Summer 2004 Rapport: Annual Report 2003-2004
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From the Office of the President...
|Dr. Byron D. Klaus
As I complete my fifth year as president, I am reminded that
God’s grace has been very evident as we strive to focus
our mission as a seminary even more clearly. In August 1999,
I prepared a document for the seminary community entitled, “The
Shape of Things to Come.” I stated that in 2004 AGTS should
- thoroughly networked with its various publics such that
AGTS would be a household word in the Assemblies of God,
funded by a broad-base of donors/supporters whose affirmation
of AGTS would be notable in their generous financial support,
- decidedly proactive in setting the standard for Pentecostal
leadership globally, and
- clearly committed to the creative
delivery of Pentecostal theological education, using the
most effective systems possible and building partnerships to
facilitate broad- based influence.
I can honestly say that, by God’s grace, we
have made considerable progress toward making this “preferable
future” a living reality. In the last five years we have
grown and matured as an organization. For the second consecutive
year, we have been selected as finalists in Christianity Today’s “Best
Christian Places to Work” survey. That kind of organizational
vibrancy is producing an atmosphere where God is at work and
our AGTS community is excelling.
- Full branch campuses
are being established at Northwest College, Kirkland, Wash.,
and American Indian College, Phoenix, Ariz.
- We are
at the highest levels of enrollment in our 32-year
in the fall 2003 semester and 545 in the spring 2004 semester.
project an enrollment of 750 by 2008.
- We held our
first Day of Renewal in January during which the entire
AGTS community fasted from work and classes to seek
God through focused prayer, worship and the Word. Over 525
people attended throughout the day, with more listening
via a live web feed.
- AGTS has
continued its church planting emphasis by providing
assessments, resources,consultants, field-based learning opportunities
and scholarships for a church planting class. Currently, seven students
are starting church plants, and several more hope to start
order to meet our enrollment goals for 2008 and to support
the increased number of students, we must address several questions.
- Can we offer programs that will entice the finest students
and faculty to AGTS?
- What kind of revenue and expenses
will a student population of 750 incur?
- Do we have
the scholarship monies available to be competitive?
alternative revenue streams can we develop to lower the
percentage of total budget that student revenue comprises?
will the additional students impact our present facilities
and necessitate building more facilities?
can we maintain and strengthen the quality of
the learning experience?
do we develop and maintain Pentecostal vitality
in the increasingly multi-task oriented seminary existence?
In these efforts to realize
this preferable future, we understand that AGTS is crucial
to God’s plan for the Harvest. The level of our effectiveness
will be directly related to our continued realization that eternal
business requires eternal resources. We will be intentional in
our efforts to discern, with clarity, God’s will for
us and to vibrantly live in reliance on his Spirit.
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 4:38 PM