To become a member of EPTA you will need to subscribe to the Vision and Purpose statement of the Association, which reads:
“The European Pentecostal Theological Association seeks to provide a forum which promotes active fellowship and networking between Pentecostal educational institutions primarily in Europe and scholars from all over the world, and promotes research, education, and reflection in the broad area of Pentecostal theology.
EPTA was established in 1981 as a fellowship of institutions and individuals in Europe for mutual encouragement with the desire to exchange theological and educational ideas to help their professional work. It acts as a motivational forum for theology, pedagogy, history and leadership formation for Pentecostal educators, colleges and institutions in Europe and further afield. Through the Journal of the European Pentecostal Association (JEPTA) and its regular conferences, EPTA also seeks to inform others concerning Pentecostal scholarship. Through all this activity, EPTA seeks to further the work of God’s kingdom, as expressed in Christ, on earth.”
You can find more information about how EPTA is organised in the EPTA constitution.
As suggested in the Vision and Purpose statement, membership is either individual or institutional.
All individual members receive the Association’s journal, JEPTA, for a lower price than that offered to the public. Other benefits of membership depend on the category. There are three types of individual membership: full, associate and student.
Full membership is for those who hold an earned graduate degree from a recognised institution of higher education, who either have been or are engaged in Christian higher education (administrative or instructional), or who have made significant scholarly contributions to Pentecostal literature as determined by the Exec. Full members can vote at business meetings and hold office. 2020 full membership costs: 42 GBP.
Associate membership is for those who are not eligible for full membership but who, in the judgement of the Exec, are otherwise qualified for membership. Associate members can vote at business meetings on some matters, but cannot hold office.
Concession membership is for students currently enrolled in institutions of higher learning. Student members can attend all meetings of the Society and present papers, but cannot vote or hold office. 2020 concession membership costs: 21 GBP.
To apply for individual membership, you need to do two things:
- First fill in the application form: Individual membership application The form asks you to tell EPTA something about yourself, and to supply the name of one referee. Email it to the EPTA Secretary (address on the form). Your application will be considered by the EPTA Exec, after which, if successful, you will be a ‘candidate member’.
- Second, once you have received word that you are a candidate member, arrange to pay for EPTA membership, which includes subscription to the Association’s journal, JEPTA. You can do this on the publisher’s website (on the website please click on the “society membership” tab and select the correct type of membership). Here you can buy EPTA full personal membership, which you will note is slightly cheaper than a journal subscription alone, or student (concessionary) membership, which is half price.
Once you are a candidate member who has paid your subscription, your name will be presented to the next conference for ratification by members, and you will become a full, associate or student member according to your application.
Individual Membership Renewal: The above instructions apply to new membership applications only. When it is time to renew membership for subsequent years, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to do this.
Please note that, upon final retirement, you can renew your EPTA membership at the ‘concessionary’ rate: the same payment as students. To amend the rate you pay, contact the Taylor & Francis Customer Service Department using the contact details in the renewals letter you receive from them. Likewise, if you currently pay the student rate and have recently graduated, please alter your payments at next renewal by contacting the Taylor & Francis Customer Service Department using the details provided in the renewals letter.
Maybe you are interested in bringing your theological college or institution into membership. Institutional members are drawn from Pentecostal and charismatic institutions in Europe, and nominate a representative to vote on their behalf in business meetings.
To apply for institutional membership, you need to do two things:
- First fill in the application form: EPTA Institutional Membership Application. The form asks you to tell EPTA something about your institution, and to supply the name of one referee. Email it to the EPTA Secretary (address on the form). Your application will be considered by the EPTA Exec, after which, if successful, your institution will be a ‘candidate member’.
- Second, once you have received word that your institution is a candidate member, arrange for it to pay for EPTA membership, which includes institutional subscription to the Association’s journal, JEPTA. You can do this on the publisher’s website. (Note that if your institution has fewer than 250 students, there is a lower subscription rate. Contact the EPTA Chair for further details of rates and payment methods.)
Once you are a candidate member who has paid your subscription, your institution will be presented to the next conference for ratification by members.
Institutional Membership Renewal: The above instructions apply to new institutional membership applications only. When it is time to renew institutional membership for subsequent years, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to do this.