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AGTS News: AGTS to host Islam in America: The Local Church's Response seminar

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Friday, October 21, 2016, 2 p.m.

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AGTS President Mark Hausfeld with Muslim merchants in Western China.

The Assemblies of God Theological Seminary at Evangel University will host the seminar "Islam in America: The Local Church's Response" with AGTS President Mark Hausfeld and Pastor Mike Burnette on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the William J. Seymour chapel at AGTS (1435 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Mo.)

Designed to connect Christian believers with the tools, knowledge and Spirit empowerment they need to reach Muslims, this sequel to the 2015 Islam in America seminar will teach attendees how to respond to the challenges and opportunities inherent in engaging Muslims in their communities.

Dr. Mark Hausfeld, an alum of Evangel ('80) and AGTS ('83), has 30 years of pastoral and missionary experience in Chicago, Pakistan and Central Asia. He spent seven years in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a missionary with Assemblies of God World Missions (AGWM) where they started Teen Challenge Pakistan and assisted two church plants. He has served as area director for Central Eurasia and as international director of Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples, a ministry designed to collaborate with Assemblies of God world and domestic missions. Global Initiative equips the church to reach Muslim peoples everywhere and to mobilize long term church planting teams among them.

"Muslims from the ends of the earth are in our cities. Some have been here for generations. Others are here looking for a fresh start or a university education," said Hausfeld. "In any case, their presence on our doorsteps could be the Church’s greatest opportunity. There will never be enough vocational missionaries to reach 1.5 billion Muslims around the world. The local church is the answer. It is time for Christians to overcome fear, anger or indifference toward Muslims and engage these lost brothers and sisters in our communities."

In addition to his role as AGTS president, Hausfeld serves as the founding director of AGTS' Center for Islamic Studies. In 2007, he became the seminary's second J. Philip Hogan Chair of World Missions. His three Hogan lectures and subsequent monograph are entitled "Islam in America: Reaching Diaspora Muslims through the Local Church." He currently serves as professor or Urban and Islamic Studies at AGTS.

Mike Burnette is an AGTS alumni ('08) and lead pastor of LifePoint Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. Since Mike arrived in 2010, the church has grown from 85 to 1900 regular attendees. Sixty percent of LifePoint's congregation is drawn from the town's large military community, which has firsthand experience with the horror and trauma of the Middle-Eastern conflicts. One of Pastor Mike's greatest ministry challenges has been to teach forgiveness and love to those struggling with a visceral hatred of Muslims.

Free resources will be available at the event. An RSVP is not required to attend. For more information, call or email Sarah Clark (417-268-1022,

2015 Islam in Armerica Seminar


UpdateFriday, November 11, 2016 7:27 PM

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