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CommuniquÉ—December 2002

Volume XXVII Number

Academic Dean | Admissions, Records and Financial Aid | Business Office | Continuing Education | Library | President | Student Advisory Council | Spiritual Formation and Student Services

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

It’s Cookie Time!!!

Follow your nose to the Great Hall between finals on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 17-18. There you will find seasonal treats that will surpass any hungry student’s wildest cookie dreams. Sip hot cider, hot chocolate, or coffee while you enjoy the fellowship of AGTS administration, faculty, and staff.

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

Farewell Message from the Interim Academic Dean

Just a note to express my deep gratitude to the AGTS family for allowing me the privilege of serving as Interim Academic Dean for the fall term. I have been greatly enriched by your graciousness and willingness to accept a “novice.”

We all look back with highest admiration for the sterling work of Edgar Lee and ahead to the arrival of our new dean, Joseph Castleberry. He will bring incredible gifts to this significant office.

It will continue to be my joy to serve as an adjunct professor and as a member of the Seminary Board of Directors. I feel honored for the privilege.


Richard L. Dresselhaus

Final Exam Week Schedule

Class schedules change during final exam week: Thursday-Wednesday, December 12-18. Students should refer to the schedule online at

2003 Spring Lectureship Series

Mark your calendar now for a lectureship series in the spring, January 14-16, 2003, with Sherwood Lingenfelter, the provost and senior vice president of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Lingenfelter and his wife, Judith, conducted their doctoral dissertation research over a ten-year period on the Yap Islands in Micronesia. His recent books include:

  • Agents of Transformation: a Guide for Effective Cross- Cultural Ministry
  • Transforming Culture: A Challenge for Christian Mission
  • Ministering Cross-Culturally
Bible and Theology Department Lectureship

Mark your calendars now for the next Bible and Theology Department lectureship on Thursday, January 30, at 2:30 p.m. in the AGTS chapel. James Hernando will be the guest lecturer. His topic is “Imitation Language in Paul: Implications for Discipleship and Ministerial Training.”

Faculty News

Barbara Cavaness ministered overseas in October. Her assignments included: teaching at the Theological Centre for Asia (TCA) in Singapore, ministering in the TCA chapel and in services at Bethany Christian Centre and Maranatha Christian Assembly, and serving on the Accreditation Commission for the Asia Pacific Theological Association. Dr. Cavaness also participated in the visiting team training sessions for the 5th General Assembly of APTA, held at the Asia Pacific Theological Seminary in Baguio, Philippines.

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

Fall Grades

On January 2, grades will be available in student mailboxes. Please report any forwarding addresses or changes to Nancy (417-268-1023 or in the Records Office or use the address update form at

Spring Registration

Resident seminarians who have not preregistered for spring classes should plan to do so on Friday, January 3. Classes begin on Monday morning, January 6. Registered students are encouraged to make any course changes by December 31.

Stafford Loan Exit Interview

Federal regulations require all seminarians receiving any Stafford Loan funds while at AGTS to attend an exit interview. If you plan to graduate in December, withdraw, or enroll for less than 6 hours for spring 2003, you must attend the exit interview on Thursday, December 5, at 1:30 p.m., in room 229. Anyone withdrawing or taking less than 6 hours should also contact the Financial Aid Office immediately so exit papers can be prepared prior to the interview. If you cannot make this interview, contact Steve Nichols (417-268-1029 or immediately to make other arrangements.

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

First Year Students

It's time again to make your appointment with Jay Taylor, Director of Spiritual Formation, in order to complete your spiritual formation requirement for the spring semester. Stop by and see Cristy McAtee (417-268-1081 or in the Student Services Office to schedule your appointment and get this requirement fulfilled early in the semester.

Sexual Integrity Seminar

Cheryl Taylor will present a seminar highlighting the importance of sexual integrity in ministry today, including practical suggestions for preventing ministerial sexual misconduct on Monday, December 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in room 116.

