Training begins with the discipleship of new believers in Christ Jesus.
A desire to understand the Bible becomes their passion. Sunday school, Bible classes and Scripture memorization becomes the norm for vibrant believers.
God calls some to full-time leadership roles within the church. Adequate training is the key to their success. All will process through diploma-level training and some will go on for additional training. Fleshing out biblical truth at every level is necessary. Each level of learning is equally important.
Levels of formal training within the Assemblies of God are: diploma, bachelor of arts, masters and doctorate. Each level builds on the previous. Teachers should hold training at the level above those they are training. Today we feature our doctoral program, PAN-AFRICA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (PAThS).
With the Assemblies of God in Africa planting more than 10 churches per day since the turn of the century, trained leaders for this exponential church growth are critically needed. In order to do this, we need to train more trainers, increasing the capacity of our schools to prepare more pastors. PAThS has come into being for such a time as this.
The Africa Assemblies of God Alliance created PAThS in 2005 to address the need for more teachers in our Bible schools across the continent. Since that time, PAThS has enrolled more than 100 students from 26 countries, equipping them to train leaders for the church and trainers for our Assemblies of God schools.
PAN-AFRICA THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY (PAThS)
November 8, 2014, was an exciting day for eight PAThS students who graduated with their PhD in Theological Studies in Lomé, Togo.
This celebration was the culmination of several years’ intensive study, sacrifice, and travel, followed by comprehensive exams and an oral dissertation defense. This group brings the total number of PAThS graduates to 21. The 2014 graduates represent a broad spectrum of ministry experience: Bible college administrators and professors, national church leaders, pastors, and missionaries—coming from countries within and outside Africa.
The evening before graduation, each graduate and spouse joined with PAThS administration and faculty for a banquet. After a time of good food and fellowship, each graduate reminisced over his experience at PAThS. Four were initiated into the Delta Epsilon Chi honor society in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and exemplary spiritual qualities. All of them were presented with a special archaeological study Bible as a graduation gift.
God is doing a wonderful thing in preparing scholarly leaders for Africa.
He is to be praised!
More information at www.pathseminary.org.