The Southern African Association for Pastoral Work (SAAP)


This site provides information to existing, as well as potential SAAP members.

SAAP aims to associate, affiliate and represent people who are interested in the study of, training in and responsible exercise of pastoral work in Southern Africa. 

SAAP draws its members from a wide range of disciplines and areas of application, varying from lay pastoral workers, counsellors, chaplains, pastors, ministers and specialist counsellors to private practitioners, family and marriage counsellors, trauma counsellors and mediators.

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SAAP to become CPSC, a division of ACRP

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An application for recognition as a professional body, was submitted to SAQA on 21 October 2016 by the Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP). The day was memorable indeed, as SAAP has been trying to find an open door at both the Health Professions Council of SA and the SA Council for Social Services Professions since 1991, unfortunately without success.

The Association of Christian Religious Practitioners (ACRP), is the non-profit company to be recognised as professional body for Christian religious practitioners. Specialist Christian ministries such as Pastoral and Spiritual Counselling, Ministry Training and General Ministry have been identified to be represented on the professional body, as divisions of ACRP.

SAAP will therefore become such a division with the name “Council for Pastoral and Spiritual Counsellors (CPSC)”, as approved by the ACRP Board of Directors on 23 February 2017. Once all legal steps and formalities are in place, SAAP will dissolve to become the mentioned division of ACRP.


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What is SAAP?

The need for pastoral work

South Africans suffer from spiritual wounds and stress. The causes are many - the lack of reconciliation, poverty, HIV/AIDS, unemployment, ongoing violence, crime and transformation in the workplace. Problems in the family, marriage and relationships are compounded by the issues such as debt and work-related stress.

An overwhelmed society needs trained caregivers to actively become part of the healing process.

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