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Spring 2022 Ocala area, FL


What is God's story and what role do you have in it?


Join us on this journey to discover God's heart and purpose for all mankind - a purpose in which you are expected to take part. Discovering this purpose is valuable and crucial for all Christians.


What is Perspectives?


Perspectives is a fifteen week course designed around four vantage points or "perspectives" — Biblical, Historical, Cultural and Strategic. Each one highlights different aspects of God's global purpose.

The Biblical and Historical sections reveal why our confidence is based on the historic fact of God's relentless work from the dawn of history until this day.

The Cultural and Strategic sections underscore that we are in the midst of a costly, but very "do-able" task, confirming the Biblical and Historical hope.

Class Information:

Monday Nights | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


January 10th - April 25, 2022


January 10th - Registration/Orientation


Class Location:

First Baptist Church of Ocala

2801 SE Maricamp Road

Ocala, FL 34471

352-629-5683 X 136

Amie Bricker 352-361-5642


First two classes Free:

Not sure you want to the join the class? Come meet the coordinating team and learn more about what to expect in the weeks ahead. Try the first 2 lessons for free. You will get to meet and listen to our first two Perspectives Instructors at no charge. You will also be able to access the first two weeks lesson materials at no charge. Come see what Perspectives is all about!


Enrollment Options:

Key Reading Level - $245

Key Reading gains you access to a diversity of instructors with a wide range of personal experiences and accumulated knowledge.

You will be reading key material in your Perspectives text, participating in class discussions and activities, be responsible for five personal reflections but will have no additional homework requirements. Students will not earn a certificate of completion but will be permitted to participate in future classes at minimal cost.

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

Certificate Level - $245

If you are looking to get more out of Perspectives we highly recommend the Certificate Level. You receive everything already mentioned in Key Reading, plus more in-depth readings, weekly lessons designed to help you draw more from your readings and interact with a Perspectives Alum assigned to you, five personal reflections, and the opportunity to develop your own mission idea or an idea in conjunction with a classmate.

By completing the certificate requirements you will earn a certificate of completion.

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

Excelsior Undergraduate Credit $ 491

If you wish to earn college credit for your Perspectives coursework, then register at this level. This is not "Perspectives credit", but credit earned from the partner institution for the Perspectives coursework. Credit students complete Certificate Level, plus more reading, the addition of a mid-term and a final exam, and a more comprehensive final project. It will be the student's responsibility to check and see if the institution of their choice will accept the transfer of credits from Excelsior.

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

If you are an alumnus of the Perspectives course and have an interest in participating in the upcoming class (or become part of future coordinating teams), please contact Lead Coordinator Amie Bricker @ 352-361-5642 for details or join us for free at Registration/Orientation night on January 4th.


Available Tuition Discounts:

Family Discount - $50

Early Registration: $25 tuition discount when you register and pay by December 13, 2021


Contact Information:

If you have questions or need more detailed information please reach out to lead Coordinator Amie Bricker.

629-5683 x 136 or 352-361-5642



 



Class Info

Date: Monday, January 10, 2022

Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Ocala 2801 SE Maricamp Road Ocala FL 34471

Contact: Amie Bricker

(352) 361-5642

 
    • Registration & Orientation

      Registration and Orientation

      Registration & Orientation

    • Instructor


    • Date: Monday, January 10, 2022

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 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

      Ted Esler

      Missio Nexus, St. Cloud FL

      Ted Esler is the President of Missio Nexus, an association of agencies and churches representing over 30,000 Great Commission workers worldwide. A Minnesota native, Ted worked in the computer industry before becoming a church planter in Sarajevo, Bosnia, during the 1990’s. He is the author of the book, "Overwhelming Minority," about their family's ministry in Bosnia. In 2000, Ted became the Canadian director of Pioneers and three years later moved to Orlando to join Pioneers USA’s leadership team. He was appointed the President of Missio Nexus in 2015. Ted has BS in Computer Science and Speech Communication (Mankato State University, 1985), an MTS in Theology (Heritage Seminary, 2002), and a PhD in Intercultural Studies (Fuller Theological Seminary, 2012). Ted is married to Annette and they have five children. Ted loves sailing, Crossfit, bikes, plays bass, and enjoys eating ethnic foods from around the world. Ted is a part of a church planting network in Orlando called "The Living Room," and serves as a board member for a couple of ministry organizations.

