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CommuniquÉ—Summer 2003

Volume XXVII Number

Academic DeanAdmissions, Records and Financial AidBusiness Office | Continuing Education | President |  Spiritual Formation and Student Services

From the President's Office... (top)

Prez Schedule
  • April 25-27—Overseas Ministries Study Center, Yale University
  • May 6-7—Evening speaker, Rocky Mountain AG District Council
  • May 10—Graduation speaker, Bethany College
  • May 12-13—Seminar on Emerging Culture, Arkansas District Council
  • May 24—Graduation speaker, Ethiopian Bible College
  • June 30-July 3—Ministry in a Pluralistic Culture and Pre-field Orientation for Missionary Candidates, AG World Missions, Springfield, Mo.
  • July 7-11—Morning Bible teacher, Oklahoma AG Family Camp
  • July 28-29—AGTS Leadership Roundtable with Leonard Sweet, General Council

From the Office of Academic Affairs... (top)

Exciting New Summer Course

Children’s Ministries in a Multicultural World will be taught June 30-July 11 by Bruce Braithwaite, who has been a fully-appointed AG missionary since 1975, and co-founded BEST (Brazilian Extension Schools of Theology), the world's largest extension pastoral-training program.

He co-founded the Children of Brazil Outreach, which at one time was reaching 120,000 children each week in public school release-time Christian Education classes. His commitment is to practical hands-on training to develop meaningful ministry tools for developing churches around the world. Dr. Braithwaite authored several books and is currently Director of Special Projects for Life where he is coordinating a five-year Christian education curriculum project designed for reproduction by the local and national church.

This new course will provide a broad spectrum of exposure to various types of children's ministries and materials, as well as practical techniques needed in the actual production phase. It will include on-site visits to several ministries that specialize in working with children around the world.

One-Credit-Hour Courses Coming This Fall
  • PTH 628 Legal Issues for churches & Clergy (Part 1) taught by Dr. Richard Hammar, legal counsel for the Assemblies of God
  • PTH 640 Children’s Ministry (Part 1) taught by Johanna Townsend, director of “For Kids Only” ministry
  • PTH 640 Engaging the Millennial Generation taught by Jay Taylor, AGTS Director of Spiritual Formation
  • THE 640 The Writings of J.R.R. Tolkien, team-taught by David Thomas, AG missionary and AGTS adjunct professor, and Jessica Dorn, 2003 M.Div. AGTS graduate

    More information.

Free New Testament Bibles

Zondervan has donated copies of Walking with Jesus New Testament (Today’s New International Version) to the Seminary. While AGTS does not endorse any particular Bible translation, we encourage you to critically examine this new offering from Zondervan. Copies have been placed in your mailboxes.

Attention Summer Graduates

Please note the following dates and deadlines for comprehensive examinations, analytical reflection papers, and seminar-quality research papers:

  • Summer Session I: Mon., June 9
  • Summer Session II &
  • Post Session: Mon., July 7

You can download the analytical reflection paper guidelines and the comprehensive exam guidelines for the MAIS from the current student page at Contact the Faculty Secretary at 268-1070 for further details.


Officially approved summer syllabi can be found on the AGTS website at or in the library upon request.

Faculty News

Dorothea Lotter presented the results of a research paper, “A Study of Enrollment Management Models,” in a theological schools and seminaries workshop at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Conference in Washington, D.C., in April.

In June, she will present a workshop in the professional development track for graduate schools and seminaries at the National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel Conference in Seattle, Wash.

Earl Creps wrote the chapter “Moving from Absolute to Authentic” in the book, Stories of Emergence, edited by Mike Yaconelli of Wittenberg Door Youth Specialties fame and published by Zondervan Press.

Ben Aker read a paper, “Pros and Cons of the TNIV” on April 7 at the regional meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature. Dr. Aker gave a brief history of the translation and the debate surrounding it, followed by a discussion of some of the issues. Two methods of translation were provided—viability for both were urged.

Roger Cotton read his paper “Relationship of the Spirit to Holiness” from the book of Numbers at the Society for Pentecostal Studies in Lexington, Ky. on March 21. He also attended the Central States Regional Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in St. Louis on April 6-7.

Edgar Lee will speak at the District Superintendent’s Retirement Banquet and preach the ordination service for the Georgia District Council, May 7-8.

Dr. Lee’s article “The ‘Openness of God’ from a Pentecostal Perspective” first printed in Enrichment has now been reprinted in Enrich (Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada’s equivalent to our Enrichment magazine).

