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PUTTER, A.P.J.; LOTTER, G.A. and HATTINGH, W.J.. Continual academic development of the AFM pastor: Challenges in the new millennium. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2009, vol.43, n.1, pp.135-158. ISSN 2305-0853.
This article entails a cursory investigation of the history of theological training of the Apostolic Faith Mission pastor (here-after AFM). Qualitative research done on a section of the broader membership of the AFM selected by the AFM head office has indicated the task and role expected of the pastor. The research pointed out that pastors should be continuously equipped to be able to successfully fulfil all their role expectations. A literature search was also undertaken in order to obtain a larger and representative picture of the ongoing training of pastors. The literature research indicated that theological training worldwide is under investigation and that active steps are being taken to introduce appropriate effective training. The findings regarding the pastor's theological training, the research and the literature control, have made it possible to propose guidelines for continued academic development. The purpose of this article is to show the present position of theological training in the AFM and to provide guidelines for role players that will keep them informed concerning continued academic development. This will enable pastors to stimulate congregational growth and address different training needs.