Further the understanding of pastoral theology as a theological discipline and to clarify the nature of the discipline;
Maintain a view of pastoral theology as a constructive theology growing out of the exercise of caring relationships, with attention both to present lived experience and to knowledge derived from the past;
Provide an intentional forum, for the voices of diverse persons, women and men, of many cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
Foster multi-cultural understandings of issues in the discipline;
Promote and encourage mulch-discipline/multi-cultural research in the filed of pastoral theology;
Provide resources for those who teach and those who study, through recording current research and assessing the relevant literature; and
Provide for the construction of sound theological principles for guidance and critique of pastoral practice; and to work creatively, synthesizing and constructing, to define the frontiers and parameters of the discipline.