Summer Institute for Islamic Studies

July 6 – 17, 2020

AGTS’s Center for Islamic Studies will host the seventh Summer Institute for Islamic Studies June 2020 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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Summer Institute for Islamic Studies brochure for 2020 coming soon! (View the 2019 brochure here.)

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 full 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, Professor of Urban and Islamic Studies.

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 6 -10:
Dr. Fred Farrokh 8:00a – 12:00p MCC 545 Engaging Islam: An Introduction.
Ms. Donna Krstulovich 1:00p – 5:00p MCC 552 Women in Islam
July 13-17:
Dr. Jim Bennett 8:00a – 12:00p MHT 649 Christian-Muslim Theological Issues
Dr. Tommy Hodum 1:00p – 5:00p MCC 553 Islam in the USA


“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 6-10, 2020

Engaging Islam: An Introduction (MCC 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

◥ International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.
◥ Previously, served as Executive Director of Jesus for Muslims Network in Metro New York and Special Projects Officer with SAT-7 in Cyprus.
◥ Ordained missionary with Elim Fellowship.
◥ A Christian of Muslim-background, completed Ph.D. Intercultural Studies through the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (2014); dissertation topic:  Muslim identity.

Women in Islam (MCC 552)
1 p.m.–5 p.m.

Have you ever wondered how to interact with a Muslim woman? This class introduces you to their world:  beliefs, traditions, customs and religion to help you understand and confidently approach these precious women Jesus loves and died for.

Ms. Donna Krstulovich

◥ International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.    ◥ Born in Iran and raised in diverse cultures of the Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan, and Malaysia.
◥ Received BA in Missions and MA in Intercultural Communication in preparation for ministry after committing life to Jesus Christ.  Donna is currently in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies.
◥ Served on church pastoral staff as Minister to Internationals. 
◥ Served as single missionary in South and Central Asia, starting cafes to minister to Muslim women.
◥ After marrying, Donna and husband, Steve, served together in Central Asia.
◥ Donna’s passion is to extend Christ’s welcome to Muslim women.

July 13-17, 2020 

Christian/Muslim Theological Issues (MHT 649) 8 a.m.–Noon

This course examines the theological challenge of Islam and Christian response. Special emphases include:  Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Is the Jesus of the Bible the same as the Isa of the Quran? Do Christians and Muslims have differing views on salvation and judgment?

Dr. Jim Bennett

◥ Director of Ministries at Global Initiative and Editor, Intercede magazine.
◥ Previously served GI as International Director for eight years.
◥ Has served as AGWM missionary assigned to Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples since 1998.
◥ Served in Jordan for 17 years and as President of Continental Theological Seminary, Brussels, Belgium for six years.
◥ Has traveled to 89 countries, in past 22 years, to provide training regarding ministry to Muslims.

Islam in the USA (MCC 553) 1–5 p.m.

Every day, Americans encounter Muslims who are recent refugees or long-time neighbors, classmates, work associates, and even inmates. Come and learn how to use these encounters to engage Muslims with faith.

Dr. Tommy Hodum

◥ Tommy, and wife Sandy, have served as appointed missionaries with the Assemblies of God U.S. Missions since 1984.
◥ Has co-authored books, written magazine articles on ministry to Muslims, and taught at AG Bible colleges and seminiaries in the U.S. and abroad.
◥ In 1997, Tommy was named the national representative for ministry to Muslims within AG U.S. Missions. He was also named the national representative for ministry to Muslims within AG U.S. Missions (now Global Initiaitive: Reaching Muslim Peoples) that same year.
◥ Holds a Master’s degree in Islamic Studies from Columbia University, South Carolina, and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri.

More Information:

Tuition Costs

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.
$425 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)
$225 per person, per course


There will be a non-negotiable fee of $90 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


To register for these courses please click here:

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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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