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Winter 2008 Rapport: Alumni News & Notes

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God redirects student to urban church planting

by David Godbout (M.Div. student)

In 2006 I found myself feeling very comfortable in a staff position at a great church in Kansas City while working on my M.Div. at AGTS through the Continuing Education program. In the spring of that year, I took a one-week modular course on intercultural urban ministry with Mark Hausfeld on location in Chicago.

Somewhere between the required reading, the lectures and field explorations, God used that course to unsettle my heart, mind and spirit and to uproot me from all I had been finding security in. I am now on the path toward an urban church plant in inner-city St. Louis as a U.S. missionary. Thanks, AGTS, for “messing up my life!”

Web Only Content—More about how Hausfeld’s urban ministry class has impacted students

As part of AGTS’s “Intercultural Urban Ministry” class, led by Dr. Mark Hausfeld, students travel to Chicago for a week of training in an intercultural, urban context.  Daily directed prayer, thematic lectures and onsite visits to urban ministries for a total learning experience utilizing the spirit, senses and mind.  
As a result of such interaction, students have been challenged to ministry outside the box.  AGTS student James Courtier and his family accepted a short term assignment to minister in an orphanage in a Central Asian, Muslim nation and now serve as missionaries to Haiti.  Mark Wells and his family are going to Northern Asia to engage an unreached people group. Pastor Pat Manzo (M.A. 2004) of North Providence, Rhode Island, was going to move his growing church out of the city. After understanding the need to have the presence of Christ in the city, Pat decided to stay in the city and start another church in a new location. The class influenced Monty Galloway (M.Div. 2005) and his wife to join a church planting team in the northwest.    
Why does this course have such influence on student’s lives?  The context of the class and interaction with those in ministry opens the student’s hearts and minds. They are challenged as they see the Holy Spirit, in conjunction with the local church, change lives. The context and content of the course expand horizons and broaden vision for ministry around the world.
This three-credit course “Intercultural Urban Ministry” will be offered in Chicago May 11-18, 2008, and is limited to 12 students.  For more information contact Dr. Mark Hausfeld,

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