* Some papers may be found on the respective professor’s web page at

From the Office of Admissions, Records, and Financial Aid... (top)

You’ve Got Mail!

Be sure to check your e-mail account periodically for special announcements, registration updates, etc. Contact the Records Office if your e-mail address changes (

Summer Registration Dates

It's not too late to register for a summer class. Contact the Admissions and Records Office staff (417-268-1000 or for details. The following dates are scheduled for registration:

  • First summer session..............May 5
  • Second summer session.........June 2
  • Post summer session.............June 30
Late Summer Financial Aid

If you missed the April 4 deadline for federal financial aid, you may still be eligible for a late summer loan. Students who apply late will need to make regular deferred payments through the Business Office via personal funds, credit card, or pay their balance in full with a short-term loan from an outside lender. Contact Debbie Bourland (417-268-1028 or in the Financial Aid Office for further information.

Final Deadline-Fall Stafford & Perkins Loans

July 14 is the final deadline for all financial aid forms to be submitted to the Financial Aid Office and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2003-04 to be processed by the Central Processor. Submit your forms and FAFSA electronically to meet the deadline. See or contact the Financial Aid Office (417-268-1028 or if you have any questions.

From the Office of Spiritual Formation and Student Services... (top)

Summer Community Worship & Prayer Services

There will be summer community worship and prayer services held each Tuesday of summer school during the lunch break from 11:50 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in the chapel. Services will start Tuesday, May 13 and will run through June 24. The format will consist of a scripture reading/exhortation, a brief time of worship, and a time for prayer–both corporate and individual. We encourage those who are willing to attend to fast lunch on this day. While fasting is not a prerequisite for participation, we would ask that, as usual, no food or drink be brought into the chapel. We look forward to seeing you there.

Summer Dress Policy

Since summer has arrived, the following dress policies should be kept in mind. Shorts and caps are prohibited during class/business hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and in evening classes and events. The following apparel is not acceptable campus dress at any time: shorts above mid-thigh, tank tops, mini-skirts, strapless sun dresses, exercise clothing, and torn or unkept clothing, etc. Admittance to the seminary complex will be denied to students who dress inappropriately. Remember, dressing in good taste and with modesty enhances the appearance of both the individual and the AGTS community.

From the Office of Continuing Education... (top)

CE Director on the Road

Randy Walls will represent AGTS at two District Councils during the summer:

  • Arkansas District Council in Little Rock, Ark.—May 12-14
  • Illinois District Council in Peoria, Ill.—May 19-21
Summer Module Options
Network Partnership Credit Options
  • PTHE 640 Reach the U for Church Staff with Chi Alpha staff, June 19-23
  • PTHE 640 Reach the U with Chi Alpha staff, June 16-28
  • NACBA Certification (National Association of Church Business Administrators) with Richard Hammar, Randall Barton, Merwyn Pickney and Phil Martin, June 16-27
  • Assemblies of God World Missions—Evangel University
  • Pre-field Orientation with AGWM staff, June 14-July 4
  • School of Missions with AGWM staff, July 8-17
  • Introduction to Islam with Harry Morin, June 30-July 3
  • MCSE 639 Ministering in a Pluralistic Society with Earl Creps, June 30-July 3
  • Facultad—AGTS (Spanish Language Only)
  • Teologia Practica (Practical Theology) with Luis Yepez, July 21-25
  • Corrientes Teologicas Acutales (Current Theological Trends) with Everett Ward, July 21-25
  • 2003 Ministerial Enhancement Conference—Southern Missouri District Office
  • Minister’s Financial Planning Conference with Assemblies of God Financial Services staff, May 15

* Contact Vicki Jacobson (417-268-1044 or in the Continuing Education Office for syllabi and more information.

From the Business Office... (top)

Deferred Payment Dates

Deferred payment dates for the summer semester are May 5, June 15, and July 15. Past due accounts are subject to a $25 per month late fee.

Full Cash Payment Discount

If you pay off the summer balance of your account in full on or before May 5, the Business Office will post a 1% tuition rebate to your account for the summer semester. To be eligible for this rebate, however, your entire summer balance must be paid in full no later the May 5, regardless of the session(s) in which you are enrolled. The 1% is calculated on the net tuition fee, which is the total tuition charge less institutional aid and other institutional discounts. If you have questions, please stop by the Business Office.

Community Calendar

Updated: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:55 AM


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