ACPE & AAPC Explore a Common Future
By Amy Greene, Board Chair  |  September 20, 2018 

ACPE Colleagues,

On August 28, 2018, the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) Board of Directors voted unanimously to send ACPE a Letter of Intent (LOI) indicating that AAPC would like to become a part of ACPE. Earlier today, Tere Tyner Canzoneri, AAPC President, wrote her membership to inform them of our discussions. You can read her letter here.

The ACPE Board of Directors will meet via videoconference in the next couple of weeks to carefully review the LOI and decide if the agreement meets with our mission and strategic plan. If the board decides to sign the LOI, our organizations will appoint a joint task force to begin a period of exploration: to review current AAPC policies and procedures to assess how they can be best integrated into ACPE’s operations, to develop a transition of business operations from AAPC to ACPE, to create new member categories with ACPE for AAPC members, to integrate AAPC ongoing activities and programs, and to transfer AAPC assets to support those activities.

Conversations have already taken place among AAPC leadership at the national and regional levels with a strong positive consensus that this transition is not only welcome but vital to the future of AAPC’s work and commitments. In recent years, AAPC has struggled with persistent budget shortfalls. Even as new programs and exciting opportunities emerge, the regionally-based business model cannot sustain the needs of their membership. At the same time, ACPE successfully completed a three-year restructuring process creating a financially stable association positioned for growth.

If the ACPE board signs the LOI, they will consider the task force’s work in November 2018 at the fall leadership meetings. After doing their due diligence and processing the task force’s work, the board will decide whether to finalize an agreement and proceed with a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Assuming the proposal receives ACPE board approval, the members of AAPC will have an opportunity to vote on this transition as required by Missouri law where they are incorporated.

In the meantime, we want to hear from you. Please click on the hyperlinks embedded throughout my letter to learn more about AAPC, read Tere’s letter, and review the LOI. I encourage you to visit the ACPExchange, our online community, where a new topic regarding AAPC has been created on our discussion board. ACPE board members also love hearing from you! You can find us here.


Amy Greene, ACPE Board Chair

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