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CommuniqÉ—September 2002

Volume XXVII Number 1

Admissions, Records and Financial Aid | Business Office | Chapel Schedule | Continuing Education | Final Exam Schedule | President | Spiritual Formation and Student Services | Student Advisory Council |Academic Affairs | Women's Fellowship Group

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

Welcome Dr. Dresselhaus

AGTS is proud to welcome Richard Dresselhaus as the interim academic dean this fall. Dr. Dresselhaus pastors First Assembly of God in San Diego, Calif. and is a member of both the AGTS Board of Directors and the Executive Presbytery for the Assemblies of God.

Convocation, September 3

AGTS will conduct its Sixth Annual Convocation on Tuesday, September 3, at 10:20 a.m. in the chapel. This is a great opportunity to bring your families to participate in your Seminary experience by attending a chapel service.

Where will the Prez be?
  • September 18-19—Church Planters Forum in Dallas, Texas
  • October 12-13—Christian Life Center Missions Convention in Dayton, Ohio
  • October 14-15—Indiana AG District Council in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  • October 27—Faith AG in Imperial, Calif.
  • October 28—Seminary Leadership Conference at the Skirball Institute on American Values, in Los Angeles, Calif.
  • November 2-5—Plenary speaker at the Timberline Church Conference in Ft. Collins, Colo.
  • November 18-19—AGTS Leadership Roundtable in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • December 27-31—All Missionary Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean AGWM in Orlando, Fla.

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

Emergency Communications

For emergencies only, family members may reach AGTS students by calling the following numbers:

  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.—Office: (417) 268-1000
  • Early mornings, evenings, and Saturdays—Library: (417) 268-1058
  • All other times—Security: (417) 268-1002
Chaplaincy Scholarships

Applications for chaplaincy scholarships (military, veterans affairs, industrial, institutional) from the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Department are now available from Jan Maempa in the Dean’s Office. The application deadline is September 16.

Exciting Fall Electives

Richard Hammar, legal counselor for the Assemblies of God, will teach PTH 628 Legal Issues for Churches and Clergy, a course designed to acquaint ministering persons with substantive legal issues of special relevance to churches and clergy.

Robert Turnbull, Evangel University Humanities Department chairperson, will teach the course THE 639 Theological French, geared to introduce the French language and to serve as a prerequisite in preparing one to sustain language entrance exams into some doctoral programs.

Student Appointments with Faculty

Students seeking appointments with faculty members should sign up on the appointment forms posted by their respective office doors. Students who call or e-mail from off-campus should contact the faculty secretary, Lois Hubbard (417-268-1070 or

Attention Fall Graduates

Please be reminded that the comprehensive examination date and both the M.A.T.S. seminary-quality paper and the analytical reflections paper deadline for fall graduates is Monday, November 4.

Free Audit for Spouses

Spouses of full-time students enrolled in nine hours or more are encouraged to unofficially audit one course free of charge. To register, complete the Student Spouse Registration for Unofficial Audit form on the website or pick one up from the Admissions and Records Office and return it to the same office by September 16.

Bible and Theology Departmental Lectureship

Gary McGee will lecture on the topic, "The Calcutta Revival of 1907 and the Reformulation of Charles F. Parham's ‘Bible Evidence’ Doctrine," on Thursday, September 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel. The earliest Pentecostals believed that God bestowed unlearned languages on the Spirit-baptized for missionary evangelism. This paper examines events in Calcutta that led Pentecostals to revise their understanding of the function of tongues and view the experience as prayer in the Spirit. This event is open to the entire AGTS community.

Spring Practicums

Students planning to do a practicum during the 2003 spring term must schedule an approval interview with the appropriate practicum coordinator (see course offering schedule for coordinator) on October 1-4 or October 15-18. Pick up appropriate forms from the faculty secretary.

Final Exam Week Schedule

In planning your semester schedule, please note the final exam schedule on the web at

Global Missions Track

For students interested in cross-cultural ministry, the Global Missions Track can be fitted into almost any AGTS degree program. Contact Barbara Cavaness (417-268-1083) about a GMT foreign or domestic practicum and/or the possibility of studying at a foreign seminary in the completion of your AGTS program.

