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Welcome to the Association of Practical Theology

The Association of Practical Theology (APT) promotes critical discourse that integrates theological reflection and practice. Reconstituted from its predecessor organizations in 1984, the APT was sparked by the investigation of practical theology as an integrative hermeneutical endeavor at the heart of theological education, characterizing not only the ministerial sub-disciplines but also a manner and method of engaged reflection.

CALL FOR PAPERS 2022: Colonization, Christianity and Commerce: The Afterlives of Slavery in the Trans Atlantic World

Due July 15, 2022!


The Association of Practical Theology (APT) offers membership full of benefits that will enhance and enrich your understanding. Your membership gets you:

  • Biennial Conference Entry
  • Conference papers
  • Job Openings database
  • Members-Only articles
  • Members-Only online videos
  • Access to Members directory
  • and more

By Patrick B. Reyes

Far too much of the literature on leadership tells the story of heroic individuals creating their success by their own efforts. Such stories fail to recognize the structural obstacles to thriving faced by those in marginalized communities. If young people in these communities are to grow up to lives of purpose, others must help create the conditions to make that happen. Pastors, organizational leaders, educators, family, and friends must all perceive their calling to create new stories and new conditions of thriving for those most marginalized. The Purpose Gap offers both inspiration and practical guidance for how to do that. It offers advice on creating a safe space for failure and nurturing networks that support young people of color. Professional guidance for how to implement these strategies in one’s congregation, school, or community organization is also included.