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HTS Theological Studies

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PUTTER, Andries P.J.. Theological training in the AFM church: investigative and developing (perspectives) for the new millennium. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2010, vol.66, n.1, pp. 1-9. ISSN 0259-9422.

This article will focus on the findings of two Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) pastors in their research concerning theological training. It may help role players in the AFM, as well as in the broader church context, to evaluate current theological training material, and indicates the importance of a continuous theological training programme for pastors. The need to equip pastors to be more effective in their different roles, poses an enormous challenge in these times. At the AFM's General Business Meeting in May 2008, constitutional amendments were approved that pave the way for having a single institution for theological training in the AFM. This new theological institution faces a major challenge, namely that of establishing relevant theological training for the South African context, in order to avert the danger of being identified as an elitist, irrelevant work group with its own pastor's language that is understood by a small group of insiders only.

Keywords : theological training; pastors; experience; role expectations; continuing education.

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