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CommuniquÉ—January 2005
News and Information for the AGTS Community
Volume XXVIII, Number 5

AGTS Receives Foundation Grant

AGTS received a $30,000 grant from The Chatlos Foundation for the M.A.T.S. Degree Completion Program. “This program is a reflection of the seminary’s commitment to provide practical biblical and theological resources to ministers and laity in full-time ministry who live within driving distance of Springfield,” said President Byron Klaus.

“We are especially thankful for The Chatlos Foundation’s affirmation and partnership, and look forward to the successful implementation of the grant proposal in 2005 which will facilitate the program’s growth and provide more scholarships,” said Dorothea Lotter, director of the program and institutional relations.

The Chatlos Foundation, based in Longwood, Florida, supports Bible colleges and seminaries, religious causes, medical and social concerns, and liberal arts colleges

Spring Lectureship

  • Guest speaker: Dr. Stanley Grenz
  • Topic: “What Does It Mean to Be Trinitarians?”
  • January 18-20
  • Dr. Grenz will speak in Chapel Tuesday through Thursday.
  • Dr. Grenz will lecture in six classes—see bulletin boards for details.
  • Luncheon, provided by SAC, and Q&A with Dr. Grenz on January 19, 11:30-12:30 —Great Hall.
  • Book signing, January 19, immediately following SAC luncheon.

Bible & Theology Lectureship

  • Wednesday, February 2—2:30 p.m. in the Chapel
  • Guest lecturer:  Dr. Roger D. Cotton
  • Topic: “Prescribing Old Testament Law: A Proposal”

Women’s Fellowship Soup Night

  • Friday, January 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall
  • Special guest speaker:  Janet Creps
  • All women from the AGTS community are invited to join for a time of fellowship and fun.

Spiritual Emphasis Week

  • January 11-13
  • Dr. George Westlake, pastor of Sheffield Family Life Center in Kansas City, will be speaking in chapel and in many classes.  
  • Make plans to join this time of spiritual renewal.

Where in the World is President Klaus?

  • January 5-8—Fellowship of Evangelical Seminary Presidents, Phoenix, Arizona
  • January 25-26—Chapel speaker at Northwest College, Kirkland, Washington
  • January 26-27—Chapel speaker at Bethany College, Scotts Valley, California
  • January 27—Leading Edge Fund Raising Dinner, Newport Beach, California.

Financial Peace University Seminar

  • January 21 & 22
  • Registrants are not required to be AGTS students.
  • Cost: $189.99 (single or married couple); includes materials, instructions by a certified FPU counselor, a sack dinner on Friday and breaks on Saturday.
  • Contact Amy Turnage at 268-1081 for details.

Academic News

Jan Maempa—dean@agts.eduor 268-1014
Norma Simmons—faculty@agts.eduor 268-1070

Student Appointments with Faculty

  • Sign up on the appointment forms posted by office doors.
  • If off-campus, contact the faculty secretary, Norma Simmons, at 268-1070.
  • Email faculty by using their first initial and last name as in this example:

Chaplaincy Scholarship Application

  • Application form for Spring Chaplaincy Scholarships will be available in the Academic Dean’s office on January 5.
  • For Military, Veterans Affairs, Industrial and Institutional Chaplaincy students
  • Provided by the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Department.
  • Application deadline: Thursday, January 20

One-Credit Courses for Credit or Audit

  • Leadership Teams
    • This approach is recognized by secular and Christian experts to be a key in motivating leaders to take ownership of the mission and to function at optimal levels.
    • Professor: Dr. Lori O’Dea
  • Sexual Integrity in the Church
    • In our culture, Christian youth and adults, even ministers, are vulnerable. Learn how to maintain and teach purity. Protect your church from the legal and spiritual consequences of moral failure.
    • Professor: Dr. Cheryl Taylor

New Library Hours

  •  Monday–8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday–Wednesday–8 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
  • Thursday–Friday–8 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • Saturday–10 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Sunday–Closed

Library Website Address Change

  • The AGTS library website has been updated and moved to a new address.
  • You can either access the site directly at or link to it from the main page of the AGTS website (
  • If you are working in the AGTS Student Computer Lab, you may access it by clicking on the AGTS “Library Home” link on the desktop.

Records & Financial Aid News

Sarah Clark—records@agts.eduor 268-1025
Debbie Bourland—

or 268-1028

Spring Course Changes

  • Thursday, January 20, is the final deadline to make spring course changes in the Registrar’s Office.  
  • The tuition refund policy for spring courses dropped:   
    • 90% January 7-13
    • 80% January 14-21
    • 70% January 24-February 2  
  • No refund after February 2.

