Pathway is a hybrid (online and in-person) flexible leadership programme (spread over two years) which both grows existing leaders and creates a clear route for raising and releasing leaders called by God to lead church. This includes those who see church leadership as their ‘primary life-work’ and others who will outwork that calling to lead church whilst in other employment.
The course is not just about gaining theological training but equipping and inspiring church leadership with Pioneer’s distinctive set of values and culture.
Most of Pathway’s teaching takes place online, but we also meet throughout the year in-person as part of the course.
Joining the programme
You can apply for the full 2 year programme, or, you can attend one off modules!
Before applying for the full 2 year programme, it is important that each applicant has explored their call to leadership with their local leader. Once an application has been received, the Programme Director will be in contact to arrange an informal interview over Zoom. If successful, the applicant will be added onto the course.
Every student will be assigned a mentor to guide him or her through the programme.
Content and Training Focus
The training focus is on developing leadership competencies under six modules (three per year):
Planting and Missional Leadership
Hermeneutics and Theological Foundations
Healthy and Authentic Leadership
Care and Pastoral Leadership
Supernatural and Charismatic Leadership
Strategic and Visionary Leadership
The main place for learning is Google Classroom, with teaching taking place on Zoom. In addition, all students will complete the Pioneer CORE programme, as well as attending the Annual Leadership Conference (ALC) and any Theological Forums.
Over the two years, each student will produce a ‘portfolio of learning’, which forms the basis for ongoing learning.
Structure and Expectations
Each module consists of eight online Tuesday evenings (7:30-9:00pm). These fall in three slots (Jan–Mar, June–July; Sep–Nov). Six of these are primarily teaching and interactive, with two sessions being tutorials focused around discussion and theological reflection.
Students will need to read selected articles and book chapters and articles in preparation for the tutorial sessions only. There will also be two written assignments per year (approx. 1,500 words) tying in with each of the core values.
Formal Theological Training
In order to fully equip each student in an understanding of the Scriptures, to the equivalent of a diploma level, we will signpost a number of options for theological training. Previous training will be taken into account.
For all of this, the cost is just £75 per month (£900 per year), or you can save £150 per year if you pay £750 28 days before starting Pathway each year. You will be invoiced upon your acceptance onto the course. This payment covers the cost of entry to the CORE training modules, the ALC* and any Theological Forum, as well as all the teaching, resources and mentoring provided through PATHWAY.
The fees do not include travelling expenses, any required overnight accommodation, additional courses or conferences. Any changes to the fees will be announced here as part of the redesign of the course.
Every student will be paired with a mentor. They will meet with their mentor at least six times per year online or in-person.
You can start the full Pathway Programme at the beginning of each new module (January/June/September).