Theological Training

Dr. J.J. La Poorta – Education & Training Director

In November 2007 the AFM established the Education and Training Department with the responsibility to train all members of the church including: deacons, elders, assembly leaders, youth workers and leaders, children’s ministry teachers, pastors, members for specialised ministry (e.g. missionaries), evangelists as well as in-service training of ordained pastors. The Department is dedicated to provide responsive, quality ministry education, training and development.

The Department is also compliant with all requirements of the Department of Higher Education and its relevant sub-divisions including the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), the Council for Higher Education and the Higher Education Quality Committee. The Department is committed to promoting excellence in ministry.


AFM Seminary Application Form 2020

BTH and BA Hons 2020 Fees

NWU Theology Online Guide

For you to become an AFM Pastor, you need to have a matric certificate to study for the degree in theology (BTH) for 3 years at North West University at Potchefstroom. It is a distance learning BTH whereby you attend classes one Saturday per month at one of the following campuses: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Mthatha. The BA Hons in Theology applicants does not need to complete the AFM seminary form as they are normally ordained pastors but has to also apply electronically to NWU the same way as BTH applicants.
Find attached the AFM Seminary application form for the candidate who wants to study BTH(3 year degree) and should follow the below steps:

    • Step 1: Print the AFM seminary application form.
    • Step 2: Take it to the assembly pastor and attend an interview with the members of the assembly governing body.
    • Step 3: The assembly governing body will complete their relevant section on the applicant’s AFM seminary application form. The assembly governing body will then make an appointment for the applicant to attend an interview at his/her region.
    • Step 4: After the interview the region will complete their relevant section on the applicant’s AFM seminary application form and send the form to one of the following campuses:
    • Step 5: With the regional committee’s approval, the applicant may now complete the online NWU application form and follow the attached Theology Online guide.
    • Step 6: Please use the link: The applications will close on the 30th April 2020 if applying for 2020 second semester intake and 30 September 2020 for 1st semester 2021. NWU will draw a weekly list of all new applicants, check that the documents are uploaded and notify the applicant, thereafter the application will be sent to the evaluation department and the outcome will be emailed to both myself and the applicant. N.B The applicant should complete one of the following as the study centre as this will be a form of identification that he/she is an AFM member:
      1. AFM Tshwane
      2. AFM Durban
      3. AFM Cape Town
      4. AFM Mthatha

For the BA Hons Degree:

This applicant is usually an ordained AFM pastor. Applicants only complete the NWU open distance learning application form and attach the following copies of certified documents with their application:

  • ID or passport
  • Study permit (if foreign national)
  • Marriage certificate (if married)
  • Copy of Theological Degree certificate
  • Academic records.

For more information please contact:

Theological Training

Mrs. Sophia Masipa

TELEPHONE        +27 12 644 0490

FAX                           +27 12 644 0732

Important Notice:

We are aware of a growing number of false training institutions claiming to be awarding a variety of degrees. We strongly advise our members and pastors not to obtain qualifications from these Institutions, as they are not recognized by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA), or the AFM.