Pathways Online Courses

Pathways to Learning and Leadership Online Courses

Pathways to Learning and Leadership is an online program of nine courses offered over a two-year period to provide educational preparation toward leading a congregation as a Commissioned Ruling Elder (CRE).  Courses are open to all, one does not need to be pursuing to become a CRE in order to participate. Courses aim to enhance knowledge and discipleship, and each course includes five to six live (synchronous) class meetings. Note: class meetings will not be recorded.

Online registration is open for Pathways online courses. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Phase I (Foundational) Core Courses

  • Biblical Interpretation, Tuesdays, September 7 – October 12, 2021
  • Church History (NEW), Tuesdays ,October 26 – December 7, 2021
  • Reformed Theology (NEW), Tuesdays, January 11 – February 15, 2022
  • The Christian Life, Tuesdays, March 1 – April 5, 2022
  • Mission & Evangelism, Tuesdays, April 19 – May 24, 2022


Phase II (Practical Ministry ) Core Courses

  • Polity & Administration I, Thursdays, September 9 – October 14, 2021
  • Teaching the Bible, Thursdays, October 28 – December 9, 2021
  • Preaching, Thursdays, January 13 – February 17, 2022
  • Pastoral Care, Thursdays, March 3 – April 7, 2022
  • Worship & Sacraments, Thursdays, April 21 – May 26, 2022


Additional Course Info:

  • Dates: September 2021 to May 2022
  • Leaders: Union Presbyterian Seminary faculty and experienced practitioners
  • Standard Registration: $135 per course
    • Late Registration: Within two weeks of the first class meeting date, tuition increases by $15 per course.
  • CEUs: 3.0 per course
  • For: Open to all, including those desiring to become Commissioned Ruling Elders as well as church and community members who want to further their education and discipleship
  • In addition, we offer a self-directed New Testament Survey course, which is online with pre-recorded lectures and quizzes.  See below for more information. (Old Testament Survey expected to be available in Winter/Spring 2022)


Course sizes are limited. If a course reaches maximum registration capacity, a waiting list will be started. Tuition cost per course is $135. Each course will include a required text, not included in course tuition. Note: within two weeks of the beginning of each course, the tuition increases by $15 per course. Register early and save, as the price change will occur, per course, on the following dates:

Biblical Interpretation, effective August 24, 2021

Polity and Administration I, effective August 26, 2021

Church History, effective October 12, 2021

Teaching the Bible, effective October 14, 2021

Reformed Theology, effective December 28, 2021

Preaching, effective December 30, 2021

The Christian Life, effective February 15, 2022

Pastoral Care, effective February 17, 2022

Mission and Evangelism, effective April 5, 2022

Worship and Sacraments, effective April 7, 2022

Online registration is open for Pathways online courses. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

After you register for Phase I or Phase II core or elective courses, the course syllabus will be sent to you prior to the first class meeting. The online class meeting link will be shared within the course syllabus.

The full schedule of the online courses, along with instructor bios and course descriptions, can be found on the registration page by selecting the appropriate tabs, such as Course Instructors and Schedule of Courses, on the header bar of the registration summary page.

To view the 2021-2022 program flyer, click here.


Bible Survey Courses – self-paced to complete at your own pace on your own timeline. Click here for program information on the Bible Survey courses. After you register for the Bible Survey course, you will be sent a login and password to begin the self-paced New Testament Survey course.

  • New Testament Bible Survey course – available now – Click here to REGISTER (for the NT Bible Survey Course only)
  • Old Testament Bible Survey course – expected to become available winter/spring 2022
  • Cost per online Bible Survey course is $135.


Why Pathways? To assist presbyteries in training women and men to be Commissioned Ruling Elders, AND to offer quality educational opportunities for church members and lay leaders in an affordable and accessible way, the Leadership Institute offers online courses for:

  • Those seeking to become Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) take four Foundational Courses in the first year and five Practical Ministry Courses in the second year.  Please consult with your presbytery on their particular requirements, as these courses are taken in consultation with your presbytery or denominational office to provide educational experiences toward becoming a CRE.
  • Church members and lay leaders interested in taking any or all of the courses offered; it is recommended that the four Foundational Courses be taken before others.