You are invited to be a part of this unique course: Perspectives on the World Christian Movement!

It is an adventure of a lifetime taking you deeper into the Bible than you’ve ever gone before. After this course, your life will never be the same.

What: Perspectives is a 15-week discipleship course that will change the way you view the world around you. Perspectives will open your eyes to the heart and purpose of God, and how you can take part in His work all over the world, from the urban and suburban streets of America to the rain forests and deserts of distant lands. Whether single, married, student, homemaker, professional, retired, involved in apartment ministry, homeless ministry, youth, men or women’s ministry, you will explore God’s heart for every tribe, tongue, and language He created.

When: Monday evenings, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, August 21 – December 11, 2017

Where: The Mill Student Building

Cost: First two lessons can be taken without any financial obligation
$275 per person (includes textbook)
· Register before July 31 to receive a $35 Early Bird Discount!
· Family Members taking the class together will pay regular price for the first family member and $75 off every additional family member.
· Alumni Pricing – Free with no new books, $90 Certificate Level (includes 4th edition Reader & Study Guide).

You will have the opportunity to learn from 15 highly-regarded missions leaders and mentors. They will challenge and inspire you with their personal experiences, opening your eyes to see just how big God is, and how much He desires that all might come to know Him. For those who may not be sure whether this course is for them, the first two lessons can be taken without any financial obligation.

For details: Contact  Harry Harmon (803-641-0407, hdharmon@bellsouth.net)  perspectives.org

      


CLASS SCHEDULE/ INSTRUCTORS:

AUGUST 21
Orientation

AUGUST 28
Lesson 1: The Living God is a Missionary God
Instructor: Rev. Glenn Mason – Carver International Missions, Lithonia, GA

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.

SEPTEMBER 5 (Tuesday)
Lesson 2: The Story of His Glory
Instructor: Melissa Hoffman – Perspectives, Garner, NC

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.

SEPTEMBER 11
Lesson 3: Your Kingdom Come
Instructor: Pastor Phillip Dunn – Millbrook, Aiken, SC

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.

SEPTEMBER 18
Lesson 4: Mandate for the Nations

Instructor: Joseph Shane Bennett – Frontiers, Rye, CO

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).

SEPTEMBER 25
Lesson 5: Unleashing the Gospel

Instructor: Gene Jennings – TrueNorth Church, North Augusta, SC

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.

OCTOBER 2
Lesson 6: The Expansion of the Chirstian Movement

Instructor: Phillip Nelson – SIM, Charlotte, NC

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.

OCTOBER 9
Lesson 7: Eras of Mission History

Instructor: Jonathan St. Clair – Africa Inland Mission, Aiken, SC

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.

OCTOBER 16
Lesson 8: Pioneers of the World Christian Movement
Instructor: Marti Wade – Pioneers, Columbia, SC

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.

OCTOBER 23
Lesson 9: The Task Remaining

Instructor: Abraham Thomas – Royal Agape Int’l Ministry, Valparaiso IN

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

OCTOBER 30
Lesson 10: How Shall They Hear?

Instructor: Trevor Castor – Columbia Int’l University, Columbia SC

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.

NOVEMBER 6
Lesson 11: Building Bridges of Love

Instructor: Chuck P. – Cafe 1040, Cumming GA

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.

NOVEMBER 13
Lesson 12: Christian Community Development

Instructor: David Cashin – Columbia Int’l University, Columbia SC

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.

NOVEMBER 20
Lesson 13: The Spontaneous Multiplication of Churches

Instructor: Ken Temple – Propempo, Lawrenceville GA

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.

NOVEMBER 27
Lesson 14: Pioneer Church Planting

Instructor: Ken West – Ethnos360 (Formerly New Tribes Mission), Spartanburg SC

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.

DECEMBER 4
Lesson 15: World Christian Discipleship

Instructor: Sundee Simmons – Perspectives, Winter Park FL

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.

DECEMBER 11
Class Celebration & Dinner