Summer Institute for Islamic Studies

June 24 – July 6, 2019

AGTS’s Center for Islamic Studies will host the sixth Summer Institute for Islamic Studies June 2019 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, 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


June 24-28:
Dr. Sobhi Malek 8:00 – 12:00 MCCM 545 Engaging Islam: An Introduction.
Dr. Ebrahim Pakrooh 1:00 – 5:00 MCCM 639 Christologies of Christian and Islamic Theology
July 1-6 (No Class on July 4):
Dr. Don McCurry 8:00 – 12:00 MCCM 554 Folk Islam and Power Encounter
Rev. Asa Kain 1:00 – 5:00 MSS 643 Church Planting in Muslim Contexts

“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

June 24-28, 2019

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. Sobhi Malek

◥ 40-year missionary; ministered in 53 countries.
◥ Teaches and speaks on the topic of Islam and Muslim evangelism.
◥ Translated the Bible in Islamic Arabic (the Sharif Bible) and has written three books in the same language.
◥ His weekly audio broadcast reaches Muslims around the world via the Internet and satellite.

Christologies of Christian and Islamic Theology (MCCM 639)
1 p.m.–5 p.m.

As the title of this course implies, the Quranic material on Jesus will be compared with the material concerning Jesus in both the Old and New Testaments. The areas of differences will be discussed in the light of the divergent views of the Quran and Biblical revelation on the subject of salvation. The areas of apparent similarities will be studied in the light of how the Quranic material may be used as a springboard to lead the reader to the original material in the Christian Scriptures to which the Quranic material alludes.

Dr. Ebrahim Pakrooh

◥ Born into a devout Iranian Muslim family and moved to Denmark following the revolution where he earned a degree in electronic engineering.
◥ Became a Christ follower while living in Indonesia.
◥ Earned master’s and doctoral degrees in theology; ordained minister.
◥ Is the founder of Serving Iran Ministry that provides biblical training

July 1-6, 2019 (no class on July 4)

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. Don McCurry

◥ Ministered in Pakistan for 18 years.
◥ Founded, directed the Samuel Zwemer Institute of Muslim Studies.
◥ Founded Ministries to Muslim.
◥ Authored five books on ministry to Muslims.

Church Planting in Muslim Contexts (MSS 643) 1–5 p.m.

A survey of the major ecclesiological options and their historical development. The course will explore the principles for establishing evangelistic and discipleship ministries in Muslim societies with an emphasis on the unique process of establishing the church within an Islamic culture.

Rev. Asa Michael Kain

◥ Serves as senior pastor of the Dhaka Assembly of God Church.
◥ General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Bangladesh for 25 years.
◥ Serves on the World Mission Commission of the World Pentecostal Fellowship as its vice chair and as chair of the Pentecostal Asian Mission.
◥ Author of “Ministry and Planting Churches in Restricted Context.”.

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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 Shawna Jones ( to make room reservations. Alternatively, see the list of discounted Springfield area accommodations: Here


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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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