Student Counseling Available

Currently enrolled students may arrange appointments with the counseling faculty through the counseling faculty secretary, Angie Reid (417-268-1085 or

Counseling Department Socials

Counseling students are invited to a fall party at Mark Bradford’s home at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, September 13. A trip to Des Moines, Iowa, is planned on September 22-23 for the Albert Ellis Conference. For more information or to sign up, please see Angie Reid (417-268-1085 or

Faculty News

Earl Creps wrote “Disciplemaking in a Postmodern World” published in the Fall 2002 issue of Enrichment. This article can be linked to from his faculty webpage under resources and leading postmodern ministry.

Edgar Lee wrote the article “‘The Openness of God’ From a Pentecostal Perspective,” published in Enrichment, Fall, 2002. This article can be linked to from his faculty webpage.

Stephen Lim wrote the article “Let Go of the Blimp,”published in Church of God Evangel, April, 2002. He also wrote “Overcoming the Superman Syndrome: Meeting Needs While Ignoring Our Own” in Ministry—International Journal for Pastors, May, 2002. Both articles can be found on his faculty page on the agts website.

Gary McGee wrote several articles in The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements, edited by Stanley M. Burgess, May, 2002. Major articles include:

  • “Initial Evidence”
  • “India”
  • “Missions, Overseas (N. American Pentecostal)”
  • “Signs and Wonders.”

He also wrote “Pentecostalism,” in the Dictionary of Asian Christianity, June, 2002 and “Assemblies of God (U.S.A.)” in Religions of the World: A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Beliefs and Practices, 4 vols., edited by J. Gordon Melton and Martin Baumann (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2002).

Congratulations, Dr. Gary McGee

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Missiology (ASM) in Techny, Ill., June 21-23, McGee was reelected by the Board of Publication to another three-year term as chair of the ASM Dissertation Series, published jointly by the ASM and University Press of America. The series contains dissertations selected for the outstanding contributions they make to mission studies.

From the Women's Fellowship Group, Klasis... (top)

Klasis—A community of women called to God, to each other and to the world.

Open to all women in the AGTS community—students, faculty, staff, wives.

  • Fall Meeting: Coffee and Fellowship
  • When: Saturday, September 21, 10 a.m.
  • Where: Upper balcony at AGTS

Come expecting to develop new relationships within the AGTS community For more information, contact the SAC Office (417-268-1066) or Lois Klaus (417-833-6814).

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

Last Day to Register or Change Classes

Fall resident course changes will be accepted through Monday, September 16. Drop/add forms must be submitted to the Records Office for your records and account to be credited.

Tuition Refund Policy
    • Prior to September 4—100%
    • September 4-10—90%
    • September 11-18—80%
    • September 19-27—70%
    • After September 27—0%

*Fees are non-refundable

(If withdrawing from a class after September 16 or if receiving a federal loan, see the AGTS catalog.)

New Address?

Keep AGTS updated regarding your address, telephone, and e-mail changes by contacting the Admissions and Records Office (call Judy Heide, 417-268-1022, or use the Student Update web form at

Register for May 2003 Graduation

October 31 is the deadline to apply for graduation. If you plan to finish your degree requirements anytime between now and August 2003, now is the time to register. Contact Sarah Clark (417-268-1025) in the Records Office for the appropriate form.

Stafford Loan Entrance Interview

If you missed the Stafford Loan Entrance Interview during registration, contact Marilyn Erickson (417-268-1028) in the Financial Aid Office, or complete the entrance interview on-line at This is a federal requirement for first-time AGTS borrowers.

Late Loan Applications

All loan paperwork submitted now will be processed by November 8. Late applications will be accepted through October 15. Contact Marilyn Erickson (417-268-1028) in the Financial Aid Office for more information.

Perkins Loans

If you have been awarded a Perkins Loan, September 13 is the deadline to sign a promissory note and complete the forms to accept or decline the award. After that date, those monies must be awarded to other Seminarians. Contact Marilyn Erickson (417-268-1028) in the Financial Aid Office for details.

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

AGTS Welcomes New Student Services Secretary

Cristy McAtee joins the AGTS Department of Spiritual Formation and Student Services as the new student services secretary. Cristy formerly worked as an administrative coordinator to the Singles Adult Ministries at the AG Headquarters. She has previous work experience as a loan processor at the General Council Credit Union and as an admissions office application processor at Central Bible College. In addition, she enjoys gardening, outdoor activities, and singing in her church choir.

