Student Life and Services
The Springfield Community
AGTS is located in the northern section of Springfield, Missouri’s third largest city. The quality of life is bolstered by a cost of living that rates 7.5 points below the national average. The area’s pleasant climate is complemented by its clean air and makes Springfield a desirable place to live.
Located in Ozark Mountain country, Springfield affords an exciting variety of cultural and sporting events, including the home of the St. Louis Cardinals’ AA affiliate, plus a wide range of recreational activities. Six major lakes lie within a short driving distance, providing a comfortable setting for fellowship, relaxation, and renewal.
The seminary community enjoys a 58,000 sq. ft. academic building that houses state of the art classrooms, the Cordas C. Burnett Library, computer lab, counseling center, William J. Seymour Chapel, Khoo Kay Peng World Prayer Center, and administrative offices. AGTS is adjacent to Evangel University’s main campus on North Glenstone Avenue.
We welcome prospective students to visit AGTS whenever they are in the area or in the process of deciding where to attend seminary. If the Enrollment Office knows about the visit, they will arrange a tour of the seminary, consultations with faculty, staff and students, attendance in classes of interest, and guest housing. Call 1-800-467-AGTS.
For students and spouses who are interested in securing either full- or part-time employment while at AGTS, the seminary maintains a list of local employment opportunities which is available upon request. A limited number of jobs are available on campus and students interested in work-study positions should complete the necessary application forms in the Financial Aid Office. There are numerous off-campus employment opportunities and most students and spouses seeking work generally find employment. While the area has slightly lower pay scales compared to some cities, these are usually offset by the lower cost of living.
Evangel University provides limited housing for Seminary students on a space-available basis for the duration of their full-time enrollment at AGTS, up to a maximum of four years. Contact EU Housing Director Pam Smallwood at 417-865-2815 ext. 7335 for further information and application. In addition, the AGTS Enrollment Office produces a local housing list for students seeking accommodations. This list is maintained on a regular basis and is available upon request. Students are encouraged not to wait until August to make housing arrangements. Each fall an influx of approximately 28,000 students attending various educational institutions in the Springfield area reduces housing availability.
The Seminary Community
Student Life Department
AGTS is more than a “seminary.” It is a “community” of seekers and learners bound together by the common cause of Christ. We recognize that education does not take place exclusively in the classroom and that community life at AGTS enhances the student’s overall seminary experience. Consequently, AGTS takes seriously its role in helping students to be prepared as whole persons who are called to various forms of ministry in the world. The Student Life Department exists to support the student community by providing services, programs and activities which contribute to student development in the social, personal, and spiritual as well as academic areas of life.
To promote the spiritual life of the community, chapel services are held weekly at various times—morning, afternoon, and evening—to accommodate resident and nontraditional student schedules. Faculty, staff, students, and speakers from off-campus contribute to these services which provide the opportunity for corporate worship in the midst of the daily academic activities. At AGTS, we consider these chapel gatherings to be a vital aspect of one’s seminary experience for they foster an atmosphere conducive to spiritual growth. While attendance is not required, students are encouraged not to miss these opportunities for spiritual refreshing, encouragement, and growth.
The seminary seeks to promote fellowship through community accountability groups. One day each week the chapel hour is reserved for these small groups where students meet together with faculty and administrators for prayer, Bible study, sharing of concerns, and discussion of topics of interest.
Various student and faculty prayer groups meet at specific times during the semester—often before classes, during the noon hour, and some evenings. Some pray for the work of God in various locations of the world, others pray for revival and salvation for the lost, and others pray for our seminary community or specific areas of interest.
