Tyler, TX // S23    Spring 2023
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Tyler, TX Spring 2023 by Anna Darnell

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Date: Monday, January 16, 2023

Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Location: Living Acts Church 2441 Earl Campbell Pkwy Tyler TX 75701

Contact: Joshua Aduddell

 
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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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      Pete Finfrock

      Launch Global, Graham TX

      From 2014-2021, Pete and his family (his wife, Emily, and 3 kids) lived in the Middle East where he helped to lead and oversee a small network of church planting teams. Their aim was to reach Arab Muslims with the gospel. Pete also started and led a regional hub in the Middle East that trained and equipped Westerners in how to make disciples and reach Muslims. Before moving overseas, Pete worked as a pastor in Austin, TX and Northwest Arkansas.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 16, 2023

      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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      Kara Culp

      Welcomers International, Tulsa OK

      Kara Culp has served in ministry to international students, immigrants, and refugees for the past 14 years. Currently, she is the director of Welcomers International in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which she founded in 2008. She also has been teaching English as a Second Language at local community colleges for the past 14 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 23, 2023

      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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      Dwight Edwards

      Houston TX

      Dwight Edwards is a bestselling author and powerful speaker. He presently serves as pastor of the WatersEdge Community Church in Houston, Texas, and has ministered throughout the United States and many places in the world for the last 30 years.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, January 30, 2023

      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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      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, February 6, 2023

      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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      Marco Murillo

      The Heights en Español, Richardson TX

      Marco nació y creció en la Ciudad de México. Vivió y estudió en Argentina por 3 años. Al volver a la CDMX conoció a Aubrey Murillo y sirvieron juntos como pastores de jóvenes, plantación de iglesias y en la educación cristiana. En el 2010 se mudaron a Texas con sus tres hijos, en donde estudió y posteriormente enseñó en el Seminario Biblico de Rio Grande. En 2014 se mudaron a Atlanta, GA y plantaron una iglesia con el North American Mission Board. Posteriormente Marco dirigió el nuevo programa de Perspectivas en Estados Unidos y colaboró en el liderazgo de Latinoamérica por 6 años. Actualmente Marco y su familia viven en Dallas, TX en dónde pastorea una congregación hispana y busca concluir sus estudios de Doctorado.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 13, 2023

      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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      Yvonne Huneycutt

      Perspectives Global, Round Rock TX

      Yvonne from Austin, Texas loves mobilizing Christians and entire churches to find and engage their God-designed role for participation in the completion of the Great Commission. Currently on staff with Perspectives Global, Yvonne's varied career experience includes the corporate world, local church ministry, mission ministry, and managing a non-profit organization. She has worked with the Perspectives movement for over 25 years both nationally and internationally. Her overseas field experience includes one year in Russia and travel in 40 nations. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Missions and Cross-Cultural Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 20, 2023

      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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      Betty OMaker

      Retired Mission Operations Director, Tyler TX

      Betty O’Maker is the former Mission Operations Director for Grace Community Church in Tyler, Texas. She coordinated short-term teams, helped in the development and implementation of the EXPLORE program for new missionaries, coordinated local mission outreaches, facilitated missionary educational programs such as Perspectives and Encountering the World of Islam, and assisted with member care for Grace Community’s career missionaries. Betty also served as a career missionary in the Czech Republic that included ministering in the neighboring nations of Germany and Poland. She served internationally in women's discipleship and leadership training.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, February 27, 2023

      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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      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 6, 2023

      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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      Blake McDaniel

      The Navigators, World Missions, Cedar Park TX

      Since 1996, Blake has equipped individuals and local church leaders to become more effective and strategic in their cross-cultural engagement with the great commission through The Navigators, Pioneers, ACMC (Advancing Churches in Missions Commitment), and his home church (Hill Country Bible Church). He currently serves as The Navigators Eurasia and MENA mobilization director and church partnerships director through World Missions. And he serves as a certified life and leadership coach.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, March 20, 2023

      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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      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, March 27, 2023

      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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      KayLyn Hopper

      Dallas Baptist University, Duncanville TX

      KayLyn Hopper has over thirty years of cross cultural communication experience.She was an assistant professor at Dallas Baptist University for seventeen years. She is currently an adjunct professor at DBU where she teaches Understanding the Islamic Faith, Integrating Faith and Culture, Developing the Christian Mind and Strategies for the 21st Global Marketplace. She served as a cross-cultural missionary journalist in the Middle East with the International Mission Board. She served in Beirut, Lebanon as editorial director for Baptist Publications and also as deputy editor for the magazine, Middle East & International Review in Dubai. She lived in Beirut,Damascus, Syria and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She holds a B.S.degree in Journalism from Texas Christian University and an M.Div. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She and her husband Jerry, a retired contractor share their home with Maxwell Edison McHopper the Scottish terrier, and their two cats from Beirut, one is a Sunni the other is a Shi’ite - they all live in in Duncanville, Texas. She is a mosaic artist and is currently working on several commission pieces on the theme of the Middle East.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 3, 2023

      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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      Topher Lee

      Launch Global, College Station TX

      "Topher" has served in Central Asia, as a missions pastor at Hill Country Bible Church, Austin, led a mobilization and training hub for long term workers (launchglobal.org) in College Station, TX. He recently helped launch a university with the goal of seeing its students step out of poverty and into greater kingdom impact. 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 10, 2023

      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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      Brian

      Frankston TX

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 17, 2023

      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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      Pete Errington

      Beyond, Plano TX

      Pete is the Pre-Field Coordinator for new missionaries joining Beyond, an organization completely focused on launching movements of disciples among unreached peoples. Together with others in the 24:14 network, Beyond is pursuing a God-sized vision of movement teams in place among every remaining unreached people group by 2025. Pete and his wife have been mobilizing missionaries since 2000, and are passionate about helping every disciple make disciples.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, April 24, 2023

      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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      Jeff Bice

      Bethel Bible Church, Tyler TX

      Jeff is the Missions Pastor at Bethel Bible Church and loves serving alongside missionaries around the globe. He loves crossing cultures and getting his hands dirty to serve missionaries who are working overseas, especially in unreached people groups. Helping others understand God’s love for all peoples from every nation motivates him each day.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Monday, May 1, 2023

      Time: 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

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