Asia Theological Association (ATA) is composed of theological educational institutions, committed to evangelical faith and scholarship, which are networking together, to serve the Church in equipping the people of God for the mission of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ATA was established in 1970 as a direct outcome of the need expressed at several Asia wide conferences and consultations. Since then, it has grown into a movement committed to serving its members in the development of evangelical biblical theology by strengthening interaction, enhancing scholarship, promoting academic excellence, fostering spiritual and ministerial formation, and mobilizing resources to fulfill God’s global mission within diverse Asian cultures.

ATA is a founding member of the The International Council for Evangelical Theological Education (ICETE ).

Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation and Educational Development (CAED)

Accreditation

ATA seeks to facilitate the improvement of the quality of educational programs of its members through accreditation of programs, whether residential, extension, and other combination of systems. A manual is available for anyone interested.

Consultancy

As an educational development agency, ATA seeks to facilitate consultancy services.

Consultancy

As an educational development agency, ATA seeks to facilitate consultancy services.

Publications

Especially designed for readers in Asia, South Pacific and West Asia

Publications

Asia Bible Commentary Series, Monographs, Journals and books from ATA Theological Consultations.

AGST

As a result of ATA’s vision to provide relevant education for Asians, the AGST was conceived.

Asia Graduate School of Theology

AGST is a consortium of accredited institutions that offers advanced theological degrees. A program is usually hosted by one of the institutions, but all participating institutions make their resources-faculty, facilities, library, etc. available for the various programs.
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ATA Membership

  • Visit to Canadian Chinese School of Theology

    Visit to Canadian Chinese School of Theology

    The Visiting Evaluation Team (VET) consisting of Dr. Joseph Shao, ATA General Secretary; Dr. Theresa Lua, ATA CAED Secretary; and Dr. Lee Wanak, former Dean of Asia Graduate School of Theology and Asian Theological Seminary […]

  • Visit to Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), Philippines

    Visit to Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS), Philippines

    The Asia Pacific Theological Seminary (APTS) was visited by Visiting Evaluation Team (VET) consisting of Dr. Ng, Peh Cheng, Associate Secretary of Accreditation and Educational Development, ATA; Dr. Madeline Vega, Faculty, Asia Theological Seminary, Philippines; […]

  • Visit to Anglican Training Institute

    Visit to Anglican Training Institute

     

    The Anglican Training Institute (ATI), Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia was visited by ATA Visiting Evaluation Team
    consisting of Dr. Ng Peh Cheng, Associate Secretary of Accreditation and Educational Development, ATA; Dr. Madeline Vega, Faculty, Asian Theological […]

  • Visit to Christian Leadership Institute

    Visit to Christian Leadership Institute

    The ATA Visiting Evaluation Team consisting of Dr. Theresa Lua, ATA CAED Secretary (Philippines); Dr. Jeannette
    Shubert, Faculty, East Asia School of Theology (Singapore); and Dr. Jonathan Ro, Associate Program Director, GETS (California) visited Christian Leadership […]

  • Visit to Maktab Teologi Sabah (Sabah Theological College)

    Visit to Maktab Teologi Sabah (Sabah Theological College)

     

    On March 9-11 the Visiting Evaluation Team consisting of Dr. Ng Peh Cheng, Associate Secretary of Accreditation and Educational Development, ATA; Dr. Madeline Vega, Faculty, Asian Theological Seminary, Philippines; and Dr. Augustine Pagolu, Faculty, Sekolah […]

We now have 295 member institutions from 34 nations across Asia, South Pacific and West Asia (Middle East).

There are two types of membership in ATA, which are:

An Associate Member is a theological educational institution serving Asians, which abides by the World Evangelical Fellowship Statement of Faith.

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An Accredited Member is a theological educational institution that has programs accredited by ATA. Associate members are encouraged to later become accredited members. Over 90% of ATA members are accredited members. Both associate and accredited members pay an annual membership fees.

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295
members
34
nations

ATA Publications

          A hundred year ago, 70 percent of Christians lived in the West. Now the map of Christianity is evenly distributed. This has implications for doing theology, biblical interpretation, and thinking about the Christian life in Asia. In the past, this was done mostly, if not entirely, by western scholars. This made sense, since majority of Christians used to live in the West. But now, in the light of global Christianity, there ought to be a shift in the way theology or biblical interpretation is done. Those in Asia and other parts of the majority world ought to be the ones doing biblical interpretation for their own contexts. As Andrew Walls pronounces: “the faith of the twenty-first century will require a devout, vigorous scholarship rooted in the soil of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.”

          Unfortunately, it’s mostly writings by Western scholars that continue to dominate much of Asian religious writings. Hwa Yung confesses: “Up to this point, comparatively little has been produced in terms of authentic Asian theological thinking that addresses directly and powerfully the big questions posed by culture and context in Asia.” ATA Publications seeks to address this need by publishing commentaries (Asia Bible Commentary), books (e.g. Tending the Seedbeds), and journals (Journal of Asian Evangelical Theology and Journal of Asian Mission) from the Asian perspective. For instance, what makes our commentaries unique is that they are written deliberately with the Asian context in view. Asian writers try to relate the Bible to their respective contexts using their own stories, parables, proverbs, etc. The result is not only relevant and enriching for Asian readers; it also provides a great contribution to the wider global Christian community.

Dr. Federico Villanueva
Dr. Federico Villanueva Publications Secretary and Asia Bible Commentary Series, General Editor

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