WORLD ALLIANCE FOR PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION
The World Alliance for Pentecostal Theological Education (WAPTE) is a global cooperative fellowship of Pentecostal/Charismatic theological associations, denominational offices and missions agencies 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/Charismatic theological education and leadership training. The Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF) has appointed WAPTE to serve as the PWF Education Commission.
The initial meeting of a working committee to discuss the establishment of WAPTE was held in Singapore on September 12-13, 2008 with attendance by representatives from theological associations from Africa, Latin America, Europe, Eurasia and Asia Pacific. At that meeting it was agreed to proceed with the development of a constitution for WAPTE and explore a connection to the Pentecostal World Fellowship. At a meeting of the working committee held in Springfield, MO on July 28-30, 2009, WAPTE was formally established. In September 2009 the endorsement of PWF was received and in August 2010 WAPTE organized the theological consultation for the Pentecostal World Conference (PWC) in Stockholm, Sweden and was subsequently appointed to serve as the PWF Education Commission.
Name and Location
The name of the organization will be the WORLD ALLIANCE FOR PENTECOSTAL
THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION (hereinafter referred to as WAPTE), and its location shall be at: Steenweg op Waterloo 45, 1640 Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium.
The purposes of WAPTE are:
A. To promote close working relationships, the sharing of resources and communication among the members of WAPTE;
B. To organize meetings and consultations for members to encourage networking and create awareness of trends in theological, leadership and ministry education;
C. To provide mechanisms for fostering collaboration among members on matters of mutual concern;
D. To encourage research and scholarship that informs the development of theology, leadership and ministry education within the Pentecostal tradition;
E. To provide criteria for member theological associations to assess the effectiveness of their working relationships with their member schools;
F. 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;
G. 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;
H. 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.
I. To implement services that facilitate the work of member theological associations and
agencies in encouraging the development of the schools they serve.
Statement of Faith
WAPTE subscribes to the following Statement of Faith.
- the Bible to be inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God;
- that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
- in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father and in His personal return in power and glory;
- that for the salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ is absolutely essential;
- in the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance according to Acts 2:4, and in the operation of the spiritual gifts and ministries.
- in the ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life;
- in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved to eternal life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation;
- in the church of Jesus Christ and in the unity of believers;
- in the practical application of the Christian faith in everyday experience and the need to minister to people in every area of life, which includes not only the spiritual, but also the social, political and physical.