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AGTS offers new coaching cohort

New branch development in Orlando, Fla. Charlie Self debates atheism at state university

In February 2010, AGTS will launch a professional coaching cohort within the Doctor of Ministry and the M.A. in Christian Ministries programs. Graduates will qualify to apply to be professional certified coaches with the International Coach Federation.

“Coaching is powerful for both ministry and marketplace settings, a people-helping skill that resembles the way the Holy Spirit works in individuals to bring transformation,” said Dr. Deborah Gill, AGTS professor and designer/facilitator of the coaching cohort.

For more information go to

The AGTS branch campus located near Orlando, Fla., which has been exclusive to the Church Life Resources (CLR) national cohort program, will soon add additional courses and cohorts available to a broader audience.

Dr. Randy Walls, director of AGTS continuing education, stated, “With CLR founders Dr. Wayne Lee (branch director) and Dr. Sherry Lee at the helm, we will create a program that is academically sound and clearly focused on the issues that face the contemporary church.”

Call 321-939-3995 for more information.

Dr. Charlie Self, associate professor of church history at AGTS, participated in a panel debate on atheism versus theism at Missouri State University (MSU) in Springfield, Mo., on November 20, 2009.

The event was sponsored by the MSU chapter of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a group made up of atheists, agnostics and other opponents of religion and intelligent design.

Dr. Self said, “It was a civil, lively, intelligent debate.”

Visit to see video of the debate.


AGTS embarks
on self-study for reaccreditation

Satyavrata calls
for megashifts in missions strategy
AGTS cosponsors showing of film on domestic violence

AGTS is in the midst of a self-study process required for its 10-year reaccreditation. Accreditation is more than just a public attestation of quality. It gives our students access to federal student loans, further doctoral work and the military chaplaincy program. It also allows the school to compete for large grants such as the $500,000 Kern Family Foundation grant awarded to AGTS in 2009.

This comprehensive study will do much to inform everything from our marketing practices to course offerings.

Visit accreditation261 to learn more about AGTS’s accreditation.

Dr. Ivan Satyavrata, 2009– 2010 J. Philip Hogan Professor of World Missions, presented a series of three lectures titled “Following the Wind and Riding the Wave: Pursuing the Hogan Legacy into the Second Pentecostal Century.”

Satyavrata identified two concurrent global megatrends: the wave of globalization and the wind of Pentecostalization. He identifies seven key priorities and action steps for Pentecostal global missions in the 21st century and calls Pentecostal leaders to be anchored to the Rock yet geared to the times.

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AGTS cohosted the showing of Sin by Silence at Evangel University on October 29, 2009. This film is an emotionally packed examination of the stories of women incarcerated for killing an abusive partner. It examines the system in place to help women gain independence from these relationships and helps educate the public about the tragedy of domestic violence.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion with the film’s director, Olivia Klaus (daughter of President Byron D. Klaus), and a woman featured in the film.

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AGTS hosts Day of Renewal with Sheri Benvenuti Summer 2009 issue of Encounter Journal released

Now you can get news and updates about AGTS on Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read text-based messages, called tweets, of up to 140 characters displayed on the author’s profile page and delivered to the author’s subscribers (otherwise known as followers).

Twitter is one of the fastest growing social networking sites with an increase of over 1,300 percent from 2008 to 2009. And the largest group of users aren’t teenagers but working adults!

To find us on Twitter, go to

Once a year, AGTS sets aside one working day to fast from work and classes and seek God. This year the community came together on September 9, 2009, for three services with Dr. Sheri Benvenuti.

For over 40 years, Dr. Benvenuti has served in evangelistic and pastoral ministry and was the vice president at Life Pacific College, vice president of Student Affairs at Vanguard University of Southern California, and, most recently, associate professor of social ethics and director of the Center for Women’s Studies at Vanguard.

Listen to these services at

The Summer 2009 issue of the online Encounter: Journal for Pentecostal Ministry, edited by Dr. Lois Olena (D.Min. 2006), AGTS visiting professor of practical theology and Jewish studies, follows the theme “Steady Saints in an Unsteady World.” Featured in this issue:

  • “The Discipline of Spiritual Retreat” by Dr. Beth J. Davis
  • “Root of Busyness and Its Counter-Cultural Cure” by Kirk Hadden
  • “The Psycho-Social Implications for the Pentecostal Academy in a Destabilized World” by Dr. Johan Mostert

Check it out at

Updated: Thursday, March 11, 2010 3:11 PM

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