Aims, Objectives and Membership of NZACPE

The New Zealand Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (Inc) is a professional association committed to advancing experienced-based theological education for people of diverse cultures, ethnic groups and faith traditions. Its ultimate goal is to equip people to provide quality pastoral care within community.

NZACPE courses:

  • integrate pastoral work and theology, with relevant medical, psychological and behavioural sciences
  • engage participants in reflection about what happens before their eyes
  • develop better pastoral relationships by bringing together participants' personal experience, spirituality and theology
  • offer professional education for ministry, designed to establish and improve ministry practice

NZACPE has as its purpose:

  • the fostering of trust and acceptance among its members
  • the continuing development of the CPE model within the ministry of the Church
  • the fostering of supervisory collegiality within Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • the provision of a forum for continuing consultation among its members
  • the establishment and maintenance of common minimum standards for the certification of supervisors in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • the establishment and maintenance of common minimum standards for centres offering CPE in Aotearoa-New Zealand
  • the provision of opportunities for professional development of supervisors

Membership of NZACPE:

  • is open to all CPE supervisors and supervisors-in-training in Aotearoa-New Zealand currently recognised as in good standing by the Association and upon payment of the appropriate annual subscription fee
  • associate membership is open to individuals and groups provided their aim and objectives are compatible with those of the Association and upon payment of the appropriate annual subscription fee