Today is a historic day for training in Africa. At about 12:30pm (Kenya Time) a group of more than 70 trainers form several Pentecostal denominations across Africa established the Association for Pentecostal Theological Education in Africa (APTEA). This Pentecostal Theological Association will provide accreditation and endorsement of Pentecostal schools across Africa; a commission on theological research and writing as well as a teacher training and certification commission.
APTEA is a member of the World Association for Pentecostal Theological Education (WAPTE), which is the educational arm of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF). WAPTE does not offer accreditation, but is the covering organization that holds various regional Pentecostal accrediting associations to a high organizational standard.
APTEA’s focus will be increasing the capacity of Pentecostal training programs across Africa to prepare qualified leaders for the rapidly expanding growth of the church in Africa.
Africa's Hope has been instrumental in bringing these Pentecostal churches together to formulate APTEA as well as the launch of WAPTE at the PWF meeting in Stockholm last September.