sunny Hong came to the US in 1983. She was employed in the computer software profession and was active in a local church. At that time Sunny was seeking for God’s call as to how she could be involved in missions. Eventually she felt God’s calling to the ministry of Wycliffe Bible translators. She joined Wycliffe in 1994 and worked as a mobilizer for Koreans in the US and Canada for 12 years. She then was sent to the Philippines to work as a mobilization consultant for the Wycliffe Asia and Pacific areas. While in the Philippines, she sensed God redirecting her ministry to missiology/anthropology. She pursued an intercultural studies Ph.D. program at Biola and after completing these studies, started working as a senior intercultural consultant at SIL International which includes teaching at Dallas International University, in Dallas, TX.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 28, 2022

      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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      David Swanson

      College Station TX

      David is an avid storyteller. As a missions mobilizer he uses story to help people understand God’s global purpose and discover their place in that plan. David grew up as a missionary kid in Panama. A graduate of Texas A&M University, David currently works for his alma mater. He also serves as a volunteer with a campus ministry. He has helped lead short-term student ministry trips and has worked with churches and church-planting ministries in several countries around the world.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

      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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      Andrew Broeckelman

      Christar, Garland TX

      Andrew grew up on a farm in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Biological Systems Engineering in 2013. Upon graduation, Andrew joined staff with The Traveling Team, a mobilization ministry that recruits students from all major universities to God's global purposes. During a five year span, Andrew spoke to over 25,000 students at 150 different universities across the country about God's heart for the world. In 2018, Andrew and his wife joined Christar and moved to Spain for one year to work on a mobilization project hosting college students for short term trips and internships while working with Muslim immigrants and refugees. Andrew has firsthand experience in 12 different countries where Christar workers serve among least reached peoples and now serves with his wife as the directors of mobilization for Christar in the US.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 2022

      Time: 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM

    • 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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      Marsha Relyea Miles

      Pioneer Bible Translators, Duncanville TX

      Marsha Relyea Miles is a missionary with Pioneer Bible Translators. Together with her late husband John Relyea, she has served as a Bible translator for the Aruamu people group in Papua New Guinea for 23 years. The Relyeas lived in an Aruamu village, analyzed and created an alphabet for this previously unwritten language, and worked together with local leaders to develop an extensive literacy and scripture-use program, and completed the translation of the New Testament into the Aruamu language. After John's death in PNG, Marsha has continued working as translation advisor to the Aruamu Old Testament team. The full Aruamu was completed and published in 2021. The Bible dedication is being planned in PNG for August 2022. During 2007 Marsha served as President of the National Missionary Convention. She served as Director of Church Mobilization and Development with PBT for 5 years. Marsha is married to Nathan Miles of the United Bible Societies. She holds a Bachelor of Theology from Ozark Christian College and an MA in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. God has given Marsha a passionate heart for world missions, and a very compelling story to tell, drawn from front-line mission experience, sitting in the dirt in steamy jungles sharing with people about the Lord and translating the scriptures for them. Her inspiring challenge to mission involvement comes through with bold eloquence.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 28, 2022

      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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      Sarah

      Africa Inland Mission, Newnan GA

      Sarah was born and raised in Texas and grew up with aspirations of becoming an architect. After graduation from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design, she began her career working for a large architecture firm in Dallas, TX. During her 7 years in the world of architecture, she ended up in Zambia on 3 separate short term visits. It was there in Africa, that God changed her heart, future plans and view of the world as He showed her His heart for the nations. She went on to serve for 5 years on a church-planting team in a tiny island nation in the Indian Ocean that is 99.9% Muslim. In that tiny African nation, she served as a Gospel seed sower, language learner, ballet teacher, seamstress, baker, English teacher, henna artist and active neighbor in her wonderful island village. Sarah returned to the States in May 2017 and now serves as a mobilizer with Africa Inland Mission. She loves talking with people about what God is doing in the Muslim world and how they can be part of it!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 2022

      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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      Topher Lee

      Launch Global, College Station TX

      "Topher" has served in Central Asia, as a missions pastor at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, and is now leading a mobilization and training hub for long term workers (launchglobal.org) in College Station, TX. Topher loves to see the church planted and multiply in places it has never existed through ordinary people. He loves helping people find the intersection between their passions/skills and opportunities to make disciples among the unreached. He is married to an extraordinary woman and ministry partner and has 2 children. He'd love to go for a run while he is in town and talk about your dreams in the nations!

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 2022

      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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      Erika Parks

      Beyond (formerly "Act Beyond" & Mission to Unreached Peoples), Plano TX

      Erika is the Director of Training for Beyond (formerly Mission to Unreached Peoples) -- an organization which catalyzes Disciple-Making Movements among Unreached Peoples. Erika and her husband, Kent (now CEO of Beyond) served 20 years as missionaries to unreached peoples in a number of countries including Indonesia and Malaysia. She has led Church Planting Movement training around the globe. Erika's specialty is communicating the gospel through the telling of stories and reproducible discovery group process in disciplemaking.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 18, 2022

      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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      Brian

      Frankston TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 25, 2022

      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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      Andy Kampman

      Launch Global and Austin Stone Community Church, Austin TX

      Empowering this generation to bless all nations. Andy and Jamie Kampman did college ministry for 8 years. In 2006, they help start Launch Global and now also works with Austin Stone Community Church as Director of Mobilization. Their strong desire is to see young people engaged in the evangelization of the world! They have four children and live in Austin, TX.

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      Date: Monday, May 2, 2022

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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