Our Mission


Take a moment to think about a church you know. It will probably be reasonably well resourced. It’s likely to be led by someone who is educated, accredited and qualified to do the job. Maybe that church has good links with the local community and works to serve the needs of its neighbours and make a meaningful impact.

In Africa, few churches have the same privileges.

Dedicated but untrained pastors in remote, marginalised, African communities often struggle to effectively lead their churches. This means churches can be fragile, vulnerable, or unable to bring practical and spiritual transformation to their communities.

It is estimated that over 3 million churches in the developing world are led by people with little or no qualifications for that responsibility. In Africa, it is reckoned that as many as 90% of pastors have never received even a single day’s training.

That is what APF is changing.

The vision of APF is to resource and enable African Christian leaders, of all denominations, to minister effectively through the local church, transforming lives and building flourishing communities.

At APF, we do that by coming alongside influential leaders to help them fulfil their visions for leadership development and pastoral formation. We don’t have a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution or an ‘off-the-shelf’ package but we work in long-term partnerships on bespoke objectives.

There are three strands to our work:

Pastoring of Pastors

Flourishing Communities

Hearing African Voices

Hearing African Voices


Everyone needs an opportunity for their voice to be heard. By listening to African friends sharing news of what God is doing in their churches and communities, we can all understand more and be encouraged. In an increasingly interconnected world, it is vitally important to know how the choices we make every day affect those living in other parts of the world.

Pastoring of Pastors


APF build long-term partnerships with African church networks to help them reach their own leadership development objectives, supporting training workshops for rural pastors, helping church leaders access essential tools such as Bibles in local languages, bicycles and solar panels.

Flourishing Communities


APF equip African church leaders to serve their communities and tackle poverty, inequality and environmental challenges e.g. promoting sustainable development by addressing food insecurity and climate change impacts so that the whole community benefits.

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How we’ve helped

“APF’s commitment to building long-standing collaborative relationships, training seminars and provision of Swahili literature is benefitting church-growth and ministry in schools and local communities throughout Tanzania.”
Revd. Amos Nkini, Director of Education, Scripture Union, Tanzania