More than 160 educators from across Africa gathered again in Nairobi, Kenya, for the 2023 APTEA 5th Triennial Conference last month. Delegates representing biblical and theological training institutions from 32 different countries attended. This year’s theme was “Regeneration for Enhanced Fruitfulness” (John 15:16). It was a powerful time of meeting with God, fellowshipping with one another, and growing in fruitfulness. Important business was conducted, an academic symposium was held, and presentations were given on topics such as adaptive leadership, enhanced scholarship, relevant curriculum, quality assurance, curriculum assessment, teaching methodologies, vibrant Pentecostalism, building teacher capacity, renewed preparation, creative teaching, and teaching online.
It was a joy to have Dr. Scott Hagan, president of North Central University (USA), as our keynote speaker. Other distinguished guests included Bishop Philip Kitoto, our conference host and general superintendent of the Kenya Assemblies of God, Dr. Barnabas Mtokambali, general superintendent of the Tanzania Assemblies of God, and Dr. Honoré Daplex, President of the Assemblies of God in Côte d’Ivoire.
Presentations were also given by Dr. Doug Lowenberg, Bishop Simon Peter Emiau, Dr. Andrew Mkwaila, Dr. Emmanuel Amoafo, Dr. Steve Pennington, Dr. Kirk Kauffeldt, Dr. Cheryl Taylor, Dr. Murriell McCulley, Dr. Victor Chanda, Dr. Carl Gibbs, Dr. Marj Pettinger, Dr. Delta Cavner, and Rev. Randel Tarr.
Teacher training certificates were presented to 60 trainers who completed varying levels of training to improve their competency and hone their skills as teachers. Many of the recipients received their training through MSO (ministrystudiesonline.com), an online platform that makes ministry training more affordable and accessible and allows students to do their work “anytime, anywhere!”