One mission. One approach. One tool.

What is APT Ministries?

Our ministry focus is clear and simple: We train pastors in Africa to study, preach, and teach from the Bible.

Our Leadership
  • Our Mission: The African Continent

    We provide practical training in Bible study and sermon preparation skills for national pastors in countries throughout Africa. Since 2005, we have trained over 5,000 African pastors and leaders through our innovative and life-changing workshops. Each week, our graduates apply what they have learned as they preach and teach in their local congregations.

  • Our Approach: Bible Training Workshops

    Our Bible Training Workshops teach pastors to prepare sermons that flow from personal Bible study and a reliance upon the Holy Spirit. We also show them how to use a study Bible that was developed to encourage a deeper study of God’s Word.

  • Our Tool: The Thompson Study Bible

    With its wealth of study tools, the Thompson Chain Reference Bible equips pastors, who often have limited training and resources, to prepare sermons. Upon graduation, each pastor is awarded a copy of the Thompson Bible. It becomes a treasured resource to many who have no other study tools.

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All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Why APT Ministries Exists

APT Ministries helps pastors in Africa fulfill their role in the Great Commission.

The fulfillment of the Great Commission in Africa is dependent, in part, upon the thousands of national pastors living there. These pastors already know the language and culture and are positioned to evangelize and disciple their fellow citizens.

Many pastors in Africa lack Bible training or resources

Estimates are that 90-95% of pastors in Africa have little or no formal Bible training. Most have limited access to study Bibles, commentaries or Christian bookstores. And yet many of these pastors preach 4 to 6 times a week. This often results in superficial and erroneous teaching.

God has raised up APT Ministries to stand in this gap

APT Ministries encourages and equips pastors in Africa. We provide a resource-rich study Bible and intensive Bible training workshops. Attendees learn to preach God’s Word accurately and effectively. Pastors then prepare fresh, life-changing and culturally relevant messages that grow out of their personal study of the Scriptures.

APT Ministries exists to train pastors in Africa. We invite you to partner with us in this exciting ministry.

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  • February 2016 Update: Providing Bibles and Training

    Our first Thompson Bible workshop in 2016 was in Limuru, Kenya this month and conducted by Brian Balster. Brian is from Platte, South Dakota and has helped me teach the workshop previously in Africa. This was the first time he taught the workshop by himself. Brian shared this story concerning one of the pastors, “One […]

  • January 2016 Update: Growth and Vision

    Praise God for Ministry Growth I wanted to begin 2016 by giving thanks for what God has done through your participation with APT Ministries in training pastors and leaders in Africa in 2015! The ministry grows each year. At the end of 2015 our “ministry to date” number of pastors trained reached 5,804. The principle […]

  • December 2015 Update: In Everything Give Thanks

    Reflecting and Giving Thanks All of us have now begun the annual “last week of November to the end of December,” the “Thanksgiving/Christmas/New Year” cycle!  It is a great time of year to reflect on all we have to be thankful for . . . for all the “provision and blessing” God has graciously given […]