Macon, GA S23    Spring 2023
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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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      David Cashin

      Columbia Int'l University, Columbia SC

      Dr. Cashin is professor of intercultural studies at Columbia Int'l University. He is fluent in Bengali and Swedish. The 1st due to investing 9 years with Bengali speakers (the 6th largest living language). The 2nd, thru marriage to Margareta, pastoring churches and earning his PhD in Indiology at Stockholm University.

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      Date: Thursday, January 12, 2023

      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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      Jeff Lewis

      Triad, Rome GA

      Present Ministry: Mobilization/Discipleship Director with Triad & Discipleship Pastor at West Rome Baptist Church. For 17 years Jeff was Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, California Baptist University, and for four years Director of Mobilization at CBU, until the spring of 2019. Ministry highlights: 20 years at California Baptist University, 17 years as an Assistant Professor of Intercultural Studies, and four years as Director of Mobilization at CBU. Mobilization/disciple ministry for 33 years, church planter, instructor/trainer for Perspectives Global Desk, Co-founder of Passion conferences, author of God's Heart for the Nations and Calling: A Scriptural Journey. Jeff has also assisted with training indigenous mobilization leadership and developing field strategies in over 30 countries. Married to Elaine McClary, for 48 years. We have seven children and 20 grand children, so far.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 19, 2023

      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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      Jana Abbott

      Macon GA

      Jana is a wife, a mother of two, an accountant by trade, an Emory grad, a self-professed nerd by nature, and a Bible teacher. She has a passion for missions and loves seeing Christ-followers discover their place in that global purpose and pursue it with discipline. An entrepreneur by education, Jana has started a small candy company, a local school prayer ministry, and, most recently, a web-based Church initiative called The Church Together as well as In The Window Ministries.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, January 26, 2023

      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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      James Hobby

      House of Gladness, Thomasville GA

      From the time I took Perspectives in 1976 (Summer Institute of International Studies back then), I have been involved in global mission. My wife and I have served as mobilizers and senders within the context of various local churches and mission agencies. Part of that has been my involvement with Perspectives as an instructor for over 20 years.

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      Date: Thursday, February 2, 2023

      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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      Jarrett Fletcher

      Discipleship & Missions, Jackson GA

      Jarrett Fletcher, his wife, Jenna, and their two sons live in Jackson, Georgia, where Jarrett serves as the discipleship and missions pastor at Glen Haven Baptist Church. Jarrett has previously served as a college pastor and has worked cross-culturally in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. He loves helping local churches disciple their members, develop a healthy sending program, and involve their entire church in the Great Commission.

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      Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023

      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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      Adam Suter

      Carrollton Ave Church of Christ, New Orleans LA

      Adam ministers in a multi-ethnic context, seeking to send the entire Church out to be part of God's Kingdom work. He loves to share God's story from Scripture, as well as to help people see God's plan continued through history to today. Adam lives in New Orleans, Louisiana with his wife of 16 years and their three children. As a family, they pray for Muslims. Adam is studying Intercultural Studies with a focus on a peaceful bridge-building approach to relationships with Muslims.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 16, 2023

      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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      Christopher White

      Roswell GA

      Chris White has a passion for seeing all people groups in all the nations reached with the Gospel! Chris received his Master of Divinity with a specialization in Christian Apologetics from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 2017 and is currently a ministry associate on staff in Global Ministries at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia. Chris has traveled throughout the world teaching, training, and mobilizing others to take their part in the Great Commission. Chris lives in Roswell Georgia with his wife and three kids.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023

      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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      Nathan Emmelhainz

      Northland's Church, PEACHTREE CORNERS GA

      Nathan has been in ministry for over 20 years. Currently, on staff at Northland's Church, he has also taught in the High School Bible Department at Wesleyan School, and served assistant pastorates in Mississippi and metro-Atlanta, mobilizing them for cross-cultural outreach. He and his wife have explored international ministry and participated in numerous short term opportunities. Nathan enjoys carpentry and music. Nathan and his wife, Heather, have been married 21 years and are raising 11 precious children.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023

      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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      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 also the Missions Director at Restoration Church in Alpharetta. She is passionate about the unreached, mobilization, and God's heart for the nations.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023

      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.

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    • Class Info

      Date: Thursday, March 23, 2023

      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: Thursday, March 30, 2023

      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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      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 6, 2023

      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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      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 13, 2023

      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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      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, April 20, 2023

      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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      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 27, 2023

      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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      Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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