Pathways to Learning & Leadership

Pathways 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.  All courses (and two other electives) are also open to church members who want to increase their knowledge and discipleship. Each course is five weeks long.

  • Dates: September, 2017 to June, 2018
  • Leaders: Union Presbyterian Seminary faculty and experienced practitioners
  • Event location: Wherever your computer is!
  • Registration: $100 per five-week course
  • CEUs: 3.0 per course
  • For: Those desiring to become Commissioned Ruling Elders and church members who want to further their education and discipleship

To assist presbyteries in training women and men to be Commissioned Ruling Elders, AND to offer quality educational opportunities for church members in an affordable and accessible way, the Leadership Institute is offering a program with two tracks:

Those seeking to become Commissioned Ruling Elders (CREs) take four Foundational Courses in the first year and five Practical Courses in the second year.  These courses may be taken in consultation with your presbytery or denominational office to provide educational experiences toward becoming a CRE.  Please consult with your presbytery.

Church members may take any of the courses offered; it is recommended that the four Foundational Courses be taken before others.  Church members also have the option of taking either or both of the electives offered each year. Completion of six courses results in a Certificate of Completion from the Leadership Institute.

Click here for more details and schedule of the Pathways program.

Click here to register for any of the courses in the Pathways program for 2017-18.  NOTE:  Dates on the registration form are the BEGINNING date of the course/courses.  Refer to the schedule above for exact dates.