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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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      Darren Gaddis

      Ocala FL

      Darren has been in full-time ministry for 32 years and has served churches in Florida, Texas, and Kentucky, Since 2010, he has been the Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Ocala, FL. His passion for the Great Commission has led him to global mission engagements in North America, South America, and Europe. In recent years, he has led his church to adopt and engage the Ayacucho Quechuans, an unreached people group located in the Peruvian Andes. Darren is married to Jennifer. They have three children: Leah, Ethan, and Meredith.

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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.

    • 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: 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).

    • Instructor

      Jeffrey Moody

      Frontier Ventures, Gainesville FL

      After serving in various church roles, Jeff was "ruined for the ordinary" when he took Perspectives in 2003. He served his church as missions pastor for 6 years before joining Frontier Ventures. After leading internal projects for a couple of years, in 2014 he helped launch NextMove, a ministry of FV that helps missions agencies implement diaspora missions solutions. He co-directed NextMove for 6 years. In 2021 he joined the FV Operations Team as Business Transition Lead. He has volunteered in Persspectives for many years, coordinating and teaching Perspectives classes. He and his wife Kemberly have 3 adult children (and one wonderful daughter-in-law!). Jeff loves exercise, bass guitar, the arts, reading, and great conversations accompanied by good food and coffee.

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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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      Scott Simmons

      Third Millennium Ministries, Winter Park FL

      Scott Simmons is currently the Director of Professor Relations for Third Millennium Ministries, a ministry designed to provide theological education to church leaders around the world for free. Scott is in charge of adding video content from seminary professors and pastors around the world into our free, online curriculum. Before this, Scott was the minister of missions and spiritual formation at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church, where he oversaw global church planting partnerships and local evangelism and mercy ministries. Scott is the husband of one and father of three and he loves nature and wildlife photography, jazz and folk music, movies and a good book.

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    • Class Info

      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.

    • 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: 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.

    • Instructor

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee Simmons currently serves as Associate Director of Perspectives Global. Sundee has been serving the Perspectives program since 1991. She has served as a volunteer coordinator, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, East Coast Regional Administrator and the Director of Training for Perspectives USA before joining the Perspectives Global Team. Sundee Simmons is a wife and mother of 3 children, Nathan (1996), Emily (1998) and Julianna (2005). Her husband, Scott, is a ordained PCA Pastor serving Third Millennium Ministries as the Director of Instructor Relations.

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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.

    • Instructor

      Sundee Simmons

      Perspectives, Winter Park FL

      Sundee Simmons currently serves as Associate Director of Perspectives Global. Sundee has been serving the Perspectives program since 1991. She has served as a volunteer coordinator, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Director, East Coast Regional Administrator and the Director of Training for Perspectives USA before joining the Perspectives Global Team. Sundee Simmons is a wife and mother of 3 children, Nathan (1996), Emily (1998) and Julianna (2005). Her husband, Scott, is a ordained PCA Pastor serving Third Millennium Ministries as the Director of Instructor Relations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 28, 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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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 2022

      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.

    • Instructor

      David Heath

      Wycliffe Bible Translators, Bonita Springs FL

      David has been serving with Wycliffe in NW Nigeria as a linguist and Bible translation consultant since 1995. Currently, he is doing Bible translation consulting for seven languages in Nigeria and managing the us-Saare project (working remotely from U.S. – working two months a year in Nigeria). David and his wife Carleen live in Bonita Springs, FL and have 2 adult sons. His formal education is in Bible/Theology (BA, MDiv). Linguistics (MA), and Biblical Languages (PhD).

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 14, 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.

    • Instructor

      Julie Whitmore

      Pioneers, Orlando FL

      While pursuing her degree, God grew Julie’s heart for missions among people who have little or no access to the gospel. Before even going on a short-term mission trip Julie made a three-year commitment to church planting in South Asia. She loved those years, but afterward God led her to work at Pioneers in Orlando. After four years on the mobilization team, now she serves as a pre-field coach, helping people move into cross-cultural, church-planting ministry with unreached people groups.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 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.

    • 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: Monday, March 28, 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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      Moasic girl

      St.Cloud FL

      Aicha serves on the Media2Movements team with Arab World Media, a ministry of Pioneers.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 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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      Kathleen Peterson

      Aaron & Hur International Ministries, Titusville FL

      Kathleen is the founder and director of Aaron & Hur International Ministries: A ministry to strengthen, equip and restore church leaders and their families. She is the daughter and granddaughter of pioneer missionaries. Today she ministers in the USA, Latinamerica, and Europe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 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.

    • 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: Monday, April 18, 2022

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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