The World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (WAPTE) is a global cooperative fellowship of Pentecostal/Charismatic theological associations, denominational offices and missions agencies affiliated with a member body of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) that provide educational services to theological and/or ministry training schools. It exists to assist and encourage these organizations in their endeavor to promote the development of Pentecostal theological education and leadership training. WAPTE is affiliated with the Pentecostal World Fellowship and its member bodies.
The purposes of WAPTE are:
- To promote close working relationships, the sharing of resources and communication among the members of WAPTE;
- To organize meetings and consultations for members to encourage networking and create awareness of trends in theological, leadership and ministry education;
- To provide mechanisms for fostering collaboration among members on matters of mutual concern;
- To encourage research and scholarship that informs the development of theology, leadership and ministry education within the Pentecostal tradition;
- To provide criteria for member theological associations to assess the effectiveness of their working relationships with their member schools;
- To promote the adoption of accreditation/endorsement standards and procedures by member theological associations which 1) provide direction in the development of Pentecostal theological education and leadership training programs, and promote effectiveness in such programs within their respective regions and 2) ensure that accreditation status is based on the association’s standards as criteria for a school’s self-study;
- To encourage excellence in the implementation of the accreditation/endorsement standards, procedures and activities of member theological associations to enhance the credibility and recognition of member theological associations;
- To provide a means for member theological associations to ensure that their accreditation/endorsement standards and procedures are oriented towards promoting within the schools they serve:
- The distinctives of the Pentecostal movement;
- Academic excellence;
- Effective governance structures and financial management procedures;
- Effective student spiritual life development;
- Effective and practical leadership and ministry training;
- Education and training programs that are developed to meet the needs of the students, churches, communities and contexts they serve.
- To implement services that facilitate the work of member theological associations and agencies in encouraging the development of the schools they serve.
Read the WAPTE Constitution.