Chapel Hill, NC S22    Spring 2022
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First Night is Free! 
There will be dinner available at 5:45pm but the class will start 
at our normal time of 6:30pm.
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Want to be a Part of God's Story?  

Join us on this journey to discover God's heart and purpose - a purpose in which you have a part to play. It may be sending, welcoming, praying, supporting, and yes - even going. Discovering this purpose is valuable, and perhaps crucial, for any Christian.

What is Perspectives?

Perspectives will take you on a 15-week journey, looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural, and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself.

You will learn from 15 Different Instructors over 15 weeks, all of them excellent and all of them passionate about this course. They will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy, greatness and love.



Course Levels 
  • Key Reading:  $275* - This level requires about 1 to 2 hours of reading per week. There are five "personal reflections" assigned during the course which would require approximately an hour each to complete. 

  • Certificate:  $275* - This level is recommended for those who seek to gain a deeper understanding of the topics. It involves weekly review assignments, five "personal reflections," and one research project due at the end of the course. This level requires about 4 hours of work per week.

  • Credit:  $275* plus credit pricing - A more in-depth study with 3 semester credit hours. More information, pricing, and course syllabus available upon request.

  • *Cost of books not included in registration. You'll receive a link to purchase them upon registration. Usually about $30 total.


  • Undecided? Register for First Night Free & 
  • try the first class with no obligation!

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Note: 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. All participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver before attending the class.


Class Info

Date: Monday, January 17, 2022

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Chapel Hill Bible Church 260 Erwin Road Chapel Hill NC 27514

Contact: Charles Balan

 
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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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      Patrick Cate

      Christar, Durham NC

      With my wife, Mary Ann, we have served in Iran 4 years, Egypt 5 years and as president of Christar for 16 years. Mary Ann went to heaven June 30, 2019. Our passion is for the least reached to hear of and know the Savior. We give our selves to reaching Muslims here, speaking, writing and to training the next generation of missionaries in missions and Muslim evangelism. We have been training future missionaries in Muslim evangelism in the US, Spain, Paraguay, Panama and Venezuela.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 17, 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.

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      Clara Flores

      Reaching & Teaching, Durham NC

      Claira comes from a long missionary heritage following the martyrdom of her relative John and Betty Stam in China in 1934. Now Claira mobilizes missionaries to unreached people groups with Pioneers. She served on a team planting churches among muslims in China before the Lord called her into mobilization ministry 7 years ago. She serves alongside her Bolivian husband as he pastors a Spanish-speaking church, reaches muslims immigrants in Louisville through ESL ministry, and mobilizes the next generation of missionaries to the 10/40 window.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 24, 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.

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      Joe Parrillo

      College Ministry, Durham NC



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 31, 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).

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      Matt Smith

      Durham NC



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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 7, 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.

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      Anna Daub

      Wake Forest NC

      Anna Daub is a PhD student at Southeastern Seminary in Applied Theology, Missiology. She has served in South Asia and currently works in the Office of Global Theological Initiatives at SEBTS.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 14, 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.

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      Leo Lawson

      Chapel Hill NC

      Dr. E. Leo Lawson, Jr., is a certified Missional Consultant to churches and ministries desiring to reach college students. He is President of The Alliance of Campus Evangelists in America (ACEA). Dr. Lawson is adjunct faculty at Grace College of Divinity (NC) where he serves as a MDiv Professor of World Religions and Intercultural Studies as well as Cross-Cultural Apologetics. He also equips campus Evangelists in apologetics using the God Test training in issues on evolution, evil, and evidence for God’s existence and Christ’s deity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 21, 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.

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      Rodrigo Dinsmore

      Durham NC

      Rodrigo Dinsmore has been serving as the Missions Pastor at the Chapel Hill Bible Church since 2013 (having served in full-time church ministry since 2003). He was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has lived in Austria, Germany (helping start a church in Berlin), and in the US. He speaks four languages and dabbles in several others. His work and travels have taken him to over 40 countries and he has preached in five different continents. He is passionate about leading people to Christ and helping Christians grow in loving and serving God and neighbor through their vocations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 28, 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.

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      Adam and Melissa Hoffman

      Perspectives, Garner NC

      Adam & Melissa have been "Team Hoffman" since 2005 - living our lives in partnership for ministry, discipleship, mobilization, family and teaching. Perspectives was the best premarital counseling we received and forged the future of our lives into mobilization ministry. Since 2005 we have been on staff with the Perspectives parent organization, Frontier Ventures. Since 2014 we have been stewarding mobilization as the Perspectives Southeast Regional Directors. Join us in praying for 50 classes annually by 2020 in these Southeast states: AL, GA, FL, NC, SC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 7, 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.

