AGTS Center for Islamic Studies

Islamic Studies Faculty
Global Initiative


Summer Institute for Islamic Studies, July 515, 2016

"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 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, AGTS President, Director, 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 Studies
  • Master of Divinity (Resident)
  • Master of Divinity (In-Service Track)


Courses are three credits each. Two courses can be taken each week.

2016 courses will be listed soon! Below is a review of the 2015 courses.

June 29–July 2, 2015

Engaging Islam (MCSM 545/ICST 470)
8:00 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

Rev. Dr. Fred Farrokh is an International Trainer with Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples. He is an Ordained Missionary with Elim Fellowship. Before joining Global Initiative, Fred served as Executive Director of Jesus For Muslims Network in Metro New York, and Special Projects Officer with SAT-7 in Cyprus. A Christian of Muslim-background, he completed his PhD in Intercultural Studies through Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in 2014, with a dissertation on Muslim Identity.


Church Planting in the Muslim Context
(MSS 643/ICST 473) 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

A survey of the major ecclesiological options and their historical development. Principles for establishing evangelistic and discipleship ministries in Muslim societies will be explored. Special attention will be given to the unique process of establishing the church within an Islamic culture.



Dr. Dick Brogden

Dick and Jennifer Brogden have served among Muslims for the last 20 years; Mauritania (1992), Kenya (1993-1995), and Sudan (1996-2011). Since 2012 they have led a multi-national church planting team in Cairo, Egypt that trains team leaders to plant churches across the Arab Muslim world. Dick and Jennifer also serve as team leader overseers for Live Dead Arab World (Middle East and North Africa). Dick and Jennifer have two sons, Luke and Zack.


July 6–10, 2015

Folk Islam and Power Encounter (MCS 554/ ICST 471) 8:00 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

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.



Christian-Muslim Theological Issues (MHT/THE 649/ICST 472) 1:00 p.m.–5:00 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 divergencies between Christianity and Islam as a tool for communicating the Gospel to Muslims.



Dr. Jim Bennett

Jim and Theda Bennett began their ministry in 1974 in Jordan where they served for 15 years. Jim was pastor of the Evangelistic Center and director of the Jordan Theological College in the capital city of Amman. He became associate
director in 1998 and director in 2001 of the Center for Ministry to Muslims. In 2009, Jim assumed the role of director of ministries for Global Initiative: Reaching Muslim Peoples.


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 13, 2015.)

Full credit (3 credits, AGTS admission required) $1,743
Audit (noncredit, AGTS admission required) $436
Seminar (noncredit, no AGTS admission required) $436
Appointed AGWM/AGUSM (other commisioning body, i.e. IMB) missionaries only (noncredit, no AGTS admission required) $218


There will be a non-negotiable fee of $75 per week, for each participant (to include alumni using their annual free course audit), to cover food costs for lunches and morning/afternoon breaks. 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 at Evangel University, located on the same campus as AGTS, on a first-come first-serve basis. Please contact Amy Englert
( at Evangel University for all room information. A listing of local hotels is also available upon request.

To Register (Deadline: Tuesday, June 23, 2015. Full payment required.)

To register for these courses please contact the AGTS Registrar's Office (Connie Cross,; 417-268-1026;
800-467-AGTS, ext. 1026).

• When registering, please specifiy your enrollment status.

Since AGTS is accredited with the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Higher Learning Commission—the accrediting agency of the North Central states—credits are transferrable to most schools.

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