PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

An Online Institute for Progressive Christian Theology


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc.

PATHWAYS Theological, Inc.  is an affordable and accessible online program in progressive theology. Participants are not bound by geography and have a flexible time schedule over the course of each week. The weekly readings and the facilitated accompanying online forum offer a practical, open-minded education and create a learner-centered environment where participants can bring their own questions and wisdom.  Our upcoming courses are listed below.  For inquiries or registration email us at or 

October 23 – December 10, 2019

L1.7 Faith Formation and Spiritual Practices for Children, Youth, and Adults (6-weeks) $295  Every day we hear that the church as it was known in the late 20th century is gone. A church is growing in its place where people are looking for depth and meaning, families are needing to rest (even from church) on Sundays, outreach may bring more meaning than worship, and the Bible too often gets left on the sidelines. How do we support individuals and families, and grow communities where faith formation and spiritual practices in all their manifestations deepen everyone’s experience of the Holy? This class is a part of the conversation. The resources listed are readily available for nurturing all ages of faithful Christians.

L1.2 Understanding the Bible as a Progressive Christian (6-weeks) $295  In this course, we will learn how to approach the Bible in a manner that bridges the gap between church Bible study and formal academic Biblical interpretation. Our aim is to create a safe space for both critical engagement and spiritual transformation. Over the course of six weeks, we will explore the place of the Bible in the United Church of Christ, the development of the Bible over time, and methods of studying the Biblical texts to discern meaning and purpose for our own faith lives and for the exercise of our pastoral roles as preachers and teachers.

L2.5 The Art of Preaching (6-weeks) $295  This is an introductory course in analyzing, writing, and preaching sermons in the Christian tradition. Participants will draw on their past experiences of biblical study and listening to sermons, as well as engage current homiletic theory and practice to craft compelling, biblical and theologically sound sermons.  Participants will practice assessing others’ sermons for biblical and theological content. They will also assess the sermons of others for the stated or implied behavioral purpose. This is a major focus of the method emphasized by the authors of the texts.  Using two texts by Rev. Dr. Henry Mitchell and by Rev. Dr. Martha Simmons, participants will go through the components of a sermon as they prepare to write two sermons. The components include: the behavioral purpose, lectionary preaching, genres, holistic encounters, sermon outlines, introductions, celebrations, and title.

L3.9 Practicing Our Faith in the Public Square (6-weeks) $295  This course examines the why, how, and direction of faith-based engagement in the political life of our communities and nation. It also addresses areas of resistance and confusion regarding such engagement.  It invites informed and renewed commitment to working for the public good of all God’s people through spirited participation in civic affairs.

October 23 – November 19, 2019

ESC 13 An Overview of Homosexuality and the Bible (4-weeks) $99
Using the historical-critical method of biblical interpretation, this course examines the most-often cited biblical texts thought to refer to (and condemn) homosexuality.  How do these texts apply to our understanding of LGBTQ people of faith today, if at all? The course also addresses the possibility of LGBTQ-affirming stories in the Bible.


Opening for Registrar at Pathways Theological Education

The Registrar Position is Part-Time/Hourly (Remote). The job functions: Communicator with participants and facilitators, record-keeper. Compensation: $20 per hour. Click here for full job description and application process.


PATHWAYS Theological Education, Inc., is a Progressive Christian learning community seeking to empower transformative leadership for justice and peace within and beyond the church by engaging heart and mind to consider what it means to know, love and serve God in today’s changing world.
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