Chapel Lectureship Series
During the fall and spring semesters special guest lecturers come to the campus to address topics of interest to seminarians. Past lecturers have included:
- Miriam Adeney, “World Christian Connections”
- Len Bartlotti “The Gift of Apostleship”
- Joseph Cumming, “Islam in a Post 9-11 World”
- Alice Curtis, Donald Johns, and Bryan Sanders, “Ministry of Conflict Resolution in the Church”
- Richard Dresselhaus, “Ministry, Management, and Mediation”
- Stanley Grenz, “What Does It Mean to Be Trinitarians”
- Paul Hiebert, “Missions”
- Steven Land, “Pentecostal Spirituality and Leadership”
- Sherwood Lingenfelter, “Transforming Culture”
- Frank Macchia, “Life in the Spirit”
- Russell Spittler, “Marks of Christian Community”
- Siang-Yang Tan,“Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Christian Perspective”
- Ingrid Trobisch, “Family Life”
- Grant Wacker, “Exploring the Everyday Lives of Early Pentecostals”
- Maurice Watson, “Proclamation: A Kingdom Imperative”
- George Wood, “Pastoral Leadership”
Student Advisory Council
The seminary has an active Student Advisory Council (SAC) elected by the student body annually. The council coordinates projects and activities that enhance student life, oversees a variety of student ministries groups, and serves as a liaison between the student body and faculty and administration. The SAC president serves on the seminary’s Board of Administration.
International Students Association
AGTS is blessed to have students from around the globe studying on our campus. We believe that students from various cultures contribute significantly to the community. The diversity that comes from their experiences enhances our environment of faith and learning. To better serve these students AGTS has an international students association. The objectives of the association are to provide fellowship among AGTS international students, promote international cultural understanding, encourage participation in group activities, and assist new international students in adjusting to seminary life. The Student Life Office coordinates occasional multi-cultural activities to facilitate fellowship for international students.
The AGTS Women’s Fellowship, Klasis, exists to build friendships among the women in the seminary community and others interested in serving the cause of higher Christian education; to provide programs of enrichment to the members; to facilitate prayer and support groups; and to provide assistance to students and the seminary.
The seminary operates a bookstore which is open Monday through Friday as a service to students, faculty and staff, and others. The Bookstore carries all required textbooks, general books and supplies, logo clothing, and an array of miscellaneous items. Bookstore purchases may be paid with cash, check, credit card or charged to the student’s account. Students automatically receive a discount on most purchases. Each semester textbooks are shelved about one month before classes begin. Book expenses per semester are estimated to be $275, depending upon course load and major. Students are encouraged to expand their personal libraries while at seminary, an investment which will provide rich benefits both now and in the years to come.
While AGTS does not provide cafeteria food services, seminary students may purchase meals in Evangel University’s Crusader Dining Hall. There are many local eating establishments within close proximity to the seminary. In addition, several vending machines and kitchen facilities are provided in the student lounge.
Students are strongly encouraged to make arrangements to provide health insurance coverage for themselves and their families. Policy requires international students to carry health insurance while enrolled at the seminary. Contact the Business Office or the Enrollment Office for further information.
A student handbook is available to all students and may be accessed on the AGTS website [www.agts.edu]. A copy can be downloaded free of charge in the AGTS computer lab. The handbook provides detailed policies, privileges, and procedures for academic and student life. Updates and revisions to the handbook are made on a regular basis. The monthly campus newsletter, the Communiqué, also serves to keep students informed of updates in procedures and policies.
As Christians, the seminary strives to maintain high standards of integrity in all areas of life including interpersonal and community relationships, academic work, and ministry. Students, faculty, and staff are expected to live exemplary Christian lives, practicing respect and concern for all people, honesty, appropriate behavior, and wise judgment as outlined in Scripture.
Believing that all persons are created in God’s image and that the body of a believer in Christ is the temple of the Holy Spirit, the seminary interprets the Bible to forbid fornication, adultery, homosexuality, use of pornography, drunkenness, and use of illegal drugs. Seminary policy prohibits the use of alcohol and tobacco while enrolled at AGTS.
Seminary students are expected to conform to these standards, thereby giving evidence of a Christian life and character so as to commend the Gospel, strengthen the Church, and honor the Lord.
Faculty and administration frequently work directly with church leaders and graduates in securing professional appointments.
Accommodations for Students with Physical Disabilities
AGTS complies with the regulations of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sec. 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). Inquiries or complaints concerning the application of Sec. 504 or the ADA may be referred to the academic dean or the director of student services.
Accommodations for Students with Learning Disabilities
A student with learning disabilities may request academic assistance during their time of study at AGTS. In such cases, the student is required to provide official documentation (medical, educational, etc.) of the disability, along with all records pertaining to academic assistance provided by any previous institution(s). Documentation may be submitted to the director of admissions and records and must be provided at least thirty days prior to the beginning of the semester for which accommodations are requested. After the documentation is reviewed by the administrative committee, the student will be advised of the committee’s determination.
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