Summer Institute for Islamic Studies

July 2-13, 2018

AGTS’s Center for Islamic Studies will host the sixth Summer Institute for Islamic Studies July 2018 featuring four courses on Islam and ministries to Muslims. AGTS hosts one of the largest faculty in Islamic Studies of any seminary in the United States.


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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
  • Chaplains—military and institutional
  • Ministers and people in local churches with Muslims in their communities

Individuals may wish to:

  • Take courses in Islamic Studies for credit at the graduate or undergraduate level
  • Take courses for an Academic Audit
  • Take courses as seminars

Course Format & Location

Courses will be taught in a modular format (during the first two weeks of July) on the AGTS campus in Springfield, Missouri.


Our faculty for Islamic Studies includes five doctorates and nearly 300 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 nearly 300 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, former AGTS President and Professor of Urban 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 Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Doctor of Ministry


Courses are three credits each. Two courses can be taken each week. A brief summary of the basic beliefs and practices of orthodox Islam will be given in the first lecture of each course. Each student should prepare the pre-class work in order to make class time more valuable. The course syllabi will be listed on-line at the AGTS website: Here


July 2-7:
Dr. Fred Farrokh 8:00 – 12:00 MCCM 545 Engaging Islam: An Introduction.
Dr. Mark Hausfeld 1:00 – 5:00 MCCM 639-01 Sp. Stu. In Missions: Ministry to Muslims in an Urban Context
July 9-13:
Dr. Mark Hausfeld filling in for Dr. Don McCurry this year due to illness 8:00 – 12:00 MCCM 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter
Dr. Fred Farrokh 1:00 – 5:00 MHTM/THEM 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues

“I had a wonderful experience at the Summer Institute for Islamic Studies. I chose to go because of the quality of the professors and their experience ministering to the Muslim community. Also, the format and the time frame of the course was very user-friendly for me as a campus pastor. A one-week block course in the middle of the summer made it easy for me to attend…. I am really grateful that we have resources like this at AGTS: quality training that is at the forefront of kingdom advancement, available, and affordable.”

–Johnny Hauck, Campus Pastor

SIIS Courses

July 2-7, 2018

Engaging Islam: An Introduction (MCCM 545)
8 a.m.–Noon

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 present when sharing with Muslims. Special attention will be given to prayer, developing a Christ like attitude toward Muslims and how to effectively minister to them.

Dr. Fred Farrokh (AGTS ’14)

Dr. Fred Farrokh is an Iranian-American of Muslim family background. Born in the United States, Dr. Farrokh met Jesus Christ as Savior in 1983 while reading the Bible. He currently serves as an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. He graduated with a PhD in Intercultural Studies from AGTS in 2014, with his dissertation on Muslim Identity.

Ministry to Muslims in an Urban Context (MCCM 639-01) 1–5 p.m.

Often we think of Islam in some far-flung dessert.  However, Islam was born in a vibrant city of worship and trade.  Muslims today are increasingly found in major urban contexts globally.  This course will discuss the growth of Islam in world-class cities, why this is happening, how to engage Muslim peoples in such settings and what needs to be done to effectively minister to Muslims as they are discovered in our urban world.

Dr. Mark Hausfeld (AGTS ’94)

Dr. Mark Hausfeld currently serves as an Assemblies of God World missionary with Global Initiative as a consultant for Muslim immigrants and refugees and serves as a professor of Urban and Islamic Studies as AGTS. He has more than thirty years of pastoral and missionary experience both in the United States and abroad. Dr. Hausfeld received his BA from Evangel University, a M.Div. from AGTS and a Doctor of Ministry in Urban Missions from Northern Theological Seminary.

July 9-13, 2018

Folk Islam and Power Encounter (MCCM 554) 8 a.m.–Noon

A study of the development of popular Islam within the world of official Islam, emphasizing an understanding and analysis of the felt needs of ordinary Muslims. Special attention will be given to the role of spiritual power encounter as a tool in evangelizing Muslims.

Dr. Mark Hausfeld will fill in this year for Dr. Don McCurry due to illness. Please see Dr. Hausfeld’s bio above. 

After ministering for 18 years in Pakistan, Dr. Don McCurry taught at Fuller Theological Seminary for seven years. Simultaneously, he
founded and directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies. In 1988, Don founded Ministries to Muslims to train Christians for evangelism and church planting among Muslims. He has authored five books on ministry to Muslims.

Christian- Muslim Theological Issues (MHTM/THEM 649) 1–5 p.m.

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. The course will also address contemporary missiological controversies that are rooted in theology, such as: “Do Christians and Muslim worship the same God?” And, “Should the literal terms for “Father” and “Son” be used in Bible translations for Muslims?”

Dr. Fred Farrokh (AGTS ’14)

Dr. Fred Farrokh is an Iranian-American of Muslim family background. Born in the United States, Dr. Farrokh met Jesus Christ as Savior in 1983 while reading through the Bible. He currently serves as an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.

He graduated with a PhD in Intercultural Studies from AGTS in 2014, with his dissertation on Muslim Identity.

More Information:

Tuition Costs (Full payment is required by Monday, July 2nd, 2018.)

Full credit (3 credits, AGTS admission required)

  • Current AGTS Student, For Credit Registration
$1695.00 per course

plus applicable fees

Seminar (noncredit, no AGTS admission required)

  • Current AGTS Student, Audit Course Registration
  • AGTS Alumni are eligible for one free 3-hour course audit per year. Audit only covers tuition for one course. The Meal/Break fees will also apply.
$423.75 per person, per course
Appointed AGWM/AGUSM (other commissioning body, i.e. IMB) missionaries only (noncredit, no AGTS admission required)

  • Visiting Student and Seminar Only Registration
  • AGTS Alumni Registration*
  • AGWM/AGUSM New Missionary Registration (no experience or less than 364 days on the mission field)
  • AGWM/AGUSM Veteran Missionary Registration (at least 364 days of appointment)
$222 per person, per course


There will be a non-negotiable fee of $79 per week, for each participant (to include alumni using their annual free course audit); to cover food costs for lunches and morning/afternoon breaks (with snacks and drinks). This fee will be included in the final billing for each participant.


Students are responsible for making their own housing arrangements. A limited number of rooms will be available on campus, through EU Guest Housing, on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please contact Deb Gehris ( to make room reservations. Alternatively, see the list of discounted Springfield area accommodations: Here

Register (Deadline: Monday, July 2, 2018. Full payment required.)

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When registering, please take your time to answer each question. The site will direct you based on your enrollment status. Payment must be made online for all Non-Credit seeking registrants.

Please note: The transferability of credits earned at AGTS is at the complete discretion of the institution to which one plans to transfer credits. Please check with your institution.

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