Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary, a graduate school in the Wesleyan tradition, prepares men and women for Christlike leadership and excellence in Ministries.

Our Vision

Bridging Cultures for Christ, APNTS equips each new generation of leaders to disseminate the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Asia, the Pacific and the World


Our Strategic Objectives

1. APNTS to proactively establish/foster partnership with undergraduate and graduate education institutions in the Asia-Pacific Region, with special emphasis on graduate education.
a. APNTS in harmony with it’s mission and vision:

    • i. will deliver graduate level programs (e.g. MDiv, MST,MMiss,ThM, PhD)
    • ii. will educate teachers who are competent in training instructors who will teach in harmony with field strategy and with Nazarene and evangelical institutions on the Asia-Pacific Region.
    • iii. will equip reproductive leaders who disciple believers to plant and develop churches.
    • iv. will collaborate with and assist sister Nazarene institutions to do the same.


b. APNTS to put special emphasis on graduate education.
c. APNTS to develop/implement effective education delivery methods within the APR (e.g. on-site modules, online education, video conferencing, etc.)
d. APNTS to (work with Field leadership) to appoint/establish coordinators within each of the relevant Fields to facilitate APNTS programs and projects.

2. The President will direct a team to bring an in-depth report to the next BOT meeting on accreditation issues outlining who we are accredited by and the implications for post-graduate study and teaching in other countries. The report should also explore other credentialing options.

3. Develop and strengthen the Donald Owens School of World Missions:
a. promote APNTS as a center for training in cross cultural ministry and missional leadership.
b. work with the Regional office in locating faculty (both fulltime and adjunct) with training and expertise in missiology and church planting.
c. expand curriculum to include courses related to Missional churches for Asian Cities.

4. Emphasize faculty development, including recruitment for new faculty, the continuing professional enhancement of current faculty members, and the development of clear human resources policies related to contracts and salaries.


Statement of Belief

The Seminary is an official institution of the Church of the Nazarene. Both the curriculum and teaching are guided by the “Agreed Statement of Belief” of the Church of the Nazarene (Church of the Nazarene, Manual)


That there is one God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


That the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary to faith and Christian living.


That humanity is born with a fallen nature, and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.


That the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.


That the atonement through Jesus Christ is for the whole human race; and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.


That believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.


That the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth, and also to the entire sanctification of believers.


That our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.


  • APNTS is recognized by the Commission on Higher Education, Republic of the Philippines.
  • The Commission of Immigration and Deportation, Department of Justice, Republic of the Philippines, has approved the Seminary as an educational institution for non-immigrant students.
  • Various programs at Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary are accredited by the Asia Theological Association, and the Association for Theological Education in South East Asia.
  • APNTS is a partner in the Asia Graduate School of Theology, Philippines, which offers Th.M., D.Min., Ed.D. D.Miss., and Ph.D. programs. AGST Ph.D. programs in Holistic Child Development, Transformational Learning and Transformational Development are taught at APNTS.
  • APNTS is a partner with the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research.
  • APNTS is a member of the Global Alliance of schools offering programs in holistic child development.
  • APNTS is a member of the Global Consortium of graduate theological schools of the Church of the Nazarene.
  • APNTS is affiliated with the International Association of Methodist-Related Schools, Colleges, and Universities.
  • APNTS’s Master of Divinity program is validated by the Asia-Pacific Region, Church of the Nazarene, as fulfilling Course of Study requirements for ordination.