Studies, July 1–12, 2013
"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.
Women in Islam (MCSM 552)
Women comprise half of the 1.5 billion Muslims in the world. This course examines their identity and role in historic and contemporary Islam as influenced by the Quran and Hadith. It will examine key issues that affect today’s Muslim women in their family, community and religious lives. It seeks to equip cross-cultural workers in establishing a Christian witness to Muslim women.
Donna completed an M.A. in Intercultural Communication from AGTS in 1983. She and her husband are enrolled in the Ph.D. Program at AGTS. She received full appointment with AGWM and served in Pakistan from 1990-2003 where she started a café for Muslim women. In Tajikistan she started a café/training center for women (2003-2006) that is still flourishing. She then served in Turkey for three years and is now working with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.
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.
Ministry to Muslims in Urban Contexts (MSS 639)
This course establishes the need for carefully strategized evangelization of Muslims. Study of the fundamentalist monotheistic and pluralistic urban world of the Scriptures help explain the nature of Islam in historical and contemporary urban contexts. Cultural and sociological dynamics of Muslims in cities shed light on felt needs and opportunities to introduce Christ. This course indicates how to develop local theologies and missiological strategies and introduces models of successful urban mission to Muslims.
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.
Christian-Muslim Theological Issues (MHT/THE 649)
An examination of the theological challenge of Islam and Christian response. Key theological differences will be studied with special emphasis being placed upon biblical answers. The purpose is to develop understanding of the congruencies and divergences between Christianity and Islam as a tool for communicating the Gospel to Muslims.
An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Joseph is the director of the Muslim/Christian reconciliation program at Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School. Joseph lived most of his adult life in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, where he continues to oversee a substantial humanitarian program. He teaches courses in Islamic Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary and is completing his Ph.D. in Islamic Studies and Christian Theology at Yale University.
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 14, 2013.)
|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, 2013. Full payment is required by June 14, 2013.)
- 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