Advancing Multiple PATHWAYS to Authorized Ministry

PATHWAYS staff members work with representatives from Conferences and Associations to support the educational needs of UCC Members in Discernment (MID) pursuing an alternative pathway to ministry.

We also work with other denominations or faith communities. For all people called to ministry who need a progressive theological education, our online courses provide an affordable, flexible and excellent path.

As part of the UCC’s vision for multiple pathways to authorization, the entire PATHWAYS program of thirty plus courses can be used as an alternative route to fulfill the academic requirements for becoming an authorized minister. Or, following consultation with a local Committee on Ministry (COM), an MID may use specific courses to meet educational requirements. It is vital that MIDs work with their local COM to assure that PATHWAYS courses will meet requirements. PATHWAYS staff are available to support COM’s in making decisions about coursework.

PATHWAYS curriculum is competency-based and the courses are each aligned with The UCC Marks of Faithful and Effective Authorized Ministers.

The recommended course of study is to take the courses in levels 1, 2, 3.  For course dates see the calendar page.

Foundational Courses (Level 1)

Applied Courses (Level 2)

Synthesizing Courses (Level 3)