Reminder To All New Resident Students

All new resident students need to make arrangements with Cristy McAtee (417-268-1081 or to schedule a 1/2 hour meeting with Jay Taylor, Director of Spiritual Formation.

Spiritual Emphasis, September 18-19

To accommodate longer chapel services for Spiritual Emphasis, the class schedules on Wednesday and Thursday, September 18-19, will be adjusted as follows:

  • First Period—7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Second Period—8:40-9:40 a.m.
  • Spiritual Emphasis Service—9:50-11 a.m.
  • Classes Resume Usual Schedules—11:15 a.m.
Apostles Creed

Throughout this school year, we will be going through the different stanzas of the Apostles Creed in our chapel services. Look for the first of 12 sessions on September 25.

Legal Reporting Requirements for Students and Employees

For continued participation in federal financial aid programs, AGTS is legally required to release several reports each year, many of which deal with sensitive and easily misunderstood information on security, sexual offenses, and alcohol/drug abuse. The following have been placed in your mailboxes or, in the case of new students, your registration packets.

  • Campus Security/Drug and Alcohol Policies: This document is a crime report on our campus for the last three years that provides vital information to enhance your security. It also clearly establishes policies and provides legal guidance with reference to drug and alcohol abuse.
  • Policies Regarding Sexual Offenses and Sexual Harassment: This document clearly identifies sexual offenses and harassment and provides appropriate penalties to be assessed by the Seminary as well as the procedures to be followed if abuse occurs.

Extra copies of these documents are available in the Student Life Office. AGTS makes every effort to cooperate with federal mandates and to ensure the safety and spiritual well being of our student body. Let us be vigilant and sensitive to the implications of our personal and corporate behavior.

Dress Code

Dressing in good taste and with modesty enhances the appearance of both the individual and the AGTS community. Shorts and caps are prohibited during class/business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) and in evening classes.

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

New Team Members

The Continuing Ed. Office welcomes two new team members: Mark Atterson and Monty Galloway. Mark is the Coordinator of Continuing Education, and Monty is the CE Administrative Assistant. Both are also M.Div. students.

Fall Module Options:
  • PTHM 626 Conflict Resolution in the Church with Gary Allen, September 16-20, 1-10 p.m. (Dr. Allen is the National Director of the AG Ministerial Enrichment magazine)
  • MCSM/PTHM 548 Jewish People & Local Faith Community with Ray Gannon, September 16-20/23-27, 6-10 p.m. (Dr. Gannon is a missionary to Israel and an AGTS visiting professor)
  • BNTM 533 Studies in the Letters of Paul: Romans with Isaac Canales, October 14-18, 1-10 p.m. (Dr. Canales is the president of Latin America Bible Institute in La Puente, Calif.)
  • HOMM 531 Methods of Biblical Preaching with Richard Dresselhaus, November 4-8, 1-10 p.m. (Dr. Dresselhaus is the AGTS interim academic dean and pastor of First AG in San Diego, Calif.)
Leadership Roundtable

Join us for this great two-day conference, Ministry on the Edge: The Mission to Post-Christian America, held November 18-19 at the Renaissance Hotel in Philadelphia, Pa. Brian McLaren will be the featured speaker.

  • Registration: $75 (AGTS Student Discount)
  • Hotel: $115/night. Call to make your own reservations at (610) 521-5900.
  • 2 or 3 Credit Option: syllabus online at (registration fee waived for credit participants)
Church Planting Boot Camp

For students who are interested in church planting, the Wisconsin/Northern Michigan District will be hosting a Church Planting Boot Camp at the Interlaken Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. September 6-10. You can arrange to attend this boot camp for graduate credit. Please see Jay Taylor (417-268-1065 or for more information. 

Timberline Church Leadership Conference

The first annual Leadership Conference at Timberline Church will be held in Fort Collins, Colo. November 3-5. If you are interested in attending this leadership conference, please see Jay Taylor (417-268-1065 or or Cristy McAtee (417-268-1081 or -).

From Student Advisory Council... (top)

AGTS Picnic

What: The annual AGTS community-wide picnic
Where: Smith Park, directly west of AGTS on Division Street
When: Saturday, September 7, 4-8 p.m.