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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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 14, 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.

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      Dustin Price

      MAP Global, Asheville NC

      Dustin and his wife moved to Asheville, NC in 2013, after spending 5 years teaching and supporting local church development in China. He earned his MA in Intercultural Communications while in China, graduating from Wheaton College in 2012. Dustin founded MAP Global in 2017 to provide a platform for entrepreneurial Christian Missionaries and Ministry Leaders. Dustin's calling is to support other Christians in their Kingdom purposes.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 21, 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.

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      Joy Mikhail

      Cross-Cultural Outreach, Durham NC

      Joy’s vision is to equip and engage church members in cross-cultural missions and to make Christ known in the unreached and refugee communities here in the Research Triangle and around the world. She is uniquely equipped through her international life and ministry experience across the United States as well as overseas, including the Middle East, North Africa, and South East Asia. Joy is passionate about missions, evangelism, discipleship, theology, and teaching God's Word. She focuses on mobilizing the church by recruiting and engaging members of the church in missions, and training them in cross-cultural evangelism, disciple-making, and leadership development. She engages church members by introducing them to cross-cultural outreach opportunities, and coaching them through the outreach experience. She shares her love for the triune God and his living word with everyone she meets, whether sharing a meal, or heading out to enjoy a local lake or hiking opportunity.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 28, 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.

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      Coty Pinckney

      Desiring God Community Church, Harrisburg NC

      With a doctorate in the economics of poor countries, Coty worked with developing country governments in Africa and Asia for two decades. During the 1990's God called him out of economics into a full-time preaching and teaching ministry. The Pinckneys served as missionaries in Cameroon during 2001/02. Coty returned to the Charlotte area in 2002 to plant Desiring God Community Church. Coty also partnered with David Voth of Steele Creek Church to bring the Perspectives course back to Charlotte after a long hiatus. In addition to his pastoral work and his service with Perspectives Charlotte, Coty is involved in training and equipping pastors in India, Indonesia, and elsewhere. Coty and his wife Beth have six children and seven grandchildren, and live in Harrisburg, NC.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 4, 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.

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      Bobby

      HBI Ministries International, Broken Arrow OK

      Dr. Paul Gupta is a missionary statesman who has served the nation of India in building transformational leaders to disciple the nation. He serves as the Chairman and President of Hindustan Bible Institute & College, India and the President of HBI Global Partners in the USA. He has served as a national missionary in mobilizing and envisioning the church in India and around the world. Dr. Gupta completed his Master of Divinity in 1980 from Talbot Seminary, and his Master of Theology and Ph.D in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Seminary, in 1992 In 1985 he pioneered a church planting movement called the Indian National Evangelical Church (INEC) that currently has 844 indigenous pastors who have planted 10,118 churches in 23 states of India and in Nepal. In 1987 Paul enabled a movement called "the Council on National Service" (CONS) that is committed to discipling the whole nation by envision, mobilizing and equipping the Church to disciple India. In 1985 India had less than 114,000 and after envisioning and mobilizing the local churches with a strategy of saturation church planting, it is estimated that India has over 750,000 churches presently. Paul Gupta has been honoured as the Alumnus of the year for 2005 by Fuller Seminary, California, USA In March 2006, Dr. Paul Gupta co-authored a book entitled, “Breaking Tradition to accomplish vision” with Dr. Sherwood Lingenfelter. He has co-authored a series of books titled "Unfinished Task" for the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. In addition to Dr.Gupta’s teaching at HBI & College, he regularly teaches for the U.S. center for World Missions (Venture Missions) in their perspective courses; and the Haggai Institute of leadership development. Bobby and Linnet Gupta are married for 41 years and are blessed with three children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 11, 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.

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      Kyle W

      , Orlando FL

      I love being a world Christian. I lived in Indonesia for 11 years pastoring and working with the Indonesian church. I also work with the World Evangelical Alliance doing advocacy for persecuted Christians and working on global interfaith projects.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 18, 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.

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      Charles B.

      , Pittsboro NC

      Charles B. has been involved in mission work since 1980. He has lived and worked abroad doing long- and short-term missions in China, Latin America, Eastern Europe, India and Africa. Charles is a consultant in Business-as-Mission and cross-cultural issues and mentors individuals and agencies involved in missions and Kingdom Business around the globe.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 25, 2022

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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