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

Spring Module Options
  • January 13-17—PTHM 545 “Ministry Development Seminar” with Mark Bradford, Jay Taylor, and Randy Walls
  • January 20-24—PTHM 640 “Putting an End to the Worship Wars” with Tom McDonald
  • February 10-14—PTHM 625 “Effective Leadership” with Mel Ming
  • March 3-7—BNTM 533/ BTHM 640 “Special Studies in the Letters of Paul: 1 Corinthians” with Russ Spittler
  • March 10-12—HOME 640 “Pentecostal Preachers Week” with Stephen Lim

From Student Advisory Council... (top)

A Timeless White Christmas

The annual AGTS Christmas party will be held on Saturday, December 7, from 6-8 p.m. at the Evangel cafeteria. Come for a time of fun, food and fellowship, and enjoy the special Christmas program. Bring your whole family and dress in festive clothes for a wonderful time of Christmas cheer! Sing up outside the chapel by Wednesday, November 27. Please bring a Christmas dessert (bars, cookies, etc.) to share.

Student Ministries

Victory Mission—A ministry team will lead a service and serve supper at this homeless shelter on Thursday, December 26, from 6-8 p.m. Please meet at 5 p.m. at 1415 E. Division Street. For more information or directions, please call Sheryl Shearer (417-866-3424).

Prison Ministry—Students will have the opportunity to conduct a Pentecostal service at the Federal Medical Center for Prisoners on December 22 at 2 p.m. For more information, please contact Jerrod Ramirez (417-881-0702).

Hospital Ministry—This ministry is directed to hospital patients at Cox Hospital on the second and fifth Sunday of every month at 1 p.m. For more information, please contact Unyong Statwick (417-885-8083).

Nursing Home Ministry—Students can help revive hope and plant an understanding of life purposes to the elderly on the first and third Sundays of every month, from 2:15-3:30 p.m. For more information, please call Patrice Robichaux (417-868-0142).

Street Evangelism Team—This ministry addresses individuals' need for truth, salvation and healing. The team will meet for prayer before going out in the community on the second and fourth Fridays of every month. For more information, please contact Stephane and Tanya Jalbert (417-888-2489).

Prayer Ministries

  • Missions Emphasis—Contact Ebby Anyamba (417-833-8543) or Roman Stefaniw (417-833-0911).
  • General Concerns—Contact Uzoma Ozojiofor (417-864-0520).
  • National Prayer Center at AG Headquarters—For information on signing up for a specific time to answer phones and pray for individuals who call in, contact Kim Simmons (417-693-3725 or 417-862-1032).

Chapel Worship Teams—If you would like to be involved in a chapel worship team, bring your instruments and voices to the Monday rehearsals at 4:30 p.m. Rehearsals will cover all music for Tuesday—Thursday chapel services. For more information, please contact Jim Risner (417-890-1866).

Benevolence Offering

This month’s benevolence offering will be taken during chapel on Wednesday, December 4. These offerings help minister to student needs within the AGTS community. Please come ready to give.

From the Cordas C. Burnett Library... (top)

Christmas Break Library Hours

The following library schedule will be in effect Thursday, December 19-Sunday, January 5:

  • Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday Closed

The Library will be closed on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 24
  • Wednesday, December 25
  • Tuesday, December 31
  • Wednesday, January 1

From the Business Office... (top)

Account Status

Please make sure that your student account is up to date by the end of the fall semester. Students whose accounts are not paid in full will not be permitted to enroll for any subsequent semesters until their outstanding balance has been paid.

Christmas Holiday Hours

Please make special note of the building hours during the weeks of December 16, 23 and 30:

  • Monday-Friday Dec. 16-20 7 a.m.—10 p.m.
  • Saturday Dec. 21 Closed
  • Monday-Saturday Dec. 23-28 Closed
  • Monday-Tuesday Dec. 30-31 7 a.m.—8 p.m.
  • Wednesday Jan. 1 Closed
  • Thursday-Friday Jan. 2-3 7 a.m.—8 p.m.
  • Saturday Jan. 4 Closed

Regular building hours resume on Monday, January 6, 2003.

Final Exam Schedule

Chapel Schedule

Updated: Friday, August 1, 2003 4:09 PM


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