ACRP was established as a support service to churches, ministry training institutions and Christian ministries in and outside South Africa with the following purposes:
- To provide a formal professionalisation service, recognised through an Act of Parliament, to Christian religious practitioners. The service is available to churches and Christian ministries, and to pastors and other ministry leaders.
- To develop a training dispensation that will guarantee that all pastors and ministry leaders will have access to affordable, accredited and quality assured ministry training - with a particular focus on the needs of churches and ministries that did not have access to accredited formal training in the past.
- To provide for the formal recognition of the pastoral and spiritual counselling profession in terms of an Act of Parliament, and for the formal registration of persons in this profession in terms of the relevant legislation.
The ultimate aim is, through this, to contribute to the building of the Kingdom of God and to the healing of communities in South Africa and wider.