Studies, June 30–July 11, 2014
"Despite having lived, studied and worked with Muslims, I was not able to engage in any fruitful encounters UNTIL I attended the Summer Institute for Islamic Studies at AGTS."
--Patrice Chinje, AGTS Student from Cameroon, Central Africa
Let AGTS and Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples teach you to relate to and minister to Muslims. These courses are designed for:
- U.S. and world missionaries serving in areas with high concentrations of Muslims
- Ministers and people in local churches with Muslims in their communities
- Chaplains—military and institutional
Individuals may wish to:
- Take courses in Islamic Studies for credit
at the graduate or undergraduate level.
- Audit courses in Islamic studies for a 75% discount in price
- Earn a certificate
Course Format & Location
Courses will be taught in modular format (during the first two weeks of July) on the AGTS campus.
Our resident faculty for Islamic Studies includes 5 doctorates and more than 250 years of field experience in Muslim countries. Guest lecturers will also be invited to teach.
"The Islamic Studies faculty at AGTS can best be described as practitioner/scholars. The total experience of our faculty equals more than 250 years of living and planting the church in global Muslim contexts. Our faculty travels the world of Islam yearly training and equipping the national church and engaging Muslim peoples. Experience the difference our practitioner/scholars will make in your life and ministry through the Summer Institute of Islamic Studies."
—Dr. Mark Hausfeld,
Center for Islamic Studies at AGTS
Islamic Studies Concentration
A concentration can be completed within the following AGTS degree programs by taking four courses (12 credits) in Islamic studies.
- Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries
- Master of Divinity (Resident)
- Master of Divinity (In-Service Track)
Courses are three credits each. One course can be taken for each week.
Engaging Islam (MCSM 545)
Engaging Islam will provide an overview of Islam, including its historical background, development, growth, and diversity and why there is such worldwide appeal. The course will examine the main beliefs and practices of Muslims, noting similarities and crucial differences with Christianity. This course will include the beliefs and practices of formal and folk Islam, Islamic sects, the identity of women, Islam in the United States global Islam today and bridges for communicating with Muslims. The final goal is to assist Christians who engage Muslims to recognize both the challenges and opportunities there are when sharing with Muslim peoples. Special attention will be given to prayer, developing a Christ like attitude toward Muslims and how to effectively minister to them.
Dr. Mark Hausfeld
Dr. Hausfeld is the director of the Center for Islamic Studies at AGTS. He has 29 years of pastoral and missions experience in Chicago, Pakistan and Central Asia. He also serves as international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples—a ministry established to collaborate with AGWM regions and with US Missions to equip the church to reach Muslim peoples and to mobilize long-term church planting teams among them everywhere.
Discipleship Issues Among Believers from a Muslim Background (MSSM 639)
More Muslims are coming to Christ than in any other time in history. However, the road to attaining a mature healthy Christian and church is not automatic. This course is designed to examine the cultural characteristics and values found in Iran and Islamic societies which compose part of the context into which the new faith is birthed. Power structures, interpersonal communication, trust, and conflict resolution are areas of cultural context that will be examined. Possible solutions to assist missionaries and national leaders move toward healthy churches we will presented. This course's applications will be helpful to those serving in global Muslim contexts.
Dr. Roy Oksnevad
Roy Oksnevad is director of the Muslim Ministry Program at Wheaton College through the Billy Graham Center. In this role, he leads a coalition of ministries to Muslims in North America called COMMA and a fellowship of former Muslims in the Chicago area. He is an adjunct faculty member at Wheaton College and North Seminary and has more than 25 years of missionary experience working among Muslims overseas and in the United States.
Church Planting in Muslim Contexts
A survey of the major ecclesiological options and their historical development. Principles for establishing evangelistic and discipleship ministries in Muslim societies will be explored. Special attention will be given to the unique process of establishing the church within an Islamic culture.
Dick and Jennifer Brogden have served among Muslims for the last 20 years; Mauritania (1992), Kenya (1993-1995), and Sudan (1996-2011). Since 2012 they have led a multi-national Church Planting team in Cairo, Egypt that trains team leaders to plant churches across the Arab Muslim world. Dick and Jennifer also serve as Team Leader Overseers for Live Dead Arab World (Middle East and North Africa) Dick and Jennifer have two sons, Luke and Zack.
Stepping Stones: Jesus from the Qur'an to the Bible (MCSM 639)
This course is designed to do three things. The first is to describe the nature of the Quran. The second is to highlight both the positive and the negative material on Jesus in the Quran. And the third is to teach the student how to move the Muslim from the positive material on Christ in the Quran to the full Biblical material on the same subject with a view to leading the Muslim to Christ.
Dr. Don McCurry
Don ministered for 18 years in Pakistan with the Presbyterian Church. Upon returning home, Don taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for seven years. Simultaneously, he founded and directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies, now based at Columbia International University. In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims to train Christians around the world in evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He has authored five books on ministry to Muslims.
A brief summary of the basic beliefs and practices of orthodox Islam will be given in the first lecture of each course.
Course syllabi will be available online. Credit students will find class time more valuable if they read the required textbooks beforehand. These are listed in the course syllabi.
Tuition Costs (Full payment is required by June 13, 2014.)
|Full Credit (3 credits)
|AG Missionary Seminar (noncredit)
Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. A limited number of rooms will be available at Evangel University, located on the same campus as AGTS, on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Amy Englert
(email@example.com) at Evangel University for all room information. A listing of local hotels is also available upon request.
To Register (Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2014. Full payment is required by June 13, 2014.)
- Student seeking credit at AGTS or wanting to audit these courses should contact Sarah Clark in the AGTS Registrar's Office (firstname.lastname@example.org; 417-268-1025; 800-467-AGTS, ext. 1025).
- Assemblies of God missionaries wanting to take the seminar option should contact Elish Tram in the Global Initiative Office (email@example.com;
Since AGTS is fully accredited with ATS and NCA, credits are transferrable to most schools.
Questions? Call 1.866.773.2226 or email firstname.lastname@example.org