Asian Pastoral Institute

Asian Pastoral Institute adopts cross-disciplinary and Asian Christian spirituality perspectives to train and develop men and women for the manifold ministries of our Lord Jesus Christ and His Church. Students can expect to grow in their appreciation and analysis of contemporary issues. These are trained in competency and proficiency to address complex issues, integrating multiple disciplines with spiritual discernment to impact their personal, spiritual and professional lives, and their organisations and communities.

Asian Pastoral Institute offers undergraduate and graduate programmes for the life-long equipping of the saints. It adopts an apprenticeship model that enhances experiential learning. Students learn by doing under guided supervision. Marketplace believers will be equipped for service in Christian ministries and organisations. Believers are strengthened as Christian witnesses in the marketplace, where they spend most of their waking hours. Moreover, graduands stand ready to serve in full-time ministry in the fullness of time.

Asian Pastoral Institute programmes are thus designed to strategically build sustainability and facilitate leadership training and succession—in the Church and her ministries, and Christian organisations and communities. Ultimately, students are equipped to contextualise a practice of Christian spirituality in Asia to win souls, make disciples, raise leaders, plant churches and extend the borders of missions. Coherent to a contextualisation of its mission, Asian Pastoral Institute also offers a portfolio of counselling services through API Care and Counselling. Asian PastoraI Institute, together with API Care and Counselling, moved into its new campus at 20 Aljunied Road in 2022.

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OPEN HOUSE on 25 May 24

We invite you to join our Open House to learn more about our Pastoral Studies Programmes, Counselling Programmes, visit our facilities and meet our students and alumni.

Two Sessions

  • 10am-12pm

  • 1pm-3pm

Registration is now open for the next intake of programmes in 2024:

Prospective students can visit the API webpages and write Registrar at

Register your interest EARLY for the next intake of counselling programmes in 2024 and 2025


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Asian Pastoral Institute is accredited by the Asia Theological Association. This accreditation is a credible certification of the rigour and relevance of Asian Pastoral Institute and its programmes.

In the 2021 accreditation review by the Asia Theological Association, eight programmes were accredited:

  • Certificate in Pastoral Studies (provisional)
  • Diploma in Pastoral Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies
  • Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Studies
  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Graduate Diploma in Counselling
  • Master of Arts in Counselling & Community Work
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Besides this, Asian Pastoral Institute is also seeking recognition by the Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) and the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP) for its counselling programmes. IRCEP is an international affiliate of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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In 2022, the Master of Arts in Counselling & Community Work was recognised by the Singapore Association for Counselling. And, in 2023, all three counselling programmes—Graduate Diploma in Counselling, Master of Arts in Counselling and Community Work, and the Doctorate in Counselling—have been admitted to the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs.

Interested to know more? Contact us.