Free Audit for Spouses

  • Spouses of full-time seminarians can audit one class this spring free of charge. Register in the Records Office before January 20.
  • You can download the "Student Spouse Registration for Unofficial Audit" form at

Summer/Fall Pre-registration

  • Pre-registration is Tuesday-Thursday, March 8-10 and 15-17.

To Apply for 2004-05 Student Loans

  • Have the following items on hand:
    • Your Department of Education PIN number
    • Your Social Security number
    • Your driver’s license
    • Copy of your 2004 income taxes
  • Go online to
    • Click on“Fill out a FAFSA” or fill out a “Renewal FAFSA” (for students who borrowed in 2004-2005).
    • After completing the FAFSA, submit your request with your PIN number. (The PIN serves as an electronic signature and will transmit your FAFSA to the Financial Aid Office.)

Deadline for Late Spring Loans

  • February 11 is the deadline to secure a Stafford Loan for the spring semester.  
  • Forms are available at

Student Life

Amy Turnage—studentservices@agts.eduor 268-1081

Winter Weather

  • In the event that classes are canceled due to severe winter weather, the major television and radio stations in Springfield will be notified that the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (not the same as the Assembly of God Christian School) has canceled classes.  
  • Before calling the seminary, listen for such announcements.  

Prayer Opportunities

  • The Khoo Kay Peng Prayer Room is literally at the center of the AGTS complex; we want to insure that it is at the spiritual center of our life together.
  • As we move into the new year, please make time for prayer in the prayer room.

Spiritual Formation Requirement

  • New and returning students who have not met with Dr. Taylor to review either the Christian Life Profile or the Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire, please contact Amy in the Student Services Office to schedule an appointment or call 268-1081.

Business Office News

Jeff Dorn— or 268-1035

Spring 2005 Scholarships

  • Scholarships for the spring term will post to student accounts after January 23.
  • If you are a recipient, please review your February account statement carefully to make sure that the award and the accurate amount have been posted.
  • Please report any discrepancies to the Business Office as soon as possible.

Deferred Payment Dates

  • Deferred payments for the spring semester are due on or before January 9, February 15 and March 15. Payments must be received in the Business Office on or before these dates in order to avoid the $25 per month late fee.

Scholarship Applications for Fall 2005

  • Scholarship applications for the fall semester will be available in the Business Office in January. The forms must be completed and submitted by 4:30 p.m. on January 31. Awards will be determined by the Scholarship Committee and scholarship notifications will be made by March 1.

Development News

Veronica or 268-1012

Leading Edge Fund Raising Dinner

  • The Development Office will be hosting a fundraising dinner in California on January 27 for the Leading Edge Fund, which is scholarship money directed to church planters, women in ministry and international students.

Faculty News

  • Dr. Ben Aker
    • Attended the Institute of Biblical Research and the Society of Biblical Literature, November 19-22, in San Antonio, Texas.
    • By invitation from Abingdon Press, served on a focus group at a working luncheon to provide feedback on a proposed textbook on New Testament introduction.
    • Wrote book review on The Spirit in the Gospels and Acts: Divine Purity and Power by Craig Keener (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers) in Enrichment: A Journal for Pentecostal Ministry (Winter 2005): 138-139.
  • Dr. Stephen Lim
    • Ministered in Tanzania, November 13-21.
    • Spoke on “Empowered Leadership” at a pastors and wives conference on two university campuses and preached Sunday services at local churches.
    • Participated in a Presidents’ Summit for National Ethnic Fellowships of the Assemblies of God in New York on December 3-8.
    • Spoke at Chi Alpha Regional Conference in San Diego, California on December 27-31.
  • Dr. Johan Mostert
    • Attended biannual meeting of the Overseas Ministries Study Group (OMSC) in New Haven, Connecticut on December 3-5. They dedicated this consultation to the role of the church in responding to the AIDS pandemic.
    • Responded to a paper by Professor Alan Donald, a noted physician and microbiologist from Canada, who had devoted many years helping to set up anti-retroviral therapy (ARV) program in Uganda to fight AIDS.

Enrollment Office

Karen Partain —info@agts.eduor 268-1031

Upcoming Enrollment Trip

  • January 11-15—Mario Guerreiro will be at Valley Forge for the AG Basketball Tournament.
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