Join us for a time of fun, games, food, and fellowship. Come see who wins the faculty and student softball tournament. Enjoy complimentary hot dogs, burgers, and beverages. Individuals with last names beginning with A-O bring salad and N-Z bring dessert.

What is SAC?

The AGTS student body elects a Student Advisory Council (SAC) annually. The purpose of this team is to promote spiritual awareness, student unity, and assist students in making the transition to seminary life by coordinating projects and activities to enrich and enhance the AGTS community. SAC also serves as a liaison to students, faculty, and administration.

The SAC Office is located in room 219. Feel free to bring any questions or concerns you have to SAC’s attention. SAC is here to serve you. We welcome the new students as they join us “On the Journey to Know Him.” SAC can be contacted using the following options:

2002-03 SAC Team
  • President—Uzoma Ozojiofor
  • Vice President—Monty Galloway
  • Secretary—Robin Storer
  • Treasurer—Faith McGhee
  • Student Ministries Representative—Heather-Gail Belfon
  • Student Representative—Kathryn Adamson
  • Student Representative—Elmer Torrens
Tour of Springfield

International students and/or spouses are invited on a tour of the Springfield area. The purpose of this tour is to familiarize international students with practical sites such as grocery stores, banks, malls, and other areas of interest. For more information, please contact Elmer Torrens (417-268-1066) at the SAC Office.

Spiritual Emphasis Week

Our annual spiritual emphasis week is September 17-20. Dick Foth, minister-at-large in Washington, D.C. and former president of Bethany Bible College, will be our speaker. He is a spiritual adviser to a number of political figures and is a popular conference speaker.

***Please note the class schedule modifications during this week under the Spiritual Formation section.

SAC Lunch

SAC will be sponsoring its first lunch for this year on September 18 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the student lounge. Come enjoy food and fellowship.

September Gym Schedule

Beginning on Thursday, September 12, the gym will be open weekly to all students who want to play basketball from 2-4:30 p.m. Contact Monty Galloway (417-268-1066) for more information.

Prescription Glasses Needed

The AG Healthcare Ministries is in need of old prescription glasses and hard-cover suitcases to ship the glasses to those in need. Please drop off any glasses you wish to donate in the designated box at the student lounge. Contact Heather-Gail Belfon (417-883-9024) for more information.

Help Needed in Chapel

Chapel worship services are a crucial part of the day as it provides a time of refreshing, encouragement and intimacy with God. To ensure smooth transitions during the worship event, a Power Point operator is needed to manage song lyrics and speaker notes. If you are proficient in using Microsoft PowerPoint and would like to participate in this very important ministry, please contact Heather-Gail Belfon (417-833-5843), Todd Monger (417-742-2549) or Jim Risner (417-890-1866).

From the Business Office... (top)

Labor Day Weekend Schedule

The Seminary building will be open the following times during the holiday weekend:

  • Friday, August 30—7 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 31—9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Sunday, September 1—Closed
  • Monday, September 2—Closed

Please note that the library will close at 5 p.m. on Friday and re-open on Tuesday morning. Regular building hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3.

Average Cost Per Student

The average educational cost for an AGTS student this year is $12,207. Tuition and fees cover only 60% of this amount, and the remainder is funded by an annual $1,000,000 grant from the General Council of the Assemblies of God and faithful contributions from churches, districts and individual donors.

Fee Schedule

The following fees are effective with the 2002 fall semester.

  • Deferred Payment Fee—Any account not paid in full on or before the first day of class will be charged a deferred payment fee of $50.
  • Late Payment Fee—AGTS will no longer be assessing interest charges on outstanding balances. All past due accounts, however, will be charged a $25-per-month late fee.
  • Full Cash Payment Discount—Accounts paid in full on or before the first day of class will receive a 1% discount on the net tuition. Net tuition is the full tuition charge less tuition discounts and institutional scholarships.
Photo IDs

Attention new students—If you have not yet had your student ID picture taken, please make arrangements with the Business Office as soon as possible.

Deferred Payment Schedule

Deferred payments must be made on or before the following dates in order to avoid $25 per month late fee:

  • September 3
  • October 15
  • November 15

Chapel Schedule

Updated: Monday, August 4, 2003 11:23 AM


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